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Royal visit for retirement home for farmers

HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO visited the Beaufort House residential care home in Burnham-on-Sea on Thursday April 30.

Duke of Gloucester

1. His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester signs the guest book at Beaufort House

HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO visited the Beaufort House residential care home in Burnham-on-Sea on Thursday April 30, which is owned and run by the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I). The majority of residents at Beaufort House come from farming backgrounds.

Beaufort House is a former school set in two acres of landscaped grounds, a short distance from the sea front in Burnham-on-Sea. It is one of two residential homes (along with Manson House in Bury St Edmunds) owned and run by R.A.B.I – a grant-making charity which helps farmers and farmworkers of all ages, giving out around £2 million each year.

Over the past five years Beaufort House has undergone a complete refurbishment. It is a flagship for R.A.B.I and how a residential home should be run. The home has 33 en-suite rooms / apartments and 12 sheltered flats at the adjoining Beaufort Court.

Also visiting Beaufort House as part of the visit were The Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset, Mrs Annie Maw; The High Sheriff of Somerset, The Honourable Mrs James Nelson and the Chief Executive of Sedgemoor District Council, Mr Kerry Rickards.

R.A.B.I Chairman Mr Chris Riddle was present along with fellow trustees and staff of the charity. Mr Riddle said: “It was a real pleasure to have His Royal Highness – who is the president of our charity – wiith us at Beaufort House. This was his first visit here and his interest in R.A.B.I is very much appreciated.”

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