Seven Centuries of Support for a Truly Local Charity
By Avon_Garde | Thursday, October 31, 2013, 08:39
For over 650 years from the early 14th century the Hospital of St Mary Magdalen, which was originally a refuge for lepers outside the medieval town but later became a registered charity providing aid to Christchurch residents in need, owned and received rent from 10 Church Street.
10 Church Street - Then (c.1908) and Now (Cheese & Alfies). Original photograph courtesy of the Red House Museum.
To continue this historic association into the 21st century Mike & Sarah Calvert, the owners of Cheese & Alfies cafe bistro, have introduced a donation collection teapot next to the till. Additionally, anyone showing a copy of November's local Christchurch Eye magazine - which features a brief history of 10 Church Street - at the till during November will have 10% of their bill donated to the charity.
Donations can also be made by a cheque made payable to 'Hospital of St Mary Magdalen', c/o East Quartleys, 2 Bridge Street, Christchurch, BH23 1EB.