At noon on the 16th of September the re-enactment of a command from Henry II took place in the Shrewsbury Drapers Company Guildhall.

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In a Royal charter, King Henry II (1154–1189) commanded the High Sheriff of Shropshire to make an annual payment of 30 shillings for the benefit of the St. Giles hospital in Shrewsbury, probably in existence from around 1136. This was the leper hospital, attached to the leper chapel of St. Giles, linked then to Shrewsbury Abbey. To support the hospital Henry II made other grants, including ‘hands of wheat out of every sack of wheat exposed for sale in Salopesbiri market’.

King John (1166-1216) the son of Henry I, confirmed the donations in 1205 by a new charter.

Henry III (1216–1272) granted `a horse load of ded wood out of my wood called Linewood (Lythewood) for their firing’.

30/- (£1.50) then, would be worth around £4,000 now!

 As late as 1571 St Giles was still being referred to as a hospytall, but by 1586 it is referred to as St. Gyles Almeshowse

The Shrewsbury Drapers company was formally appointed as trustee of the Hospital of St. Giles in 1969.

The High Sheriff, Tony Morris-Eyton, in full ceremonial costume, presented the 30/- to the Master of the Drapers’ Company, John Crackett, in the presence of the Senior and Junior Wardens (also in ceremonial costume) and a few other Drapers. The money was then safely deposited into the Drapers’ chest under lock and key, actually 3 locks and 3 keys!

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Shrewsbury Drapers Company are presented with Queens Award for Voluntary Service.

Approximately 78 Shrewsbury Drapers, partners and guests attended the presentation of the Queens Award for Voluntary Service at a ceremony hosted by the Master of Shrewsbury Drapers Company, John Crackett CB TD VR DL at his home in North Shropshire.  The crystal award and a warrant signed by the Queen was presented by Lord-Lieutenant, Mrs Anna Turner JP.  Also attending the evening drinks reception were former High Sheriff, Dr Josh Dixey DL, and Deputy Lieutenant Jenny Wynn DL who led the award assessment.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) is the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. The QAVS was created in 2002 to celebrate The Queen’s Golden Jubilee.  Shrewsbury Drapers Company is one of only 241 charities, social enterprises, and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year, and one of only 4 in Shropshire.

The award was made to recognise the Drapers Company’s voluntary work in providing housing for older people, preserving historic buildings and promoting textile design.  It also notes the particular difficulties that had to be overcome to keep going while keeping people safe during the Covid 19 crisis.   Eleven Drapers received special Covid 19 badges in recognition for outstanding work during the pandemic.

John Crackett, Master of the Shrewsbury Drapers Company said “I am delighted that we have been awarded the QAVS.  Not only is this a superb recognition of all the challenging work put in by our volunteers year after year, but also I hope that it will make us better known locally, and encourage a more diverse selection of skilled and energetic people to come and help us”

There was also a presentation of Covid Badges to 11 Drapers, which was recognition for outstanding work over and above the norm during the pandemic.


1.       David Bone               Risk Group; assessing, managing, and implementing the Covid risks and measures.

2.        Tom Taylor              Risk Group; assessing, managing, and implementing the Covid risks and measures.

3.        Richard Auger         Keeping payments going when staff member was ill with Covid.

4.        Rob Hatts                 Volunteer support scheme, general welfare of residents.

5.        Kathy Hatts              Volunteer support scheme, general welfare of residents.

6.        Christine Holmes    Residents welfare, morale and communications.

7.        Pat O’Keefe             Helping at Fairford Place while Warden was shielding.

8.        John Crackett          Overall management of the almshouses throughout the period.


9.        Jan Boyd                   Hall safety and security, plus maintaining Guild management.

10.      Hugh Devlin            Safety and maintenance, coping with loss of tenant.

Textile Design

11.       Gaynor Bowen       Running the virtual award in 2020.



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