Who Qualifies?

Our current residents range in age from mid-50s to late -90s. Many of our residents receive housing benefit but it is not a precondition.  If you have a modest house to sell, we will consider your application. It’s always worth contacting the clerk and having a chat about your circumstances.

You must be a resident of Bedford, North Bedfordshire or Central Bedfordshire. However, we also consider applications from people who have lived in these areas for many years, but have moved away temporarily; or from people who live elsewhere but now need to be close to their Bedfordshire relatives.

The original trust deed specified that the alms homes were only for women in need.  However, the deed has been updated twice and the charity can now accept applications from men and couples. These days we interpret “need” more broadly than in the past. It can include loss of mobility, loneliness and isolation, the need to live in a smaller home with no garden or the need to be in a secure community.

You can be sure that if you move into either Christie House or John Crosse House you will be cared for, your independence will be respected and you’ll quickly feel part of the community.

The waiting list is currently closed

Make an Application

If the idea of living in an independent yet caring and secure environment, close to the centre of Bedford, appeals to you, why not email or telephone the clerk for a chat?  The application process is simple and all the information on the forms is confidential.

  1. Download an application form.  Print off, complete and post to the Clerk at:

6 Highlands, Flitwick, Beds, MK45 1DW

  1. You can complete the form online.
  2. Phone the clerk or warden on 01234 330516 and ask for a form to be posted to you.
  3. Ask a friend or relative to print the form for you or help with an online application.

You will see there are some financial questions on the application form.  We have to ask these to conform to our trust deed but, rest assured, only the clerk and one trustee see the applications and we do not share your details with other organisations.

Download our application form