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Residents enjoy Alleyn's School 400th anniversary service at Westminster Abbey

On a rather chilly Friday in January, Dulwich Almshouse Charity (DAC) residents along with some members of our Befrienders group were delighted to attend Alleyn’s School 400th anniversary service at Westminster Abbey.

For some of the DAC attendees, it was their first visit to the Abbey and as they made their way down the long nave, they reflected on those who had walked it before them. Volunteers from the Abbey and the School were there to help them find their reserved seats.

The DAC attendees enjoyed the music performances and thoughtful readings and marvelled at the confidence of the pupils who took part, while absorbing the history and majesty of the Abbey.

On the return journey by coach back to Dulwich, there was much reliving of moments from the service while eating individual packed teas that our scheme manager had prepared earlier.

Our residents who were too frail or unwell to attend enjoyed reading the programme afterwards.

We’re sure that Edward Alleyn, the founder of Alleyn’s School and the DAC would have been amazed by the occasion, and pleased to see that the DAC was there to enjoy this service of thanksgiving and commemoration.