THE ASSOCIATION 

and its aims

Mansfield Road (Nottingham) Baptist Housing Association Limited specifically provides accommodation for elderly people within the Nottingham area. The Association was formed in 1968 and has grown over the years. It now houses over 120 tenants in its four schemes of warden-aided apartments. 

The Association provides high quality accommodation designed for comfort, security and convenience. It strives to provide services and facilities to enhance quality of life, particularly to meet physical, social and spiritual needs and aims to foster a real sense of social community within its complexes. 

The Association seeks to provide good working conditions for its employees, contributing towards pensions and other benefits and offering training to those wishing to enhance their skills and understanding. 

The Association extends its services where possible to other elderly people in the neighbourhood and ensures that its properties enhance the local area and community. 

MRBHA is non-profit making and run by a voluntary board of management.

WAITING LISTS ARE OPEN

Applications are invited from any retired persons who are able to live independently.
Download the Application Form in the association - Admission's Policy section of this website
or contact the Association Office by email: info@mrbha.org or tel: 0115 9421508

A BRIEF HISTORY

Mansfield Road (Nottingham) Baptist Housing Association Ltd (MRBHA) was formed in 1968 by members of the Mansfield Road Baptist Church in Nottingham, specifically to provide accommodation for the elderly. Its first project, Mansfield House, opened in 1969 as a Residential Care Home with accommodation for seven residents. 

The Association’s next development, Fox Grove Court, was a purpose built complex of self-contained apartments for the elderly with resident warden on a plot of land on the corner of Fox Grove and Nottingham Road, just off the outer ring road in Basford. It opened in 1981 with 29 self-contained units. This complex further expanded in 1989 when land adjacent was purchased enabling an extra 12 apartments to be added. 

Lincoln Court, situated to the rear of St Hugh’s Catholic Church in Bilborough, was built and opened in 1990 with 22 self-contained apartments. 

In 1999 the assets and the management of William Olds Court in Wollaton were transferred to MRBHA from the Nottingham Old People’s Welfare Society. This complex of 34 single person units was built in the 1960’s. With the help of government grants a program of refurbishment to update the accommodation and facilities was completed in 2003. 

MRBHA still has close links with Mansfield Road Baptist Church and when Forest Lodge and its grounds adjacent to the church on Sherwood Rise came on the market in 1997 the Association was pleased to be successful in purchasing this at auction. The condition of the property was poor and after long and careful deliberation the inevitable decision to demolish the house had to be taken. In its place is now a very smart new complex of flats which was re-named Spencer Court after the Jessie Spencer Trust who made a major financial contribution to the project. Tenants moved in during the summer of 2001. 

The Association decided to no longer offer residential care in 2006 and Mansfield House was sold at this time. The money from the sale of Mansfield House has enabled the Association to upgrade apartments at Lincoln Court and Fox Grove Court. 

In 2010, a purpose built office for the Association and garage to house the minibus was built adjacent to Fox Grove Court along with two further apartments added to this complex.

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ADMISSIONS POLICY

MRBHA will generally only consider applications from persons who have reached normal retirement age and who are able to live independently. When selecting tenants, priority is likely to be given to persons who are considered to be in greatest need by reason of existing housing conditions which might be bad or unsuitable, or who are suffering distress through loneliness or isolation. No regard is given to their religious affiliation. 

Application Form 

Includes information on how to apply. Please print, fill in and send it to the address within or download, complete on your computer and send by email to the Association Office. 

Thank you.

WARDEN AIDED APARTMENTS

MRBHA has four sheltered housing schemes, Fox Grove Court, Lincoln Court, Spencer Court and William Olds Court, which each comprise a group of unfurnished apartments, specifically designed with the needs of elderly people in mind and have resident wardens living on site. 

Each sheltered housing scheme provides convenient and comfortable accommodation in a setting which allows tenants individual privacy and the facility to come and go as they please. At the same time they provide a degree of underlying security and encouragement to make friends by being able to share in a wider social life through use of the communal facilities and activities provided. 

All apartments are linked to the wardens by a two-way speech system. They are self-contained and are suitable for one or two persons. They comprise a living room, fitted kitchen, bedroom, bathroom or shower-room and toilet, entrance hall and storage cupboards. They have their own individual central heating, a TV point and telephone socket. The majority of the upper floor apartments in each complex are served by lifts. 

A rental is payable to the association and tenants are responsible for their own council tax, water, gas, electricity and telephone accounts, as appropriate. 

Social activities are encouraged and a variety of events and outings are organised for tenants by the wardens throughout the year. The Association minibus is popular for outings and fortnightly shopping trips. Links between the schemes are fostered by friendly competitions, visits and sharing of activities. 

A tenant’s representative is elected onto each scheme committee which meets regularly. Full tenants’ meetings are held at each scheme with the board of management at least once a year.

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MANAGEMENT

MRBHA is a non-profit making housing association and its shareholders therefore receive no dividends but are able to play a supporting role. 

At the AGM shareholders elect the voluntary Board of Management which is the association’s governing body. 

The Board of Management meets bi-monthly to consider the business of the association. Each complex has its own scheme committee and members of the Board visit the complexes on a regular basis. 

The association welcomes tenant participation and a tenant representative is elected annually onto each scheme committee. 

The Association Manager as senior employee runs the day to day business of the association along with an administrative assistant and the wardens at each of the schemes. 


FUNDING

The Association has charitable status and is registered under the Industrial and Provident Societies Act and also with the Tenant Services Authority as a Registered Social Landlord. As such is has been successful over the years in obtaining Social Housing Grant, particularly towards the cost of developing Fox Grove Court and Lincoln Court and major repairs and re-modelling works to its other properties. The Association undertakes its own fundraising and is indebted to many Trust Funds and individuals for contributions towards the Spencer Court development and on-going improvements to its schemes. 

The Association endeavours to ensure that the rent paid by tenants is kept to an affordable level. The Association is non-profit making but aims to make a surplus each year to fund necessary repairs and improvements to its properties. 

Individual schemes organise varied fundraising activities for little extras such as outings, parties and presents for tenants at Christmas. A lot of time and effort was spent fundraising towards the purchase of a new minibus and much fun was had in organising fayres, dances, quizzes, table top sales etc. Staff, tenants and committee members contributed towards a booklet entitled “Memory Lane” telling individual tales from the past and these were sold with proceeds to the minibus fund.

Fox Grove Court


Nottingham Road, Basford, Nottingham, NG5 1JA
0115 942 1508

Fox Grove Court is situated just off the Outer Ring Road, convenient for corner shops and for buses running between Bulwell and Nottingham and along the Ring Road to the two main hospitals and to the shops in Arnold. It is also close to the tram route which runs between Hucknall and Nottingham. The apartments are pleasantly situated around a central court with lawns and gardens.
 
The complex consists of 42 apartments served by two lifts. All are suitable for one or two persons and have their own gas-fired boiler to provide central heating and hot water. Recently refurbished kitchens are fully fitted with built-in oven, separate hob and spaces for tenant’s fridge-freezer and washing machine. A communal area contains a spacious lounge, library and kitchen. There is a well equipped laundry and also a furnished guest room for visitors.
 
In addition to outings and regular minibus shopping trips, the on site social activities include coffee mornings, a Tuesday lunch club, games evenings, bingo, keep fit and craft classes and fortnightly Sunday afternoon services.

lincoln court


Staverton Road, Bilborough, Nottingham, NG8 4FQ
0115 942 1508

Lincoln Court is situated in a quiet spot to the rear of St Hugh's Catholic Church on Staverton Road. It is convenient for the shops on Bracebridge Drive and on a good bus route into Nottingham. Many of its tenants enjoy beautiful views overlooking Wollaton Hall.

The complex consists of 22 one-bedroom apartments suitable for one or two persons. Each unit has its own gas-fired boiler to provide central heating and kitchens and bathrooms were refurbished in 2008.

In addition to the privacy of their own apartment, tenants enjoy use of the comfortable lounge where they can meet other tenants or visitors and participate in the variety of social activities arranged by the warden. These include a Friday lunch club, games evenings, coffee mornings, a craft class, concerts and a monthly Sunday service. A wide variety of outings are arranged throughout the year.

spencer court


Sherwood Rise, Basford, Nottingham, NG7 6JP
0115 942 1508

Spencer Court is situated adjacent to the Mansfield Road Baptist Church and near to the junction of Sherwood Rise with Gregory Boulevard and Mansfield Road. It is convenient for local shops on Mansfield Road and is on good bus routes to Nottingham, Bulwell, Sherwood and Arnold.
The complex opened in 2001 and consists of 20 one-bedroom apartments, all suitable for one or two persons. All have fitted kitchens and their own economy 7 electric central heating and hot water supply. Sockets for TV and telephone are provided.The apartments are pleasantly located around a central court with lawns and landscaped gardens. There is plenty of seating within the garden and tenants like sitting out on a sunny day, sharing a cup of tea with like-minded neighbours for company.

The communal area contains a spacious lounge, library, computer and internet facility. There is a well equipped laundry and also a furnished guest room.
Social activities include a Wednesday lunch club, games night, craft classes, coffee mornings and a variety of outings. Regular shopping trips using the Association’s minibus are also popular. Special occasions are often celebrated with parties in the lounge.

william olds court


Lambourne Drive, Wollaton, Nottingham, NG8 1GZ
0115 942 1508

William Olds Court is situated in a pleasant residential area close to Wollaton Park and enjoys a frequent bus service to the city centre. Bramcote Lane, Middleton Boulevard and Beeston provide easily accessible and varied shopping. The Methodist, Anglican and Roman Catholic churches of Wollaton are within easy walking distance.

The apartments and communal areas have recently been beautifully modernised and there are a mixture of 26 studio and one-bedroom apartments. There is a large lounge with patio doors leading to the pleasant lawns and gardens to the rear. There is a laundry, a guest room and a lift to serve the upper floor.

Local trades people make regular calls and a hairdresser comes weekly. Tenant activities include a Lunch Club, coffee mornings and shopping trips with the Association minibus. The warden also arranges games nights and an annual holiday.