Morts Astley Heritage Trust
In 1994, the North West Regional Health Authority announced their intention to sell Astley Hospital to the highest bidder as a site for housing development, which would have included the felling of ancient trees and the converting of Damhouse into apartments. This was of immediate concern to Astley’s residents and thus the Morts Astley Heritage Trust was formed with the aim of retaining access to open space and preserving an historic building.
Morts Astley Heritage Trust mission statement
“Preserve, enhance and protect Damhouse for the benefit of the public, with the objectives of providing Community and Health facilities, employment and the retention of the Historic Estate for the present and future generations.”
A major project for the community
This was to become a major project for the community group, and credible alternative housing had to be found. MAHT devised a plan to protect the building, improve the grounds, develop local services, generate income, provide employment, educate and create a welcoming environment for everyone to enjoy.
The Board of Trustees
- Margaret Hatton
- Elaine Hurst
- Geoff Hurst
- Brian Wilson
- Margaret Hughes
- Janet Raven-Martin
- Philip Hampson
Volunteers and Donations
If you are interested in volunteering at Damhouse we meet on a monthly basis in the Hall, and if you feel that you can help us financially, all donations are most appreciated. Please feel free to contact us if you wish to find out more about how you can help.