History of the Friends
Aerial view of new Stone House in 1965 before the adjacent Workhouse was demolished
The original "League of Friends" was founded in the 1980s to support
the Stone House Care Home and Hospital, which were at the time under
shared management by the NHS and the Shropshire County Council. The
Friends used to provide drivers to deliver hot "Meals on Wheels", a
service which has since sadly been lost.
When it was realised that there were also many elderly and vulnerable
people being supported at home, it was decided to extend the support of
the Friends to these people in Bishop's Castle and the wider area, and
to change the name of the Friends to include "in the Community".