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This letter from quantity surveyors is addressed to Mr C. Hill of Hoggett Lock-Necrews, Chartered Architects, and is dated 15 January 1988. The letter outlines the "exploratory work" which was due to be carried out at Penylan House and an estimate of the cost. The work would involve examining the walls for signs of moisture ingress, fitting scaffolding to the property and removing defective boot lintel. The estimate of the cost is £824.00 excluding VAT. In the bottom right-hand corner is a stamp which states that the letter was received 1 February 1988. Stapled to the page is a smaller slip of paper with the logo and address of Hoggett Lock-Necrews, which was addressed to the Matron of the Jewish Home for the Aged, Penylan House. This indicates that the letter was sent from the surveyor to the architect, who then forwarded a copy to Penylan House.

Pencare (formerly known as 'The Trustees of Penylan House') is a charity, which offers care for elderly people of the Jewish faith and is currently based in Cardiff, although the catchment area for the home covers South Wales and the West of England. Pencare has been working with Linc Cymru to redevelop their care home, Penylan House, to ensure high quality care to Cardiff's elderly Jewish community and extending the care to elderly people not of the Jewish faith.

Mr Henry Silver and other members of the Cardiff Jewish community had originally founded a Home for the Aged in 1946 in Canton. In December 1948, the Home moved to Holme Towers in Penarth to provide more space for its large number of applications. Despite the beautiful surroundings, the Home in Penarth was quite isolated, so the difficult decision was later taken to move the Home to Penylan Road in Cardiff, meaning many residents were now closer to their friends and relatives. Residents moved to Penylan House in February 1959.

Cajex, Magazine of the Association of Jewish Ex-service Men and Women (Cardiff), Vol. IX, No. 1, Ninth Year - March 1959, pp. 60- 65.

Depository: Glamorgan Archives.

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