the community


The Lantern Community is situated at two sites; one in Ringwood and one on the Isle of Wight.


The Lantern Community is situated at two sites; one in Ringwood and one on the Isle of Wight.

The Ringwood site consists of nine houses on the estate and two houses in close proximity. We are situated fifteen minutes’ walk from the town of Ringwood, which has a good variety of shops and recreational facilities. We are on a direct bus route to both Salisbury and Bournemouth. There are many places to visit in the locality both of natural and historic interest and we are close to the coast and the New Forest.

There are also a further two houses at “Seahorses” on the Isle of Wight, in Freshwater. “Seahorses” is an excellent base from which to explore the West Wight by car, bus, and bike or on foot. There is a bus stop right outside our front entrance from which you can go clockwise or anticlockwise around the Island. There are very many footpaths – a major one from Yarmouth to Freshwater Bay runs right through the garden.

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In recognition of the life and deeds of St. Martin, who in a selfless and compassionate way, gave warmth and strength to those in need
 

History

The Lantern Community was one of the Activities of The Sheiling Trust which was established as a charity (No. 292320) and company (No.1929545) in 1985. 

Officially, The Lantern Community came into existence on St. Martins Day 11th November 1997, so named:

“In recognition of the life and deeds of St. Martin, who in a selfless and compassionate way, gave warmth and strength to those in need”

As from 2013, The Lantern Community has devolved from the Sheiling Trust and merged its organisation and management with The Lantern Retreat (Seahorses) a pre-existing charity (No.1075845) and company (No. 3773749), and together be known as The Lantern Community.

The Lantern Community has grown and developed over the years from, initially, one house community and six residents. We now offer a home, working and social life to over 40 companions and day placements, in 10 houses.

Our history has certainly shown our outer development, in terms of facilities such as housing and workshops but alongside this, and the motivator for such development, is the many hundreds of people who have both lived and worked in the Lantern.

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