Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Christmas in the Children’s Garden-Village

(Extracts from the December report of the Honorary Matron, 1926.)

“This has been our seventh Christmas at Belmont, and it has been a real kiddies’ Christmas. The preparations in the kitchen are watched with eagerness, and the stirring of the plum puddings is carried out to the accompaniment of almost deafening cheers. There are many willing hands for the decorating of the rooms and the coming of the great Christmas Tree at night-time intensifies the excitement.  


Bringing in the Christmas Tree, 1935

Friday, 20 December 2013

Christmas in Ontario


It’s the 20th December and to shut out the looming panic of shopping lists only half completed we’ll turn instead to Christmas across the seas and see how our Canadian family used to celebrate the festive season.

Christmas Letter Home 1904

Friday, 13 December 2013

The Gaddum Family

Today we turn to look at a family who have represented and supported the Together Trust since 1902. When a family is associated for over a hundred years with a charity it is impossible to highlight all the work different individuals have partaken in within one small blog. With two chairmen, trustees, committee members and numerous donators, the family have been at the core of the charity’s success over the last 143 years.



Friday, 6 December 2013

Inside the Bethesda Home


We are returning to Bethesda on George Street this week to coincide with UK Disability History Month (UKDHM) 22 November – 22 December 2013. The aim this year is to explore the history of attitudes and how disabled people's lives have been marked by change.

Bethesda, 1900