Our 150th isn’t the only anniversary we celebrate in 2020 however. It also notes 100 years since the charity moved its offices out of Manchester into the leafy suburbs of Cheadle, where we have remained ever since. It is important for this occasion not to be overshadowed and to recognise the important connection we have with Cheadle and its community.
|Cheadle Village, c. 1950s|
“[There were] very generous people like the taxi men and all these people who opened the garden fete for us and all the people who lived in Cheadle area, Rotary, everybody you could think of. They were all ever so good, always, to Bethesda and would do what they could to help.” - Matron at Bethesda, 1960-1982
The Cheadle community have always been imperative for supporting the various services run by the charity over the years, whether through donations, volunteering or attending our events. The annual Together Trust Family Fun Day and bonfire night always sees large crowds from the local area who come to support the charity.
When the Manchester Refuges first moved across in 1920, it saw the children of Belmont Village attending the local schools and walking down to St. Mary’s Parish Church to attend its services. The charity still holds an annual Christmas Carol Service at the church every year, which the local community is invited to.
Entrance to Belmont, c.1950