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NCH PAST INFORMATION
NATIONAL CHILDREN'S HOME
1930 NCH Branches
1930 The Children
1930 Facts & Figures
1930 How We Spent The Money
This is a photograph of Frank Lorenz (1897 to 1987) at Newton Hall, 1912. A few days later he was sent by NCH to Canada. Frank is the front row, centre boy. Dear Derek Thank you for your interest in NCH, and especially Frodsham. I am very interested to learn about Frodsham as my father spent a few years there. Frank Lorenz, my father, was with NCH from March 22nd, 1899 to 1912, when he left Liverpool, with 23 other boys, at age 14, aboard the SS Dominion for Canada. Information from the NCH states that he was “Boarded Out – L. Frod” What is the meaning of ‘L”? I do not know the location of the boarding out or how long it lasted. My father worked on the farm of John Whiting first, a short distance east of Brantford. Many horror stories have been written and told about “home children” who were farmers’ helpers in Canada. My father was well liked by the Whiting family. Positive statements from the admissions précis book of NCH such as, “Thank you for the good people you have found me for me”, and “ I have a good home and (am) very kindly treated”, show how much my dad appreciated the Whiting family. On his first Christmas with the Whitings, he was given a watch and chain and tie pin. When Mrs Whiting died in June, 1948, my father was one of the pall bearers. NCH kept in touch with my father until 1925, the year he married, that was 9 years after he left the Whiting farm. Is that typical of the extent of interest that NCH showed towards its former Home boys? In May, 2005, I wrote to the NCH office in London requesting photocopies of all documents relating to my father. My two previous enquiries in 1985 and 2000 resulted in paraphrases from reports and documents. Rev. Kenneth Markin, a Methodist minister from Sunderland on the last ….. from England, visited me in Ontario. He suggested I ask NCH for the photocopies from NCH. Rev. Markin is involved in fundraising for NCH in England. The response from NCH for photocopies was very disappointing, even though I mailed them. Showing I was the daughter of Frank Lorenz. No one can find my father’s file even though it was available in 1985 and 2000. What do you think of that?!? Neither could my letters of 1985 and 2000 be found. They might have been placed in the file that is lost. Yes, I certainly would like some pictures of Frodsham – street scenes, buildings etc. If there are any pamphlets that you find with general information about current Frodsham, I’d be interested to read them also. What was the population of Frodsham 1900 – 1914? What is the population. now? I’d be interested in exterior and interior pictures of the chapel and the school where the NCH children attended in the early 1900s if the school still exists. Interior pictures of windows, doorways, main entrance, woodwork, lighting fixtures etc. What was the name of the school in those days? If the interior of the chapel is inaccessible, would there be any books that would have pictures? Would you be able to draw me a floor plan of one of the flats? I don’t know which one housed my father, since the file is lost. Only 2 pages of the admissions précis Book were photocopied and sent to me in 2005. Would any changes have occurred to the flats between 1900 and the time you lived there?
NCH YEARBOOK 1930
NCH Children 1930
Over the years various methods were used to show the public the happy children in the care of the NCH. Originally Poor children were used to show the life they had led, from the 1920's well groomed children showed the NCH off at its best, until the 1960 the faces that were used often were those of smiling fair haired children, in the mid 1960's children from other non- white backgrounds were used to show that the NCH cared for all.
125 Years of Child Care
To celebrate 125 years of the NCH. A pastel portrait of a little boy who visiting the Botanical Gardens in Oxford that had selected a souvenir to remember his visit, has helped raise funds for the NCH. The pastel work was by Peter Mailer-Yates. Click to enlarge images.
1969 One Hundred Years
The NCH ARCHIVES
National Children''s Home The Children''s Home was founded in 1869 by the Reverend Thomas Bowman Stephenson, Francis Horner and Alfred Mager, committed Methodists (the home was brought under the wing of the Methdodist Church the following year), who wished to provide education, training, and most importantly, a good home for orphans and destitute children whom they had encountered on the streets of London. The Children''s Home established itself in London and quickly expanded into other areas of Britain (becoming known as the National Children''s Home in 1907), opening homes providing training, education (including Approved Schools), convalescent care, nursery care, care for the disabled and so on. The Home also initiated an emigration scheme, beginning to send children to Canada in 1872. Over the next seventy years NCH emigrated children to Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The strength of the archives lies in the extensive records which relate to individual residential branches of the NCH. Over fifty of the homes are represented, from the first branches onwards, and the material can include minute books, admission and application registers, daily log books, account books and publicity material, as well as reports and correspondence. The archives also contain records of the national organisation of NCH, and these include Committee minute books, publications, reports, publicity and information leaflets, fund-raising material and correspondence. In addition to this there is a large amount of material relating to the admission and care of children which was collected centrally by NCH. These records include case files (about 65,000), admission and application registers, precis books, statistical and analytical registers, and registers relating to the emigration of children to Canada. Other aspects of the work of NCH represented in the archive include the work and training of staff (the Sisterhood) and the work of the Home overseas. There is plenty of information on all the branches of the NCH, and for those that were at Harpenden, there is loads and most of the indexes can be down loaded NOW. Please visit this link for the full information http://www.dango.bham.ac.uk/record_details.asp?id=532&recordType=coll
Access restrictions Due to the nature of the material, there are some access restrictions applicable for certain types of documents. The current closure periods are as follows; for administrative files (30 years), for material relating to staff (75 years) and for material relating to children (100 years). Permission to consult material within this closed period can be obtained from NCH through the University. Everybody using the material must sign a declaration not to include any such information or details that may allow the subsequent identification of an individual.
A Christmas card that was sent by June Whitfield
The amount in 1972 per year. You joined for the love of children.
THE NCH ON TV
For several years, various NCH branchs were used as locations for Christmas TV programmes. Harpenden was an ideal location as there were always plenty of children at the branch when the programmes were made.
CHRISTMAS 1972 A Stocking Full of Stars at 11.30am − at the National Children's Home in Harpenden − new hosts − Michael Aspel and Roy Castle − and a newformat, with special live and pre−recorded appearances by the stars of Blue Peter, The Goodies, Animal Magic, BasilBrush, Top of the Pops, Tom & Jerry, The Generation Game and Vision On. This sort of junior version of Christmas Night with the Stars ran for a whole two hours and was an imaginative, if perhaps a bit contrived, means of combining the sober aspects of life at the children's home, with some great entertainment for viewers and residents a like. (Ian Jones).
1974 Showaddywaddy's Christmas Gift - November 19th. Showaddywaddy in London today with six members of the children's choir of the Harpenden branch of the National Children's Home, who provide backing of the group's new single, "Hey Mr Christmas".
1979 Christmas Day 09:15 A Merry Morning (YTV) Jimmy Tarbuck, Animal Kwackers, Mike Harding and Ward Allen at the National Children's Home in Harrogate.
Voluntary Societies and the Formation of Post-war Child Welfare Legislation
The following is an extract from the Voluntary Action History Society. For the full item please visit http://www.ivr.org.uk/vahs1.htm In 1948 the NCACH (National Council of Associated Children’s Homes) investigated the level of payments that the constituent societies received from local authorities. A wide variation in payments was discovered: from 10/- to £3 per week per child, with the average being £1. The average weekly cost of maintaining a child was calculated by the voluntary societies to be around £4. The National Council noted that one society which cared for more than 400 children placed with it by local authorities was subsidising the care of these children by around £7,000 a year at. The NCACH in 1950 negotiated funding whereby the Home Office would reimburse local authorities for children placed by the Home Office into voluntary homes at a rate of £3 per child per week for those under 5 and £2 10/- for those over 5. By setting this rate at well below the true cost of care, the Home Office was implying that the voluntary sector could and should subsidise the state. By 1953 it had become clear that many local authorities preferred to provide their own residential care rather than refer cases to voluntary homes. Within the NCH there had been moves towards providing a new specialised service for distinct groups of children (for example, the residential special school at Edgworth), but the society wanted to retain its interest in the routine care of children wherever it felt that the religious ethos of its care would make an important contribution. By 1954 the Home Office was urging the voluntary societies to become involved in specialised care for children with special needs and in work that the local authorities could not do, such as preventive family casework. It seemed that there was no role for the voluntary societies in routine child care provision, and that the voluntary residential care of children would die a natural death. The lack of guidance the 1948 Children's Act offered concerning the correct relationship between the voluntary and statutory sectors safeguarded to a considerable degree the autonomy of the voluntary societies, maintaining their freedom to admit children without reference to the state. There was no mechanism for consultation between the voluntary societies and the state at local government level. The emphasis of the 1948 Act was on fostering in preference to residential care. Where residential care was deemed unavoidable, the home should be small and the child integrated into the life of the community. The voluntary sector had cared for children in large groups, and had inherited an outdated infrastructure of large homes or of groups of homes forming isolated communities. These branches were clearly out of step with the spirit of the Act. However, by altering their client base and thus coming under the auspices of another government department, the societies could continue to use these large homes. As far as the voluntary children’s societies were concerned, they aimed to set a high standard of care for the state to follow. It may have been that, since residential child care was deemed by the 1948 Act to be the least favourable method of care, the government was happy to let this form of provision remain partly in voluntary sector hands. Although the voluntary homes did supplement, and therefore duplicate, the work of the local authorities, this did not result in empty beds in local authority homes and the consequent higher costs. On the contrary, the knowledge that the local authorities had voluntary homes to fall back on allowed them to reduce their residential provision to a minimum. The NCH acted as a safety net for the state.
NCH PRINCESS ALICE BIRMINGHAM
One of the concerns that lay on the heart of Thomas Bowman Stephenson, the founder of NCH, was that children from decent families who fell on hard times might well find themselves in the Poor Law work-houses. He disliked these very much, first because they were usually run on barrack principles; second, because he thought the religious upbringing of the children inadequate; and thirdly, because he considered from his observations that the physical care was of a poor standard and that, in particular, ophthalmia was prevalent among the children. The first undertaking which gave expression to this concern was the opening of the first houses at Princess Alice Orphanage, at New Oscott, near Birmingham, in 1882, by the generosity of Mr Solomon Jevons and other local philanthropists. The Princess Alice was specifically designed to receive the children of Christian families, one of whose parents had died, and that is how the word ‘orphanage’ first appears in the story of the Children’s Home. Later it was to be added to the official title when the National Children’s Home and Orphanage was registered and incorporated. The Children’s Home had become the Children’s Home and Orphanage as the result of the opening of the Princess Alice Orphanage at New Oscott in 1882 for ‘destitute orphan children of Christian parents’. In practice the three essential elements, ‘destitute’, ‘orphan’ and ‘Christian’, were interpreted very liberally as the years went by. The records of the Princess Alice Orphanage show a contest that was waged for a great many years between local Branch committees and the General Committee to control admissions. The Birmingham case-committee continued to meet and investigate and admit cases until the outbreak of the Second World War. For many years they admitted children, not only from the Midlands but from farther afield (Sunderland, Manchester, Portsmouth and Chelsea occur in the list of one year). The General Committee tried to restrict the area covered by the Birmingham case-committee and to reserve places for children allocated by the London committee. The battle would seem to have been largely won by the year 1910-11 when five children were accepted by the local committee, and thirty-five received through London. The health of the children can also be vividly illustrated from the PAO records. Here, as in other large Branches, the ‘Hospital’ was an important building, and had to cope with its share of nursing of infectious diseases. Fierce battles were fought with the local health authority as to how many children could be admitted to the local ‘fever hospital’, and who was to pay when they went there. During the 1918 influenza epidemic it was recorded that there were ‘over 220 cases of influenza on the Branch’ out of a total population of 270. Scarlet fever was, however, a more persistent cause of trouble, and there were specially based outbreaks in 1901, 1902 and 1909. In this and other large Branches there are pathetic little corners of the local cemeteries where children were buried each year. In 1907 ‘The Governor reported that an offer had been volunteered by the National Telephone Company to install a telephone at the Orphanage at the rental of £13 a year. He stated that a messenger bicycle would be more useful than a telephone, and he was authorised to buy a suitable machine.’ A telephone was, however, installed in 1914. In an enterprise in which an important part has been played by sizeable establishments, the leaders responsible for them have, of course, played a decisive part as Governors Headmasters, Superintendents and Sisters-in-Charge. An arbitrary selection of a handful of names out of a great number are: Birmingham (Princess Alice Orphanage, later School), opened by Thomas Durley, followed by W A Markham, and over the years by, among others, Arthur H Lenton (formerly on the Chief Office Highbury staff). Until recent years, however, many of the Branches were in charge of women including Sister Fanny Kemble (Watson House Nursery and Stephenson Residential Nursery School, Birmingham. The Rev John Litten took the initiative of setting up a second residential training college at Princess Alice School, Birmingham, 1946-1960, where a variety of courses was run, and included men, overseas students, and nominees from other societies, among whom was a party of nuns. Two-year courses for “Child Care Cadets” were established at Princess Alice College, Birmingham. The training of Child Care Cadets at Birmingham and eventually concentrated at one centre at Alverstoke, was discontinued when a national system of Junior Child Care Courses was developed throughout the country at Further Education Centres. The sale of a substantial part of the farm land at Princess Alice School made capital available for a number of projects, including the rebuilding of part of the Branch, the provision of a new and larger nursery school, the addition of a residential nursery and a remodelling of the Branch on a long-term plan. It also made it possible to undertake new projects inn the Birmingham area involving new buildings for new work: a Nursery School and Day Care Centre at Ladywood, a small Children’s Home and flats for unsupported mothers and their children at Bournville.
Over the years various forms of collection boxes were devised to encourage members of the public to give small amounts of money. The Christmas Cracker is possibly from the early 1950's.
Frodsham - Newton Hall
On Sunday 30th May 2005 a group of Old Boys and Girls from the branch, attended a service at Kingsley Parish Church for the unveiling and deadication of two headstones. These commemorate the twenty boys & girls and two members of staff that died at the home 1907-1941. It was decided to have these additional headstones as the original headstones have become difficult to read. (Please click on image).
Christmas Dinner-Table Box 1898. We want 20,000 homes for this pretty and ingenious Collecting Box. It may be used on the mantel-piece as well as the table; on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, or New Year's Day. It is suitable for any day or days during the Christmas season.
TINY TIM HIS ADVENTURES AND ACQUAINTANCES
A STORY OF LONDON LIFE FOUNDED ON FACT. BY FRANCIS HORNER. WESLEYAN CONFERENCE OFFICE PRINTED AT THE CHILDREN'S HOME, BONNER ROAD, LONDON
This little Story is founded on real incidents which have come under the notice of the Writer, and was written at the request of the PRINCIPAL of THE CHILDREN'S HOME, near to Victoria Park. It is published with the hope that it may serve to stimulate fresh sympathy with the good work which is "being done amongst the neglected Boys and Girls of London. LONDON, 1876. CHAPTER I. A DARK LANE. Deep by the wall, and don't get into the gutter, sir. Or, maybe, you wouldn't object to take hold of my coat-tail, sir?—I know the way." The voice, rough and husky, came from the foremost of women, who were groping their way cautiously down a dark, narrow lane, in one of London's lowest quarters.. The church-clock in an adjoining thoroughfare had just chimed the last quarter before twelve, and the chronic gloominess which pervaded the streets and lanes of the district was deepening into the darkness of midnight. The bye-street, out of which the two men had just turned, was narrow and straggling. On each side of it were tenement, houses of the lowest class, common lodging-houses, and beer-shops; and these, together with the appearance of the few men and women still lounging at the doors, would have convinced a visitor that he was in one of the chosen haunts of poverty and crime. The man just addressed groped with his hand in the direction of his companion, and, finding the ragged end of a coat, he grasped that, and said, " Go along, now— I'll follow you." His guide moved forward, still keeping close to the wall; but after a few moments he stopped, and, pushing open a door, led the way into the passage of a house which was even darker than the lane outside. " It's rather a queer place, but you're all right with me, sir," said the husky voice; "keep hold till we get on the stairs, sir, and then I'll fetch a light." they had reached the foot of the stairs, and were about to ascend, when a door opened on an upper floor, and they heard, in childish but trembling and distressed tones, "Is that you, Dick?" The husky voice made an effort to respond clearly, " That's me, Tim; hold the candle, and show us up." "It's burnt out, Dick, and there isn't another," was the reply—this time in despairing tones, as if a little heart was breaking. ""What is to be done now?" said the second man who was still standing in the dark passage. "All right, sir," cried his companion; "we ain't going to turn back now; I've got what'11 take us up, and we'll see then what's to do." As he spoke, he struck a lucifer-match on the wall, and, with the aid of its uncertain light, the two men commenced to ascend the stairs. The first one who had acted so far as guide was a young man of about twenty-five years of age; his dress was ragged, and his whole appearance was that of a London "rough." In striking contrast with his appearance was that of his companion, who, in a warm overcoat and muffler, looked particularly comfortable and respectable. His speech was hasty and petulant, and his manner indicated that he regarded this midnight excursion as an unavoidable but very disagreeable duty. Several matches were struck and burnt before the two men reached the top of the cranky, narrow staircase. The last was going out as they came in sight of the landing, and the light fell for a moment upon the faces—tearful little faces—of two children, eagerly watching for them from above. It was only for a moment, and then they were lost in the darkness again. " There ain't no light inside, and me and Peggy is out here," said the same little voice which they- had heard when below. "Tim!" "Yes, Dick." " Is it too late to get a candle at old Mrs. Magrath’s?" " No, Dick; but I haven't got no money." Dick searched in his pocket for a moment; and then., feeling for Tim's hand, put a copper into it, and said, "Now, a candle—quick as a wink, little chap!" And there was a sound of little shoeless feet making their way down the stairs. The two men had stood motionless and silent awhile, when they were startled by hearing a gentle sob, which * came from one corner of the landing. Dick turned quickly in the direction of the sound. "Why, little Peggy, I forgot you were here," he said; where have you doubled yourself up?" , Two or three more sobs, and “Here I is, Dick” answered the question; and then something was lifted from the floor, and Dick's companion could hear, in gentle tones— "Poor little Peggy! Tired and hungry, ain't you, Peggy?—tired and hungry, little woman!"
Three dulcimers played with hammers, a bass drum, three mandolins, a side drum, a set of tunes bells on the left, a set of tubular bets next to it, a set of hand bells in the front, and a four-tier set of tuned bells on the right. C1910. With thanks to Reg Hall for providing the image.
CONVEYANCE DATED 10 JULY 1926; INDENTURES DATED 1 JANUARY 1886, 27 JULY 1874 AND 12 JANUARY 1904; TRUST DEED DATED 21 SEPTEMBER 1900; AND SCHEMES OF THE CHARITY COMMISSIONERS DATED 18 OCTOBER 1932, AND 19 JUNE 2003. Financial Year ===== Gross Income ==== Total Expenditure 01 Apr 1997 to 31 Mar 1998 - £67,392,000 - £72,033,000 01 Apr 1998 to 31 Mar 1999 - £86,587,000 - £78,780,000 01 Apr 1999 to 31 Mar 2000 - £91,125,000 - £93,601,000 01 Apr 2000 to 31 Mar 2001 - £101,699,000 - £106,088,000 01 Apr 2001 to 31 Mar 2002 - £115,303,000 - £122,025,000 01 Apr 2002 to 31 Mar 2003 - £146,986,000 - £151,949,000 01 Apr 2003 to 31 Mar 2004 - £194,184,000 - £192,813,000
TRUST DEED DATED 27 SEPTEMBER 1929. Objects MAINTENANCE OF A HOME SUITABLE FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN OR A HOME OR HOMES FOR BOTH SUCH PURPOSES. Registration History 30 Dec 1965 to 21 Dec 2004 JOEL SMITH'S SETTLEMENT NO 1 Governing Document INDENTURE 23 JULY 1891. Objects FOR THE PURPOSES OF THE PRIMITIVE METHODIST ORPHAN HOME AT OLD ALRESFORD. Registration History 30 Dec 1965 to 19 May 2003 KATE MAY BRAMBLE FOR THE NATIONAL CHILDREN'S HOME Governing Document WILL PROVED AT WINCHESTER ON 10 FEBRUARY 1969 AND SCHEME OF 8 JUNE 1971 Objects TO PROVIDING CHRISTMAS TREES IN SUCH OF THE RESIDENTIAL HOMES OF THE NATIONAL CHILDREN'S HOME AS THE TRUSTEES THINK FIT AND IN PROVIDING PRESENTS FOR THE CHILDREN RESIDENT IN SUCH OF THE SAID HOMES AS AFORESAID. Registration History 24 Aug 1971 Registered to 19 May 2003
National Children's Home Calendars
Most were designed by Jodn Buchanan a disabled boy from the Chipping Norton Branch. The printing was done at The Harpenden NCH.
LIVE WIRE LEAFLET
HOW TO MAKE LIVE WIRES For some of the FOUR THOUSAND boys & and girls in the Home You in your happy homes have so much that brings joy and health; they in their poverty have very little of either. For four thousand orphaned and destitute boys and girls the NATIONAL CHILDREN'S Home has found shelter and new hope and opportunity. WILL YOU LINK YOUR HAPPINESS WITH THEIR NEEDS BY LIVE WIRES OF HELPFULNESS? For every twopence collected draw a line from one dot to another, starting from the top child on the left. A PRIZE FOR YOU If you will complete this sheet and send it with a Postal Order for the money collected to the Rev. W. Hodson Smith, Principal, National Children's Home, Highbury Park, London, N.5, he will send you an interesting booklet with pictures and stories of the boys and girls for whom you have made LIVE WlRES.
The League of Light Lantern Collection Box
The collection box for use in a home and for friends. Click to enlarge images.
A Salute to America
Vitality Freedom and Gaiety by John Buchanan
Life's Good Things
Crossing of each square will raise one guinea.
Pin Your Faith
12 Pins for One Penny
Killay House, Swansea
Press Cuttings and events from Killay House Click on an item to enlarge it.
National NCH Press Cuttings
Thomas Emmett Tom CUNNINGHAM
Died in 2009
CUNNINGHAM Thomas Emmett (Tom) After a long illness, bravely bourne, passed away at Immacolata Nursing Home, Langport, Somerset, England,on July 20th. Late of Killay N.C.H. childrens home. Much loved husband, step-father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle and a friend to many. The funeral service takes place on Wednesday 29th July, at 10.00 am at The Church of the Holy Ghost, Yeovil, followed by committal at Yeovil Crematorium, at 12 noon. Family flowers only but donations kindly invited for Cancer Research.
1973 Harpenden Gang at Highbury
Standing (from left to right) : Sister Vera Chantrell and Ivy Shirley, Mrs. Jack Fitch (Sister Alice Coates), Miss Ethel Howard of the Printing Department, Mrs. Ray Eaglestone, wife of a former Headmaster at Bramhope, Mrs. Joan Miller-Mead (Sister Joan Mirams, Regional Representative), Sister Ethel Sully and Mrs. Fred Howard, whose husband was head gardener at the Harpenden branch for many years. Sitting: Sisters Agnes Morris, Lottie Farmer and Marie Pope from Akrill House, Harpenden.
The NCH have made several records, these feature the children from various homes. Some of the children have even been taken on European and world tours.
INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR
In March 1985, The Queen as patron of THe National Children's Home, was presentet a posy by eight year old Lousise Gray, at the Albert Hall, London. This is the first time in twenty years as patron that the Queen has attended a major NCH event.
Induction of The Rev. Gordon E. Barritt at Harpenden 1969
The Young Leaguer's Union
Group of old boys and Dr Gregory
Royal Infant Orphanage
This was not an NCH Branch. But a postcard of 1932 sent to one of the children is interesting. To Master D. M. Fitch. Royal Infant Orphanage, Wanstead, London E11. 21st July 1932. "This time next week, you will be home, only six more days. Love Mummy.
Royal Visit to Wales
The visit of the Princes of Wales to NCH Ty Hapus Swansea. The Princess of Wales shaking hands with Clive Williams standing next to NCH Chief Executive Tom White CBE.
1d Helping to raise funds, not as most boys would think, 1d worth of fun.
Frodsham 1929 Grand Musical Entertainment
A programme from 1929 with the Frodsham Choir of THe Children's Home
Save A Guinea for the NCH
Harpenden Note to Sisters of each flat c.1950's?
It has come to the attention of the stores that extra cakes are requested at the weekend, it is to be pointed out that the cake allocation on the Friday is the final distribution until Monday. The bakery will only produce bread at the weekend. Loaves for Sunday must be collected by six o’clock on Saturday. The allocation of cakes is based on one cake serving five boys or six girls, in the infant house the cake is eight portions. The cake order should be rounded up to the next divisible number allowing two portions each day for staff. The cakes should be kept in the locked area of the pantry, if a house is unable to lock the pantry, the sister in charge is recommended to find an alternative secure place for such foodstuffs. During the night it is important to remind all staff that children should not be allowed near the pantry, it is recommended that staff encourage children not to leave their rooms for any reason during darkness. Children on early morning chores should be supervised at all times, the temptation for additional portions of bread are to be discouraged, whilst there is no objection to extra slices of bread during breakfast, it is the additional portions before breakfast that appear to be covered with spreads that are not on the morning breakfast menu.
Harpenden 21 years of service c.1965
Young Leaguers Union
Helping to raise funds for the NCH
Children dressed in costume for the operetta Princess Ju-Ju, posing for a photograph c.1908
Postcard sent in 1908
This image is possible the same group of ladies that appeared in the operetta with the children at the Annual Effo** at The National Children's Home & Orphanage. It was sent from Marazion in 1908.
Over the years several designs have been used by the NCH to raise funds. Click to enlarge images.
NCH STREET COLLECTION DAYS
NCH ANNUAL REUNION LONDON 2006
The event was held on one of the hottest days of the year, if there were a few members missing on the day it was due to a World Cup match featuring England. The ladies kept the reunion under high spirits. Soon a few groups formed for the various branches, an enjoyable afternoon was had by all. The event started with a cold buffet lunch provided by the NCH together with ample supplies of orange and apple juice, coffee and soon the ladies commandeered the tea dispenser. The age range was from young to senior, although due to the NCH event clashing with a Football match, Tennis and a major Gay Pride March in the centre of London, many of the active under 50’s were absent. Past tales of live in the various branches were soon swapped between the various groups; some members had experienced various branch stays. Edgworth seemed to be voted the coldest and bleakest whilst some of the branches near the sea were voted as the nicest location. In the afternoon we were treated to strawberry cream teas and more cold drinks to keep us going. There was a short video shown to us on the NCH branch at Chipping Norton that now specialises in more one to one help with severely disabled children. Whilst members fond shaded areas in the grounds a band played to keep the mood cheerful.