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Instead of the usual Christmas pantomime, Beechholme L.C.C. children's home, Banstead, held an open day last week, when parents of some of the children, officials and friends were able to see how they lived in the small community set back from Fir Tree Road.
The 100-strong party toured the establishment. an were shown every side of the life of a child in Beechholme - educational, creative and recreational.
This year the pantomime could not be produced, because the temporary stage and proscenium in the gymnasium is being replaced by a permanent one. The whole gymnasium is being converted into a concert hall as it was not used very frequently and the children receive physical training in their schools. The re-building is being done by the woodwork group of Beechholme.
The visitors saw the home's printing press, where letter heads, Christmas cards, menus, receipts, tickets and other small jobs are done. Among the examples of the children's skill in making pottery were two heads, painstakingly made in fine detail.
The choir stalls in the horn's own Chapel of the Good Shepherd attracted a great deal of attention. They were pre-fabricated by members of the woodwork group in the workshops and erected in the chapel.
A look-in on the senior club of the home completed the tour. Visitors, who included several local schoolteachers. watched a typical club-evening of the group which is for older boys and girls. The club is entirely self-supporting and is run by a committee made up of members. Refreshment was served by them.
The musical side was not forgotten either for the choir was heard practising. The home even has a life-saving group, which put on a special demonstration in the baths. The Cubs also gave a demonstration.