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Welcome Children at Work - 1959

The houses of Beechholme are wearing "the magical look of modernisation."

Out of the 24 houses in the L.C.C.'s Children's Home, Beechholme, Nork, over half have been given a complete interior decoration. The others are on the list for "the very near future."

The houses, named after trees, each have a "family" of between 12 and 24 children, with two or three members of the staff living in the old houses, there are dormitories, but the newer. ones have been partitioned off into a series of cubicles, so each child is given "a sense of responsibility."

It was an Evening in Beechholme last Thursday, when visitors were welcomed to watch the evening activities of the children and look over their homes.

These evening activities are led by people who help on a part-time basis one or two evenings a week.

Miss M. N. Fowler, in charge of the pottery class, had some examples of the children's work laid out on tables, in the ''pottery shop." The workmanship was of high quality.

There are two pottery classes, both junior and senior, with the top age of 14 years.

Other classes included a piano group, brass band, life savers (which is held in Beechholme's own swimming pool), seniors club, Cubs, Brownies nursery club and chapel choir.

Another interesting activity was shown in the print shop. Mr. J. Dunwoodie told an "Advertiser" reporter that the work produced covered, not only the requirements of Beechholme, but also outside concerns. It was known as the "Beechholme Press."