Online celebration of Delamere Forest School’s Centenary

Delamere Charitable Trust has found a novel way to celebrate the one hundred years since the first pupils were admitted to the Jewish Fresh Air Home and School for Delicate Manchester and Salford Children in Delamere in 1921.

A special celebratory Centenary Profile web page has just been added to this website to enable past pupils, staff and friends of the school to enjoy a wealth of memorable content about the school.  As well as providing insight into Delamere’s long history, a selection of photographic slideshows can be browsed on our new Centenary page.

The contribution of the remarkable Margaret Langdon, the founding spirit behind the school is recognised.  There is a remarkable twenty minute sound track, extracted from Margaret Langdon’s memoirs, recorded in 1978, in which she describes how the school was conceived, brought into being, and subsequently developed.  New executive homes on the old Delamere school site are to be named Margaret Langdon Close in her honour.

Other highlights for viewing on the Centenary page are a film of the activities of the school recorded at Delamere in 1969 by local Jewish photographer, Sefton Samuels and, especially to celebrate the Centenary, two fascinating interviews recorded with Mignon Franks and Barbara Goodman who both devoted many years of their lives to serving the school at the most senior levels.

The new page was launched online at a celebratory Zoom Reunion on Sunday 16th January when about thirty past pupils, family members and associates were given an exclusive preview of the new Centenary Profile page.  They were also able to greet old friends and exchange memories of school life and personalities.  The webpage can be found at www.delamerecharitabletrust.org.uk/centenary-profile.

 

 

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