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St Deny's Home For Toddlers, Clitheroe

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St Deny's Home For Toddlers, Clitheroe

Pimlico Road, Clitheroe, Lancashire.

(1916 - 1992)

St Deny's was established in 1915 to replace the small toddler's home at Newchurch. It was only formally opened in the following year, with a dedication ceremony held at the Home. In the same week two successful Pound Days were organised, which attracted many people from the surrounding area. Newly established homes often held such events, as they helped the children and staff to become part of their local community.

At first St Deny's could house up to 30 boys and girls, all aged 2-5. After building work in 1922, space was made for four more toddlers. To pay for the building work, the children performed a special pageant in Manchester. The performance was entitled 'Children Throughout the Ages', and they all dressed up in historical clothing. They were joined by the Oldham Home, who took to the stage as 'Children in Fiction'. The Pageant ran for three nights and raised around £250, which is the equivalent of over £9,000 in today's money.

St Deny's organised another fund-raising event in 1926, when a garden fête was held in the grounds of their home. This time they collected enough money to install electric lighting in the Home.

St Deny's carried on its work for many years, finally closing in 1992. In the later years, the Home specialised in care for older children who had been affected by traumatic experiences in their family life.

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