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Eversholt House, Leighton Buzzard

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Eversholt House, Leighton Buzzard

Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire

(1938 - 1984)

Eversholt House was given to the Society by Mr G F Green in memory of his father and named St Margaret's Home. In 1938 the building temporarily accommodated the residents of Maurice Home, Ealing, London. The house was empty at the time and the children camped out in the building's large rooms. Maurice Home was among a number of London Homes to be evacuated temporarily in 1938 when it was thought that a war with Germany might start. The children returned to London after the Munich Agreement between Germany and the United Kingdom, which at the time was thought to have averted the threat of war.

The Home opened in 1939 and accommodated 25 girls. The formal opening ceremony of the Home did not take place until 27 June 1940, and was led by the Marchioness of Carisbrooke, with the dedication being conducted by the Bishop of Bedford. In 1967 the residents of St Margaret's attended tea with the Duke and Duchess of Bedford at Woburn Abbey. Later in the year a Champagne Party and Christmas Fair were also held at the Abbey. Over 700 guests attended and a total of £2,000 was raised for the Society.

In 1981 the Home set up a teenage unit which could accommodate six young people. The units sought to make the transition between institutionalised care and complete independence easier. Teenagers were taught every day skills like budgeting and cooking. In January 1984 residents from a Project named the Whitehouse moved to Eversholt House. In the same year it was decided that the Home would become a Voluntary Home rather than a Assisted Community Home. At this point Eversholt House effectively ceased to be a Children's Society Residential Care Home.

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