Helston Home For Boys, Helston, Cornwall

The Helston Home For Boys (also known as the Truro Diocesan Home for Boys) was established by the Waifs and Strays Society in 1901 at The Old Vicarage, 32 Church Street, Helston.

Waifs and Strays Home for Boys, Helston, 1901. © Peter Higginbotham

The official opening took place on Wednesday 5th June, 1901, in the presence of a distinguished gathering which included the Bishop of Truro; the Mayor of Helston, Mr G. Beringer; the Mayor of Falmouth; and the Society's Founder, the Rev. Edward Rudolf. A collection amounting to £13 was taken. It was also announced that Mr Beringer had donated a bed which would bear his name. The home could accommodate 20 boys aged from 6 to 10 years, with the first four having already taken up residence. Miss Hunt was appointed as the permanent Matron.

Dedication Service at Waifs and Strays Home for Boys, Helston, 1901. © Peter Higginbotham

Boys at the home regularly took part in the town's traditional 'Furry Dance' procession, held each year on Flora Day (May 8th).

Boys outside the Helston Home on 'Furry Dance' day, 1907. © Peter Higginbotham

In October 1909, the home transferred to larger premises at Newquay.

Records

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Bibliography

  • Bowder, Bill Children First: a photo-history of England's children in need (1980, Mowbray)
  • Church of England Waifs and Strays' Society [Rudolfe, Edward de Montjoie] The First Forty Years: a chronicle of the Church of England Waifs and Strays' Society 1881-1920 (1922, Church of England Waifs and Strays' Society / S.P.C.K.)
  • Rudolf, Mildred de Montjoie Everybody's Children: the story of the Church of England Children's Society 1921-1948 (1950, OUP)
  • Stroud, John Thirteen Penny Stamps: the story of the Church of England Children's Society (Waifs and Strays) from 1881 to the 1970s (1971, Hodder and Stoughton)
  • Morris, Lester The Violets Are Mine: Tales of an Unwanted Orphan (2011, Xlibris Corporation) — memoir of a boy growing up in several of the Society's homes (Princes Risborough, Ashdon, Hunstanton, Leicester) in the 1940s and 50s.