Fascinating to learn that Ancoats in Manchester now has a “meals quarter” (My weird year of eating out – and in, 18 December). After I was a scholar at Elizabeth Gaskell Faculty in Manchester within the early Nineteen Sixties, my training lecturer recommended that I go to Each Avenue in Ancoats, then a particularly disadvantaged a part of town, to see a flat which had been arrange by Manchester College Settlement to coach ladies from deprived backgrounds in family administration.
This concerned answering the door, providing refreshments to guests and placing a primary however wholesome meal on the desk at common instances every day for all to share. Social expertise certainly, and managed by the agency however caring hand of a instructor whose identify I now neglect. I typically consider these ladies and I wish to ask: “Did it assist?” To today in our home, I attempt to have some cake in a tin for guests.
I suppose this pragmatic and imaginative type of educating was closed down way back. Now now we have meals banks. Residence economics has all the time been an costly topic, however I nonetheless suppose an excellent funding. Fortunately, all through my profession I taught each girls and boys.
(Retired dwelling economics instructor), Norwich