Birthday celebrations for Portsmouth Churches Housing Association

PRAISE People sing out in celebration of the Portsmouth Churches Housing Association's centenary celebrations.     Picture: Ian Hargreaves (112294-4)
PRAISE People sing out in celebration of the Portsmouth Churches Housing Association's centenary celebrations. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (112294-4)
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A thanksgiving service was held to celebrate the 100th birthday of a housing association.

The Portsmouth Churches Housing Association held the service at the Buckland United Reformed Church, in Kingston Road, Buckland.

Executive officer Sue Brotherston said: ‘The service was wonderful, we had about 100 people attend.

‘The Lord Mayor said some very kind words about us and people stayed for lunch afterwards.’

The organisation was founded in 1911 by a group of church-going women in response to the levels of homelessness in Portsmouth.

Today the association runs two hostels – St Monica’s House in Lucknow Street, Fratton, and St Paul’s House in St Paul’s Road, Southsea.

The hostels teach residents skills such as cooking, cleaning and looking after children.