Interesting to learn that Ancoats in Manchester now has a “meals quarter” (My weird year of eating out – and in, 18 December). Once I was a pupil at Elizabeth Gaskell Faculty in Manchester within the early Sixties, my schooling lecturer urged that I go to Each Road in Ancoats, then an especially disadvantaged a part of the town, to see a flat which had been arrange by Manchester College Settlement to coach women 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 occasions every day for all to share. Social expertise certainly, and managed by the agency however caring hand of a trainer whose identify I now neglect. I typically consider these women and I need to ask: “Did it assist?” To at the present time 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 we now have meals banks. House economics has at all times been an costly topic, however I nonetheless assume an excellent funding. Fortunately, all through my profession I taught each girls and boys.
(Retired dwelling economics trainer), Norwich