Cathedral Country Home

Manchester Cathedral Country Home provides holidays and respite breaks for disadvantaged families and individuals living principally in the Manchester and Salford dioceses who are faced with financial or social disadvantage and who, otherwise, could not have a break at all.

Teenage mothers, single-parent families, families with a parent in prison, deaf and disabled people, uniformed groups and school children are just some of the groups that have benefited from staying at the house. For many it is their only chance of getting a break from their usual environment, time to relax and make new friends, and to get fresh air and exercise in a rural setting.

The house is set in three acres of countryside at Mellor on the edge of the Peak District, but only 15 miles from Manchester. It was opened in 1907. The money to build it was raised by members of the Cathedral congregation and other like-minded supporters who saw the need to help people working without a break in the city’s cotton mills and living in cramped and dingy slums.

Over the last 20 years demand for places has increased. There are now about 1000 visitors per year (half of them children) between April and November. The house can accommodate up to 24 guests in 11 bedrooms, including one large family room, on a self-catering basis. Families pay what they can towards the cost of the holiday, but there is flexibility depending on circumstances.

The Country Home facilitates training and development for some visitors e.g. youth groups to improve their employability through a series of planned exercises and team-building events. Training opportunities include life-skills, job-search, numeracy and literacy. Families are referred by other charities and Social Services or by personal approach, as well as from parishes in Manchester Diocese or beyond.

The house has a lovely, comfortable and welcoming feel about it. Under the current housekeeper, Sharon Adamson, the facilities have been greatly improved with good quality furniture donated by local people, outside play areas for toddlers and children, a bike track, paved patio area, barbecues and benches.

Sharon's husband David is the full-time handyman on top of his own work elsewhere. Over the last ten years Sharon has been instrumental in the organisation of the house and the increase of its guest numbers by 100%. Her consistent enthusiasm and hard work has encouraged the local residents to become involved and supportive to the cause. Sharon and David work to a management committee made up of local volunteers and people involved at the Cathedral.

Though the Home is totally self funded, also relying on donations and support from companies, groups and individuals, it works hard at social and fundraising events to underpin the annual costs, to keep the house and grounds in repair, serviced and equipped, in order to be able to provide the respite breaks that are so needed. For this we are indebted to the commitment and sheer hard work of fundraising, by people in Mellor and district, including St Thomas' parish church at Mellor where we have good links.

Bookings are made with Sharon Adamson at: The Manchester Cathedral Country Home, 299 Longhurst Lane, Mellor, Stockport, Cheshire SK6 5PP. Tel: 0161 427 1893 Email: mellorcountryhou@btconnect.com Visit www.mellorcountryhouse.co.uk

If you would like to make a donation to the work of the Home, please send a cheque to the above address payable to 'Manchester Cathedral Country Home'. Thank you.