It’s no secret that former Salvation Army children’s home Strawberry Field was special to John Lennon. 50 years ago it inspired one of the Beatles most memorable songs
‘Let me take you down
‘Cause I’m going to Strawberry Fields
Nothing is real
And nothing to get hung about
Strawberry Fields forever’
The Salvation Army a Church and registered Charity 214779 have launched a fundraising campaign on the 50th anniversary of the UK release of Strawberry Fields Forever.
The children’s home dates from 1870 when it was owned by a wealthy merchant. His widow sold the estate to the Salvation Army in 1934.
In 1936 Commissioner Catherine Bramwell-Booth, said ‘We must save the children because they cannot save themselves! They cannot open the gates to fairer and better things.’
‘The original house was later demolished and replaced with a smaller purpose built home which opened in the early 1970s and closed in 2005 . The special ornamental gates were removed for a time leading to ‘Gate Gate’ but they are now replaced and will feature in the new development.
The Salvation Army’s plans for redevelopment will provide vocational training for young people with mild to moderate learning disabilities. In a break from tradition there will be areas of the grounds and a café open to the public. ‘Alongside the café will be a heritage exhibit which will explore the history of both The Salvation Army’s provision of child services and Strawberry Field.’
Prior to researching this post I didn’t realise The Salvation Army has a subsidiary and their own insurance company Sagic. ‘Ethical Insurance, Supporting the work of The Salvation Army’.
Trust in the Lord but take out insurance cover!