Looking back

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Looking back

The opening of 'The Croft Centre for the Mentally Handicapped' – now known as The Croft Community – was an exciting day for the eighteen people who were to be the community's first residents, co-workers and pioneers.

At the time, the idea that adults with learning disabilities could integrate into the life of a town was considered radical.

It had taken a lot of hard work to restore and convert The Croft house and grounds; the site, derelict for almost a decade, had been in a shocking state.

But the new community quickly began to put down roots, establishing a well-ordered garden, and setting up the coffee and book shop which would one day become the Kingfisher Café. 

The photos you see here are from those early times.