Celebrating 80 years of residential education at Edgmond Hall

Published 22nd September 2017

Edgmond Hall

Celebrations are continuing as Sandwell Council marks 80 years of Edgmond Hall being one of their residential centres.

Over the years, more than 125,000 children have stayed at Edgmond Hall meaning it has welcomed generations of Sandwell children. Now, when children visit, their parents and grandparents have memories of their own experiences there. 

Children who visit the centre take part in activities such as pond dipping, bug hunting, night walks, and gardening.

Oldbury councillors bought the house for £4,000 in 1936 after they decided to search for a property within an hour’s travelling time, where children from the Black Country could spend time together in the fresh air of the countryside, learning about nature and rural life.

It was opened to children of Sandwell in 1937 and has continued to offer a different educational experience for 80 years.

Councillor Simon Hackett, cabinet member for children's services said: "I'm so glad we can continue with offering children and young people the chance to visit Edgmond Hall and the other residential centres owned by Sandwell Council.

"I'm sure there are many people of all generations who have very fond memories of this fine building and the times they spent there.

"I'm committed to continue running these residential centres as it really does offer a valuable experience for all who visit."