Food For Thought was a fun, family-friendly event at Whittingham & Goosnargh Social Club that explored the relationship between diet, mental health and Whittingham Asylum in the 1920s.
The afternoon gave people the opportunity to look at original archives and artefacts from the Asylum, participate in a number of family arts activities and sample local produce from a selection of stalls. Former staff, patients, visitors and local residents attended to share their memories and photos of Whittingham, Goosnargh and the Asylum through the decades.
The event was followed by a free evening of nostalgic entertainment at the social club, inspired by memories, food, music and the heritage of Whittingham Asylum in the 1920s. A meal typical of the workhouse diet at this time was served using produce grown by the ‘Grow Your Own’ group at Guild Lodge. This illustrated the connection between how people with mental health needs were looked after in the past and how their needs are also being met today.