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Mossley celebrates twenty years of providing home to Emmaus charity
Thursday 21st September 2017 @ 12:33 by Nigel P.
Community Mossley & Saddleworth News Stalybridge Tameside

Indie Group Cabbage wow crowds that turned out at Mossley’s Longlands Mill to help the Emmaus charity to celebrate it’s twentieth year in the town.


Terry Waite CBE and local Indie rock band Cabbage helped a large crowd of well wishers in Mossley  celebrate the twentieth anniversary since the establishment of homelessness charity Emmaus in the town.

The charity’s 20th birthday bash took place last Saturday( 16 September,) celebrating 20 years of the Emmaus community at  the town’s Longlands Mill.

The free event for supporters of the charity included live music, special guests, a charity auction and fun activities throughout the day.

Terry Waite CBE, President of Emmaus UK, was one of the special guests at the event along with Richard Darlington, founder and President of Emmaus Mossley, and popular local actor John Henshaw, who is patron of the charity.

Terry said: “Congratulations to everybody who has contributed to the development of this wonderful centre. We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to so many people who have supported Emmaus Mossley over the years. I would like to give my thanks particularly to the companions who have made this their home and helped to create a living, lively centre for the local community to enjoy.”

Terry Waite President of Emmaus UK thanked the local community for accepting Emmaus in Mossley and making it a success. 

Since it’s inception in the town, Emmaus Mossley has grown and it is now home to 26 companions – formerly homeless people who live, work and are supported at Emmaus Mossley.

Jeff Greaves, companion at Emmaus Mossley who cut the birthday cake with Terry Waite CBE, said: “It was a fantastic day for Emmaus Mossley and I’m glad I was a part of it. Cutting the cake with Terry was a fun experience, especially after the comedy moment beforehand. Thank you to everyone who attended our wonderful party.”

An eclectic mix of bands and musicians performed throughout the day including Cabbage, The Piccadilly Rats, Danny Mahon, Kyla Brox, Afghan Sand Gang, Night Host, The Pistuns, Good Vibrations, Dobcross Brass Monkeys and Lydgate Brass Band.

Frances Hirst, Chair of Emmaus Mossley, said: “The event was a fitting tribute to the many people who have supported Emmaus Mossley over the past two decades. I would like to give sincere thanks to all the people who joined us to celebrate and to all the musicians, individuals, organisations and our community members for their contributions in making it a great birthday event for Emmaus Mossley.”

Emmaus Mossley supports 26 formerly homeless people by providing them with a home and work in a community setting. The charity runs a social enterprise in Mossley, selling donated and upcycled furniture, household goods, clothes, bric-a-brac and vintage wares.

To find out more or support Emmaus Mossley head to If you would like to get involved or donate an item, please call 01457 838608 or visit the store at Longlands Mill, Queen Street, Mossley OL5 9AH.