Afternoon Tea At Arnold Bennett’s Birthplace

Afternoon Tea at Bennett’s Birthplace

Pictured – (left to right) Sarah Vernon – Brighter Futures Director of Policy, Ray Johnson – Arnold Bennett Society Vice President, and Zoe Leese – 90 Hope Street Deputy Manager

Brighter Futures welcomed members of the Arnold Bennett Society to 90 Hope Street Hostel, on Saturday 27th May, to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Arnold Bennett’s birth.

90 Hope Street, Brighter Futures direct access homeless hostel, is built on the site where the writer was born on 27th May 1867. The Society joined us on the actual day of Bennett’s birth as part of a wider schedule of events they had planned on the day and throughout the rest of 2017.

Members of the Arnold Bennett Society joined Brighter Futures customers and staff to enjoy Afternoon Tea in the Bennett Room, which was named after the novelist when the hostel was built in 2009.

Brighter Futures Chief Executive said: “We were very proud and pleased to be contacted by the Arnold Bennett Society and to be able to help celebrate and contribute towards this historical day of Stoke-on-Trent City’s greatest literary figure. We would like to thank Arnold Bennett Society members for their generous gifts, which we shall ensure have pride of place in our hostel on Hope St, Hanley.”


The Arnold Bennett Society’s aim, since 1954, is to promote the study and appreciation of the life, works and times of not only Arnold Bennett, but also of other writers who have a relationship with or links to North Staffordshire.

Ray Johnson, Arnold Bennett Society Vice President, said: “We were made most welcome at a tea party in the Bennett Room of the Brighter Futures premises in Hope Street – built on the very location of Bennett’s birthplace. It was a lovely occasion for Society members who had travelled some distance to be with us for the day to meet and chat about their interests in Arnold Bennett – and to meet the Brighter Futures team.

“It was a wonderful contribution from Brighter Futures to our events commemorating the 150th Anniversary of Arnold Bennett’s birth.”

90 Hope Street is a direct access homeless hostel that provides temporary and emergency accommodation and support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to people who are homeless, including people who are sleeping rough. 90 Hope Street supports people to engage with the services they need to help address the issues leading to their homelessness, and helps people to develop the confidence and skills to move on to more independent accommodation.

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