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Overstream House, Victoria Avenue

History of Overstream House

1913: Overstream House

John Fynn, tailor

Mrs Fynn, teacher of dancing

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Arthur Fynn died 3.11.1918 probably influenza

Mrs Fanny Edith Fynn  died 8.11.1918 probably influenza

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1962: Overstream House

Children’s Relief International

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1994:

The charity Wintercomfort took over the house as its headquarters. Visit its website for more information.

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1999:

In a highly controversial case, the manager, Ruth Wyner,  and deputy manager, John Brock, of Wintercomfort were prosecuted under the 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act. The crime was to ‘knowingly permit’ the dealing of Class A drugs at the centre for the homeless.

This caused a storm of protest and great concern throughout the voluntary sector. Summaries and discussion of the case can be found:

https://www.thirdsector.co.uk/law-drugs-learning-hard/article/620552

http://www.inference.org.uk/wintercomfort2/p0.html

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/1083446.stm

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2000/dec/22/news.claredyer

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