Villagers Turn Back the Clock for Broughton House

Villagers Turn Back the Clock for Broughton House

A village in Bury will be transformed for a 1940s Home Front Day to raise money for Broughton House.

Sue and Paul Greenlees are organising the community event, which takes place in Simister near Prestwich from 11am-5pm on Sunday, May 6.

Among the attractions will be a display of armoured vehicles, wartime music and dancing at the Farmers Arms, a vintage tea room and stalls in the village hall, and a mobile ‘living history’ museum.

Members of The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers from Bury will be present, along with service veterans living at Broughton House. In the evening, the Same Yet Inn will host a disco.

Simister will be decorated with bunting and villagers will wear 1940s clothing.

Sue, 54, is a volunteer helper at Broughton House while Paul, 53, and a group from the Farmers Arms will tackle the national Three Peaks Challenge on Saturday, May 26 to raise funds for the care home.

Sue said: “Broughton House is a fantastic charity and we decided to do our bit to help raise money while bringing local people together for a day of fun and nostalgia.

“The idea has been really well received in the village and everyone is excited about taking part.”

Sue is urging people attending from outside Simister to use local buses or park on Heywood Road, before entering the village.

Ty Platten, chief executive of Broughton House, said: “We are thrilled that the Simister 1940s Home Front Day is being staged to raise money for our charity and awareness about the role we play in caring for north west veterans.

“We hope as many people as possible join in the fun. We’re extremely grateful to Sue and Paul for organising the event and to the residents of Simister for their co-operation, and we all hope it proves to be a tremendous success.”

To donate to Sue and Paul’s appeal for Broughton House, go to