This year’s report details the ‘experimental’ daytime use of the building for a new Juvenile Instruction Centre: ‘Being anxious to do their utmost towards the solution of the grave problems arising out of the lack of employment for boys of 14 to 18, the committee offered to the Education Committee, without charge for rent… Beginning on October 16th, 1933, classes have met in the mornings and afternoons for instruction in woodwork and physical training. At first the number of those attending was small, but it increased rapidly; before the end of November the maximum number of 80 was reached and there has been no decline since that date. It seems in the next twelve months this valuable work may attain a fuller development.’ On January 7th , 1934, H.R.H. the Duke of Gloucester paid a visit to the Juvenile Instruction Centre, ‘and complemented us on having a finer building than any other boys’ club which he had visited.’
This year saw the Old Boys form the football team ‘Florence Albion’, and junior members enjoyed fortnightly entertainments on Saturday evenings consisting of ‘sing-songs, story-telling, gramophone records, cinema-pictures and the -like’ For senior members, music and dancing continued every other Thursday in the ‘large hall’.
THE FLORENCE INSTITUTE
Registered Office: The Florence Institute Trust Ltd, 377 Mill Street, Liverpool L8 4RF. Charity Registration No: 1109301. Company Registration No: 05330850 (registered in England and Wales).