Archive for November, 2018

In Memoriam

November 23rd, 2018

P.C.H.A. received the sad news that Mrs. Doreen Stairs had passed away on 26th October 2018.

In 1982 Doreen, President of the Portsmouth and District Free Church Women’s Council joined the Management Committee.  At that time, the Association, then known as Portsmouth and District Free Church Women’s Council Housing Association Ltd only had St. Paul’s House with the view to opening another hostel.

In 1985, Doreen was elected Chairman of the Management Committee, a position she held till 1994. During her time as Chairman,  the Association opened Somers Road Hostel in 1986 and St. Monica’s House in 1993.

Mrs. Stairs laying the Foundation Stone for St. Monica’s House 27th August 1993


In 1994, a new Chairman was elected and Doreen continued to be an active member of the Management Committee until she retired in 2011.

Doreen Stairs will be fondly remembered by Portsmouth Churches Housing Association Ltd as a wonderful kind lady who was committed in helping many young homeless families and young women in the Portsmouth area.


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Doreen Stairs

27th June 1924 – 26th October 2018



November 2nd, 2018

Today a certificate arrived confirming that the Portsmouth Churches Housing Association raised an incredible £130 for Macmillan.



A big thank you to the residents at St. Monica’s House and Somers Road Hostel,  Staff, Committee Members and friends for coming along and making the event a lot of fun and donating cakes and money.

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