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1991-92: Acorn acquires two houses in the local community, 138 and 130 Long Road, Lawford.

1993: Spring Lodge is built to house five further people who have complex disabilities. Acorn opens Trinity House where six people can live, and The Trinity House Tea Room in Manningtree High Street (later known as Ike@47) - 2013. Now leased as Delilah's Garden Cafe.

1995: Oak Lodge opens with facilities for eight people. Mistley Hall is now used for administration, staff training and as a Conference Centre.

1998: A fourth community house is acquired at 7 St Michael’s Court, Manningtree.

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1972: Denzil and Phyllis Green and other Colchester families who had sons or daughters with a learning disability became concerned about their long term future. They decided to develop the idea of establishing a village community where they could put into practice their own, more imaginative vision and quality of life, which could be achieved for adults who have a learning disability. They launched a registered charity hereinafter called ‘Acorn Villages Ltd’.

1975: Acorn Village Community is born where it welcomes the first Villagers with the opening of Mistley Hall, a small Georgian mansion set in six acres of land.

1978: Jubilee House, the first purpose-built Acorn house, opens to house a further eight people.

1981: Gregory House is built to provide homes for people with a high dependency.

1987: ‘Acorns’ - our first Charity Shop - opens in Manningtree High Street.

1989-1992: Phyllis Mary Lodge is completed, providing a range of accommodation, from a house for five, a three bedded bungalow, a double and two single flats, for more independent Villagers.

1990: Our second ‘Acorns’ Charity Shop opens in Brightlingsea.

2000: Mistley Hall Cottage becomes available to accommodate three further people.

2001: Mistley Wood is purchased and is now home to four people with a learning disability and who are visually impaired. Further land is purchased and Acorn Village is now situated on a 14 acre site.

2002: Within the Supported Living Scheme, Ann’s Courtyard Cottage becomes a home to meet a single persons’ needs.

2009: Our Coffee Shop and Oakroom are newly refurbished to create first class services.

2014: The Creative Craft & Therapeutic Centre opens.

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