Mrs Elouise Edwards has been instrumental in celebrating Black culture, battling racism and developing vital community resources in Moss Side.
Mrs Elouise Edwards MBE arrived in England in 1961. She has been involved with many projects to help solve the problems faced by the African-Caribbean people of Manchester. She has been instrumental in celebrating Black culture, battling racism and developing vital community resources in Moss Side. She was awarded an MBE for her amazing contribution.
Elouise also has an African Chieftaincy. She was nominated for her work with African people in Manchester and the honour was bestowed by the Nigerian organisation at the British Council.
“Once you’re involved in community, you’re always involved in community, because people know that there are certain things that you do, and therefore they come to you and ask for your help”.
Elouise Chandler, the youngest of 10 children, was born in Guyana, South America. Her father was a civil engineer who extracted gold from the goldfields of Guyana and her mother was a housewife. She married Beresford Edwards in 1955 at St George’s Cathedral, Georgetown. Beresford, came to England in 1960, and Elouise followed in 1961 with her three year old son.
“I never wanted to come to England. Mr. Edwards wanted to, he was a printer and he wanted to study lithography. So he came over first and then I followed but it was never my intention to leave home. I was very, very unhappy when I came here.”