1922: John Finch
In November 1922 Mr and Mrs John Finch spent a day at Wesley House. Conversations with Dr Hughes had aroused their interest in the work and from that time they showed themselves to be kind and generous friends. The Finch Travelling Scholarship which enables a Wesley House man to study abroad for one year, will be their lasting memorial. The first student to enjoy this privilege was Erastus Evans who went to Marburg in 1928.
From the first Mr Gutteridge showed his personal interest in Wesley House by occasional visits and contact with the men. Mrs Gutteridge, who had partly inspired the scheme, was an invalid at that time and was unfortunately unable to accompany him. After her death in 1922 Mr Gutteridge came more frequently and would occasionally stay a few days. When the site had been acquired and the plans drawn he gave many hours to consideration of the details involved.