The history of Boscombe Rotary and Inner Wheel Housing Association
In the mid to late sixties the members of both organisations took the audacious decision to raise funds to provide reasonably priced accommodation for the elderly and needy within the local community.
A small shop in Boscombe was acquired at a peppercorn rent.
On Monday 28th October 1968 Rotarian Michael Green, Bournemouth's youngest Mayor at that time, cut the ribbon and declared the Rotary Shop open. It was the second Charity Shop in Boscombe, the first being Oxfam.
Takings flourished and after two years the decision was taken to purchase the Northwick Hotel now Northwick House for £15,000. A further £28,000 was raised from donations, grants and loans to accommodate 20 residents and a warden.
At a later date Stourwood House was purchased for £21,000 and a further £18,000 spent to provide amenities for 13 residents and a warden.
The Housing Association (L1002)
registered 8th December 1975
What is Rotary and Inner Wheel
We are global volunteer organisations whose members promote humanitarian service, and help build goodwill and peace. We are the worlds leading service organisation. Both Clubs meet on a regular basis to enjoy fellowship, plan and promote local projects which will benefit our communities, and discuss international issues such as natural disasters.
Rotary and Inner Wheel are non political and open to every race, culture, and creed.