Rotary House
Corbett Avenue near the Lido
WR9 7BD

 

Rotary House is a comfortably furnished 50 seat function room with gardens and patio.
It has been upgraded to include facilities for the disabled.
There is a new kitchen for preparing light refreshments.
There is a ceiling mounted overhead projector and WiFi  is available.
Hiring rates from £13 per three hour session.

For details telephone :
John Bodger – 01905 770428
Jim Gillespie – 01905 795705


or email John and Jim

 

History of Rotary House

As one of its first thoughts about service to the community, the Rotary Club of Droitwich Spa in 1939 took up the suggestion that premises should be provided for elderly, retired menfolk to meet in comfort for fellowship. Clubs of this type, known as “Sons of Rest”, had been set up in Worcester and Kidderminster and it was felt that Droitwich should follow suit.
A wooden building situated on the corner of Albert Street and Ombersley Street, was acquired for rental and eventual purchase. The building had two rooms and was well used by retired men, many of them ex-saltworkers. By the late 1940s the premises had become dilapidated and efforts were made to provide a permanent building. A piece of land fronting on to Corbett Avenue was leased from the Borough Council and the Rotary Club set about raising £3,500 for a brick building. A gift of £500 from a local benefactor was offered and the Club made a public appeal to raise £3,000 by organising functions including a large 3-day auction sale. The money was raised, the present building was erected and it opened in December 1958 as the “Rotary Sons of Rest Club”. The Club flourished until the 1980s but then declined as members passed on. As a consequence, the building was re-named “Rotary House” and used by groups called “Rotary Association of Retired Friends”, one of which still exists today. The premises are now owned by a registered charity, the Rotary Club of Droitwich Spa Charitable Trust, No 1068030, and are hired for a modest fee, throughout the week by many voluntary groups consisting of mainly elderly people. It is therefore continuing to provide a very useful service to the community of Droitwich Spa.
The complex consists of a comfortable 50 seat meeting room, a kitchen suitable for light refreshments, toilets, and a garden created in 1991 in memory of Michael Cross who was a Droitwich resident, a Birmingham Rotarian, and a Regional Director of NatWest Bank Pension Fund. The restored garden and patio is ideal for small out door functions. Except for the kitchen, everything is now easily accessible to the infirm and disabled. The Management Committee and The Charitable Trust acknowledge with gratitude, capital grants since 2003 totalling £40,600 from a number of organisations and individuals including £22,200 from the National Lottery.

Currently, in excess of 600 people from over 20 local community groups, use these attractive facilities regularly for recreational, educational and fellowship purposes.

“SERVICE ABOVE SELF”

Message from His Worship the Mayor of Droitwich on March 1958

Ladies and Gentlemen,

As Mayor of the Borough of Droitwich, I have been asked by the Rotary Club to make an appeal for their new ‘Sons of Rest’ building. It gives me great pleasure to ask for your support for I have been connected with the Club for many years and have always been enthusiastic in trying to carry out their motto, ‘Service above Self.’
My late husband was twice President of the Club and in the days before the Ladies counterpart, the Inner Wheel Club, was formed I helped to organise functions and raise funds for Rotary Club projects. I was a Founder Member of the Inner Wheel Club and have been President twice. Many people know and all should be aware of the ‘Sons of Rest’ temporary quarters at the comer of Ombersley Road and Albert Street, the best Building that the Rotarians could rent at the time and it has housed the ‘old Gentlemen of the Town’ for many years.
The plans for their new ‘home’, a substantial and attractive brick building, have now been passed and the Borough Council have offered a site in the Park which has been accepted. This important project has been a target for the Rotary Club for many years and funds have already been raised but not enough, and it is in this respect that I appeal to you to give generously for this worthy cause. Think of the pleasure this new Club House will give to the ‘unwanted Sons’, trying to rest, but swept out of their homes in the mornings by their ‘Better Halves’, they can sit in peace, smoking a pipe, playing Cribbage or a hand of cards, reading a book or magazine, or just sitting by the fire reminiscing. . They are visited by Club Members and for many years Rotarian Ted Tolley has kept an eye on them and looked after their comforts, well deserving the name ‘Father of the Sons of Rest’. Please give generously in every way possible to this very special appeal.

E. LOUISE HATCHETT, Mayor.