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About Dudley

Opening of landscaped gardens, July 2002,
to mark the 25th anniversary of Rotary House.
Below: Pictured (l to r) Vice Pres.Kevin Calloway, Pres.John Robinson, District Gov.Ron Marshall

Winner 1977
District Significant Achievement Award

Dudley Rotary Club is the only Club in District 1210 to have been presented with four District Significant Achievement Awards.

ROTARY HOUSE is the name of a block of apartments for senior citizens built by the Rotary Club of Dudley to commemorate its Golden Jubilee in 1972 and supported and managed by members of the Club for over 40 years.

In 1970 the Club's committees and members were asked to submit proposals for a suitable project. It was the Vocational Service Committee that finally came up with the idea of providing purpose-built flats for elderly people with a resident Warden. The scheme would be non-profit making.

On 2nd November, 1970 President Basil Poole wrote to the Town Clerk of Dudley informing him of our proposals, and asking that the Council give consideration to the project. A positive reponse was received from the Council in due course.

Further progress was made by the formation of the Rotary Club of Dudley Housing Association Limited which was incorporated on the 4th November, 1971. Every member of the Club (with just one or two exceptions for legal reasons) became a shareholder with one £1 share.

During that period land was in short supply. A large number of sites were examined but either planning permission could not be obtained or the sites were unsuitable. Ultimately, however, we were offered a site by the local authority in Middlepark Road, Russells Hall Estate, Dudley in February 1972.

The calculated commitment of the Association was a capital sum re-payable over a period of 60 years which would be equivalent to the rental income from the flats. A Government grant (via the Housing Corporation) would be the difference between this sum and the total cost of the project and was paid to us as a capital sum.

The preparation of plans and specifications for the flats involved some research to determine actual requirements, but this was completed and Department of the Environment approval and local planning permission obtained by the second half of 1975.

Under the Chairmanship of Past President Stanley Jones the appointed Committee of Management worked very well, and with the efficient design team of Architects, Alan Young and Partners, and Quantity Surveyors, Girling and Hewett, (whose principals were also members of the club), tenders were received by the second half of 1975.

A contract was placed to build twenty one-person and four two-person flats together with a common room, utility room, Warden's house and guest room for visitors. Building work commenced in December 1975 and the flats were completed 16 months later in April 1977.

The District Significant Achievement Award was presented at District Conference in October 1977.

At a later stage, Phase 2 of Rotary House was built on adjacent land and completed in 1982. The whole development remained in the hands of the Rotary Club of Dudley Housing Association until January 2018 when it was transferred to CHADD - the Churches Housing Association of Dudley & District - who had given excellent assistance as managing agents over the previous few years.