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The Old Barn Home, West Lulworth

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The Old Barn Home, West Lulworth

West Lulworth, Wareham, Dorset

(c1948 - 1978)

The Old Barn was purchased in 1953 for £500, although The Children's Society's Central Homes Register shows the Home was accommodating residents from 1948. It is recorded in the 1954 List of Homes Handbook as a Family Home for seven residents, one of the smallest Society Homes.

In 1966 a games room was added to the Home with a £100 donation given by the Variety Club of Great Britain. By 1968 the Home accommodated seven residents aged 3-14. All the children attended school - the girls in the local village, and the boys a few miles away.

In 1970 eight children from the Home as well as residents from Talbot Home in Bournemouth, and St Katherine's in Southbourne spent 17 days on an educational cruise to North Africa. They were the guests of the Association of Preparatory Schools, on board the British India Ship, SS Nevasa, which took over 1,000 students as well as passengers. The children flew to Rijeka in Yugoslavia where the cruise started. The first port of call was Santorini, one of the Greek Islands. The ship then passed through the Dardanelles and called at Istanbul, Delphi, Syracuse, and Tangier.

In 1972 an extension was added to the converted barn, providing a kitchen, lounge and two new bedrooms. The additional rooms were part of the Society's aim to give all older children their own bedrooms where possible.

The Home closed in 1978.

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