‘The Miners Holiday Home’
‘The Miners Holiday Home’
‘The Miners Holiday Home’
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Court Royal boasts a number of fine facilities for people taking part in the holidays we offer. Below are details of the services you can expect during your stay with us.
RestaurantCourt Royal boasts a number of fine facilities for people taking part in the holidays we offer. Below are details of the services you can expect during your stay with us.
The Court Royal
A warm welcome awaits you…. Court Royal has served as a facility for the South Wales Mining Industry for more than 60 years and during this time it has evolved into a fine hotel facility with extensive refurbishments taking place in recent years. Investment into making Court Royal a first class facility continues to the present day with a comprehensive refurbishment of the exterior recently concluded. It operates today as a registered charity (number 206608) and is open all year around providing the opportunity of a holiday to former mineworkers and their wives or widows. Court Royal is situated in a prime position on the Bournemouth Seafront on the South West English Coast and offers unparalleled views of the pier and seafront. Holidays at Court Royal usually last a week, beginning and ending on a Monday. Transport is provided from one of five pick up points along the M4 corridor. From the moment you arrive at Court Royal, a warm welcome awaits you from the staff who will do all that they can to ensure that your stay is an enjoyable one. Two holiday schemes are available at Court Royal. One operates between November and March for men who have been employed in the Coal Industry who are asked to pay a small contribution towards the cost of transport for their break. The other holiday scheme takes place during the summer season (and at Christmas) and is open to former mineworkers and the wives and widows of former mineworkers. Although there is a charge for these holidays, it is at a ‘not for profit’ rate. In order to see whether you would qualify for a break at Court Royal, please refer to our eligibility criteria
Anyone wishing to find out more about Court Royal or who wishes to enquire about the possibility of booking a holiday should, in the first instance, contact the South Wales Offices of the Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation using the contact details below:
CISWO, Unit 5, Maritime Offices, Woodland Tce., Pontypridd, CF37 1DZ
Telephone: 01443 485233
The building that is now Court Royal was originally known as Madeira House and was notable as being the site where, on June 3rd 1898, the World’s first wireless telegraph message was received from Alum Bay on the Isle of Wight by the radio pioneer Gugliemo Marconi. During the Second World War, the Hotel was used by the Royal Air Force and then fell into disuse until in 1947, when it was purchased as a Convalescent facility for the Miners of South Wales through funding from the Miners Welfare Committee. The Convalescence on offer at Court Royal was available to mineworkers who had suffered an injury in the course of their employment in the Coal Industry. Following their recovery from injury, men would be allowed a two week period of convalescence in Bournemouth before recommencing work. The accommodation at Court Royal originally consisted of three dormitories housing a total of 60 people. Each Dormitory boasted a single toilet and it has been joked that the seat was never cold in those days. The regime within Court Royal was much stricter then than it is now as everyone staying there had to be in by 9.30 at night and in bed by 10.00pm. In 1972, the management committee decided on a programme of renovation for Court Royal and the dormitory accommodation was phased out in favour of en-suite rooms. Around this time, partly due to the improvements in working conditions within the Industry, fewer injured workers were using the facility and it was providing more convalescent holidays for retired mineworkers. During the 1984/85 Miners’ Strike, the future of Court Royal was in some doubt as the strike led inevitably to a lack of funds for the Home. As a consequence of this, it was decided to allow retired mineworkers and their wives to purchase holidays at Court Royal. This move was revolutionary at the time and has helped to secure the future of this jewel in the crown of the South Wales Mining Industry. Court Royal continues to thrive today and offers the chance of a subsidised break at a fine facility for people with links to the South Wales Mining Industry.
Holidays at Court Royal are open to any mineworker or former mineworker who can show that they meet one or more of the following conditions. Additionally, wives and widows of mineworkers can take part in the not for profit holiday scheme if they husband would qualify in their own right:
1. Any individual who worked in the mining industry for a minimum of 5 years.
2. Any individual who was employed in the mining industry for a minimum of five years, but who was compelled to leave the industry and seek employment with an alternative employer, catering for disabilities
3. Any individual who has been prescribed with industrial disease e.g. pneumoconiosis or chronic bronchitis/emphysema (DWP Assessment).
4. Any individual prescribed with industrial disease eg pneumoconiosis, regardless of percentage assessment or length of service. NB Individuals meeting criterion 3 and 4 will need to provide proof of a Benefits Agency assessment in relation to their Industrial Disease.