Lord Kitchener Memorial Holiday Centre.  Registered Charity No. 230090

 

Welcome

Bookings

History

Contact

About us

Welcome to the Lord Kitchener Memorial Holiday Centre.

Kitchener’s is a unique Suffolk charity overlooking the sea in south Lowestoft, offering hotel style holiday accommodation to ex-service men and woman and their spouses or partners.

 

Kitchener’s is open from April through to October and holidays are taken from Tuesday to Tuesday.

 

Accommodation

We offer ten twin-bedded rooms with en-suite bathrooms two of which have walk-in showers. The remainder have all the usual bathroom facilities with an over-bath shower and all the rooms are on the first or second floor.

 

Half board is provided with a full English breakfast and a three course evening meal in our air-conditioned dining room. There are tea and coffee facilities in all rooms.

 

We provide free WiFi.

An Ironing Board & Iron are available.

 

There are two television lounges and one quieter reading lounge which has a small library. A compact lift serves the ground, first and second floors and it will accept a folded wheelchair but it is too narrow for a wheelchair in use.

 

There are several steps up to the front door of the building and also some up to the dining room. Guests should be reasonably mobile and able to cope with a few steps but there is ramped access at the rear of the building. Two mobility scooters are available to hire and a folding wheelchair is available free of charge but all must be pre-booked.

 

Please contact the manager if you would like more information about the facilities available.

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Bookings

If you would like to enquire about making a booking please contact the Manager. Details can be found on the Contact page and once you have made a provisional booking you will be sent a booking form. The booking form will require your Service number and details of Unit in which you served. British ex service and ex merchant service men and women are eligible to stay with us and this extends to those who served in Commonwealth forces.

 

We are now also able to accept bookings from non service widows and widowers of ex service men and women.

 

We are pleased to announce we are now able to take both Short Breaks and Bed and Breakfast Bookings at Kitchener’s.

Short Breaks can be taken on the following:

Friday – Monday

Monday – Friday

Bed and Breakfast for a minimum of 2 nights. Starting from £42 per night for a couple sharing.

 

Rates for 2016 - per week half board

Ex-service  £165.00

Non ex-service partners  £205.00

Single supplement £20.00

Widows/Widowers of Ex-Service £205.00 per week

 

A £30 per person deposit is due when returning the booking form which the Manager will acknowledge

on receipt.

The balance is payable 8 weeks prior to your arrival

but the Manager will send a reminder before this date.

 

 

History

Lord Kitchener was commissioned in the Royal Engineers, served in the British Red Sea territories and became Commander-in-Chief of the army in Egypt 1892. After crushing the separatist Sudanese forces in the Battle of Omdurman he occupied the nearby city of Khartoum. He became a national hero and was ennobled in 1898.

 

When World War 1 broke out he reluctantly accepted an appointment to the cabinet as Secretary of State for War. His call for volunteers was answered by great numbers coming forward for a succession of 'new armies'.

 

He lost his life in 1916 when, on his way to Russia in the cruiser Hampshire, it was sunk west of the Orkneys. His high profile with the public and his untimely death brought about many projects as memorials to his life. The establishment of this Centre was one of these memorials, initiated by Rev. F. W. Emms as a holiday home for convalescent ex-servicemen of whom there were a great number in the latter stages of and immediately after the 1914-18 war.

 

Raising funds locally and in the great towns of the Midlands it became possible to purchase this fine residence and equip it for use. Ready by 1919 it was named in honour 'of the finest soldier Britain ever produced’.

 

There was a Grand Opening Ceremony on August 7th, 1919, commencing with a public meeting at the Hippodrome, Lowestoft. A number of speakers attended, the chief amongst them being General Sir Henry Horne - a personal friend of Lord Kitchener - representatives from all the services and from Lord Kitchener’s family, all of whom received a great reception from the old campaigners who formed the bulk of the gathering. Those present were then led by a band in procession to the Centre for the opening ceremony after which they were entertained to tea on the lawn, now the putting green.

 

Since that time the Centre has continued in much the same manner, providing a subsidised holiday to ex service men and women, funded by sponsorship from service charities and by donations from visiting guests and the people of Lowestoft.

 

The Centre is a registered charity with a direct descendant of Lord Kitchener as patron (Lady Emma Kitchener), local Trustees and Management Committee, with the day-to-day running of the building in the hands of a Manager.

 

 

Contact

Lord Kitchener Memorial Holiday Centre

Manager: Steven Schofield

10 Kirkley Cliff,

Lowestoft,

Suffolk

NR33 0BY

 

Telephone: 01502 573564

Email: enquiries@kitchenerslowestoft.co.uk

 

Support

At present the fees payable by guests can be kept low thanks to the donations and sponsorship received from several major service charities, principally:

ABF The Soldiers' Charity

(was known as Army Benevolent Fund)

Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund

Seafarers UK

(was known as King George's Fund for Sailors)

 

Kitchener’s is always looking for more volunteers and if you can offer your time to support us we would be pleased to hear from you. The committee meets one evening per month and there is quite a mix of members offering many different skills.

 

If you would like to offer financial support please contact the manager who would be happy to let

you know of any specific project currently in hand.

 

Trustees

Derrick Yellowley (Chairman)

Pamela Williamson

Peter Wilson

Michael Sims

Cynthia Brown

 

Management Committee

Cynthia Brown  (Chairperson)

John Greenacre

Pamela Williamson

Mr G Hawes

Mrs P Hawes

Mike Hoban

Victoria Schofield

Glenn Owen

Derrick Yellowley

 

Links

We are pleased to acknowledge the support

of our major service charities:

ABF The Soldiers' Charity

Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund

Seafarers UK

 

Service charities:

British Legion

SSAFA

 

Other related charities:

Shipwrecked Mariners Society

The Not Forgotten Association

 

British armed forces:

Army

Royal Navy

Royal Air Force

 

Lowestoft links:

Lowestoft & North Suffolk

Royal Naval Patrol Service Association

 

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Lord Kitchener Memorial Holiday Centre

10 Kirkley Cliff Rd,

Lowestoft, Suffolk,

NR33 0BY

 

Telephone: 01502 573564

 

Email:

enquiries@kitchenerslowestoft.co.uk