Brief History

1918: Private estate of Enham Place bought for £30,000 to become first Village Centre for rehabilitation of disabled ex-servicemen.

1919: 50 disabled ex-servicemen arrive, with their families, and are offered a wide range of retraining opportunities in different trades. Enham Village Centre officially opened on 29 October 1919.

King George V, Queen Mary and the Duke of York visiting Enham Village Centre, 22 May 1922

King George V, Queen Mary and the Duke of York visiting Enham Village Centre, 22 May 1922

1922: Visit by King George V, Queen Mary and the Duke of York. King George V had personally donated £100 to the Village Centre in 1919.

1926: Landale Wilson Institute opened by the Prince of Wales.

1943: Enham services extended to civilians and those suffering from tuberculosis.

1940-44: Enham industries employed in production for the war effort.

1945: Egyptian Alamein Committee presented gift of £225,000 to Enham at a Dorchester Hotel luncheon. The name of the village changed to Enham Alamein in appreciation of the gift.

1950: Hostel, later named Phipps House, opened by the Princess Royal. It was the first in the country to provide individual accommodation for people with disabilities.

1955: Admission of people with a wider range of disabilities.

1966: Admission of women residents.

1990: Resource Centre opened to improve facilities for Enham clients.

2009: Enham celebrates its 90th anniversary.

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