The Eventide Homes was founded as an almshouse charity in 1935 by the then Mayor of Bournemouth, Alderman J R Edgecombe.
The management team of the almshouse charity oversee the maintenance of the homes and provide support to residents’ welfare on a day-to-day basis. The team also facilitate a varied programme of activities, to maximise the residents’ quality of life and produce a good community
There are 74 almshouse homes at Edgecombe Gardens in Castle Lane West, Bournemouth. To be eligible, applicants must be:
"I am a keen gardener and was sorry to leave a garden behind that I had spent years improving, so was delighted to become a member of the gardening club, this has provided me with as much gardening as I want to do and to make new friends within the club.
I don't miss my old garden at all. There is a great community spirit here and it is great to feel accepted and appreciated. I enjoy the joy the garden brings to the residents and am happy to help keep these beautiful gardens in tip-top shape.
“As a result of having to leave tied-accommodation, I had to find somewhere else to live. During such a difficult time, Eventide Homes came highly recommended. Since moving in, I have made lots of friends and with there being such a sociable community, there is always plenty to do”.