The Rise and Fall of the Bournemouth Jewish Hotels
Tuesday, 26 January 2021 | 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm£5.00
Do you have fond memories of family holidays in Bournemouth, whether at the Cumberland, the Green Park, or elsewhere? Even if you didn’t holiday in Bournemouth, please join us on 26th January 2021, when Geoffrey Feld, former hotelier and owner of the Cumberland Hotel will tell us about the history of Jewish Hotels in the town, with many amusing anecdotes from his personal experiences over almost 50 years.
Geoffrey grew up in the East End of London, where his parents owned the famous Feld’s Restaurant in Whitechapel Road, but in 1950, the year after his parents bought the Cumberland Hotel, he moved to Bournemouth. Upon leaving school at 17 he studied Accountancy for 7 years and then in 1960 joined the family business. After his father’s death in 1969 he became Managing Director of the Company during which year they acquired the Majestic Hotel in Bournemouth, thus having the dubious pleasure of running two Jewish hotels at the same time. In 1973 the Majestic Hotel was sold and the Company purchased the Spiders Web Motel on the Watford-By-Pass, which he ran for 11 years at which stage both the Cumberland and the Spiders Web were replaced by a chain of four non-Jewish hotels in Bournemouth. After 47 years in the hotel business, he retired in 2008.
He has been actively involved in many aspects of the Jewish community in Bournemouth, including B’nai B’rith, the Bournemouth Jewish Representative Council and for many years a Trustee and now Life President of the Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation. In 1973 he became Chairman of Bournemouth JIA and for over 20 years was a member of the National Executive of JIA as well as being for 10 years the Southern Area Chairman.
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