Nine decades of conferences

Cober Hill Hotel.. 10th Anniversary.'From left.. Finance Manager Frances Shimmin, Chairman Michael Sturge, Business Development Manager Lyndsay Chamberlain, General Manager Andrew Limb.'112222a. Pic Kevin Allen'01/06/11.
Cober Hill Hotel.. 10th Anniversary.'From left.. Finance Manager Frances Shimmin, Chairman Michael Sturge, Business Development Manager Lyndsay Chamberlain, General Manager Andrew Limb.'112222a. Pic Kevin Allen'01/06/11.
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ONE of Scarborough’s oldest conference facilities is celebrating its 90th anniversary.

Cober Hill, in Cloughton, is marking nine decades of providing accommodation and facilities for a range of businesses, organisations and individuals.

The centre was the vision of John Wilhelm Rowntree, of York’s famous family, who wanted to develop a centre where people working in education, social service and other voluntary and charitable activity could gather for residential courses and conferences.

His idea came to being in Scarborough when in 1920 his cousin Arnold Rowntree bought a Victorian mansion in Cloughton; Cober Hill.

Cober Hill’s business development manager Lyndsay Chamberlain said: “Arnold wanted to provide space and facilities for groups reflecting his interests in adult education and also for families who wanted something more than a holiday by the seaside.

“For the past 90 years that vision has been amply fulfilled, and under the guidance of its two principal shareholders, two of the Rowntree Trusts, Cober Hill’s buildings, facilities and grounds have been steadily enhanced and its user groups widened.”

The centre now boasts lounges and meeting rooms to offer guests private meeting areas and relaxing space, while its large conference hall and lecture theatre caters for larger gatherings.

Miss Chamberlain added: “More recently the variety of groups coming to Cober has extended to day conferences, business residential meetings, special interest courses and family reunions; almost any interest can be catered for. Many people and groups enjoy Cober Hill so much they return year after year and many enthusiastic comments are received.”