Leisure Park's founder dies at the age of 95
Bert House, who was instrumental in setting up Brean's successful
Leisure Park, has peacefully passed away at the age of 95 this
celebration of his life will take place at 3pm on Monday 29th
October at St Marys Church in Berrow.
was born in Mark on December 14th, 1917 and lived with his mother
Edith and father John. His eldest sister, Betty, is now 98. He
lost his brothers, Donald and Jim, and his second sister Peggy.
went to school at Sexeys in Blackford and often recounted how
he had to milk the cows before and after school.
family moved to Woolston Farm in Stogursey to try and keep his
father, out of the pub since he enjoyed his cider so much. However,
the move did not really work because he simply bought a car and
still went to the pub!
lost his eye in his teenage years while rabitting with his future
brother-in -law Graham Duckham. He had spells working with relations
in West Wales and also at Brean Down Farm before securing a job
as Farm Manager at Langham Farm in Gillingham, Dorset.
met his wife, Marie Harris, when he was at Brean Down and she
was at Westcroft Farm in Brent Knoll. Bert had a Royal Enfield
motorbike and recounted how one night on their way back from Weston
they met some cows on Wick Lane and they both fell off!
married Marie in 1946 with Richard was born in 1947. He moved
to Unity in 1947 when Maries Uncles retired from farming
with their sisters.
bought the farm around 1953 with help from the Harris family.
He met Fred Pontin in 1947 and built a road to the beach with
an old Fordson tractor by pulling out all the anti-invasion posts
on the beach.
was approached by George Farmer, Managing Director of Land Rover,
to put a caravan on the paddock at around this time and this was
to be the start of caravans at Unity. In the 1960s he managed
to get permission for 80 caravans and the rest was history. The
farm was 150 acres in size and the resort is now 300. Many thousands
of families have enjoyed their holidays at Unity over the years
and some long-standing visitors are now returning with their grandchildren.
real character, he once sacked George Smith, his cowman, three
times in one day. The cows went in 1976 but Bert loved a challenge
so decided to go cattle dealing and spent ten years buying and
selling cattle, mostly from Maurice Wall at Highbridge Market
and his friends in the horse racing world were often involved.
The cattle later moved out and the caravans moved in and Bert
was instrumental in starting Brean Leisure Park. After Tony Jacklin
won the Open, it was then called Mid Somerset Golf Centre. It
had a driving range, pitch and putt and a café. Les Wilsher
and Albert Clarke joined the venture but the centre needed other
attractions for familis, hence the development of Brean Leisure
Park and the adjoining Unity Farm caravan park.
semi-retired in the late 80s but kept a finger on the pulse
and even last week, when he was in the park's Tavern pub asked
how the business was doing.
holiday and leisure business has grown to be one of the largest
independently owned holiday resorts in the country and continues
under the House family's ownership and management.
passed away peacefully on October 19th aged 95, just eight weeks
before his 96th birthday. Donations can be made to the Injured
Jockeys Fund, who Bert supported by organizing a Celebrity Pro
Am Golf Tournament in June each year at Brean Golf Club with many