HRH Duke of Kent opens refurbished care home in Croydon
The Grand Master HRH the Duke of Kent, KG officially opened the RMBI’s fully refurbished, state-of-the-art care home at James Terry Court in Croydon on July 24 at a ceremony with the Mayor of Croydon Councillor Yvette Hopley, for residents and distinguished guests from the Masonic community.
The Duke toured the home meeting residents, alongside Grand Secretary Nigel Brown and Grand Director of Ceremonies Oliver Lodge on behalf of The United Grand Lodge of England.
They were joined by leading Freemasons from the Province of Surrey, including the Provincial Grand Master Eric Stuart-Bamford, the Deputy Provincial Grand Master Derek Barr and other members of the Provincial executive of Surrey. Also in attendance were local Masonic volunteers, the Association of Friends of James Terry Court, as well as RMBI’s current President James Newman, former RMBI President Willie Shackell CBE who presided throughout the rebuild, Chief Executive David Innes and trustees.
Since becoming an RMBI care home in 1980, the Home has built an excellent reputation. Now rebuilt in the same location, James Terry Court exceeds the latest government guidelines and legislation on size, accessibility and facilities, and is ‘future proofed’ to make sure that residents and staff remain in the highest level of comfort and safety for many years to come.
The £10 million refurbishment programme has equipped the home with spacious bedrooms all with en-suite wet rooms and fitted with the latest mobility equipment; new dining rooms, entrance and lounge; step free access from central facilities to all rooms; a new dementia wing and a unique rooftop garden. James Terry Court can now accommodate 76 residents, in addition to offering 13 apartments for independent living.
Freemasons in the Province of Surrey have generously supported the redevelopment work in a number of ways. Springfield Lodge donated £75,000 which funded the building and furnishing of a hairdressing salon and pamper room. In addition, a local ‘Buy a Brick’ campaign raised over £25,000 and The Grand Steward’s Lodge donated £20,000. The Association of Friends of James Terry Court also provides substantial support each year, for example furnishing the new gardens and terraces with furniture, parasols, plants and shrubbery.
Diane Collins, Home Manager at James Terry Court, said: “Thanks to our new state-of-the-art facilities, we are able to care for residents in a way that gives them the individual freedom to really make the most of their later lives. We are indebted to the Masonic community, and particularly the Association of Friends of James Terry Court, whose generous support enables the highest quality of life for our residents.”
Since doubling in capacity, the Home currently has vacancies and a small number of flats available to lease or rent. To discuss care needs for yourself or a loved one or to view the home, please contact Home Manager Di Collins on 020 8774 5921. For apartments, please contact Guy Mackey at Chilcott White on 020 8688 4153.
The RMBI is delighted to be In Festival with the Province of Surrey from February 2014.
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