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It’s all in a name: Willesborough pupils lend a helping hand to local care home

Added on: 9th April, 2019 by Mali_49179

It’s all in a name: Willesborough pupils lend a helping hand to local care home

Last Updated:
Wed, 10 April 2019

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Children from a local primary school have been learning about the town’s heritage to help name the suites at a new care home in Ashford.

Pupils from Willesborough Junior School took part in a competition to name the three suites at Care UK’s new home, Montfort Manor, on Kennington Road.

The children put their heads together to come up with a list of names that have cultural or historical significance to them and the local area, and these were then whittled down to the top three by the Care UK team.

When Montfort Manor opens, the suites, which were named after famous places and people, will be known as: ‘Willesborough Suite’, named after a suburb of Ashford, ‘John Wallis Suite’, named after the famous clergyman and mathematician, and ‘Victoria Park Suite’, named after the country park in Ashford.

Care UK presented the winning children with book vouchers to say thank you for all their hard work.

Cheryl Shorter, who is the new home manager of Montfort Manor, said: “Ahead of welcoming the first residents to the home this September, the all-important naming of the suites within the care home is a priority, and we thought this presented an excellent opportunity to work with Willesborough Junior School, to get to know our neighbours a little better.

“The ideas the pupils put forward were all of a very high quality, and we’re really pleased with the final three names.”

Emma Tonkin, Darwin Class Teacher at Willesborough Junior School, said: “We were thrilled when Care UK asked to work with us on this exciting new venture here in Ashford. The children had a great time researching the local area to help them come up with three suite names.”

Opening in autumn 2019, the new home has been designed to enable residents to live active and fulfilled lives, while also promoting independence, incorporating space for hobby and leisure activities. The layout of the building will be configured into a series of individual suites, each having a dedicated lounge and dining room to help facilitate the creation of close-knit communities.

For more information about Montfort Manor, please call 01233 884 619, or visit

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