Sutton-in-Ashfield’s newest care home, Kingfisher Court, has officially welcomed its first resident. Betty Banbury, who has lived in the local area all her life, moved in last month and has been settling into her new home well.
Kingfisher Court was officially opened by Rtd Lt Col Keith Seddon MBE and Betty enjoyed welcoming all the visitors to her new home to view the state-of-the-art facilities. The purpose-built, three storey home, which is located on Kingfisher Way, will provide a home for 66 local older people requiring residential or dementia care on an all-inclusive basis.
Betty was born in East Kirkby in 1929 and started work at Mansfield Building Society during the war when she was just 15. After a few years at the building society, Betty left to work for an estate agents in Nottingham.
During this time she met with Herbert Banbury from Warsop, who Betty later married in 1948. They had two children, John and Margaret, and Betty now has six grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren, with number 10 due in October.
Betty returned to work when her children were older at Derby Road College where she remained for 18 years. She then moved to Manor School in Mansfield Woodhouse for 16 years before retiring.
Betty is enjoying her new home and says her favourite parts are the old English tea room and the garden room. She said, “The tea room on the first floor is just lovely. It is a nice place to go and relax and enjoy a cup of tea and a piece of cake. My family enjoy visiting and my great grandchildren look forward to the cakes! I can’t wait for the summer when we can sit out on the balcony and watch the world go by.”
Paul Quirk, Home Manager at Kingfisher Court, said, “The team and I have been in the home for a month now, completing our training and inductions, so we were absolutely thrilled to open our doors and welcome our first resident. Betty is an absolute joy, she is being spoilt by all the staff and enjoyed being the first resident for a while, before she was joined by our second resident, Joyce Langdon. We have lots of other rooms reserved and can’t wait for our next residents to move in to join Betty and Joyce in all the activities!”.
The brand new home includes 66 bedrooms with en-suite facilities, a garden room, library, cinema, hair and beauty salon, landscaped gardens and English tea room complete with balcony areas. The home has been designed and built by LNT Care Developments and will be run by Oakdale Care Group – a small, privately owned company providing high exceptional care in outstanding surroundings, with the ethos of providing the best care, every day to every one.