Shropshire-based English Care have taken ownership of The
ExtraCare Charitable Trust's Lady Forester Nursing Home and
Forester's Court in Much Wenlock.
The sale of the home was completed on 1st October 2010
and the Nursing Home will continue to operate as a going
concern, with current residents' homes safe and the existing staff
English Care is an experienced care provider which operates
Bowbrook House Care Home in Shrewsbury. This is an award
winning home and rated as excellent by the Care Quality Commission.
Bowbrook House provides accommodation and care in a friendly and
homely atmosphere for 30 elderly residents.
David English, a Director of English Care said: "We are very
pleased that we have been able to purchase the Lady Forester
Nursing Home and Forester's Court. We are looking forward to
working with the staff, residents, relatives and the community to
ensure the future success of the home.
"We plan to expand both the home and Forester's Court to ensure
they are a viable and secure facility for the future. All the work
will be carried out by our sister company English Construction,
which is an award winning company experienced in working within the
"Our main priority now is to fill the vacancies we have both in
the Nursing Home and the retirement apartments. For more
information on this you can contact the manager Michelle Hipkins on
"We have been very impressed by the support shown by the community
and its campaign to save the home."
The directors of English Care, David and Jennifer English, are
looking forward to meeting the local community and will be offering
a chance for people to come and meet the team and hear about the
plans for the home over the coming years.
Chief Executive of The ExtraCare Charitable Trust, Nick Abbey
"We sought a well-respected care provider that would both maintain
its commitment to residents currently living at the scheme and
support an existing team of highly dedicated staff. I am delighted
that English Care has completed this purchase and will be able to
fulfil these commitments.
"I would like to thank the residents, staff and the community of
Much Wenlock for their loyalty, determination and support during
Commenting on the successful sale of the Lady Forester Nursing
Home in Much Wenlock, local MP Philip Dunne said: "This is
excellent news for Much Wenlock and a huge relief for residents in
the Lady Forester Nursing Home. I am pleased that overwhelming
public support helped persuade the previous owners to pursue sale
as a going concern rather than closing the home and selling the
site for housing development. I welcome English Care to Much
Wenlock where they can be assured of strong community support for
the improvements they intend to make to this important nursing and
residential care home serving the town and surrounding area."
Mr Dunne chaired a public meeting last July organised by the Town
Council attended by hundreds of people concerned to secure the
future of the Lady Forester Nursing Home.
- Editors' Notes -
The Lady Forester Community Nursing Home was a legacy left
to the town at the turn of the last century by Mary Ann, Lady
Forester, as a memorial to her late husband.
It operated as a cottage hospital for about 90 years before
it was closed as a hospital but was allowed to run as a nursing
home with four GP beds funded by the Health Authority.
It has been owned by The ExtraCare Charitable Trust since
English Care Ltd, an award winning company based in
Shrewsbury, operate Bowbrook House Care Home which is rated by the
Care Quality Commission as an excellent provider. David and
Jennifer English are the directors of the family owned company
which has been operating from Bowbrook House over the last 12
English Construction, an award winning company, is part of
the English Group. English Construction is experienced in carrying
out work to Healthcare facilities.
Contact details for English Care: David English 01743 247071
or 07813 139220
Contact details for The ExtraCare Charitable Trust: Richard Tower
0772 055 3658. Richard.firstname.lastname@example.org