Ranil Jayawardena MP and Mayor Cllr Gerry Crisp have officially opened Willow Gardens, a new residential care home in the grounds of Hampshire Lakes retirement village. 

Guests and Hampshire VIPs mingled at the new home, which is part of Anchor, England’s largest not-for-profit provider of housing and care to older people.

The Mayor and the MP enjoyed a guided tour of the new home with the care team, before raising a glass to Willow Gardens and cutting the ribbon to declare the home officially open.

They were also joined by Liz Roberts and Hilda Stuckey, the first Willow Gardens residents, and Anchor staff to cut a slice of celebratory cake.

Speaking at the event, MP for North East Hampshire Ranil Jayawardena said: “It’s a pleasure to open Willow Gardens care home today and well done to all involved in getting it ready for its first residents.”

Mayor of Yateley, Gerry Crisp, added: “Having been present for the groundbreaking in 2014 and burying a time capsule in the gardens last year, it’s great to be back at Willow Gardens again to see the transformation into this five-star development. This is a fantastic opportunity for folks in the autumn of their lives to enjoy a new springtime of pleasure and leisure. I am delighted that as well as being part of Hampshire Lakes retirement village, residents will be part of the bigger village that is Yateley.”

Care home manager Angela Slade commented: “We are all excited to be opening Willow Gardens this afternoon – I look forward to welcoming visitors and residents alike to our beautiful new home in the coming weeks.”

Anchor’s Chief Executive, Jane Ashcroft CBE, said: “We are very pleased to be opening this luxurious care home, and we look forward to becoming part of the local community. With over 45 years of experience in care and housing, Anchor prides itself on giving older people a choice of great places to live, and we are proud to say that Willow Gardens is an excellent example of a great place to live.”

Willow Gardens will provide 24-hour support for older people and specialist dementia care for those who require it. The home offers first class facilities including en-suite rooms for up to 36 residents. Willow Gardens is nestled in the heart of Hampshire Lakes retirement village, which has a fully accessible heated indoor swimming pool, licensed bistro, deli and general store for residents to use and enjoy.

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