Melbourn’s new care home Melbourn Springs took another step closer to opening today with the naming of its four living communities. The home has been running a competition for the last 4 months to find four names and the successful winner is Lynn Travis.
Lynn of Cambridge Road in Melbourn was presented with a £250 cheque for the local charity of her choice. There were a high number of entries to choose the community names but Lynn based her choices very much on local history and tradition. She said, “As Melbourn was famous for all its fruit picking and beautiful orchards there could only be one choice for me – apples. The communities are named Ashmead, Bramley, Crispin, Elstar and Braeburn.”
Melbourn Springs General Manager, Karen Allen said, “We have been overwhelmed by the support from the local community since we arrived in Hyacinth Drive. As the home is named after the springs at the Bury and there is a nod to Duxford in the home design it seemed the perfect fit to select Lynn’s choice as we honour Melbourn’s agricultural history in our beautiful new home.”
As her prize Lynn received a £250 cheque that she will donate to Melbourn Area Youth Development. This organisation offers Youth Club Services as a unique collaborative project between Melbourn, Meldreth, Fowlmere and Shepreth Parish Councils, providing young people with life skills, counselling and fun activities that support independence and well-being.
Melbourn Springs of Barchester Healthcare will be opening its doors to the first resident in April and will offer residential care, dementia care and respite breaks.
The home’s marketing suite has already become a community meeting point with many groups and organisations from Melbourn and surrounding villages being welcomed there for events and regular meetings.
Home Services Advisor Dan Amis said: “Community engagement is an essential part of how we integrate our residents into their new home and help them get to know the neighbours around them as well as keep in touch with the people they have always known. Our doors will be open to all – Melbourn Springs will be a home just like any other in the village and everyone is welcome.”