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SWAFFHAM: Pupils name new wings at local care suite

Ian Sherwood with Ada Harwood, right, who suggested the name Rabbit Road for one of the wings at the new Woodland Suite, and her mum Ruth. Picture: ADAM FAIRBROTHER MLNF12AF11524 www.lynnnews.co.uk/buyaphoto

Ian Sherwood with Ada Harwood, right, who suggested the name Rabbit Road for one of the wings at the new Woodland Suite, and her mum Ruth. Picture: ADAM FAIRBROTHER MLNF12AF11524 www.lynnnews.co.uk/buyaphoto

Neighbouring schoolchildren have provided the names for two residential wings in a new look 17-room dementia care suite at Holmwood House Care Centre in Swaffham.

The Woodland Suite, which has been refurbished and redecorated to match its woodland location, was launched with the help of former Swaffham Town Mayor Ian Sherwood and children from Swaffham Infant and Nursery School nearby in White Cross Road.

Pupils took part in a competition to provide names for the unit’s two wings, with the entries judged by two panels of residents who selected the winners.

The winning entries, Badger Lane and Rabbit Road, were made into colourful signs that were unveiled in the suite by the children.

Mr Sherwood, a town and Breckland councillor, officially opened the suite and awarded prizes to the authors of the winning entries.

Angela Rankin, activities coordinator at the care centre, said: “I approached the school as we thought it would be ideal to bring together some of the oldest and youngest members of our community in a joint project.

“As the suite is located within the trees of our extensive grounds, bringing the children’s depictions of trees, flowers and woodland animals into the home has added further to a delightful and stimulating backdrop.”

The school’s headteacher Marion Link said: “The pupils have been very excited about the project. Our own classes are named after woodland animals and our recent topic theme has been Woodlands, so the children have been able to come up with lots of wonderful ideas.”

 

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