MP opens new Moorlands

PUBLISHED: 19:57 23 July 2008 | UPDATED: 15:50 11 May 2010

MP Andrew Lansley has officially opened the new Moorlands Residential Home in Melbourn. The MP for South Cambridgeshire unveiled a commemorative plaque at a ceremony last Friday. He was assisted in cutting the ribbon by 96-year old Florence Hill, the hom

MP Andrew Lansley has officially opened the new Moorlands Residential Home in Melbourn.

The MP for South Cambridgeshire unveiled a commemorative plaque at a ceremony last Friday.

He was assisted in cutting the ribbon by 96-year old Florence Hill, the home's oldest resident.

Alison Booth, from the Cambridge Housing Society, which runs the centre, said: "It was a brilliant day.

"The residents actually moved in April, so they've already got used to their new surroundings.

"I think it was a bit strange for a lot of them at first, but they're all really happy now.

"The new building means they are housed in flats rather than rooms, and this gives them a lot more freedom and independence."

As well as having larger flats, tenants will also benefit from a new media room, complete with wide-screen television, a hairdressing room, and enhanced gardens.

Moorlands is also now able to accommodate four extra tenants, taking the total number of people living on the site to 35.

Students from the Melbourn Village College band were on hand to entertain guests, while Hugh Duberly, Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, planted a tree in the grounds.

"There was a real party atmosphere, with champagne all round," said Alison.

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