Nicholas Soames cuts ribbon on Walstead Place refurbishments

Nicholas Soames, the Conservative parliamentary candidate for Mid Sussex and grandson of Winston Churchill, was the guest of honour at an open day held by Walstead Place care home, located near Haywards Heath, West Sussex, to mark the completion of the extensive refurbishment work carried out on the home.

Walstead Place, part of the Caring Homes group, has undergone a sympathetic renovation programme that has prioritised the comforts of luxurious, modern living while retaining the charm and character of the beautiful 19th century gentleman’s residence the home once was.

Visitors to the event admired the recent work and met new manager Jacquie Ferguson. Jacquie has more than 25 years’ experience of nursing care and is passionate about person-centred care. She has recently returned to care home management after a spell away because she missed it so much.

The renovations at Walstead Place included giving the communal areas a fresh modern look, and the bedrooms a premium upgrade. Each bedroom received new, high-quality furniture and the showers were changed into wet rooms to improve safety and ease-of-use for residents.

The meticulous attention to detail of the refurbishment work at Walstead Place is evident throughout. In the communal areas the extensive work included putting a new roof on the conservatory, redecorating it and improving disabled access. The main dining room and lounge area also both had considerable enhancements, including the addition of a servery area in the dining room.

Jacquie Ferguson says: “Everyone at Walstead Place is delighted with the exceptional standard of the renovation work. We were delighted to welcome visitors to our open day and tell them all about our delightful home, which we are very proud of and enjoy working in.

“I am very happy to be back in the caring profession and working with the Caring Homes group. All the visitors to the open day were impressed by the fantastic facilities at Walstead Place.”

For more information on Walstead Place, please call home manager Jacquie Ferguson on 0808 1661325. Alternatively visit the Caring Homes website at or email Caring Homes at:


5th May 2010

Editors’ notes

Walstead Place, near Haywards Heath in Sussex, is a beautiful Victorian house set in two acres of landscaped gardens with views across the lovely Sussex countryside. It has a good reputation for providing people-centred, high class care. The home organises regular coffee mornings and social outings to the shops, theatre and places such as Brighton. Residents are encouraged to indulge their hobbies including gardening, crafts and cookery, and there are exercise classes for those who wish to be a little more active.

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