Oakdale opens Northamptonshire care home

From left: Rachel Cadd (Home Manager at Timken Grange), Dennis Nightingale (former British Timken employee), Chris Babington (Founding Partner of Oakdale Care Group) and Andrew Long (Founding Partner of Oakdale Care Group) with a handmade sculpture donated to the home by the Timken Rail Company

Oakdale Care Group has officially opened its Timken Grange care home in Duston, Northamptonshire.

The 66-bed home, which is the second Oakdale service to be built by LNT Care Developments, is located on the site of the former British Timken factory.

Home Manager Rachel Cadd said: “We have all been keen to respect the Duston community and the strong heritage of British Timken and this has been particularly important to me as my own father worked at the factory.

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“Myself and my staff team have enjoyed showing the community around our beautiful new home and we are pleased that our first resident, Iris, was part of our celebrations.”

Local businesses, care professionals and Friends of Timken were invited to the open day where they were taken on a tour around the three storey home.

Timken Grange was officially launched by Dennis Nightingale, the last employee to leave the British Timken factory before it closed its doors in 2002.

Mr Nightingale said: “I feel privileged to be involved in the opening of Timken Grange care home.   I spent 46 years at British Timken which led to me being the last person on site and effectively ‘switching off the lights’.

“This made it extremely moving for me to metaphorically ‘switch the lights back on’ to a new era of the Timken site.  It is great that Oakdale Care Group are continuing the British Timken legacy by including memorabilia and involving the Duston community.  I look forward to meeting more residents as they move in and I am sure they will be a great attribute to our village.”

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