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Children have left their mark on the history of Orpington when they named units at Care UK‟s newest care home and buried a time capsule in the grounds.

Pupils at Green Street Green Primary School took part in a competition to choose the names of units in Foxbridge House, a brand new Care UK home that is due to open this spring.

The competition to name the three units was open to the school‟s 440 pupils and many imaginative names were suggested, with the winning names being Willow, Larch and Bluebell.

Care UK invited staff and pupils at Green Street Green School to put together a time capsule which they buried in the grounds of the new home in Sevenoaks Road, Green Street Green.

Head Teacher Lynne Dando said: "Care UK wanted the school to get involved at the new home from day one. By burying the time capsule we will be cementing forever the link between the school and the home.

"Every child in Key Stages one and two worked with their teacher to write a very special message to the people of the future. The best examples have gone into the time capsule, along with photographs and memorabilia from 2012, which was a remarkable year for us all.”

Set to open in March, Foxbridge House will have a contemporary, light and airy feel and will feature Care UK‟s „village‟ style area including a coffee shop, hair salon and cinema.

The home will also feature lounges and open areas that celebrate local themes, such as Biggin Hill air field, Brands Hatch racing circuit and Charles Darwin, who lived in the nearby village of Downe.

Each en-suite bedroom has been designed to meet the needs of people living with dementia, whilst landscaped gardens feature sensory planting, water features and seating areas.

Care UK project manager Sara Goodwin said choosing the winning names had been a tough decision. “The children came up with some fantastic suggestions and we were spoilt for choice,” she said.

“It has been a great experience for us to work with the school and have the input of the children in creating this new home”

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Sevenoaks Road, Orpington, Kent, BR6 7FB (

Foxbridge House

Foxbridge House

CQC Rating: Good
  • Residential care
  • Dementia care
  • Nursing care
  • Nursing dementia care
  • Respite care
  • End of life care
  • Day club

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