It’s All in a Name: Newbury Pupils Lend a Helping Hand to Care UK

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Pupils from The Winchcombe School on Maple Crescent in Newbury were called upon to lend a helping hand to their new neighbours when they were invited to take part in a competition to name one of the suites at Care UK’s new £8 million care home – Winchcombe Place.

Ella Lecky, aged seven, and Ella Peake, aged six, both scooped top prize for coming up with the winning entry – ‘Lambourn Suite’.  The pupils were presented with book tokens by Winchcombe Place home manager, Michelle Sides, and customer relations manager, Sacha Liddiard, when the Care UK duo attended a Praise Assembly at the school to announce the lucky winners.

Home manager, Michelle Sides, said: “Winchcombe School is just minutes away from Winchcombe Place, so when it came to the all-important naming of the suites within the new care home it seemed like an excellent opportunity to work together and to get to know our neighbours a little better. 

“We were thrilled with the standard of the competition entries.  They were all of a very high quality and it was difficult to choose just one, but Lambourn Suite stood out and Ella Lecky and Ella Peake were worthy winners.”

Following the success of the suite naming competition, the school children are now working on a project to provide items for a time capsule.  They have been tasked with producing either a local photograph or one-page news story, and the Care UK team will select the top five contributions to be included in the time capsule, alongside various other items which will be chosen by the care home’s new residents. The time capsule will be placed in the grounds of Winchcombe Place at the care home’s grand launch event on Friday 20th June.

Felix Rayner, Head Teacher of The Winchcombe School, said: “The suite naming competition not only gave the pupils an excellent opportunity to learn all about the new care home here on Maple Crescent, but it also encouraged them to think about the history and geography of their local area when seeking out inspiration for their entries.  The time capsule task will see the pupils building on this with a fun, creative competition that could result in them leaving a legacy for future generations.”

The other suites at Winchcombe Place have been named Highclere, Bucklebury, Kingsclere and Winterbourne.

Winchcombe Place is a purpose-built care home which provides a range of care services for older people in Newbury, including residential and nursing care, specialist dementia care, short term respite care, and sensitive end of life care.  

Designed to feel like a home from home, residents and their visitors enjoy access to the home’s very own cinema, hairdressing salon and coffee shop.  And there are plenty of safe and secure spaces for relaxing outdoors, with landscaped gardens, attractive patio areas, and a courtyard.

Each individual bedroom benefits from an en-suite wet room, together with a flat-screen television, adjustable profile bed, and 24-hour nurse call system. 

For more information, please call customer relations manager Sacha Liddiard on 07580 623904 or email

In the photo: (left to right) Back Row: Sheilagh Peacock, School Business Manager at The Winchcombe School; Sacha Liddiard, Customer Relations Manager for Care UK; Michelle Sides, Home Manger for Care UK; Felix Rayner, Head Teacher of The Winchcombe School.  Front Row: Ella Lecky, Ella Peake.

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Maple Crescent, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 1LN

Winchcombe Place

Winchcombe Place

  • Residential care
  • Dementia care
  • Nursing care
  • Respite care
  • End of life care
  • Nursing dementia care
  • Day club

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