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HRH The Duke of Gloucester visits OSJCT Wellford Gardens to officially open care home

Yesterday, Tuesday 11 June 2024, His Royal Highness, The Duke of Gloucester, officially opened The Orders of St John Care Trust’s new care home Wellford Gardens in Wheatley, Oxfordshire. Wellford Gardens epitomises elegance, comfort, and the unparalleled personalised care associated with The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT). 


The Duke toured the new care home and was introduced to residents and employees.  During the visit, The Duke also unveiled a plaque marking the opening of the new care home.


Dorte Chandler, General Manager at Wellford Gardens said: “We were delighted to host a special visit by His Royal Highness, The Duke of Gloucester to mark the official opening of Wellford Gardens. It was a great opportunity to showcase the latest innovations in care and The Duke showed a keen interest in the important role care homes play for older people wishing to live life to the full, and the vital contribution we make to local communities.”


William ‘Bill’ Clenell is among the first residents to move into Wellford Gardens. On meeting The Duke, Bill said: “This was the first time I met a member of the Royal Family. I was a bit tongue-tied. The Duke asked me if I was the first person in this room and although I wasn’t the first person to move in, I am the first person in this room and so I can claim to be an original resident.”


His Royal Highness, The Duke of Gloucester said: “This home has been designed carefully with all the lessons learned from previous homes. I hope all who come here will feel it’s the perfect care home and that all their needs are attended to. I hope all will be extremely happy here.”


Wellford Gardens offers round-the-clock personalised residential, dementia and respite care, delivered by an experienced team of professionals, for up to 65 residents. In addition to the loving care on offer, the home boasts innovative technology such as state-of-the art acoustic monitoring and fresh air ventilation. All-inclusive features and luxury services to support residents with living their lives to the fullest include: a luxury transport service; hair and beauty salon; gym; private dining experiences supported by an Executive Chef and hospitality team; balconies with panoramic views; and dementia-friendly landscaped gardens that inspired the home’s name. 


The care home was designed by QP Architects, built by Lawrence Baker and financed by Canada Life Asset Management with developer Frontier Estates. It is the latest home in OSJCT’s Private Collection group, designed to provide the very highest standard of accommodation and the widest variety of lifestyle choices.


For more information or to schedule a showround Wellford Gardens, please visit or call our friendly team on 0800 988 8133.

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