Corporate Photography at the opening of Monkscroft care centre Shelly road Cheltenham

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A new specialist care development in Cheltenham, operated by The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT), was officially opened on Wednesday 30 January 2013.

Monkscroft Care Centre was opened by Councillor Tony Hicks, Chairman of Gloucestershire County Council (GCC). The new development replaces the two former local authority care homes previously operated by OSJCT in Cheltenham – Ellerslie and Arle House. The home is the fourth new specialist care facility to be opened in Gloucestershire since The Gloucestershire Care Partnership assumed responsibility for the Gloucestershire County Council care homes in 2005.

More than 70 guests attended the opening ceremony to celebrate the completion of the two-year project, including residents, staff, local dignitaries, Gloucestershire County Council representatives and executives from OSJCT and bpha, which together form the Gloucestershire Care Partnership (GCP). After the unveiling of the commemorative plaque, resident Mrs “Bunty” Porter presented Cllr Hicks with a bottle of champagne as a token of appreciation from the residents, which Cllr Hicks accepted on behalf of Gloucestershire County Council.

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