Residential care home Hovenden House closes its doors for the last time

The doors of a South Holland residential home closed for business for the last time on Friday.

Residents of Hovenden House, Fleet, have already moved out and the home has ceased to operate.

Charity Leonard Cheshire Disability announced the closure in April, saying the Grade II listed building needed renovation and a great deal of money spending on it.

At the time it was offering a range of nursing and residential care to 23 adults and had a staff of 42.

The centre had been winding down over the last few months.

“The welfare of our service users is always our number one priority and we’ve been very pleased with the way that the closure has gone so far, including the transition of service users to their new homes,” said a spokesman for Leonard Cheshire Disability.

“Local commissioners have commented positively about the professional manner in which our staff have conducted themselves through what has been a very emotional and difficult time for all concerned,” the spokesman added.

The charity said Hovenden House needed major repairs and did not meet the standards required today.

The building was a family home, built in 1910 by Arthur Hovenden Worth, at a cost of £10,000.

Speaking earlier this year, his grandson Tony Worth said he understood that the property was no longer financially viable for the charity to continue using.

“It is going to need somebody with a lot of money to take it on,” he said.

A former member of the University of Lincoln’s board of governors, one suggestion he made was for the house to be used by the Holbeach campus for students.

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