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Deputy Mayor welcomes former Bloxwich metalworker to Harden Hall

Mrs Cross Harden Hall Feb 2012
Mrs Louis Cross and her daughter Sandra Holford meet Deputy Mayor Cllr Graham Wilkes

Walsall’s Deputy Mayor, Councillor Graham Wilkes has returned to new care home Harden Hall just two weeks after attending the official opening of the home, to personally welcome its first resident, Mrs Louis Cross.

And Ideal Care Homes’ Managing Director, Mark Greaves, joined ninety-two year old Mrs Cross and her daughter Sandra Holford for a cup of tea as Councillor Wilkes presented Mrs Cross with a bouquet of flowers.

The Deputy Mayor had attended Harden Hall’s professional open day earlier this month and was so impressed by the facilities and staff that he asked to come back to welcome their first resident.

Born in Walsall, Mrs Cross started work at the age of fourteen, and during the Second World War made buckles for soldier’s uniforms.  She worked at the Samuel Wilkes Factory in Bloxwich for thirty-one years, before moving to Elliot’s in Walsall where she worked until she was seventy-three years of age.

Mrs Cross has three children, seven grandchildren, eleven grandchildren and four great great grandchildren, and has settled in very quickly to her new home.

Mark Greaves, Managing Director of Ideal Care Homes said:

“It is a pleasure to welcome Mrs Cross to her new home.  We never under estimate what a big step it is moving into a new environment, but I know that Adam and his team of carers will go to every length to make sure the move for all our residents are as smooth as possible.”

“This is the first home Ideal Care Homes have opened in Walsall, since the public open day on Sunday 5th February, there has been large public interest in Harden Hall, with a high number of rooms already being reserved.  This is a testament to Ideal Care Homes’ offer of affordable, quality care and also the demand for quality care in Walsall.”

For more on Harden Hall, see our previous news stories on the opening and open days.

Information and photograph provided by Ideal Carehomes.

Harden Hall care home opens doors

Ideal Care Homes Chairman Lawrence Tomlinson, Deputy Mayor Councillor Graham Wilkes and Harden Hall Manager Adam Preece in front of Robert Bower’s sculpture.

Last week Carers at Walsall’s newest care home were delighted to show off its facilities to members of the caring profession, to mark its imminent opening in the local community.

Guests attending the opening included the Deputy Mayor Councillor Graham Wilkes, Reverend John Davies from neighbouring Coalpool Methodist Church and local care workers, district nurses, local Councillors and social workers.

Also unveiled was a specially commissioned sculpture of an abstract representation of ‘scissors and needle’ created by Dudley based Artist Robert Bowers paying tribute to the areas historic leather industry.  This is the first of 3 sculptures Robert Bowers has been commissioned to produce for new Ideal Care Homes, to celebrate the community history and heritage.

Harden Hall sculpture
Specially commissioned sculpture of an abstract representation of ‘scissors and needle’ created by Robert Bowers .

Harden Hall in Coalpool Lane, Walsall is a brand new luxurious home from home facility offering both residential and Dementia Care and providing a home for 54 older people.

Operated by Ideal Care Homes Harden Hall is part of the Leeds-based Ideal Care Homes and boasts 100% en-suite accommodation, landscaped sensory gardens, delicious home cooked food and a hairdressing salon.

In a presentation by Ideal Care Homes’ Business Development Director; Andrew Long, local care workers, district nurses, local Councillors and social workers were given an insight into Ideal Care Homes and its aim to change the face of residential care.  Tours of the new purpose built home also took place before guests joined for a buffet lunch.

After touring the home Deputy Mayor Councillor Graham Wilkes commented:

“This is a lovely facility and just what the local community needed, I only live up the road, so I will be a regular visitor popping in for a cuppa.  I will be delighted to come back to the home to welcome the first residents as they move in”

Lay Worker Linda Brown and Reverend John Davies said:

“We are very much looking forward to welcoming the home into the local community and will be working with Adam and his team to bring a service to the home for those residents who wish to attend”

Ley Worker Linda Brown added:

“The home is so lovely, I am thinking of reserving a room!”

Ideal Care Homes Business Development Director; Andrew Long commented:

“Harden Hall is a stunning care home by anybody’s standards and the team relished the opportunity to show off its first rate facilities.  Adam and his team are able to showcase just why our homes are a great place to live and they very much look forward to Harden Hall becoming an integral part of the local community and welcoming their first residents.  We invite local residents and families the opportunity to view the facilities, meet the staff and reserve rooms”

Harden Hall was built by sister company LNT Construction, both part of the Leeds-based LNT Group owned by adult social care expert Lawrence Tomlinson.  The Yorkshire born entrepreneur is responsible for a new era in care by abolishing third party top-up fees to ensure the highest quality of care for all, regardless of financial wealth and circumstances.

Report and pictures provided by LNT Group

New Harden care home opens doors to public and pros

Harden Hall Care Home artist's impression

A brand new Care Home is opening shortly in Harden, near Leamore, and the management are now inviting both members of the public and  professionals to see the new facility at two open days in early February.

Harden Hall will aim to offer ‘affordable residential and dementia care’, and is run by private company Ideal Care Homes of Leeds, part of the LNT Group.

The Hall, which is located on Coalpool Lane, is nearing completion, and when open will be able to offer care to fifty-four residents.

The Professional Open Day, which is aimed at social workers, doctors, nurses and members of other professional bodies, takes place on Wednesday 1 February, between 11.30am – 2.30pm, and will offer tours of the home’s state-of-the-art facilities and the chance to meet Care Home Manager Adam Preece and his staff, as well as a luxury buffet lunch.

The Public Open Day is set for Sunday 5 February, 11.30am-2.30pm, also offering the public the opportunity to have a look round, meet the management and staff, and if they wish reserve rooms for their loved ones.

Anyone interested in attending will need to contact Marketing Manager Jenny Soles to confirm their attendance, telephone 0113 385 3566 or email

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