Residents take their MP down memory lane

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A VISIT from their MP unlocked a host of memories for the residents of Fornham House residential care home.

Bury St Edmunds’ MP David Ruffley spent an hour chatting with people at the 73-bed Fornham St Martin home on Friday, where residents are aged between 75 and 102.

Manager Sally Shadbolt said: “In his conversations with the residents we learned that one lady’s father was an MP in Oxford and she used to drive him round. Another learned to fly just after the war and used to fly her family to France. We hadn’t known that.

“Some residents had voted Conservative and wanted to put a face to the name. They got a lot out of his visit and were talking about it for a long time afterwards.”

Among those he met was Henry Carter who is 100 in February, so Mr Ruffley promised to make sure he would get his birthday greeting from the Queen.

Fornham House is more than 270 years old and former residents include the Duke of Norfolk during the 1870s and Vice-Admiral James William Rivett-Carnac, who held the office of Deputy Lieutenant of Suffolk in 1958. It has belonged to Healthcare Homes since 2007.