Sale of former Lakenheath Care Home will help fund new community centre

Lakenheath Village Home being sold at auction ANL-140325-114928001
Lakenheath Village Home being sold at auction ANL-140325-114928001
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A former care home in Lakenheath is set to be converted into apartments for American servicemen after selling at auction for £440,000.

The money from the sale will help to fund the purchase of the Royal British Legion Club and secure its conversion into a new community centre.

Brendan Fulham, of the People’s Project, which has spearheaded the purchase, said: “We are overjoyed and overwhelmed that the Christian Enterprise Foundation has decided to utilise some of the funds from the £440,000 sale of Lakenheath Village Home to purchase the Royal British Legion site for the People’s Project to secure the village centre of excellence.”

Lakenheath Village Home was purchased by Christopher Melia, of Shakespeare Lodge TLA ltd, on Tuesday.

Mr Melia plans to convert the former care home into apartments for American servicemen.

He said: “The whole building exterior will remain as it is. We won’t be knocking anything down we will just be concentrating on upgrading the inside.”

The 21-bedroom property comprises a two-storey Victorian vicarage and two single-storey extensions. It was given a guide price at the Brown & Co auction of £350,000-£375,000.

Lakenheath Village Home was sold by the Christian Enterprise Foundation, which ran the care home until December last year.

Richard Radcliffe, a trustee of the foundation, said the money raised from the sale would ‘give the charity options to support local initiatives’.

Shakespeare Lodge TLC ltd owns similar enterprises to that planned for Lakenheath Village Home, including The Old Smoke House in Beck Row.

Auctioneer Trevor Blythe, of Brown & Co, told those gathered at the auction that the completion date for lots would be in 28 days – April 22.