VW Bro Peter Magnay with the ceremonial
Maul used in previous RMBI stone laying
ceremonies including that of the original
From left to right: W Bro Peter Williams,
RMBI Head of External Affairs, W Bro Chris
Caine, RMBI Chairman, RW Bro Dr Alan
Davison, Grand Vice President of the RMBI,
VW Bro Willie Shackell CBE, RMBI President,
VW Bro The Rev. Timothy Duff, Provincial
Chaplain of Northumberland, W Bro Charles
Floodgate, Provincial Grand Secretary of
Cumberland and Westmorland and W Bro
Dennis Vine, RMBI Deputy President.
RMBI goes green|
Representatives of the RMBI and the
Provinces of Cumberland and Westmorland,
Durham and Northumberland donned hard
hats and reflective jackets and gathered
together on a sunny day in June to lay the
foundation stone for a new RMBI residential
The ceremony was presided over by the
VW Bro Peter Magnay, Deputy Provincial
Grand Master-in-Charge of Northumberland
(see picture). He was joined by the new RMBI
President, VW Bro Willie Shackell CBE.
Scarbrough Court was opened at
Cramlington, just north of Newcastle, 40
years ago and was in need of modernisation.
The RMBI decided it was more cost effective
to invest in a brand new state of-the-art Home, which is now being built
in the grounds of the existing Home.
The residents are watching the new
building take shape with great interest from
a ‘viewing room’ overlooking the site.
Once completed next summer, they will
move across and the existing building will
Caroline Edden, the Home manager at
Scarbrough Court, said: “Residents here at
Scarbrough Court are excited at the idea of
the move and delighted to be part of cutting
The new Home will accommodate 55
residents and will feature the latest green
technology – using ground-source heat to
provide heating and hot water in what is a
revolutionary green initiative.
The heating and hot water demands of a
care home are considerable and the RMBI is
leading the way in sustainability by tapping
into the natural resources underground. All
the heating needs of the Home can be met
using around one-tenth of the gas that would
otherwise be needed.
A system of underground pipework will
store heat gathered from solar panels during
the summer, and feed it into the building as
it is required in the winter. The system will
help keep running costs down and conserve
vital energy resources. The RMBI is also
proving to be a considerate neighbour,
working with the contractor and the local
authority to create a temporary slip road off
the adjacent dual carriageway to avoid site
traffic having to route through the neighbouring
Scarbrough Court is the first of four RMBI
Homes to be replaced over the next few years.
For more information on the RMBI, log on to
www.rmbi.org.uk or call 020 7596 2400.
Helping older people
20 Great Queen Street
London wc2b 5bg
T: 020 7596 2400
Fax: 020 7404 0724
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