HRH Princess Alexandra performed the official opening of Avonbourne Care Centre in Salisbury on Thursday, 4 May.

OSJCT's newest care facility in Wiltshire, Avonbourne Care Centre, was officially opened during a special visit by HRH Princess Alexandra.

Her Royal Highness met residents and employees as she toured the care centre in Old Sarum.  As part of the visit, the Princess met residents baking biscuits and engaged in craft activities and watched a competitive game of dominoes.  Resident Mrs Mary Symes (84), accompanied by her son and daughter in law, invited the Princess into her room to show off the spacious bedroom and en suite wet room facilities.  After talking to Mrs Sybil Barber, who was having a manicure in the home's hair and nail salon, Princess Alexandra visited the residents' shop, where she browsed alongside residents Bette Williams and Thelma Geach.  Her Royal Highness then joined the assembled guests for the unveiling of a commemorative plaque to mark the official opening of the care centre.

Home Manager, Esther Thomas, who showed the Princess around Avonbourne, commented: "We couldn't be more excited about welcoming Princess Alexandra to our home.  Our residents and all my colleagues were thrilled to meet her and show her what a lovely place we live and work in."

During her visit, the Princess met representatives of the organisations involved in bringing the project to fruition, including architects Quorum Partnership, developers Brackley Investments and construction company, Stepnell Ltd.  County dignitaries and representatives from local and regional community organisations were also present to celebrate the special occasion.

After unveiling the plaque and wishing everyone living and working at Avonbourne the best of luck in their new home, Princess Alexandra concluded her visit by signing the Visitors' Book.