Calls made for Fareham care home to keep its dairy-related name

Fareham's then mayor Dennis Steadman opening the Parker Meadows care home in Fareham
Fareham's then mayor Dennis Steadman opening the Parker Meadows care home in Fareham
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  • Gracewell Healthcare has announced renaming
  • Home’s name was originally picked by pupils at Redlands Primary School
  • Parker Meadows was built on the site of former Tom Parker Dairies
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CALLS have been made for a care home to reconsider its change of name.

Parker Meadows Care Home, in Redlands Lane, Fareham, was opened in October 2012 and was named after the Tom Parker Dairy that stood on the site for more than six decades.

The then mayor of Fareham, Cllr Dennis Steadman, even arrived at the home’s opening day on a milk truck and handed out milkshakes to mark the link.

But the care home’s owners Gracewell Healthcare, a care provider for older people, has changed its name as part of a refresh of its brand ahead of it opening new homes across the country.

Every home owned by Gracewell, including the £7m Parker Meadows, will be renamed to incorporate the Gracewell’s name, with Parker Meadows changing to Gracewell of Fareham.
Although not everybody is happy about the change.

Former mayor Cllr Steadman, who represents Fareham South, said: ‘People know Parker Meadows as a landmark, they don’t know Gracewell’s.

‘They should’ve held a consultation so that local people could say whether they want to see it named after Tom Parker.

‘It’d be a shame for the name Parker to disappear as it’s an old Fareham family and I don’t think they should be pushed out in favour of some Americanism.’

The name Parker Meadows was originally picked by the pupils of Redlands Primary School in honour of Tom Parker Dairies, which delivered milk in Fareham for 65 years until it was bought out by food firm Avonmore in 1992.

Parker Meadows was the first home to be opened by Gracewell Healthcare, although the company is set to grow from 15 to 21 over the next year.

It’d be a shame for the name Parker to disappear as it’s an old Fareham family.

Former mayor of Fareham Cllr Dennis Steadman

The change will see a new colour scheme at the 80-bed home.

Gracewell’s managing director Amanda Scott said: ‘This is an exciting new chapter, uniting residents and staff up and down the country, bringing them closer to the communities they serve.

‘Anyone who has visited a Gracewell home knows what makes them stand out is the high quality of care in a health-focused, luxurious setting.

‘The relaunch should make identifying that quality easier than ever before.’