Heanor care home is to keep caring councillor’s name

The family of a local hero are set to attend the ground-breaking ceremony of a new £8 million community care centre.

Work is due to begin at the new Florence Shipley Community Care Centre on Thursday, October 31, situated just off Market Place in Heanor.

The site was originally named after a Heanor born and bread county councillor, who was instrumental in opening the home with her husband Alderman Leonard Shipley in the 1960s.

And to mark the start of the build Derbyshire County Council has invited the 90-year-old daughter of the popular figure herself to a special ceremony.

Current greater Heanor ward county councillor Paul Jones said: “The new care centre will be very much a part of the community as well as becoming a hub for integrated older people’s services and we are very excited to mark the official start of the work.

“It was important to us that we called the new centre Florence Shipley to continue to mark her commitment and dedication to the area and the people who live here.

“It is an honour that her daughter and granddaughters will be with us at the official ground-breaking ceremony to mark this exciting new beginning.”

Daughter Margaret Marsh and granddaughters Anne Jackson and Helen Moore are to attend the ceremony from 2.30pm.

The original Florence Shipley residential care home had been on the Market Place site since 1967 and was officially opened by Florence Shipley’s husband, alderman Leonard Shipley.

Mrs Shipley worked at IR Morleys, but spent most of her life serving the people of Heanor, being elected as a county councillor in 1943 and being made an alderman in 1946.

She and her husband were the first married couple to sit on Heanor Urban Council and she was chair of the health committee. Her former council home at The Meadows played host to many political celebrities of the day, but she was forced to resign from her post in 1961 due to ill health. Throughout her life she had taken an interest in the welfare of older people and it was on her suggestion that the original home was built on the Market Place in 1967. Sadly the Labour councillor died two years before the home opened.

The new centre is being built by contractors Mansell on the site of the home she opened. Representatives from Mansell and architects Glancy Nicholls are also expected to attend.