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Sir Tony Robinson to Open Eagle Wood

Wed 1 Feb 2012 - posted by PJ Care

The actor and TV presenter’s parents both had dementia and he is an ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Sir Tony will be the special guest, and is among a number of dignitaries and high-profile visitors expected for Eagle Wood’s big day.

The centre, which provides specialist care and treatment for people with neurological conditions, accepted its first resident in 2012, and is already caring for 47 people, including those with early onset dementia.

Eagle Wood’s official opening will coincide with the long-anticipated return of Iron Age and Roman artefacts discovered at the site when construction work began.

Archaeologists believe the Eagle Wood site was originally a settlement in use from Iron Age 100BC to 300AD, when Britain was part of the Roman Empire.

The settlement featured a Roman well, which archaeologists say could have been used as a public ‘healing spring’.

Until now the artefacts have been kept under close scrutiny by archaeologists working for Oxford Archaeology, one of the largest independent archaeology practices in Europe.

At the opening, Sir Tony Robinson, who presented 20 series of Channel 4’s archaeology Time Team, will discuss the excavation and what was found.

PJ Care’s founder and chair, Jan Flawn, said: “The official opening will be a special day not only for Eagle Wood but also for Peterborough and the town’s history.

“Firstly we are delighted that Sir Tony will be attending as our special guest."

“He has been a champion of good quality care for people with dementia and, through his family, has been personally touched by the condition."

“Secondly people will, for the first time, be able to see on display some of the artefacts discovered at Eagle Wood last year."

“There will certainly be some interesting objects to view! As Time Team’s presenter I am sure Sir Tony will have some observations to make.”

With four separate purpose-designed units and a therapy centre Eagle Wood Neurological Care Centre provides individual specialist care for up to 105 people in a homely environment.

The building caters for all long-term neurological conditions, as well as neurological rehabilitation, temporal dementias and high-dependency complex care.


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