‘Last to Leave’ British Timken Employee Opens New Care Home on Factory Site

Posted on the 02 Feb 2018


The very last employee to leave the Duston based British Timken factory before it closed its doors for the final time in 2002 has today officially opened brand new care home, Timken Grange, on the same site.   Dennis Nightingale was invited by Oakdale Care Group to open the purpose-built residential and dementia care home to help signify the already strong link between past and present.

Throughout the construction of Timken Grange, Oakdale Care Group have been keen to honour the roots and reputation of the renowned British Timken factory which previously stood on the same site on Timken Way South.  Home Manager, Rachel Cadd, said, “We have all been keen to respect the Duston community and the strong heritage of British Timken and this has been particularly important to me as my own father worked at the factory.  Myself and my staff team have enjoyed showing the community around our beautiful new home and we are pleased that our first resident, Iris, was part of our celebrations.”

Local businesses, care professionals and Friends of Timken were invited to the open day where they were taken on a tour around the 66 bed, three storey home by the proud staff team.  After viewing the home’s luxurious facilities including café area, cinema room, hair and beauty salon and Sky Lounge, guests enjoyed a freshly prepared buffet lunch from the Timken Grange’s catering team.  Mr Nightingale cut the ribbon to declare the home as officially open and pressed a light switch ‘on’ as an ode to the closed factory. 

Mr Nightingale said, “I feel privileged to be involved in the opening of Timken Grange care home.   I spent 46 years at British Timken which led to me being the last person on site and effectively ‘switching off the lights’.  This made it extremely moving for me to metaphorically ‘switch the lights back on’ to a new era of the Timken site.  It is great that Oakdale Care Group are continuing the British Timken legacy by including memorabilia and involving the Duston community.  I look forward to meeting more residents as they move in and I am sure they will be a great attribute to our village.”

Several rooms, all with en-suite facilities, have already been reserved and additional residents will join Iris in their new home in the next few weeks.  Timken Grange is the second home to be built by LNT Care Developments for Oakdale Care Group which provides a strong care service, accommodation and lifestyle offer backed by an all-inclusive price promise.  The fully transparent single fee means there are no hidden extras or additional costs to allow for, providing clarity and peace of mind.

Cutting the ribbon to officially open Timken Grange

From left: Rachel Cadd (Home Manager at Timken Grange), Dennis Nightingale (former British Timken employee), Chris Babington (Founding Partner of Oakdale Care Group) and Andrew Long (Founding Partner of Oakdale Care Group) with a handmade sculpture donated to the home by the Timken Rail Company