Last week a retired policeman from Newton Aycliffe was presented with an epaulette by the Mini Police at his new home, St Clare’s Court, built on the site of the old Town Centre station. Maurice Kay (85) was joined by his family to meet the Police and the Mini Police from Sugar Hill Primary School. Maurice told the children all about his career over the years in Newton Aycliffe and they later presented him a framed epaulette with his collar number on. Maurice joined the police cadets aged 16 for two years. At 18 he was called up for National Service but returned to the police at the age of 21 as a constable. He did his round on the beat for five years and then became a traffic officer for ten years. Maurice later went on to join the special force until he retired in 1981. Care Home Manager, Andrea Blades said: “It was a pleasure to welcome our friends from Newton Aycliffe Police and the Mini Police to St. Clare’s Court to meet Maurice. It was a very touching moment when they presented him with the epaulette with his collar number on and we all enjoyed hearing about the history of our care home site.” St. Clare’s Court on Central Avenue opened in October this year. The 58 bedroom, purpose-built Helen McArdle Care home provides residential, dementia and respite care, and has been designed to offer a unique living space, purposebuilt to ensure that residents have a high quality of life and that they receive the very best care. Facilities include: ensuite bedrooms with shower and some with doors out into the garden, a hair and beauty salon, a community room and beautiful landscaped gardens. On 9th December, residents and staff will be raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society at their Elf Day Coffee Morning from 10.30am – everyone is welcome.


IN PHOTO: Back: PCSO Daniella Jones, Cathy Leg  Teacher, Sugar Hill School.

Middle: Jack Greenwood, Cameron Bell, Emma Ainsworth, Maisie-Ann Elliott-Cummings.

Front: Maurice Kay with PC Simon Schoffield.