on Norwich Road,
was opened on May 25, 1963, originally as a retirement home for Christian missionaries but has since provided care for elderly people in the wider community.
It was founded by Dereham builder David Potter,
who also established two other Dereham care homes - Quebec Hall
and South Green Eventide Home, more recently known as Upton House Christian Eventide Home
. All three were transformed from overgrown, dilapidated houses.
Mr Potter, who was born in Shelfanger, near Diss, died in 1980.
At the anniversary event his brother-in-law Russell Horne,
who helped to establish Eckling Grange, said: “Hundreds of people have been through Eckling Grange since it opened and there have been many brilliant people who have made a great impression on me.
“This has provided a place for people who have worked in missionary fields around the world.
“I pay tribute to the management committee and the staff who have worked here in the past and who work here today.
“David was moved by God to do what he did. This home was opened by the goodness of God. May it continue by the goodness of God and provide this excellent service to the local community for many more years.”
Dereham mayor Kate Millbank
and some of the people who attended the original opening ceremony of Eckling Grange were at the celebration and enjoyed live music and a display of old photographs of the home.
General manager of Eckling Grange Stewart Barber
said: “Eckling Grange is an integral part of the community in Dereham and the 50th anniversary is a real milestone for us.
“The aims today are very much as they were when it opened - to provide good quality care for elderly people in the local community.”
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