£500,000 facelift for Pendean in West Lavington

Cutting the ribbon
Cutting the ribbon

STAFF and residents at BUPA’s Pendean House nursing home in West Lavington are celebrating after the completion of a half-million-pound make-over.

The major refurbishment work meant moving all the residents to different rooms while old baths were ripped out and replaced with modern wet rooms with showers. New beds and furniture have been installed along with carpets and curtains and mounted televisions in all rooms.

Chairman of Midhurst Town Council John Etherington cut the ribbon in front of invited guests and was then given a tour of the new facilities.

Pendean House was bought in 1973 by the Mitten family who had the chemists on Church Hill.

It was originally run by Sue Mitten. After a few years, Robert and Hilary Mitten moved to a new home in the grounds and extended with a ground-floor extension as well as extending the first floor. Later a two-storey wing was added.

Now owned by BUPA, there are 34 bedrooms, a large day room and dining room and the wood-panelled lounge is a reminder of when it was a private house in the late 1800s.