Duke of Edinburgh to visit Aylsham next week

The Duke of Edinburgh, during a visit to Dersingham Bog nature reserve on Monday. Picture: CHRIS RA

The Duke of Edinburgh, during a visit to Dersingham Bog nature reserve on Monday. Picture: CHRIS RADBURN/PA WIRE - Credit: PA

The Duke of Edinburgh will visit Aylsham next week.

His Royal Highness will tour the St Michael's Care Complex, on the site of the former St Michael's Hospital, next Tuesday morning, October 8.

The 92-year-old duke will call in at the main hall of the Aylsham Care Trust Centre to see activities taking place, including arts, crafts, dance and carpet bowls, before signing an official portrait for the centre.

He will then visit the health centre and the housing with care facility where he will meet some of the tenants and be presented with a gift for his latest great grandchild, HRH Prince George of Cambridge.

The royal visit follows hard on the heels of a trip to Dersingham Bog by the duke on Monday.

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Despite undergoing abdominal surgery in June, he set a brisk pace around a one-and-a-half mile circuit of the rugged heath and mire on the edge of the Sandringham estate - including a steep climb up more than 50 steps.

The St Michael's Care Complex is a partnership between the Aylsham Care Trust (Act), Wherry Housing Association, Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust, NorseCare and Runwood Homes.

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It opened just before Christmas last year and offers a range of health and care services for people in Aylsham and the surrounding area.

As well as the Act centre, health centre and housing with care, the site includes St Michael's Court, an 86-bed private care home.

The care complex represented the realisation of a long-cherished dream for Act founder Rees Coghlan. His family gifted land adjoining the hospital site, on condition that the development had a strong emphasis on community facilities.

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