Presenter and former newsreader to cut ribbon for opening of 66-bed residential home in Broadstairs

Copperfield Court in Northwood Road

An official opening ceremony for a new 66-bed residential home in Broadstairs will take place in May with former presenter and newsreader Jan Leeming cutting the ribbon.

The 82-year-old was a well-known newsreader in the 80s but has also appeared on a multitude of shows from I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here to The Real Marigold Hotel. For more than a decade she has been involved with a cheetah conservation charity.

Jdleeming, CREDIT CC BY-SA 2.5 <>, via Wikimedia Commons

Copperfield Court in Northwood Road is one of three new care homes by Oyster Care Homes. Already open as part of a soft launch, the property will hod its official ribbon cutting on May 16 from 2:30pm to 5pm.

Guests attending the ceremony will have the opportunity to tour the home’s facilities, which include a bistro, cinema, hair salon, and café.

Copperfield Court provides 24-hour residential, dementia, and respite care.

CEO of Oyster Care Homes, Tim Buckley, said: “We are excited to showcase Copperfield Court, a place designed for comfort, care, and the celebration of life. Our home is a testament to our devotion to providing a secure and loving place where residents can thrive.”

LNT Care Developments built the facility which is powered by Solar PV panels.

Tim added: “The space should feel like a home, which is why we will work hard to uphold an inclusive, safe setting where family can visit and enjoy their lifestyle with them, from coffee bar trips to joining in with daily activities.”

The care home has a team which includes an experienced home manager and a luxury on-site chef.

Eve Balcombe, General Manager of Copperfield Court, said: “Every corner of Copperfield Court has been meticulously designed with the wellbeing of our residents in mind, ensuring a glorious, warm and attentive atmosphere from the moment you step inside.”

For more information, to book a tour, or to RSVP for the opening event in May, visit: or call 01843 423 207. Attendance must be confirmed as places are limited.

The two-storey, purpose-built building has amenity spaces, including cafes/bars/dining rooms; quiet lounges/family rooms; a library, garden room, cinema and hairdressers.

Oyster Care Homes is currently recruiting for a number of vacancies at Copperfield Court. Find them on facebook here.