A care home that has been sold for the first time since 1999 celebrated the new ownership in a "special evening event" last week.

Fairfax House, a 20-bed home for the elderly and those with dementia, is now owned by Lionel and Pioshy Marcelline, following the retirement of Alan and Diana Butchers.

Pioshy said: "What drew us to Fairfax House was the family feel and sense of community. It is evident that the residents are much loved. Our primary aim is to provide the best level of care for our residents.

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Lionel added: "We knew Fairfax House was a well-run home with an outstanding team and high levels of care. We share the same core values of respect, dignity, independence and fulfilment for all residents, and for this reason, we are keeping the existing staff and managers whose dedication to the residents has really impressed us."

The celebration event was also attended by mayor of Salisbury Sven Hocking. He said: “It was a great pleasure to meet the outgoing and incoming owners of Fairfax House on Tuesday evening.

“I also met with the residents who are very happy with place they now call home and the carers and family members who all work hard to give them the best quality of life in what, in many cases, is a very difficult time.”