MP's praise after care home visit

Torbay Weekly

Ridge House in Morchard Bishop opened its doors to Central Devon MP Mel Stride and Devon County Councillor Margaret Squires on Friday (25/02/22). Both were given a tour of the award-winning residential home, rated ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission, by Area Manager Beth Cheffings.

Ridge House is a small residential care home situated in beautiful grounds within the pretty village of Morchard Bishop. The home is a traditional building and benefits from many traditional features adding to the homely atmosphere. Earlier this month, restrictions on the number of people visiting their loved ones in care homes were lifted.

Mrs Cheffings said: “It was great to meet Mel and to discuss some of the challenges facing the care sector in Devon. The past two years have not been easy for care home residents who have struggled with not being able to see family and friends as often as they are used to. The lifting of restrictions has been very welcome.”

Mr Stride added: “Care homes here in Central Devon and across the country have faced a difficult two years and I am grateful to the staff at Ridge House and in residential homes across my constituency who have worked hard to keep their residents safe.”

Mr Stride and Cllr Squires are both actively supporting Proud to Care Devon - part of Devon County Council’s plan to aid recruitment and retention in the care sector.

Melvyn John Stride, a British politician served as Leader of the House of Commons and Lord President of the Council from 23 May to 24 July 2019.  Born in Ealing London in 1961 he was educated at Portsmouth Grammar School, and then read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, and was elected President of the Oxford Union.

Conservative Councillor Margaret Squires (Division: Creedy, Taw & Mid Exe) said “I intend to serve the interests of all residents, regardless of political persuasion. As a member of the Conservative Party, I take an active interest in numerous national and local campaigns”.  Anyone thinking about a job in care can visit  to register their details.