22 Aug 17

Ramsey’s 40’s Weekend

Saturday 19th August it was Ramsey’s 40’s Weekend. Three residents Douglas, John and Rodney from Hunters Down went to the event and said they had such a spectacular memorable day. Douglas said, “It was the best day he had had for a long time”.

Leaving Hunters Down at 10.30am the sky was blue but very cloudy. There were a few rain showers while we were watching a 1940’s fashion show under cover.

The sun then shone at times so the residents could visit many of the stalls and shops connected with the 1940’s era, with dressed up people re-enacting and explaining about the items on show.

We then went to the large circus tent that held the Lindy Hop dancers and Polka Dot Girls singing, watching the dancers while enjoying some traditional fish and chips.

C&BLE (Cambridgeshire & Bedfordshire Lindy Experience) who specialise in teaching dances from the 1920’s to the 1940’s were teaching. John who has always loved music was determined to dance the day away. He was on the floor teaching myself as I have no knowledge of the dance. He then danced with Hoc Ewing one of the C&BLE teachers and Kim Hall who runs the Love to Move Exercise Class at Hunters Down. When John was not dancing he never took his eyes off the dancers and had tears in his eyes.

We arrived back at Hunters Down just after 4pm and all of the residents were left feeling with happy emotions.

Pearl Ewing said, “This is why I love my job so much to see our residents taken back to times that they can relate to which brings forward their happy emotions, leaving them with long lasting happy, excitable moods.

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21 Aug 17

Long Term Service Awards

Congratulations to the seven staff at Park Avenue Care centre in Bromley who received long service awards for over 10 years service to Park Avenue Care centre, indeed some of the staff actually started working at Park Avenue before it officially opened in 2004. Staff were presented with their awards by the regional director and enjoyed a celebratory breakfast. Wishing them all another happy 10 years with Park Avenue.

21 Aug 17

Glennfield Summer Fete Raised £850 for Our Residents Comfort Fund

Glenfield care center had music from the West Norfolk Rock Choir led by Mike Tandy who sang for an hour at the event, along with the entertaining popular local singer Bondy.

There were birds of prey from Dawn to Dusk falconry alongside a whole range of stalls, refreshments, games and car boot stalls at the fete which enjoyed sunshine all day.

The money raised will go toward the residents’ amenity fund which pays for extra trips out and entertainment.

Things enjoyed in recent years include a seaside trip to Hunstanton, trips to local tea rooms, panto players coming in to entertain and a day out to the Queen’s Estate in Sandringham.

Glennfield Care Centre, in Money bank, is a purpose built 84-bed care home, which opened in November 2008. It provides nursing, dementia nursing, residential frail and dementia care. We also offer accommodation for individuals who require early onset dementia care.

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21 Aug 17

New Care Garden Opened

The ribbon has been cut to mark the opening of a redeveloped care home garden.

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17 Aug 17

Peartree Harvest

Harvest is a time of plenty, when the season’s hard work is rewarded by bounty.
This Spring – People and staff in Peartree invested in a day’s hardwork, clearing and sowing in their own vegetable patch in the garden.
As you can see from these pictures, we are being rewarded with the most delicious tomatoes and cucumbers this summer.

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31 Jul 17

School Choir sing for residents of Stanley Wilson

Children from Katherine Semar’s upper school choir brought cheer to the residents of Stanley Wilson Lodge recently with a Summer Concert conducted by Janet Wheeler. The residents were soon singing along to familiar show tunes from the 1940s and 1950s.

Said Anthony Hull, Deputy Head teacher: “The choir used to the residents at Christmas time but due to a congested calendar during the festive season it was decided to perform a summer concert instead” the children were rewarded with praise, crisps and a drink for their efforts.

27 Jul 17

Hunters Down Fundraising 10K

It was a pretty muddy experience for three staff members from a care home in Hartford.

Cally, Angi, Natalie and Jo Burrell, who work at Hunters Down Care Centre, in Hartford Road, all took on Cancer Research’s Pretty Muddy 10k, in Bedford, earlier this month.

The trio took on the course in aid of friends and family who have suffered with the disease, with Cally managing first place out of the hundreds of women who entered.

She completed the course in 43 minutes after scrambling over a roped climbing frame and crawling through a mud pit.

“The day was really enjoyable and it outweighed all of my expectations. The event was well organised and the course was designed well for this special event,” Cally said. During the event, the staff were joined by family members who started the course together.

27 Jul 17

Stanley Wilson Art Project

Look what our residents at Stanley Wilson Lodge produced for The Arts Society.

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14 Jul 17

Excelcare Raise Money for No Gain No Pain Charity

In Celebration of the 50th birthday of the owner of the 10 Excelcare Care Homes in Cambridgeshire the staff, visitors and some of the people living in the homes completed a sponsored 50 mile “exercise” bike ride.

All the Excelcare Care Homes would like to thank everyone who sponsored them and helped to raise an amazing £1600

The owner, Mr Ertosun was extremely proud to have a donation to such a valuable charity made on his behalf. Mr Ertosun had earlier this year raised well over £10,000 for another charity by walking to base camp on Mount Everest.

The money has been donated to buy 1 and a half syringe drivers for the local community supporting No Gain No Pain UK (NGNPUK) and was handed over to the charity by staff at a local Excelcare Home- Aliwal Manor in Whittlesey.

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12 Jul 17

We lose our Easter Bunny & Father Christmas

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