27 Apr 18

St Fillans celebrate Care Home Open Day

St Fillans Care Home celebrated Care Home Open Day 2018 with a ‘Right Old Cockney Knees Up’ on Saturday. Events began with the Cor Blimey show, and a rendition of Chas and Dave.  Everybody was treated to to a variety of traditional London songs, including ‘Knees up Mother Brown’; ‘Lambeth Walk’; ‘Show Me The Way to Go Home’ and more. Everyone loved joining in singing the old pub songs! As a result, the Home was filled with song, dance and laughter.

Everyone then sampled traditional London recipes: cockles, potted shrimps, pie, mash and liquor followed off by apple pie, crumble and custard. All of this was washed down with a glass or two of something!

Lastly, everybody sang Happy Birthday to the Queen to celebrate her Majesty’s 92nd Birthday. The Home was also decorated with flags and bunting for the occasion.

26 Apr 18

Ashlyn Care Home Open Day 2018

Ashlyn Care Home held an afternoon cream tea to celebrate Care Home Open Day 2018. Family and friends of people living in the Home were invited to join in the activities, so the Home was nice and busy!

The sun shone throughout the afternoon, so everybody could sit outdoors in the garden. The tables were filled with delicious sandwiches, cakes, scones and fruit!

After tea, people got involved in a bit of Line Dancing, and some wore feather boas for the occasion! A fun afternoon was had by all – it was a great way to celebrate Care Home Open Day.

26 Apr 18

Little Angels visit St Fillans Care Home

St Fillans Care Home had a visit from Little Angels Pre-School last week.

The children, aged 3-4 years old, spent time getting to know the people living in the Home. They chatted, sang and played on the piano! The children loved playing with the baby chicks and ducklings that hatched at St Fillans over Easter.

Everyone at St Fillans loved meeting the “Little Angels”, therefore they will become regular visitors to the Home!

26 Apr 18

Longfield celebrate Care Home Open Day

On Saturday 21st April, Longfield Care Home took part in the National Care Home Open Day. This happened to coincide with the Queen’s Birthday! They celebrated by throwing a regal tea party for everyone in the home to enjoy. Lots of visitors came to celebrate with the people living in the home. Anna, the brilliant chef provided scrumptious cakes which everyone enjoyed with cups of tea. The sun was shining, so people made the most of the weather and sat in the garden.

Longfield Care Home would like to thank all of the friends and relatives who made this a very special day.


25 Apr 18

Goldenley Care Home Open Day 2018

Goldenley Care Home celebrated National Care Home Open Day on Saturday, inviting family and friends to enjoy the festivities.  They had a sunny and fun-filled afternoon with everyone laughing and joking around.

Debbie the ‘Best of British’ singer provided the entertainment . She sang a variety of songs, from wartime songs to the Beatles, and finished with the National Anthem to honour the Queen’s 92nd birthday.  Everyone was then treated to a delicious buffet meal, and continued the celebrations in the lovely weather.

25 Apr 18

100th Birthday at St Fillans Care Home

St Fillans Care Home celebrated a 100th birthday in the Home on Monday! George Norton was joined by generations of his family to celebrate his special day.

George received a birthday card from her Majesty the Queen, who had just celebrated her own birthday two days previously. St Fillans staff arranged the celebrations to mark George’s birthday. An Elvis tribute singer provided the entertainment and got everyone singing and dancing. This was followed by Champagne, a delicious buffet, and of course a cake!


25 Apr 18

Hunters Down Care Home Celebrate Care Home Open Day

Hunters Down Care Home opened their doors for National Care Home Open Day on Saturday 21st April. The British weather did everyone proud with blue sky for the first hour and then some cloud coming over for the second hour!

Staff at the Care Home arranged for their local radio station Huntingdon 104fm to broadcast live from 1pm to 4pm. The station kept the local community in the loop about the Open Day while it took place. This meant that listeners who could not make the occasion felt like they were part of the day’s events!

The Queen turned 92 on this special day. Helens Novelty Cakes from Alconbury made an impressive vanilla sponge cake decorated with an edible Union Jack flag bunting and sugar paste primroses, which is the Queen’s favourite flower. The deputy mayor Bill Hensley planted a tree connecting with the Queens Commonwealth Canopy. People living at Hunters Down have been talking about the television programme with Sir David Attenborough and Her Majesty.

The National Activity Providers Association (NAPA) challenge

Hunters Down also partook in the National Activity Providers Association (NAPA) challenge for 2018. Everyone chose three Commonwealth countries and completed the 3 P’s challenge;

  • Provide food, which will encourage conversations.
  • Persuade folk to move and mobilise more by setting up unusual places to “visit” either within the home or in the community.
  • Post materials around that will tap into memories linked to the Commonwealth.

For ‘provide food’ the three Commonwealth countries chosen were Mauritius, Pakistan and South Africa. On the Mauritius table were vegetable samosa, yellow pea fritters, boiled roasted egg, baja fritters (dumplings), coriander and mint chutney and chilli and garlic paste. The Pakistan food table offered chicken and mince samosa and potato cutlets. On the South African table there was Melktert desert. The traditional British cups of tea with scones were of course on offer as well! There was a lot of different conversations throughout the event regarding all of the wonderful food.

As for ‘persuading folk to move and mobilise’, Hunters Down hold a weekly “Love to Move” session where there is always a lot of movement. In part of the session they go through the alphabet, making the shapes of letters and then thinking of a subject to go through the alphabet with. A couple of sessions were linked with things connected to the Commonwealth Games.

To ‘post materials’, the Care Home flew all of the Commonwealth countries’ flags. Various games and a flag quiz took place. Information about Commonwealth Games over the years was displayed for everybody to look at.

Fun and dancing at Hunters Down

Wyton and Brampton Military Wives Choir came and sang for everyone, ending their session with Happy Birthday to the Queen and The National Anthem. Everybody said how enjoyable it had been listening to all of the Military Wives singing. Sean the Banjo Man entertained the crowd with a variety of songs. He had the audience joining in by singing and swaying their arms. The Team Leader Indiana Senior is from Mauritius. Indiana showed everybody a typical Mauritius dance and many were up trying the dance as well.

The day was a great success which was reflected in the comment book that people filled in at the end of the day.

24 Apr 18

Care Home Open Day at Lime Court Care Home

Lime Court Care Home took part in the National Care Home Open Day event on Saturday 21st April. They opened their doors for the public to take part in the celebrations and meet everyone living and working at Lime Court.

The people living in the home, family and friends enjoyed live entertainment with singer Michaela Fulleylove. Everyone had a great time dancing and singing – some even got a chance on the microphone!

Visitors to the home were treated to homemade cake, teas and coffee. It was a warm sunny day, so everyone made the most of the lovely weather and sat in the Courtyard Garden to enjoy the sunshine.

Don’t forget to follow us this week for more updates on how our other Care Homes celebrated National Care Home Open Day 2018!

16 Apr 18

Ducklings at St Fillans Care Home take their first swim!

St Fillans Care Home has become the proud owners of six beautiful ducklings. Both the people who live at the care home and the staff there were all so proud as on Friday the flock took their first ever swim together!

Everyone watched the ducklings hatch and has seen them grow day by day. Everyone said how lovely it is to watch them playing in the water and having fun!

13 Apr 18

Hunters Down visit The Oliver Cromwell Museum

On Monday 9th April 2018 people from Hunters Down Care Home visited The Oliver Cromwell Museum in Huntingdon. The idea came from Hunters Down’s monthly resident’s activity meeting, where they spoke about local museums and whether anybody had been. It is so important to appreciate what is on our door steps!

Stuart Orme (Curator/Museum Manager) and Isabelle Craig (Volunteer Co-ordinator) kindly showed the group around and talked about some of the items.

Everyone said that they found the 350 year old recipe book that belonged to Mrs Cromwell very interesting. Isabelle said that she had tried the cheese cake recipe but had to scale it down as back then they cooked in large portions, needing around 40 eggs per cheesecake!

There were many fascinating pictures to look at and everyone enjoyed listening to the stories about them. The story of Oliver Cromwell’s hat which amused everyone too!