7 Feb 14

Straw Bear Festival

Aliwal residents enjoying themselves at the Straw Bear Festival. It is an annual event held in our town and dates back to medieval times. People travel from all parts of the UK to follow the Bear, including Morris Dancers, Molly Dolls etc, calling in at most of the pubs along the route.

7 Feb 14

Centenary Celebrations at Aliwal Manor

Flo has been a resident at Aliwal Manor since December 2009 and is well loved and respected by everyone who knows her. She is seen here, celebrating her centenary last month, where she was joined by five generations of her family, together with staff from the Home for her party.

4 Feb 14

Vintage Advertising Could Make Dementia Patients Happy

A leading confectionary giant has created reminiscence packs to help bring back the happy memories of dementia sufferers, made possible through a raft of advertising material the firm has produced over the years.

With the various forms of dementia affecting well over 800,000 people in the UK alone, it is important that research is carried out to help alleviate its symptoms and to help those who require specialist dementia care enjoy a far better quality of life.

The reminiscence packs have been created by Nestle with the help of the Alzheimer’s Society and are currently being tested by two groups who are carrying out activities with dementia sufferers and carers. Should the project prove to be a success, it is likely that these packs will then be made available on a wider scale.

Sweets to bring back memories with everything from Rowntree’s Fruit Gums and Smarties to Carnation Milk and Nescafé being included, it is hoped that the material, taken from the Nestlé & Ireland Archive, could help to trigger pleasant and happy childhood memories for dementia patients.

The pack contains plenty of material for products which are no longer in production, meaning that sufferers could use their memory to educate family and friends who do not recognise them.

When discussing the initiative, Alzheimer’s Society Spokeswoman Alison Cook said that it helps carers and loved ones to engage positively with people living with dementia. She added: “Even something as simple as an old sweet wrapper can bring back vivid memories from a happy time.”

James Maxton, a spokesman for Nestle, said: ‘We are keen to share the contents of the archive with as wide an audience as possible and we are delighted to use some of our favourite artefacts to produce this.’

If you are keen to learn more about the Reminiscence Pack from Nestle, click here.

Image Credit: Boston Public Library (Flickr.com)

4 Feb 14

Harry Emery Celebrates 103rd Birthday

Harry Emery celebrates his 103rd birthday by blowing out candles on his cake held by his daughter Margaret Ardley and son John Emery.

Birthday celebrations have taken place for 103-year-old Harry Emery a day late – as usual.

It was only when Harry turned 100 that his family found out his birthday was actually January 30th and not the 31st, so they carried on marking the day in the way they always had.

Harry celebrated his birthday at the Hunters Down care home in Huntingdon where he has lived for the last four years.

His son John and daughter Margaret were at his side for a special party and there was a visit from Huntingdon deputy mayor Cllr Tanya Forster.

Harry grew up in Whitley Bay and is a big Newcastle fan.

Son John said: “He was adopted and celebrated his birthday on the 31st of January.

“It was when we looked at his birth certificate when he was 100 we found out.”

He said: “He is a wonderful man and a great father. He is a football fanatic and taught me to play football in the park when I was two-years-old.”

John said his father worked for Pickfords, both in its travel agency and removals business, before moving to New Malden, Surrey, where he worked for Harrods and was responsible for removals involving top people, including a president of the United States.

Harry, who lived in Fenstanton, was married for 60 years to his wife Constance who died in 2006.

John said: “He was very active into his 90s and still drove to the age of 94. He has always been self-sufficient was living at home until he was 99.”

28 Jan 14

British Red Cross Thank You Letter

The British Red Cross would like to thank Excelcare for your generous donation of £500 to help those affected by the devastating impact of Typhoon Haiyan.

The 300 mile wide typhoon made landfall in the Philippines on Friday 8th November leaving a trail of destruction in its path. It is believed to be the most powerful typhoon ever to hit land and has caused catastrophic damage to a country whose inhabitants are already battling for survival following an earthquake earlier this year.

Philippine Red Cross volunteers have been on the ground since before the storm hit, helping with evacuation plans and warning communities. Now, they are getting urgently needed aid to the people who are most in need and preparing to help thousands more. The destruction of communication and transport links, with many roads into the affected areas completely blocked, has presented an incredibly challenging situation.

Reports from the worst hit areas across the archipelago tell of a catastrophic humanitarian impact, with over 5,000 confirmed deaths and 13 million people affected; millions of whome have been displaced and in need of basic provisions, food and shelter.

The Philippine Red Cross has already distributed over 13,000 food parcels, provided thousands of vital relief items such as tarpaulins and jerry cans and helped log over 25,500 tracing enquiries from families who have lost their loved ones.

The British Red Cross has been directly supporting the Philippine Red Cross by deploying a team of shelter and logistics experts to support the response, as well as contributing thousands of relief items including shelter kits, hygiene parcels, which include soap and toothpaste, and family tents to house those who have lost their home.

Thank you once again for responding so promptly and for helping us to provide assistance where it is needed most.

Yours Sincerely,

Andrew Schofield

Corporate Partnerships Team

13 Jan 14

Centenarian Elsie has used her 100 years well

A former apple picker has celebrated her 100th birthday.

Else Jefferies marked her centenary on Saturday with a visit from family and a birthday tea at Lime Court Care Centre, in Dovercourt.

Born on January 4, 1914, Elsie grew up in a little house in Parkeston.

She went to school in the village before starting work, aged 18, in the refreshment rooms on the railways at various stations.

In her spare time, she used to enjoy going to the dances at the Army Garrison, which is where she met her future husband, Corporal Roger Jefferies.

They married at Parkeston Church and moved to the army quarters at Colchester Garrison.

Elsie continued to work until 1942 when their first Child, Patricia was born.

When her husband was posted to Gibraltar they moved and continued travelling with the army, returning at the end of his service with a second child, Roger.

The family settled in Ramsey and after the children had grown up, Elsie went back to work on the land, harvesting potatoes and apple picking.

She moved to Lime Court Care Centre in 2004.

Sarah Meachen, activities coordinator at Lime Court, said: “Elsie has been here ten years and she has been a pleasure to have around.

“She is liked by all the care staff.

“She loves to be pampered, to have her hair and nails done.

“It’s always nice to be able to celebrate a 100th birthday with a resident and to see them receive their card from the Queen.”

2 Jan 14

It’s a family affair for Florence, 100

A daily tot of whisky is the secret to long life for Florence Fraser who, this festive season, celebrated her 100th birthday

Mrs Fraser who lives in Aliwal Manor in Whittlesey, was surrounded by five generations of her family who organised a party to mark the occasion.

She has two children, five grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and one great, great grandson.

Mrs Fraser, whose son-in-law is Fenland distric councillor Trevor Quince, still enjoys reading and watching her favourite TV Shows.

Cllr Quince said; “In her day, she was an incredibly accomplished knitter, people would always ask her for something and know it would be incredibly well done. She always enjoys being around her family.”

27 Dec 13

Excelcare and Guildmore raise funds for Charity

 On 6th December, at Parklands Quendon Hall,  Essex,  Excelcare and Guildmore began the  festive season with their Christmas Party.  It proved to be an idyllic setting for more than 130 guests who enjoyed an evening of good company, excellent food and music; which kept everyone on their feet until the early hours. The party rounded off a hectic year, for both companies, and gave an opportunity for Osman and Engin Ertosun to welcome colleagues and business associates in marking their success and to express their appreciation for the part they played in achieving business targets in a very competitive year.

In addition to the celebrations fundraising was at the heart of the occasion. This year the party organiser; Sam Manning, invited staff from the regions in which the Companies operate to nominate a charity.  The results of the evening were rewarding;  Essex raised £250.00 for Dementia UK,  London £410 for St Christopher’s Hospice, Head Office and Homecare £849.18 for Harris Hospice with St Christopher’s,  Cambridge £500 for the Emergency situation in the Philippines and Milton Keynes £235 for Silver Line.

All in all a fantastic, fun night for staff and several charities benefitted from their generosity.

23 Dec 13

Dorothy reaches 102

A former secretary has celebrated her 102nd birthday

Dorothy Armour spent the day having lunch with her family and friends before returning to Lime Court, in Dovercourt where she lives, for a special tea.

Mrs Armour moved to the area from London in 1972.

She was evacuated to Canvey Island during the First World War and worked as a medical officer in Chelmsford during the Second World War.

She has also worked at a shoe company and as a secretary to a bank manager.

Cycling was a big part of Mrs Armour’s life and she believes that is part of the reason she has lived such a long life.

She said: “I like to keep active and used to cycle everywhere.”

20 Dec 13

Sherrell House’s Pantomime Visit


On Thursday 19th December 2013, Sherrell House took residents to watch the Aladdin Pantomime at the Kenneth Moore Theatre in Ilford. In addition to the 15 residents, there were a total of 4 relatives and a few staff who were able to give their time as volunteers, to ensure each resident was able to enjoy themselves.