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2 Apr 2015

A telegram from the Queen is certainly a reason to celebrate and that’s just what St Catherine’s latest centenarian did when she turned 100 recently.

Alice Jones has been a resident at St Catherine’s for five years. She celebrated reaching the incredible milestone in fine style with a visit from the Mayor of Horwich and a surprise visit from some of her relatives from Scotland.

Alice, her family and friends, and residents and staff from St Catherine’s, had a big party with plenty of food. Entertainment was provided by local performer Susan Jay, a regular at St Catherine’s and a personal favourite of Alice’s.

Home Manager, Gillian Johnson said, “It is wonderful to celebrate an occasion like this at St Catherine’s. The day was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone who attended and everyone here was honoured to share such a special day with Alice.”

Pictured left to right: Horwich Town Mayor, Cllr Richard Silvester; Home Manager, Gillian Johnson; Alice Jones; Alice’s Daughter, Maureen Bolton.


1 Apr 2015

Professor Julienne Meyer CBE (Research and Development Lead for Quality of Care for Older People and Executive Director of My Home Life programme at City University London) recently visited Marlborough Court Care Home with colleagues to see its award winning services.

Julienne and her colleagues, Jessica Watson (Social Action Officer at My Home Life) and Jane Winter (Workforce Development at Health Education England) were interested in knowing more about how care homes connect with their local community and were really impressed with the Flame of Forgiveness Fortnight that had been run by Marlborough Court in 2014, linked to the National Care Home Open Day.

Julienne chatted to residents and viewed all areas of the home, particularly enjoying and commenting on the sensory garden area, “It’s a lovely engaging garden – I could stay here all day.”

Care Home Manager Maggie Candy said of the visit, “We are always pleased to show off our outstanding facilities, and it was fantastic to welcome Julienne and her colleagues to visit Marlborough Court.”

Last autumn, Marlborough Court gained PEARL accreditation for its specialist residential dementia unit, as well as opening an £80,000 sensory dementia garden area.

Most recently the home was awarded a £5000 bursary, from the Foundation of Nursing Studies, for its innovative programme of yoga in dementia care.

Pictured: Maggie Candy presenting flowers to Professor Julienne Meyer CBE.

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