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24 Mar 2016

Several care homes in South and West Yorkshire painted the towns greens as they celebrated St Patrick’s Day on 17th March.

Residents from Balmoral Care Home in Sheffield celebrated by taking residents and their relatives to the local pub to drink Guinness and sample some Irish beers.

It was a more subdued affair at Cherry Trees Care Home in Barnsley as they held a coffee morning with a sweet Irish Twist.

At Highstone Mews in Barnsely local singers came in to entertain the residents and their families. They also celebrated a member of the team’s birthday. A slice of cake added to the sweetness of the afternoon.

Residents at Pellon Care Centre in Halifax had a meal with an Irish twist. The catering team delivered a themed menu which included: Irish Stew, Champ Potato, soda bread, Baileys cheese cake and Irish coffee. Everyone enjoyed the meal with every plate left spotless.

Paul Anthony, a local singer, entertained residents at The Lodge Care Home in Killamarsh, singing some great Irish songs. An additional surprise was delivered by Bronagh the Kitchen Assistant, who did a full rendition of ‘Penny Arcade’. The residents joined in and helped belt out some of the songs.

Last, but by no means least, at the Woodlands Care Home in Mirfield, residents had their faces painted and held an Irish themed party, complete with four leaf clovers, Guinness (other drinks were available) nibbles and lots of singing. A great time was had by all.

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24 Mar 2016

Monday 21st March marked World Poetry Day, and all of our homes across the United Kingdom have been in the wax lyrical mood, either creating poetry of their own, listening to or reciting some of their favourite sonnets, haikus and limericks.

Poems have been flooding in from all corners of the UK, showcasing the talented residents, families and teams in the homes. We've put a link to a selection of the poems at the bottom of this page.

The homes celebrated World Poetry Day in various different ways.

Edgewater Care Home in Donaghadee created a poetry wall board, showcasing some of the poems written by residents, relatives and the team.

Residents and their families all got creative at South Park Care Home in York. There were numerous beautiful poems penned. A lovely short one written by a resident’s grandchild read: “The most romantic love story, is not Romeo and Juliet. But my grandpa and Grandma, who grew old together.”

Visitors to Meadowbrook Care Home in Oswestry helped residents to get into the poetry mood. Students from Trefonen Primary School visited in the morning and recited poems for the residents. In the afternoon staff from the library came in to read war poems. One of the residents, Hazel Blackwell, took centre stage and recited her favourite poem ‘Kingfisher

Gowrie House Care Home in Kirkcaldy also welcomed local primary school children from Dunnikier into their home. The young children (aged 8 and 9) recited poems that they’d written for the residents all inspired by spring. Once the children had finished reciting, it was the residents turn to teach the youngsters some poems they’d learnt when they were at school.

Meanwhile at Laganvale Care Home in Moira, residents, relatives and the team all worked together to create a poetry tree showcasing people’s favourite poems, in a different decorative style.

Church and Manor View Care Home in Doncaster, had some very special guests on Monday. The Mayor and Mayoress of Doncaster attended their poetry recital. They both recited their favourite poems to the residents, and then settled down for some afternoon tea.

One of the residents from Courtenay House in Kings Lynn treated everyone to her rendition of her very own poem ‘How Well I can remember the cottage on the hill’. She was awarded with a visit from the Easter bunny (part of the home’s pet therapy session), who felt at home on her lap.

Local poet Tony Hillier visited Ladymead Care Home in Swindon, and entertained residents with his very energetic recital.

Residents from Ty Hafod in Capel Llanillterne got all dressed up for their poetry recital, whilst residents at Roseworth Lodge Care Home in Stockton-on-tees, Murdoch House Care Home in Wokingham and many others got all wax lyrical and created their own poems.

Flower Park Care Home in Doncaster celebrated their World Poetry Day by inviting a special guest to come along to the home to recite some of his lovely poems to our residents, relatives, team and friends of Flower Park. Former Denaby Main miner Benny Wilkinson (86) is known as the 'Conisbrough Poet' after writing hundreds of poems relating to places and events around Mexborough where he grew up and later Denaby and Conisbrough. Benny has been awarded the Radio Sheffield Poet Laureate award and the 'Pride in Doncaster Lifetime Achievement' award. We all had a lovely afternoon full of laughter brought on by listening to Benny’s poems and humurous stories from yesteryears.

Woodview Care Home in Lincoln invited one of our local schools to bring some of the students in for a poetry recital. About 30 children came in to recite some of their favourite poems, and even some poems they had written themselves. Our residents were thrilled to have the students in and there was lots of applause and even laughter at the funnier poems. It was a lovely afternoon with a lot of smiling faces. One of the residents loved it so much she had her photograph taken with some of the children. She also gave them a little sing song, reciting a favourite war time song.

Meanwhile Sycamore & Poplars Care Centre in Mansfield had their own little event to support our budding poets. They invited some local school children to create and read their own poems to residents. Being so close to Easter they themed their poems around Easter/Spring. A lovely afternoon was had by all!


'Back in Our Day'

'The Lost Girl'
'My Poem About Poetry'
'Kingswood Lodge'
'Through the Years'
'Welcome to Swan House'
'Hello Buttons'
'The Longest Mile is the Last Mile Home'
'Grosvenor Park Poem'
'St Catherine's Poem'
'My Transition'
'Our Days' 'Life'
'My Name is Pat'
'Woodgrove is Home to Me' 'Living at Beech House'
'My Dog Rinty'
'Bamford Grange Poem'
'Time of Your Life'
'I Notice Spring'
'Pellon Lane'
'Spring Time from the Past'
'The Collue Dug'
'Four Seasons'
'Ribbons on Railings'
'They're Coming to See Me'
'During The War'
'The Media'
'Courtenay House Poem'

23 Mar 2016

Woodcot Lodge Care Home in Gosport, has come runner-up in a Care Home Idol contest which has seen it compete against homes across the UK.

The home submitted its Halloween Party video which showed residents and staff dancing to classic songs by Elvis, Cliff Richard and Tom Jones.

Vicki Wylde, Home Manager said: “We decided to take part in Care Home Idol to showcase the dedication of our activities team, and bring the community together to support us.

“We are delighted that we have gained second place, as the competition was very strong. Our relatives and community have been really supportive with this competition and we are so grateful for all the votes we received.”

Rhondda Bennett and Karen Naylor, who run the activities team, added: “Our Halloween party was a massive success, everyone was welcome. Not only was it magical to hear and see our residents enjoy themselves, families also recorded special memories of their loved ones.

“As an activities team we feel privileged to be able to share these happy moments and memories, not just for our residents but for their families and all our staff.”

To view Woodcot Lodge Care Home’s video go to www.carehome.co.uk/idol/idol.cfm/id/226 .

Davina Ludlow, Director of carehome.co.uk, said: ‘We would like to congratulate Woodcot Lodge Care Home for coming runner-up in Care Home Idol 2015 with their lovely performance.

“It looks like they had a lot of fun making the video.”

The home even received a letter from the House of Commons congratulating them on their award.

The letter read:

“Dear Vickie,

“I was delighted to read in The News on Tuesday 15th March that Woodcot Lodge Care Home was announced as runner-up in the ‘Care Home Idol’ competition.

“Congratulations on this excellent achievement and well deserved for the hard work you and your staff have put in to support your residents.

“Please pass my congratulations on to those involved.

Yours, Caroline Dinenage MP”


23 Mar 2016

Thursday 17th March saw people across the UK celebrate St Patrick’s Day. This was no different at Norwood Green Care Home in Southall.

Residents, families and the team decorated the home and made lime green fairy cakes to celebrate the event. These were washed down with a small glass of wine or beer.

Jyoti Ganger, Home Manager said: “It was a lovely day at Norwood Green. Everyone got involved baking cakes, decorating the home and even dressing up. Some of the Irish accent impressions left a lot to be desired, but everyone was definitely embracing the Irish spirit.

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23 Mar 2016

It’s been two weeks of celebration and fun at Kestrel Lodge Care Home in Nottingham.

The team and residents alike had a look in the fancy dress box, put on some sparkly attire, lovely hats and one very questionable black wig to take part in the dress up and dance afternoon. Residents were up on their feet dancing to some old classics and modern beats.

After working up a healthy appetite, everyone sat down to enjoy some hearty pie and mash. The chicken and vegetable pie was made by the Kestrel Lodge team, and went down a storm with the residents, who only left a few crumbs. This was all in aid of British Pie Week 7th – 13th March.

To round off the celebrations, the home was decorated in green, white and orange bunting, the residents donned Guiness hats and some of the team did a little Irish jig all in aid of St Patrick’s Day (17th March).

Chris Harpham, Home Manager said: “These few activities demonstrate the variety of choice we have on offer for our residents. We cater for everyone’s needs at the home and our activities always go down well. We’re always listening to our residents to see what we could do better. That’s why 100% of them feel listened to, and they’re all happy living here. I can’t wait to see what happens in the upcoming weeks.”

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