Our care news
31 Oct 2017
Residents at Howdon Care Centre in Wallsend have been busy making Halloween decorations for their spooktacular party.
Libby Taws, Home Manager, said: “The residents have been really busy making lots of decorations. They’re looking forward to inviting everyone into the home to have the best Halloween party ever! Our fried Steve Lucock and his animal friends will be making a special appearance to keep everyone entertained Watch this space.”
31 Oct 2017
Residents from Castle Lodge Care Home in Antrim went back to school last week.
As part of their community links work, some of the residents went to visit pupil at Greystone Primary School and enjoyed a lovely session with Mrs McNeill’s class.
Una Brady, Home Manager, said: “The benefits of bringing the younger and older generation together are well documented. It’s great to see the interactions, whether that is telling stories or playing games, the laughter that was heard echoed down the corridors. This will definitely be a regular visit for the residents and the children.”
30 Oct 2017
Residents at Ty Hafod Care Home in Capel Llanillterne enjoyed a wonderful visit from students from Ysgol Gyfun Gluntaf.
Teresa Handford, Home Manager, said: “Together we made cakes and the residents enjoyed asking the students what they would like to do as a career and took great pride in telling them what they had done in the past. After lunch we also had the fantastic opportunity to hear one of the students sing for us and in Welsh which really impressed us all. We then finished the day off by all having a sing to ‘you are my sunshine’ which made everyone smile and was a great way to end a great day! We look forward to having Ysgol Gyfun Gluntaf visit us again soon.”
Are you looking for a care home in Capel Llanillterne? Ty Hafod Care Home offers support for all types of care including residential care, nursing care, specialist care and end of life/palliative care.
30 Oct 2017
Did you know? Holbeche House is the final resting place for some of those involved in the Gunpowder plot of 1605. Although many of us think the end of the plot was 5th November when the infamous Guy Fawkes was arrested in the cellars at the Houses of Parliament after the attempted assassination of King James. A number of his fellow plotters in fact actually fled up North where they met their end at Holbeche House on the 7th November.
Unbeknown to most, Guy Fawkes was just the ‘hit man’ of the whole operation. Robert Catesby was the central character in the plot who led his men up to the West Midlands where they hid at Holbeche House. In tow with them, they had a store of weapons and gunpowder which became wet from the rain. Perhaps from lack of knowledge, they thought the best way to dry out the gunpowder was to put it in front of the fire. The fire sparked and caused a huge explosion which injured many.
The explosion attracted attention and Holbeche House was surrounded the next day. Catesby died from his injuries as well as a number of others, some were arrested and others continued to flee around the country.
This part of the plot will be shown in the third episode of the BBC Drama ‘Gunpowder’ starring Kit Harrington, Liv Tyler and Mark Gatiss
Although much of the original building was destroyed in the explosion, evidence from it still remains at Holbeche House where bullet marks can be seen on the walls from the stand-off. There is also a priest hole in the home that is on display for all to see. It was thought that this was a tunnel made by the plotters in an attempt of escape, but it was in fact just used for water storage under the house.
The home will also feature on the third episode of another BBC Programme called ‘Elizabeth I’s Secret Agents’ which details the plot from a difference perspective.
For more information about Holbeche House Care Home, please visit their home page.
29 Oct 2017
Residents at Howdon Care Centre in Wallsend have been busy making bird feeders to help their seasonal feathered friends.
Libby Taws, Home Manager, said: “The residents really enjoy the wildlife that come into our gardens and they love helping them where they can. So they got busy creating bird feeders that more of our friends can enjoy. We’ve got a lot of avid bird watchers waiting in the windows at Howdon.”