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Residents celebrate Chinese New Year
February 2015 | Residents celebrate Chinese New Year
Art enthusiasts from Regency Court enjoyed a multicultural event with a difference as they unveiled their depiction of a Chinese dragon to celebrate the Chinese New Year. 
Young at heart residents from the extra care housing development owned by Hanover Housing Association were treated to a day of festivities which included a festive meal, a review of their horoscope and an informative talk about the Chinese Zodiac. 
Tara Gaynor, estate manager at Hanover Housing Association, added: "We have a fantastic bunch of residents who are always looking to try something new."
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Residents turn chefs to bake cherry scones
February 2015 | Residents turn chefs to bake cherry scones
RESIDENTS at Stangrove Lodge residential home in Edenbridge embraced their inner chefs and spent a morning baking a batch of cherry scones. 
The residents had a great time putting their pinnies on and getting back into the kitchen, they spent the morning chopping cherries, stirring mixtures and shaping their scones, before sitting back to relax as they baked in the oven.  
Once their sweet scones were ready, residents settled down with a cup of tea to taste their delicious creations.
Opera star receives cheque on behalf of charity
February 2015 | Opera star receives cheque on behalf of charity
SOUTH Yorkshire opera star Lesley Garrett was on hand to help dementia charity Lost Chord receive a cheque for £10,000. 
The Doncaster diva is a patron and keen supporter of the Rotherham based charity that provides interactive musical experiences for people living with dementia in care homes and day centres across the region and nationally. 
And she was delighted to join Lost Chord chief executive Helena Muller to receive the £10,000 cheque from national organisation the Hospital Saturday Fund at their London head office. 
Pictured are: Paul Jackson, chief executive of the HSF charity, Helena Muller, John Randall, chairman of HSF Health Plan, Lesley Garrett and Stephen Duff, managing director of HSF Health Plan.
Staff brave freezing conditions to raise money for charity
February 2015 | Staff brave freezing conditions to raise money for charity
FIVE staff from St Christopher's care home in Northampton braved the freezing conditions, with snow and rain to join the Big Sleep Out to fundraise for the HOPE centre based in the town.  
Sleeping bags in the churchyard on cardboard made it a challenging night. So far they have raised well over £1,000 and are still collecting.  
Residents, staff friends and family all supported the fundraising event, which is held annually. The centre helps the homeless to help themselves, and St Christopher's support them by passing on blankets, linen, pillows and clothes throughout the year.
Maritime charity lays the groundwork for 150th anniversary celebrations
February 2015 | Maritime charity lays the groundwork for 150th anniversary celebrations
A NATIONAL maritime care home has enlisted the help of the local mayor to cut the turf for a refurbishment taking place to mark the start of its 150th anniversary celebrations. 
The Royal Alfred Seafarers' Society, based in Banstead in Surrey, this year celebrates 150 years of providing nursing care and accommodation support to elderly, sick or disabled seafarers, their widows and dependants. 
At the start of the anniversary year, they were joined by the Mayor of Reigate and Banstead Borough Council, Councillor David Pay, and Captain Duncan Glass to 'cut the first turf' witnessed by the Society's chairman and other representatives from the charity, along with building contractor David Rose. 
The home is embarking on a refurbishment project to ensure the charity continues to provide the best possible care for all the residents at its Surrey based home.
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Bondcare invests in North East care homes
February 2015 | Bondcare invests in North East care homes
BONDCARE is investing more than £1m in major refurbishments at four of its North East care homes. 
Allan Court in Benwell, Newcastle; Debaliol Care Home in Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Northumberland; Donwell House Care Home & Day Centre in Washington and Redworth House in Shildon, Co. Durham, will all benefit from the investment. 
Allan Court will undergo a full refurbishment of its lower ground floor to create a seven-bed learning disability unit. The refurbishment will include a new heating system, new lounge, kitchen and diner and a full re-fit and redecoration of the home's bedrooms.  
Debaliol will also have a new heating system installed and its public areas and some bedrooms refurbished.  
Donwell House will have a new heating system fitted, some of its bedrooms refurbished and improvements made to the car park and the home's gardens. And Redworth House will benefit from general improvements to the public areas in the homes, including new carpets throughout.  
Chris Denton, manager at Allan Court, is pictured with resident Annie Hunter and Steve Massey, north east regional manager of Bondcare, choosing materials.
Loan facilitates home's £1.1m expansion
February 2015 | Loan facilitates home's £1.1m expansion
Barclays has provided funding to support Peverel Court Ltd's expansion plans at Bartlett's Residential Care Home The loan has helped facilitate a £1.1m expansion project and complete the first phase of a new 14-bed extension at the facility in the Buckinghamshire village of Stone, a short distance from Thame. Bartlett's Residential Care Home, which is owned and traded by Peverel Court Limited, is a Victorian country house built in 1856 and offers residents around the clock personal care including those with the early onset of dementia. The newly completed extension will allow the care home to increase the number of residents to 38 and will create eight new jobs to take the staff teams to 38. 
Barclays relationship director Neil Chandler is pictured with Peverel Court managing director Anil Dhanani.
Residents and supporters celebrate the opening of new retirement development
February 2015 | Residents and supporters celebrate the opening of new retirement development
A NEW retirement living development has been officially opened in Market Harborough by Methodist Homes. 
Rev Alison Tomlin, who lives in the town, cut the ribbon of Welland Place, one of the newest services from MHA. 
Welland Place has 100 one and two bedroom apartments for people over 60, with individualised care and on site support available 24 hours a day and options for sale, rent or shared ownership. Facilities for residents include a gym, spa, swimming pool and landscaped gardens. 
Residents and local supporters were welcomed by MHA Board Member Norman Mann, followed by a thanksgiving service with contributions from residents and the local Methodist Church.  
Manager Richard Haddon said: "We offer privacy and independence with total peace of mind, the best of both worlds, in a community of like-minded friends and neighbours. Several people have already become firm friends and the new community is growing and evolving all the time." 
MHA also offers residential and dementia care at Aigburth care home in Oadby, Leicester.
February 2015 | Home approved despite residents' opposition
PLANS for a new 44-bed care home in a Suffolk town have been approved despite vociferous opposition from local residents. 
Tanner & Tilley Town Planning and Development Consultants were successful in obtaining planning consent for Angel Care to construct the facility after a more ambitious scheme was rejected on appeal in January 2012. 
Angel Care's Sandip Ruparelia said: 'This approval means this scheme can now go ahead, enabling much needed extra care accommodation to be provided for the residents of Woodbridge.' 
Tanner & Tilley operations director John Montgomery told the Development Control Sub-Committee the new application fully addressed the appeal inspector's concerns regarding effect on the amenities of surrounding properties and, in particular, those in Godfreys Wood to the rear.   
The committee heard from local residents who opposed the scheme before granting planning permission, but only on the chairperson's casting vote.
February 2015 | Karim adds Valley Lodge to his portfolio
HEALTHCARE operator Karim Rajan has completed the acquisition of Valley Lodge care home in Chandlers Ford thanks to loan facilities from The Royal Bank of Scotland 
He plans to increase the facilities at the 30-bed specialist dementia facility by extending the existing property as well as undertaking a full refurbishment which will provide a better living environment for its current residents.  
The work on the extension, which will take the registration up to 43, is expected to commence in September and will be carried out sensitively to ensure there is as little disruption as possible. 
Other homes in Karim's portfolio include Grasmere Nursing Home in Worthing, West Sussex and Shangria-la Care Home in Lee-on-the-Solent, Hampshire.
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09/04/2015 | National Care Association Symposium - Leicester 2015, Leicester
13/05/2015 | Caring UK Care Providers Conference - Yorkshire Event 2015, Wetherby Racecourse
21/05/2015 | National Care Association Symposium - Essex 2015, Essex