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Retirement village set to show its creative side as arts festival launches
Retirement village set to show its creative side as arts festival launches
A PACKED programme of arts and crafts has been unveiled as part of the first Middleton Hall Arts Festival. 
More than 100 artefacts will be on public display, including ceramics, jewellery, photographs, painting and drawings, throughout the event from June 24 to 30. 
Organised by residents, Middleton Hall's co-owners and external artists, the free festival at the retirement village in Middleton St George near Darlington will bring together the many talents of the Hall's potters, artists, photographers and painters. 
This includes a display by the Middleton Hall photography group, 'Hobsons Choice', which will showcase a range of photographs on subjects including colourful food, farming, engineering, farming, the landscape, flowers and 'Back in Time'.

Group supports Healthy Eating Week
Group supports Healthy Eating Week
Borough Care marked the British Nutrition Foundation's Healthy Eating Week with lots of healthy food and drink related activities at its homes.  
The company has an ongoing mission to provide residents with the healthiest meals possible. 
The week kicked off with residents enjoying fruit-based mocktails, to ensure they get their five-a-day. Other events included a cruditès and smoothies afternoon and a vegetarian buffet. During the afternoon tea parties, where traditionally tea and cakes are served, platters of exotic, vitamin packed fruit were available instead.

Provider honours carers for National Carers Week
Provider honours carers for National Carers Week
BARCHESTER Healthcare paid special tribute to all of its carers throughout the company for National Carers Week, to thank them for their dedication to the residents and patients they care for.  
Chief executive officer Dr Pete Calveley made a special visit to Bluebell Park Care Home in Derbyshire where he personally awarded the carers with a Cadbury's gift hamper full of chocolate delights as a token of appreciation for their contribution at the home. 
All of Barchester Healthcare's care staff that work across the 200 home portfolio were also presented with the Cadbury's chocolate hamper to thank them for the contribution they make to the lives of those in their care.

Residents showcase artistic skills in pottery exhibition
Residents showcase artistic skills in pottery exhibition
RESIDENTS from MHA Bradbury Grange in Whitstable have been showing off their artistic talents in an exhibition at a local museum and gallery. 
The six-day long display, held at Whitstable Museum and Gallery, featured various pottery works created by residents at the care home. Each resident produced their own piece of artwork during one of the activity sessions at the home, which were led by local artist Imogen Taylor-Noble.  
The exhibition also included two private viewing events, where residents, their families and staff from the home were able to visit, browse the display and show off their creations.

100-mile England to Scotland bike ride for Macmillan
100-mile England to Scotland bike ride for Macmillan
A CARE home quality manager is taking on a 100-mile bike ride to raise funds to support those with cancer. 
60-year-old Lynn Walter is taking on the challenge for Macmillan Cancer Support, the chosen charity of her employer, the Hill Care Group, based in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. 
She is joining colleagues from the head office and care homes across the country to raise funds for the charity throughout the year. 
Her 100-mile journey will start at Bitts Park, Carlisle, cross the border to Scotland, and finish at Cramond Beach, Edinburgh. 
She will be joined by 11 members of her cycling club, DOBS and FOBS CC, in The Wirrall. They estimate the ride should take around eight hours.

Residents enjoy trip to see Concorde
Residents enjoy trip to see Concorde
RESIDENTS of Athena Healthcare Group Lodges in Formby and Southport enjoyed a nostalgic trip to see the supersonic aeroplane 'Concorde' at the Runway Park in Manchester. 
Stepping on board the famous aeroplane bought back happy memories for one resident, who had been lucky enough to fly on board during the time in which the aeroplane was in service but, for another, it was the chance of a life time to sit inside the iconic aircraft.  
Aged 104 this month, for one gentleman there was no problem, but only determination to climb the 18 steps and into the cabin.  
He sat where Her Majesty the Queen sat many times when she flew to New York in the aircraft and he was overjoyed! What a story to tell his grandchildren and great grandchildren.  
He said: 'My 104th birthday has come a little early.'  
Sharing his story on the Athena Healthcare Group Facebook page has brought many comments of support and congratulations.

40-year-old menu serves up memories
40-year-old menu serves up memories
AN original menu in the shape of a grandfather clock from' The Chimes Restaurant' in the Prince of Wales Hotel in Southport has resurfaced after 40 years, and brought back many happy memories for a care home resident.  
Brenda Rothwell recently revisited The Prince of Wales Hotel with her sister Renee and daughter Karen for a 'walk down memory lane'. Brenda worked as a senior supervisor in the hotel, as did her sister.  
Her visit was organised as part of the occupational memory's initiative put in place in all Athena Healthcare Group lodges for their residents. She was able to once again visit the restaurant and the reception (originally a cocktail bar) where Brenda and Renee reminisced about meeting Englebert Humperdinck and George Best back in the 1960's.  
The morning's visit to the hotel was reported on the Athena Healthcare Group Facebook page and the story was quickly shared. By chance someone who had read the Facebook post then spotted the menu for sale on 'Southport of Yesterday' and the seller agreed to donate the menu to Brenda, after hearing the story of her visit to The Prince of Wales Hotel.  
Thanks to Facebook and a generous donation from a stranger, the wonderful clock shaped keepsake has found a home with someone who thinks its 'priceless'.

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