Residents Joan Hearmon, 99, and Edna Sewell, 94, join Victoria Prentis, MP for Banbury, on a tour of the Featherton House refurbishments.

Featherton House Care Home Residents Grill Banbury MP

The residents of Featherton House Care Home in Deddington got the chance to grill Banbury MP Victoria Prentice at the official opening of their newly refurbished dining room.

The home, which is located in the centre of the village, has recently undergone a £300,000 refurbishment programme to improve both interior and exterior areas of the Georgian property. The dining area is at the very heart of the home. Thanks to its new glass roof, it now provides residents with a beautifully light and inviting place to eat.

Victoria Prentice MP visited the home to cut the ribbon to officially open the new dining room, but also to join Featherton House resident Edna Sewell for a tour of the new accessible walled garden area. As part of the refurbishment programme, the home’s outdoor area now boasts full wheelchair access and raised flowerbeds. These will enable green-fingered residents to enjoy pottering in the garden during the warmer months.

Edna, aged 94, could not wait to get out into the garden to use the new flowerbeds, so led a trip to the local garden centre to choose plants and bulbs to get them ready for spring. Edna enjoyed showing Mrs Prentice around the new area and explaining her plans for the planters over the coming months.

Discussing Deddington and the Local Area

During the visit, the Featherton House residents also got to chat to Mrs Prentice about their views on the local area, current affairs, and what will happen following Brexit.

Talking about her visit, Victoria Prentis MP said; “It is always a joy to visit Featherton House, in Deddington. We are blessed with a variety of great care homes in North Oxfordshire, especially when they are filled with so much love and care.

“The new refurbishments are an excellent addition to an already fantastic facility. I especially enjoyed the garden and am looking forward to seeing it in the summer.”

Jessica Broadbent, 91, said: “It was lovely to have Mrs Prentis visit and see the work we’ve had done at Featherton House.

“I spoke to her about the potholes outside Featherton and she said she would look into it.”

Other recent refurbishments at Featherton House Care Home include extensive redecoration to a number of bedrooms, with the installation of state-of-the-art en-suite bathroom facilities. An attractive new resin top finish to the car park in front of the home is also due to be completed in the coming weeks.




Westerham Place Care Home resident Mickie surrounded by friends and family celebrating her birthday.

Westerham Place Care Home Resident Celebrates 103 Happy Years

Family and friends came from far and wide to join Westerham Place Care Home resident Hilda Graty for her 103rd birthday.

Hilda is known to those closest to her as ‘Mickie’, a nickname that she was given during the war years. For a large part of her life, Mickie worked with her husband helping him to run the family building business and has been living at the care home for the last three and a half years.

Mickie enjoys birthday celebrations at the home with her friends and family each year, but this year she was joined by relatives from as far afield as Holland.

Amongst those celebrating at Westerham Place were her two children, David and Gill, granddaughter Gemma, and her niece Joanna from Holland.

Mickie is a keen participant in the activities programme at the home and particularly enjoys the regular pet therapy sessions. As an animal lover herself, Mickie loves to spend time with the home’s resident cat, and the manager’s dog, who is a regular visitor to the home.

A Wonderful Day

Care Home Manager of Westerham Place, Claire Davis, said; “Mickie is an enthusiastic member of the Westerham Place family and we have loved spending this special birthday with her.

“We all thoroughly enjoyed the birthday party and hope Mickie had a wonderful time.”

Mickie added; “It was just wonderful.”

While talking about the reasons they chose Westerham Place, Mickie’s son, David, said: “We looked at so many cold and manufactured care homes when looking for a home for mum, and Westerham just isn’t like that. It is a home from home and all the staff are absolutely brilliant and you can see they love doing their job. We have had no concerns ever.”


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Residents of Featherton House Care Home enjoy a Chinese feast to celebrate Chinese New Year, complete with fortune cookies.

Featherton House Care Home Residents Ring in the Chinese New Year

The residents of Featherton House Care Home in Deddington, North Oxfordshire, have celebrated the arrival of the Year of the Rat with a Chinese themed lunch.

On entering the home’s newly refurbished dining area, residents were greeted by traditional paper lanterns. Each table had a special menu for the afternoon and a fortune cookie at each setting.

The room was abuzz with excitement, waiting to hear what fortunes the cookies had instore for each person. Residents and members of the Featherton House team took it in turns to read their fortunes aloud, with plenty of laughs along the way.

Following this, a selection of Chinese dishes were served. These included Sweet and Sour Chicken, Beef Chow Mein, Spring Rolls, Egg Fried Rice, and Prawn Crackers. After a short break, and having shared memories of Chinese meals enjoyed to mark special occasions over the years, everyone managed to find room for dessert.

In the newly upgraded Featherton House kitchen, the catering team created the perfect way to finish our Chinese New Year celebration. Each resident was delighted to be served an authentic banana fritter with lychees and maple syrup.

You Are Never Too Old to Try New Things

At Featherton House Care Home, we strive to help you celebrate events and festivals that are important to you. We also believe you should have the opportunity to experience flavours and cultures from other parts of the world.

Festivals such as Chinese New Year provide the perfect opportunity to try and learn new things. While for those who have experienced a particular culture first hand, it is a chance to reminisce and share their own stories with friends.

Our dedicated team are always happy to listen to suggestions for festivals, themes, activities, and food that you would like to try. Upon receiving a warm reception from fellow residents, many suggestions become regular additions to our activities programme at the home.




Featherton House Care Home residents meet therapy ponies Elsa and Lollypop.

Ponies Trot Into Featherton House Care Home

Residents at Featherton House Care Home in Deddington have spent a morning meeting two adorable Shetland Ponies. Elsa and Lollypop, therapy ponies from Lollipop Pony Parties, had quite the reception from our residents when they came to visit.

With our rural village location, many Featherton House residents grew up embracing country life. Some have lived on farms in the Cherwell area, while others have fond memories of horse riding. As a result, this visit was met with a great deal of excitement. A large number of residents assembled in the conservatory to greet the arrivals.

During the visit, residents were able to feed the ponies apples and thoroughly enjoyed spending time petting them. We strive to make our activities inclusive for all, and this visit from Elsa and Lollypop was no exception. For those unable to attend the group session, we arranged for the ponies to visit them in their own rooms.

Promoting Wellbeing

Lollipop Pony Parties provide therapy pony visits to care homes, giving residents the chance to interact with these gentle and affectionate animals. Visits from the ponies can help to promote residents’ wellbeing, social engagement, and have many other therapeutic benefits.

The sight of the animals, their smell, and the noises they make helped residents to reminisce about their younger years in the countryside. These particular ponies are used to being in a care home environment and even wear specially designed tabards to prevent little accidents!

Elsa and Lollypop’s visit has remained a favourite topic of conversation long after the event itself.

At Featherton House we build our activities programme around the things that interest you the most. Experiences from the past can hold strong and meaningful memories. This is why we often hold activities and discussions designed to help you reminisce and reconnect with your fondest memories.




Featherton House Care Home resident Edna plants the first of the home's new raised flower beds.

Springing into Action in the Featherton House Care Home Garden

Set in the centre of the pretty Oxfordshire village of Deddington, Featherton House Care Home boasts a beautiful walled garden area. Following recent refurbishment works, residents now have wheelchair access to the garden, with the added benefit of raised flowerbeds.

Gardening is a popular activity with many of our residents, offering great comfort and a real sense of purpose. In addition, spending time outdoors often conjures up fond memories. This can spark conversations about the things residents’ have grown themselves over the years. Following the completion of our outdoor refurbishments at the end of the autumn, the Featherton House residents have been waiting in anticipation to get out into the new-look outdoor area.

With bulbs starting to come through and milder than expected weather, January seems the perfect time for our gardeners to spring into action. Featherton House resident Edna, who has long been a keen gardener, wanted to add some winter plants to brighten up the colder months.

The First Project

To kick off the first project in our new garden, Edna requested a trip to a local plant centre to find the perfect winter colours. With a group of fellow residents by her side, we took Edna to Yarnton Nurseries to choose a selection of stunning seasonal plants.

Wasting no time at all, Edna headed straight out to the garden armed with gardening gloves and a trowel to get started. She spent the afternoon helping the Featherton House team plant the likes of cyclamen, hellebore, and tulip bulbs in our new raised beds. Thanks to Edna’s efforts, residents now have some lovely winter shades to catch their eye through the windows. Meanwhile, plans for the next project are starting to form to ensure the garden bursts into full bloom in the spring.

At Featherton House Care Home we take time to understand your interests to help you continue doing the things you love.




Patcham Care Home staff hand donations from their Christmas appeal over to Age UK Brighton & Hove and Martlets hospice in Hove.

Brighton Care Home Helps To Combat Loneliness At Christmas

Patcham Care Home, in Brighton, has helped to combat loneliness in the area over the festive season by donating gift boxes for people living alone.

The staff, residents and families at the home on Eastwick Close collected 20 gift boxes filled with toiletries, gloves and treats including mince pies. Ten of the gift boxes were given to Age UK Brighton & Hove and the other ten were delivered to Martlets Hospice in Hove.

Analysis by Age UK* has found that 278,000 older people in the South East can go for a month without meeting up with a friend and that 69,000 over 65s in the region have not even had a conversation with family or friends over the same period. The study also found that for more than half a million older people, Christmas isn’t something to look forward to because it brings back too many memories of people who have passed away, and happier times.

Age UK Brighton & Hove is an independent charity that has been working in the local community to help older people since 1965. Martlets, opened in 1997, is a local charity that provides terminally ill people in Brighton and Hove with care and support.

Patricia Hurst, home manager at Patcham Care Home, said: “It’s really important to everyone at our home that we are part of the community and supporting local causes such as these.

“Living alone at any time of year can be lonely, but especially at Christmas and we wanted to do everything we could to bring a smile to people’s faces on Christmas day.”

*Age UK study carried out for 2018


Image Caption: Victoria Bobes, deputy manager at Patcham care home, Paula Grout, activities coordinator at Patcham care home, Patricia Hurst, registered home manager at Patcham care home and Rosie an Age UK volunteer with the home’s donated gift boxes. 


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Featherton House Care Home residents make Christmas decorations.

Decking the Halls at Featherton House Care Home

To bring a bit of extra festive cheer to Featheron House Care Home in Deddington, this year residents have been decorating their own baubles. Craft activities are very popular with our residents. They can help promote cognitive skills and coordination, as well as providing a real sense of achievement.

Residents enjoyed spending time being artistic with Tracey our cook, creating some lovely baubles for the residents Christmas tree. They also made some stunning wreaths and Christmas table decorations.


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Westerham Place Care Home staff join residents for their Christmas party.

Christmas Has Begun at Westerham Place Care Home

The festivities have begun at Westerham Place Care Home in Kent, with the residents’ Christmas party. With a backdrop of Christmas trees and decorations, the Westerham Place team joined residents for an afternoon of festive fun.

Sylvia and Jacqui from the kitchen team served up a delicious buffet lunch, while local singer Joe Philips performed Christmas songs and party classics.

The afternoon finished with mince pies, mulled wine, and the ticket draw for the chocolate raffle.

A huge thank you to everyone who donated prizes, and to our fantastic Westerham Place staff for coming in early to wrap all of the prizes for the raffle.

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Lillian Thomas and Christine Symes, residents at Linden House.

Linden House Care Home Reaches Out With ‘Postcards of Kindness’

Linden House care home is helping to reduce loneliness and isolation by reaching out via Facebook group ‘Postcards of Kindness’.

The home, on College Road joined the Facebook group, which now has more than 32,000 members in the UK, to help with reminiscence activities within the home as well as keeping the residents in touch with the local and wider community.

The group enables members of the public to send postcards to the home as well as allowing the residents to send out their own postcards as they wish.

Paula Windmill, home manager at Linden House, said: “It is heart-warming that complete strangers take the time to find beautiful postcards, write and send them to us. We’re really proud to be part of the community in Epsom and any support for our project would be greatly appreciated. So, if you have a spare few minutes, please do send us a postcard. If you’d prefer to bring it in yourself, we’d be delighted to welcome you for a cup of tea!”

Lillian Thomas, 96, a resident at Linden House, said: “Everybody used to send postcards. Once upon a time, no holiday was complete without a search for stamps or a long wait in a post office. It’s been really enjoyable to read the lovely messages people have sent in; we’re all looking forward to hopefully receiving some more!”

Cards can be posted directly to Linden House care home, 9 College Road, Epsom, KT17 4HF.

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Local people join Wren House Care Home residents for their Vintage Christmas Craft Fayre.

A Vintage Christmas at Wren House

The 18th-century Georgian building of Wren House Care Home in Warminster is the perfect setting for a magical Christmas. Recently, we opened our doors for local people to join our residents for a Vintage Christmas Craft Fayre.

People from across the area visited the home to browse unique handmade gifts from local crafters and artisans. Stalls included hand-painted Christmas decorations and vintage homeware. Vintage teas were served in the Wren House lounge with a selection of homebaked cakes, and there were some fantastic prizes to be won in the grand raffle.

Lynn Boone, Wren House Manager, said; “A lot of people came along and everybody really enjoyed themselves. All the money raised will be used for residents’ activities.”

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