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Inspirational Singing & Drawing at Bulwell's Park House

Singing entertainer Alex Belfield inspired our residents to sing and dance and Activities Co-ordinator Tara inspired Irene to write a Christmas Card;


Left resident Pat joins in for a dance with Alex and below she shows she can sing too, pictured with our staff!

Below, resident Irene has a go at painting, which led to her writing her first Christmas card in years.

Activities Co-ordinator Tara gets the residents involved with a variety of enriching activities



Irene's son Stephen pictured receiving his Card from Mum. He was thrilled, for the first time she had managed to write 'Love from Mum'




Posted on 16 Jan 2014
Outings and Art For Melbourne House Residents

Lots of Trips and treats for our residents, followed by their own creativity;


Activity Co-ordinator Charise took residents to enjoy the Christmas Market in the City Centre.

Part of the outing involved getting the local bus, which they enjoyed as they were able to see lots of the local sites on the way 'to town'. Resident Maureen enjoys the attractions ofthe 'animal' stall and had her picture taken with this attractive Tigger!


One of the popular stalls to visit was inevitably the Fudge emporium. The flavours  help recall bygone days and there is no one doing portion control! Pictured resident Phillip.

The residents really enjoyed getting 'out and about' in their local city.

For 2014 our residents are embarking on an Arts and Crafts course run by Central College Nottingham.

Pictured below they have a go at drawing common objects and next week they will be doing some pottery.


Art gives individuals a great sense of purpose and being able to 'create' something gives them an enormous sense of achievement and pleasure.


Artwork created by resident Phillip above. He is creating lots and inspiring our other residents. He likes working with pens and is self taught.

Posted on 14 Jan 2014
Lots of Activities coming up .................

Don't miss out on the great inclusive activities we have coming up across our Care Homes.

Pantomimes, parties and presents.................its that time of year

Belle Vue - 30th November—Christmas Party

Melbourne House—14th December -Christmas Party

Alexandra House -16th December, Christmas Party

Alexandra House Jack &  The Beanstalk Panto 16th December- Northeast Productions.


Posted on 06 Nov 2013
Well Earned Thanks go to Park House

What a great accolade to all the staff here at Park House, read on......................................


Posted on 06 Nov 2013
Cycling Staff launched by Mayor at Melbourne House

The 'Cycle to Work' initiative got underway this week as Lord Mayor, Merlita Bryan came to help launch the step into greener transportation at Melbourne House;

"On your bikes, get set!!!" Carer Paul gets 'geared up' with his new Eastgate bike and hi viz jacket.

Following the successful launch of this programme at nearby Park House, staff at Melbourne House decided to give cycle to work a go and requested Eastgate  to provide bikes for them.

Eastgate go double green as Merlitta  cuts the ribbon.

Pictured Care Home Manager Louise Rimmer, Lord Mayor Merlitta Bryan, Pauline Zadwirny - Assistant Home Manager, Carers Christine  and Paul & Sue Clifford - Eastgate Operations Manager.

In the background Geo Green Power start their installation of PV roof panels to provide electricity from sunlight - clean safe and efficient - just like our cyclists!

Eastgate supports  programmes for reducing the carbon  footprint and our next recycling project is focusing on our paper and cardboard products across our homes.


 The virgin Melbourne cyclists set off 'round the block' to try out their new bikes - "Bradley eat your heart out"


Mayor Merlita tries Pauline's bike for size, unfortunately it cant be the mode of transport for civic functions, but she is whole-heartedly behind the cycling plan and encouraged our cyclists on their test ride and thought their efforts very enterprising.

 Our original 'virgins' - Park House Cycle to work staff, they are now feeling fitter, spend less time stuck in traffic and money on bus fares. The number of cycle to work participants is increasing with in excess of 7 cyclists now and more bikes on order.

 Fellow colleague at Park House, Activity Coordinator - Tara, smiles as she gets used to her bike and is pleased to be getting fitter too.


Posted on 28 Sep 2013
Autumn Fayre Fund Raiser & Family Outing at the Belle Vue

A family affair at the Belle Vue's Autumn party turned into a great money raising event for the resident's fund, as Care home manager Lisa Crewe celebrated her birthday, with her 'extended family'.



Resident Hilda helps Lisa open the Autumn fayre.



Group Razzle Dazzle once again worked very well to entertain the crowd, singing the songs everybody loved and could join in with, pictured here in their 'alternative' costumes, engaging their audience. Son of resident Mr Rankin, shared his powerful voice with us, singing operatic numbers.


Lisa's family join in as cute little Olivia(4) is held by big brother Zac (16 )



Another cute little girl, pictured Jenna's (Eastgate staff member) Sister Cally holds her niece.

Lots of fun was had by all, a good family and staff turn out offering great  support.  Lots of dancing and singing, plus  tombola, raffle, cake stall and bric a brac.  Pictured below Assistant Manager Clare McNuff and visitor Gemma wins a pink Barbie felt tip set on the tombola!

Lady residents enjoy the entertainment at their home - a great day out without going

An added bonus was that over  £200.00's was raised, in just a couple of hours, for the residents fund. Well done to all participants and organisers for their 'full on' support.

Posted on 19 Sep 2013
Eastgate team up for Alzheimers Memory walk.

Operations Manager - Sue Clifford has gathered together colleagues to support this worthwhile Nottingham event on the 1st of September.


Sue Clifford Memory Walking to help raise money.


Sue has had lots of first-hand  encounters of Dementia with residents at our Belle Vue care home and although she doesn’t have family members experiencing it she does have friends families with it.

This close knowledge gives an acute awareness of the devastating effects on families of dementia and Sue has decided to put her personal fitness to the test and walk with others in Wollaton Park to raise funds.


Full details on Alzheimers web site;


Location:  Wollaton Hall and Park, Nottinghamshire

Date: 1 September 2013

Event type: Walk

Fundraising target: £50

Level: Easy

Join us in the grounds of this spectacular country house in the heart of Nottingham, as we don our walking shoes for either a one mile or 10km walk.

If you would like to sponsor Sue or any of our team, please contact Sue at our head office on;

0843 216 2843  (local rate)


Wishing the team 'good walking' for September.




Posted on 27 Aug 2013
Lovely Letter of Thanks for Lucy to Melbourne Staff

We would like to share this with you;

     I write on behalf of Lucy Elliott, who was in your care for just over a year!! Who would have believed it, we thought Lucy would be with you for a short while only, weeks at the most.

A year! That is testament to the care Lucy received whilst at Melbourne House.

It would be wrong of me to single out individuals as everyone who works at Melbourne House in whatever capacity all play a part in running a care home.


I feel that anything I say really is totally inadequate.


But a Huge Huge thank you to everyone!!


You are all doing a wonderful job and should be proud of what you do.

Thank You and Best Wishes to you All


Graham Bond


Posted on 23 Aug 2013
Ron and the Gooseberries at the Belle Vue


Ron and his secret snacks  - Care workers at the Belle Vue were concerned about what resident Ron Jackson was stashing in his pockets and then eating. It seems he was going back to his childhood tricks and doing a bit of scrumping in the Belle Vue garden picking gooseberries. He was relishing both the activity and flavours of pastimes, they do say that taste is a great way of invoking memories.



Ron Jackson recently turned 77, pictured Belle Vue's cook Jane and  Penny with Ron's birthday cake made specially for him.





Ron Jackson pictured with his daughters on a recent visit.


Wanting to use the fruit - memory prompt, Penny at the Belle Vue has fruit day on Fridays; the residents get to choose from a range of fruits and make their own personal fruit salad. There are special containers, a decorated trolley and likes and dislikes are recorded. Not only do they get taste sampling, but the trolley dolly dresses up too, with essence of Carmen Miranda coming to mind!


Posted on 19 Aug 2013
Garden Party at Melbourne makes the Press again

It was the ideal time for a summer Garden Party at Melbourne House, when everyone could 'get together'


Special guest Val opens the proceedings and is well received by residents, guests and staff, he probably was the 'star of the show'



Other stars include fabulous singers 'Razzle Dazzle' with their special blend of songs and ditties, well loved and recognized by all and plenty of 'sing along' opportunities, which is so good for young and old. 

Our lady residents, Betty Culpin and Dorothy Finch, enjoy the entertainment.


'Give us a kiss' 'not likely' says Val. Chloe looks on amused.as Val shows his teeth to visitor.



A splendid array of cakes and desserts were enjoyed and not a morsel remained. Thanks to all those who helped create a great display and tasty too!


 Relative Jill Shelton spending time with her father, resident Derek Foster.

Navy Service Personel surround Charise!


Resident Bernard Rasmussen happy to have a hug with  Razzle Dazzle Girl.

Some members of the Melbourne House team, who made great  efforts to create a lovely day for residents and visitors. Its not often we get a picture of all the crew together, so well done to our photographer - Pauline - I suspect!

Thanks go to all who made such a splendid day and for those participants too, coming to share it with us.


Melbourne Party makes the press again (Nottingham Post) with this lovely garden party picture, showing resident George Orgill, Care Home Manager Louise Rimmer, Activity Coordinator Charise Mullings, resident Maureen Marriott

Posted on 09 Aug 2013

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