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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
Melbourne House gains press attention with Armed Forces Day

Another fantastic event held at Melbourne House, as reported in the Nottingham Post;


Pictured; Resident George Orgill, Care Home Manager - Louise Rimmer, Activity Coordinator - Cherise Mullings, resident Maureen Marriott


A special afternoon tea to help celebrate our Great British Armed Forces - Old time Singers came to entertain,The Royal Navy visit, the residents had  a cake competition, all enjoyed sandwiches, tea and cake.

Coming soon news of our Sunny Summer garden party






Posted on 02 Aug 2013
Garden Party provides a Welcome Outing at Alexandra House

Staff worked hard at Alexandra House to prepare for a sunny summer Garden Party, posters went up, cakes got baked, entertainment is planned, ensuring that all enjoyed the days activities.

Care Home Manager Marie Duke-Parker opens the Garden Party with the help of the Cllr Heptinstall, Eastwood Deputy Mayor.

Cakes galore as staff and relatives had been busy baking.



 Resident Len enjoying the 'day out' in the garden with all the activities and food & drink too.


Alexandra House conservatory  got a revamp for the Garden Party when Eastgates’ Marie Martin decided to do a late spring clean. Marie was based at Alex before moving to the head office. This area now provides a specialist dementia friendly area, complete with a fabulous tactile board created by Care Home Manager Marie Duke-Parker, this will provide hours of ‘entertainment’ and is sure to be a talking point for months to come. The two Marie’s certainly work well as a team!


Evelyn Bobryk and her daughter take a cuppa n cake, while being entertained.

 Plenty of chat going on while residents, relatives and friends enjoy keeping an eye on the action.

 The Bric- a -brac stall was well stocked and popular too, Mary wonders if she can grab a bargain here.

 Special guests have a chat and discuss the activities....... the weather.......and goodness knows what?

Well done to all the staff and helpers for putting on a great summer garden party for the residents and guests.
Posted on 01 Aug 2013
Dont Miss our Summer Fayres - Alexandra & Park House

Lots of Entertainment on offer at our famous summer get 'togethers' - enjoy the time in our gardens with the staff and residents.

Music, food and shopping opportunities.

Posted on 11 Jul 2013
Press Release - Launch of New Home with Funding From Barclays

Eastgate Care Announce Plans for Further Care Home

Nottingham based Eastgate Care announced a new partnership with Barclays to assist with its strategic growth plans which include the construction of a further care home.

Eastgate Care, which already operates Park House, Alexandra House, Melbourne House and Belle Vue Lodge around the Nottingham area, is now in the process of constructing a further purpose built 66 bed care home in Ilkeston. The construction will provide accommodation offering respite, nursing, dementia, palliative and residential care. The company are also upgrading the facilities at Park House. 

James Day, Managing Director of  Eastgate Care said: “Care for the elderly and dementia sufferers has never been more important and with an ageing population, it’s important we can provide the right level of care this vulnerable sector of society deserves. Barclays has provided a suite of banking products that support our strategic aim into the medium term.”

 The Canal Vue Care Home development at Ilkeston


Canal Vue has a great waterside location.



Some of the new funding was provided through the Government-backed ‘Funding for Lending’ scheme which provides customers with a cashback lump sum upon drawdown of the loan.

Jon Johnson, Barclays Relationship Director commented: “This is a great example of well managed business thriving in the current climate and investing for future growth. The funding we provided under the ‘Funding for Lending’ scheme will provide the company with a lump sum cashback which will enable the company to plan with confidence going forward.”


Eastgate Care now employs over 200 staff across the four sites and will be recruiting further staff upon completion of the new home.






Posted on 26 Jun 2013

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