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A group of residents from our Castle Farm and Grove houses enjoyed a trip to see the Weeping Window at Woodhorn Museum.
The iconic sculpture of red, ceramic poppies which were first seen at the Tower of London last year to mark the centenary since the outbreak of WWI is now on a UK tour. When we heard they were coming to Northumberland we jumped at the chance of taking our residents to see them.
By far one of our most popular outings to date, 15 residents signed up to come with us and not even the wet weather could dampen the breath-taking beauty of the sculptures.
For some, it provided a chance to remember people they had known who had been involved in the great wars and for others an opportunity to see something first hand that had captivated audiences form around the world.
We also went to see the permanent exhibition which depicts life amongst the mining community in Ashington in the mid 20th Century, which evoked lots of memories amongst some of our residents and certainly gave way to some good discussion.
Needless to say, we found time to visit the café…… no trip out would be complete without a nice cup of tea!
The poppies will be at Woodhorn until the 1st November 2015 before heading off to another location before finally being gifted to the Imperial War Museum.
We have appointed our first Chief Executive Officer at Abbeyfield Newcastle Society to oversee day to day operations and provide a strategic steer to our business. Read more about his appointment in today’s Journal
Castle Farm Residential Care Home Manager – Chris Major
I have been in post as the Registered Manager of Castle Farm since 2005 and have a further 20 years’ experience in working with older people.
The Abbeyfield ethos and structure allow me to lead a successful and stable staff team, which enables us to provide the highest quality of care. I envisage that I will continue to enjoy my role with Abbeyfield for the foreseeable future.
The Grove Residential Care Home Manager – Kath Brown
My employment with the Abbeyfield Society began in 1983; I was appointed Registered Manager in 1984.
Over the years I have been inspired and supported by a group of committed, dedicated volunteers – together we promote the Abbeyfield ethos and provide a safe, secure environment for our residents and staff.
June Hornsby – House Manager, Linden Road
I have been House Manager at Linden Road for over 10 years and I have met some delightful residents, and we are all like a big family really. It is a pleasure to support people to remain independent in later years. We are supported by a very active volunteer committee who give me great support in ensuring we provide a real home from home for our residents.