Category Archives: The Grove

A visit from Wilkinson’s at the Grove

On Saturday 22nd April residents and staff at The Grove welcomed Mark and Danielle from Wilkinson’s. To celebrate the opening of their new store at Silverlink, Wilkinson’s donated products to the value of £500. The lovely gifts included gloves and watering cans for our newly-formed gardening club, which will help us get handy in the garden over the summer months. Also donated was a selection of bird food for our feathered friends – if they can get there before our cheeky squirrels! Mark and Danielle rounded off their visit with a cup of tea and a chat with our residents.

The Garden Project at The Grove is coming along in leaps and bounds

Abbeyfield garden project

Now that the hard landscaping is finished we are beginning to plant the raised beds with the help of our residents. The paving replaces an unused section of lawn which residents had difficulty walking on and is visible from both our conservatory and sunrooms so can be enjoyed even when the weather isn’t so good.

We have planted up the Alpine, Heather and Seaside Beds with help, or supervision, from several residents. I hope you agree they are looking great.  We are visiting our local garden centre next week so residents can choose plants that they have a particular fondness for, then on their return they can plant them in the fourth bed. We are filling lots of pots with lilies, lavender and other colourful and fragrant plants. These can be moved around to give variety to the space.

The potatoes and herb trug have been planted and next week we will sow our salad and bean seeds to be raised in our small greenhouses at first until the frosts have gone.

It is a big project but everyone is very enthusiastic and having a great time.

Once all the beds and pots are planted we plan a grand opening. Watch this space for details.

A Trip to the Weeping Window at Woodhorn

A group of residents from our Castle Farm and Grove houses enjoyed a trip to see the Weeping Window at Woodhorn Museum.

The Grove residents at Woodhorn

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.