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.




A Summer Party to Celebrate Life at Abbeyfield

Old Friends

Residents, friends and family from our three houses got together for our annual summer party and, although breezy, thankfully the weather was on our side.

Catch up

It was a great opportunity for old friends to catch up over a refreshing fruit punch and for the important people in our residents’ lives to get together and celebrate the Abbeyfield way of life.

The musical entertainment was provided by the Attic Band in our lounge whilst everyone enjoyed the lovely cocktails followed by a delicious afternoon tea baked by our talented chefs.

Long service Award

As part of our afternoon celebration John Connelly our CEO, together with Vee Wilkinson one of our volunteer Executive Committee members, presented a Long Service Award to Kath Brown. As many of you know Kath is the manager of our Grove house but you may not know she has been with us for 30 years – doesn’t time fly Kath!

We are so fortunate at Abbeyfield Newcastle for having such a committed team of staff and volunteers who go the extra mile to make a real difference to the lives of our residents.