As this year draws to a close it is probably a good time to reflect on what has been a good year for our Society. We are in a good place financially and as we speak both homes are full with waiting lists which is encouraging.

However, we do need to be mindful of an ever-changing market place and our position within that market to ensure we are in position to respond. We are always looking at options for future developments so that we remain competitive and to further safeguard our future.

This year saw some great events at both homes and in particular the 25-year anniversary of Castle Farm with the opening of the excellent “new look garden” called the Renton Patio – in recognition of all the hard work from Simon Renton who was instrumental in its’ development.

Christmas has been celebrated already with a dinner at Castle Farm and a party at The Grove with a special visit from the man in the red suit. Everyone is now settling down for a peaceful festive period and a great New Year.

Sadly, we are having to say goodbye, or maybe cheerio, to Claire Murphy-Morgan, our Volunteer Coordinator. Claire is taking up a new role as Operations and Volunteer coordinator for the Comfrey Project in Gateshead. Claire (pictured above) has been with us for 2 years and has done an excellent job in both supporting our volunteers and our Activity coordinator. We all wish Claire all the very best in her new role – and she has promised not to be a stranger!

Can I at this point thank all of our hard-working staff and volunteers for a tremendous year. They make Abbeyfield what it is, and I am extremely grateful for all of their hard work and support, and immensely proud of their efforts.

And finally, the tree is up, lights are on, presents wrapped – all I need to do now is wish everyone a very happy Christmas time and a successful and peaceful New Year.

See you all next year!!



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