We had a great time celebrating the next stage of coming out of lockdown with a beautiful afternoon tea, a glass of fizz and lots of tea. Owners in there groups of six came out to the gardens for an amazing social afternoon of food and entertainment from the Polly Morris comedy folk band. Thank you to Mr Nathan for allowing us to use his balcony for the band (one of our first owners to move in from when we opened in 2000). A massive thank you to Suzie, our Duty Manager, for organising the event, with help on the day from Nicola, Carl and Kimberley.
Over the Easter bank holiday, residents of Brook Court entered into a Easter Egg Raffle to raise money for McMillian.
Congratulations to the lucky winners, Mrs Farmer and Mr Carrick who won a Thornton's egg and a selection box.
A massive thank you to all the residents of Brook Court who collectively raised £88 for charity.
Despite still being restricted, Brompton Court celebrated the Easter weekend in style! Thank you to Suzie, one of the Duty Managers, for the amazing decorations around the Court. Owners enjoyed Hot Cross Buns from our Easter helper Ann, and a beautiful themed lunch on Good Friday delivered by Claire and Tracey, followed by a plated buffet lunch with wine delivered by Tracey and Donna on Monday.
Back in July 2017, Hinchley Manor was refurbished, which included new furniture, and new decor including curtains and cushions. In 2019, Hinchley Manor went one step further and added in automatic doors, and in February 2020, the car parking bays were repainted.
These are just a few of the maintenance works that keep Hinchley Manor looking fresh and welcoming. As you can see from the photos, the garden is looking lovely, and the residents cleaned and repainted all the tables ready to enjoy the lovely sunshine.
Eastbank Court are looking forward to the next few months when the start of easing lockdown restrictions is due to take place, so that Owners can get back to some sort of normality.
Nicki Hardy is due to take early retirement, so will be departing as Court Manager on 31st March, we at Head Office are very grateful for all of her hard work over the 10 years she's been with us. Nicki is looking forward to enjoying exotic holidays and spending quality time with her husband and family.
Looking forward, we would like to welcome Emma Humphreys as the new Court Manager, who will be starting with us on 15th March, working alongside Nicki until she departs.
Even in these difficult times the residents of both Holmesdale Manor and Great House Court came together - socially distanced, of course - to record The Secret Garden audiobook to raise money for charity. Special thanks goes to those residents that pioneered this idea in the beginning.
This is an amazing and creative task to do and it shows that people can still do something positive despite the circumstances. But enough about Covid-19, copies of the audiobook will be available shortly and updates of when they will be released online will follow.
There was a safe delivery of Christmas lunches and Boxing Day buffets delivered to the owners to make this difficult time a little bit special. Browning Court was lit up over the Christmas period with lights on the trees in the garden, including the bandstand and bay trees. We are now looking forward to pizza night in the new year.
Owners enjoyed a welcome glass of sherry or Prosecco on Christmas Day along with a beautiful 3 course meal and wine in our dining room. It was just what the owners needed after a challenging 2020. They even raised some money for Forest Home Hospice charity on the day by paying to have their photo taken for a lasting memory of the day. Thank you to all the Duty Managers, waiting staff involved and our amazing chef Fernanda for giving the owners a Christmas they will not forget.