Celebrating life at Barchester

We celebrate life through everything we do, from our thoughtful experiences and activities to our delicious food. We offer the latest technology as well as sensory engagement to nurture the wellbeing of our residents. With a wide variety of tailored activities and events we make sure our residents have the best physical, mental, spiritual and social stimulation, all bespoke to them. Take a look at what we’ve been up to…

Laurel Bank Care Home

Over the Rainbow

Residents spent time colouring rainbows and posing for photographs to send to their families recently at Laurel Bank to let them know that we’re doing well here, keeping busy and keeping hope alive. We will get through this together!

Fordmill Care Home

Clapping for Carers

Staff, residents, loved ones and members of the community, including the local police, cheered on NHS staff and other key workers at Fordmill, who are helping to keep the country running during the coronavirus pandemic. Those who have recently lost a loved one, stood strong and everyone took a moment to remember as they showed their appreciation for our key workers.

Lanercost House Care Home

A 'Thank You' from the Police

We were delighted when some of Carlisle Section 4 officers did some socially distanced community engagement in various locations around Carlisle, handing out balloons to children, the elderly, and people who are experiencing lonely periods of self-isolation. They brightened people’s days in what can be a scary and anxious time for some. 

Meadow Park Care Home

A Kind Donation

Meadow Park recently presented local community group, Bedlington Network with an array of food parcels to benefit members of the community. 

We welcomed Lindsey Jordan and Dan Wilkinson from the group to collect the bags of goodies, which staff from the home have donated to support those less fortunate in the community.

It’s amazing to receive such fantastic support from our residents and staff, and this will be a huge benefit to our community.

Community Thanks

Residents of Bradshaw Manor have sent messages of support and encouragement during these challenging times to key workers and emergency services in the area, along with the Post Office and local supermarket, who are playing their roles in keeping communities together with their service.

Residents created the coloured ‘Thank You’ and ‘Keep Going’ wording, which were attached to a poster. Clarence House, the surgery who do our home's Wednesday morning GP round shared this story on social media, and they received a wonderful letter from the Royal Mail with their thanks. 

Maple Leaf Lodge Care Home

Maple Leaf Lodge

Please can you pass on our thanks to Maple Leaf care home in Grantham from the ambulance crew that visited them today, for the treats we found when we got back to our vehicle. They were very much appreciated and enjoyed. Stay safe!

Oxford Beaumont Care Community

Moments Full of Emotion

The Oxfordshire Fire Brigade visited the home on 30th April to show their support for all essential workers. These were moments full of emotions!

Cepen Lodge Care Home

A Double Celebration

To celebrate the Queen’s birthday and National Tea Day, the Queen came to visit us at Cepen Lodge and enjoyed a cup of tea with our residents in their rooms. Of course, she had to wear the correct PPE, which she did not mind; she already had her gloves on prepared! Here is David with the Queen enjoying a cup of Earl grey.

Dovedale Court Care Home

Contact with our Community

Thank you to West Bengal, who donated an emergency food parcel to members of the home's staff team. On behalf of Dovedale colleagues, they would like to pass on their gratitude for being considered at this time of uncertainty, and hope everyone stays safe and well. It was such a nice gesture, thinking of us care homes and everyone joining forces to keep the community spirit together!

Ottley House Care Home

Dunelm Donation

The Dunelm store in Telford have kindly donated wash bags to staff and residents. It’s lovely that businesses are offering their support, especially as they too have been hit hard by the lockdown. It truly is a challenging time for all. We are humbled by their kindness.

Challoner House Care Home

Sports Day

A sports day and BBQ was enjoyed by staff and residents at Challoner, with all social distancing measures in place.

Iddenshall Hall Care Home

Iddenshall Hall

Clapped for Iddenshall Hall in Tarporley for all you do for my sister and other residents. My sincere thanks. 
Scarborough Hall Care Home

Home Celebrates Resident's Return

Scarborough Hall care home has welcomed home a resident, 84 year old Muriel Tipper, 84 years young. Muriel has recently spent a period of time in Scarborough Hospital, whilst in hospital Muriel tested positive to Covid-19.

After excellent care and treatment by all the doctors and nurses at Scarborough Hospital Muriel returned home after recovering. Staff, residents and guests commemorated the day with afternoon tea and made a great fuss over Muriel as everyone has been delighted that she has overcome and returned to the home.

General Manager, Charlotte Nurse of Scarborough Hall said: “Today has been all about celebrating Muriel’s return and it has been great fun for everyone. Our staff and the people who live here have really got involved with the celebrations and have really enjoyed themselves. In these unprecedented times with so much negativity in the media, we wanted to share the good news and give people some hope. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff at Scarborough Hall for their dedication and commitment to the home not only at this time but over the years’”

The Manor Care Home

Jean Kellman Turning 100

Jean Kelman is adjusting to the virtual world so she can video call her family and friends on her big day on Easter Monday (April 13). Jean, who lives at the Manor Care Home, in Bishop's Hull, said: "I feel like the Queen.

"I’ll be having birthday celebrations with all the staff here and I’ll be having a party with my family when everything is back to normal." 

Jean was born in Wells in 1920 and became a trained nurse. She and her late husband Steve had three daughters - Fiona, Heather, who has since died, and Suzanne. Jean said: "I still think about Heather, I'm very proud of all my children and my grandchildren."

Fiona said: "Jean is and has been a fantastic mother and friend to so many over the past 100 years, and it’s wonderful to be with her on this very special day to say just how proud she makes us feel. She is truly an inspiration to all of us."

Carla Bowman, general manager of the home, said: "We’re delighted to be celebrating a truly remarkable woman as she reaches this amazing milestone. Jean is such a popular resident who always has an interesting tale to tell, and we look forward to hearing many more as she breaks into her next century."

Tixover House Care Home

Tixover House

Clapping for Tixover House Care Home. How my heart goes out to them as they work tirelessly to keep our loved ones, especially my lovely Mum, safe, healthy and entertained. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Westvale House Care Home

Westvale House

Clapped for Westvale House in Warrington who have helped my 94 year old mum survive Covid 19
Lochduhar Care Home


Clapping for Lochduhar again this week. Such an amazing team of staff who continue to work hard to provide the best care and support to all our residents. So proud of everyone!
Hunters Care Home

Rainbow Arts & Crafts

Here at Hunters, the residents are keeping up their spirits with arts and crafts sessions. The art work will be displayed on our smile board, which is designed to keep everyone cheerful and show all of the positive messages and thoughts that are being sent to Hunters. Everyone here would like to send their love to family and friends and at this difficult time, and send the message to stay home, stay safe and to protect the NHS.