Meet our Activities Coordinator, Fiona Woodley
Hello. I'm Fiona and I have worked at Ashby House since 2017, first as a Healthcare Assistant and then switching in November 2019 to the role of Activities Coordinator. I have a passion for working in the care sector and have gained experience of working in an activities role with a previous employer. I have always enjoyed being creative. The best thing about my work is that I can put a smile on people's faces and help them enjoy a variety of interests, old and new. When I’m not at work I love to read, listen to music, and do anything to do with history, especially visiting places of interest. I try to maintain a healthy lifestyle through exercise and healthy eating.
Activities at Ashby House
Our Activities Coordinators are constantly striving to enrich peoples lives here at Ashby House. We stimulate people both physically and mentally by organising fun filled, group and individual activities to promote the well-being of those we support.
There are regular outings in our very own minibus and visits from PAT dog therapists, church services, musicians, dancers, and local school children. We also have our very own 'Good Life' gardening club, where we grow our own produce, which we then use in our cooking club. We also host weekly bingo sessions which are proving very popular and are growing in numbers.
Life at Ashby House Care Home
Easter and Birthday celebrations all at once
Residents at Ashby House enjoyed an Easter Tea Party to round off our seasonal celebrations. We listened to some vintage Easter music, we all wore bunny ears and we played Easter party games. Chef Roselyn prepared a tasty Easter spread for our party and we enjoyed two birthday cakes as Jean and Mary both celebrated their special days on the same day. We all sang Happy Birthday and enjoyed the rest of the day together.
Happy Birthday, Angie!
Every birthday is a special occasion at Ashby House and today we sang 'Happy Birthday' to Angie and enjoyed some of her lovely cake, made by our kitchen team.
A New Cherry Tree
Ashby House was delighted to receive a cherry tree from Frosts Garden Centre in Woburn, which they donated to celebrate their 75th Anniversary. Frosts had invited members of the public to nominate companies to receive a tree and we were one of 75 lucky organisations to get one. Ashby House Manager, Wojciech, planted the tree with one of our residents, David, while other staff and residents watched. The tree is a lovely addition to our garden and we look forward to watching it grow for many years to come.
The sunniest day of the year so far
The sunshine is out and so are we! On the warmest March day for over 50 years we made the most of the lovely gardens at Ashby House. After lunch we enjoyed a selection of teas and coffees, biscuits and ice-creams. With the sun smiling down on us and the gentle breeze, Jean and Glennis had a really relaxing afternoon outdoors with other residents. This is hopefully the first of many sunny garden afternoons at Ashby House this year.
Happy St Patrick's Day!
We enjoyed the Irish spirit today, in more ways than one. We celebrated with decorations, music and dancing, and we tasted Guinness and Whiskey with our afternoon cakes. Mary and Jean enjoyed their Whiskey and lemonade.
Happy Mother's Day
At Ashby House we treated all our lovely lady residents on Mother’s Day. We gave everyone a bag of chocolates or a plant to remind them that they are all special to us. Many were also delighted to receive gifts, cards, phone calls, Zoom meetings or a visit in person from family. Rose was very pleased with cards from her children and grandchildren. We also delivered some treat hampers to local nurseries to wish all the Mums of the young children a Happy Mother’s Day.
Enter the Ashby House Easter Bake Off
Enter our virtual Easter Bake Off (see poster for details). Ashby House residents await your photos and look forward to choosing winners. Closing date 18/4/21
Ashby's Exercise Class
Enjoy our light exercise classes, designed to stimulate muscle strength and combat osteoporosis weakness and arthritis management.
Monthly Lunch Club
Come along and enjoy a nutritious and delicious lunch prepared by our talented chef and served in our cosy dining room.