Activities at Ashford House
Here at Ashford House we try to aim to cater to everyone’s hobbies and preferences, nothing is impossible! All our activities are designed to empower our residents helping them complete meaningful activities that stimulate them mentally, physically and emotionally. As well as sticking to 'mainstream' activities that you would normally find in this kind of environment, we aim to step outside the box with our provision. We think this is the best way of creating person-centred activities, as each plan is uniquely crafted around each individual, who are treated with respect and dignity in their choices and supported to take control of how they spend their time.
Life at Ashford House Care Centre
National Grandparents Day
A lovely opportunity to celebrate our Grandparents. Our residents will enjoy music and treats to support this day. Happy Grandparents Day to all our staff and residents.
Macmillan Coffee Morning
Join us virtually for the worlds biggest coffee morning. 10.30 - 11.30 - Friday 25th September.
If you would like to make a donation please send directly to Macmillan Cancer support.
We shall look forward to seeing you.
Please call (Mia Sparks) if you are interested in joining us virtually and we will give you details of how to join us.
Virtual Dementia Friends Session
Call and book you space now - 07770 094379
Ashford House are pleased to invite you to our VIRTUAL dementia friends sessions! 22nd September 11.00am - 12.00
We are inviting the local community to join us for our writing competition for International Literacy Day. The task is for you to write a poem or short story within the theme of ‘Friendships!’ We would love all ages to get involved so will have categories for children under 7 year old, 8-12 years old and 12 years and older, we would love your entries to include illustrations if you wish. There will also be a separate category for all adults to get involved. Please ensure all entries are received by midday 30th September -the last day of the month. You can email entries to Ashford.Activities@barchester.com or send them to Ashford House, Long Lane, Stanwell, Staines, Middlesex.TW19 7AZ Please remember to include your name, age (for children’s entries) and contact details. The residents of staff and residents at Ashford House will judge all entries after National Literacy Day and the winner will be announced on the last day of the month and will receive a small prize from Barchester and the chance for the winning poem or story to be shared across Barchester Homes around the country. It will also be shared on our page. Good Luck!!!
Our VJ day hero
Ashford House resident Ken Dix has a lead role in a new on-line commemoration of VJ Day.
Ken, who will be 97 in September, is featured in the tribute put together by Spelthorne Borough Council to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War Two on August 15th.
He joined the North Surrey Branch of the Burma Star Association in the early 1950s.and served as secretary, chairman and finally President.,
In that capacity he attended the annual Remembrance Day ceremony in Staines, where on the platform in front of large crowds, he would recite the words: "When you go home, tell them of us and say, for your tomorrow we gave our today."
It is this poignant message that Ken speaks in the VJ tribute, which was filmed in the garden at Ashford House. He was word perfect and needed no prompting.
Ken, who ran a landscape gardening business in Staines for almost 40 years, before passing it on to his youngest son, Roger, lost his wife Iris in 2014. He came to live at Ashford House in June after several years at Moor House in Staines..
Having joined the local Air Training Corps as a teenager in the late 1930s, he was fast-tracked into the Royal Air Force in 1941.
As an armourer, he found himself serving at various RAF airfields around the UK, including Predannack in Cornwall, where missions were flown to protect towns and cities in France and the south west and to combat U-Boats in the English Channel and Atlantic.
He joined 110 Squadron, which was sent to the Far East in 1942, arriving in Bombay (now Mumbai) and then travelling through India to the jungles of Burma where the Allies were fighting the Japanese.
Ken was particularly proud of his association with the de Havilland Mosquito, which he considered one of the finest aircraft ever built.
He met and chatted with Vera Lynn when she toured a military hospital in Burma where he was a patient - but he never actually saw her because he had bandages temporarily covering his eyes!
When peace came in 1945, the squadron was relocated to the island of Labuan, off Borneo, where it helped to convert the airfield for civil use.
It was from there that Ken travelled home in 1947, via Bombay, a journey which took almost two months by troopship.
Son Roger said: "Dad worked extremely hard for the Burma Star Association over almost 70 years. He organised several big parades, dinner dances and numerous other social functions, as well as designing and laying out a memorial garden at St Peter's Church in Staines."
Meet our Manager and visit Ashford House - Virtually
We are organising virtual tours to see Ashford House and meet our new Manager Dilyana
Calling all children. Children and families from the local community are invited to send us photos of their own beautifuly carved pumpkins for our pumpkin carving competition.
Harvest Festival is fast approaching. Here at Ashford House we love to celebrate this tradition which goes way back to pagen times. The purpose of this great tradition is to celebrate all foods…
Continuing Life Enrichment
During this unprecedented time, we have a number of measures in place to ensure residents remain engaged, connected and socially active.
Don't Dine Alone
Enjoy some company and a nutritious lunch.