Debbie Phillips

Meet our Activities Coordinator, Debbie Phillips

I joined Henford House in March 2014; after five and a half years of domiciliary care, this position became available at Henford and I decided that it would be great to do more of the fun things in life with residents! It is great here at the home; we get along so well and truly have some laughs. Residents have a wide range of activities to participate in each week, including armchair exercises, bingo sessions, singalongs, musical entertainment, pottery, manicures, celebrations and much more. It is very rewarding knowing that people are grateful for the work I've done when I go. Working here has also given me the opportunity to gain my Level 2 NAPA certificate.

Activities at Henford House

Our Activities Coordinators are constantly striving to mentally and physically stimulate those we support by organising group and individual activities for anyone and everyone to participate in, as well as visits from PAT dogs, musicians and entertainers. We also host evenings such as our cheese & wine nights, pub evening, quiz nights and special occasions such as, Guy Fawkes, Easter and Christmas where we like to encourage relatives to come to. Activities are one of the most important aspects of a care home, so it is essential that our team are dedicated to ensuring that residents are entertained, and that life at Henford House is fun and active.

Meet our dedicated team on Saturday 18th January, who can answer any questions you may have about our home.

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Life at our home

Tis the Season for Good Cheer at Henford House

Henford House, in Warminster, got in the Christmas spirit with lots of festivities included hosting a Carol Concert, Wincanton Choir performance, Jack & The Beanstalk Pantomime, St Georges School performing their Nativity, Christmas Mini Bus Trips, various musical entertainers and a visit from Mr & Mrs Clause for its residents and their guests.

General Manager, Natalie James said: “We endeavoured to give each of our residents something that they could really be excited about in the run up to Christmas and have had lots of treats for the people who live here and their guests. I am pleased that we could hold so many activities and it is clear that everyone has really enjoyed the countdown to Christmas!”

Ivorine, resident at Henford House said: “It has been a lovely time of year. It was wonderful to see everyone go to so much effort to get in spirit.

Residents also enjoyed a New Year’s Eve Party with nibbles and musical entertainment with Dave Dawson on the electric guitar.

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101st Birthday Celebrations for Local Care Home Resident

Celebrations have been in full swing at Henford House, as one of its residents, Jean Andrews reaches her 101st Birthday.

A champagne reception was held at the home and guests enjoyed a 3 course lunch and special 101st birthday cake.

The birthday girl, said: “I was very happy with the place settings, I had David my son on my right and my daughter Jennifer on my left. My other son Stephen at the end of the table and my daughter in laws in between. I was very happy with my 3 course meal and my wonderful birthday cake”.

Natalie James, General Manager of Barchester Henford House added: “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.”

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Community Lunch

Staff, residents, relatives and the local community came together on 22nd October at Henford House to enjoy a community lunch.

The hospitality team at Henford House served a 3 course roast turkey lunch with all the trimmings, which was enjoyed by everyone who came to the event.

Guests included 30 members of Warminster Stroke Club. Everyone was offered a glass of wine with their meal and was given a goody bag to take away which included information on our monthly coffee morning and lunch club.

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Halloween Party

Henford House care home, in Warminster, was a den of ghoulish activity as the home’s spooky Halloween party got in to full swing.

Staff, residents and guests got in to the spirit of things with live musical entertainment with Dave Dawson in the afternoon followed by a children’s fancy dress party with games and a delicious Halloween buffet.

General Manager, Natalie James cackled: “Our residents and staff love an opportunity to dress up and what better time of the year to do this than Halloween? We’ve had a whole range of tricks and treats for the people that live here and their guests today and we have all really enjoyed every moment of it!”

Ivorine Cairns, resident at Henford said: “It has been a fun day. It was wonderful to see everyone go to so much effort to get in spirit. I really enjoyed seeing the children in their costumes running around enjoying themselves”.

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Flower Arranging Evening

Maureen Hinton gave a wonderful demonstration along with explanations of good ways to identify long lasting flowers and plants, innovative ways to prolong the life of certain cut flowers and how to identify herbs and plants which can add to the aroma of any displays.

She also explained and showed examples of preserved plants and shrubs to enable them to be used out of season, and gave instruction on colouring plants which was of great interest.  

Everyone also had the chance to smell some of the herbs and plants that were used in the displays.

Afterwards everyone indulged with the cheeseboard which contained a number of different cheese and chutneys, and was accompanied with biscuits and fresh bread - and of course the obligatory glass of wine or two was also available.

Karen Sawyer, General Manager at Henford House care home, said: “This has been a huge success, and we now have new ideas of displaying our flowers.  We were especially impressed with the displays Maureen created in keeping with our food theme out of wine glasses and wine bottles.”   

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Long Service Award

My name is Katharine Hardy and I have been fortunate to be the Gardener at Henford House for 30 years. The gardens and grounds were originally established many years ago when it was a private house and I have added some new features for our clients to enjoy.

The Residents are encouraged to enjoy the garden when weather is good and Debbie our Activity coordinator helps me with occasional Garden clubs where we encourage our Residents to plant up hanging baskets and balcony troughs for all to enjoy.

Even if someone cannot use their hands well they can choose plants and colours and sometimes we have a tasting session of potatoes we have grown in pots snacks with   herbs or spices and soon we are going to have an apples tasting session with apple juices produced locally.

 The home presented me with my 30 year award earlier this month plus a lovely weeping Cherry,  Prunus ‘Snow Showers’ for the garden which will planted soon.

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Upcoming events

Events & Activities in January

There are lots of fun activities planned throughout January here at Henford House.

Tea and a Tour

Tea and a Tour

Our General Manager would like to welcome you for tea and a tour of the home. 

Don't Dine Alone

Don't Dine Alone

Enjoy some company and a nutritious meal.