Meet our Activities Coordinator, Lynne Loughlin

I started my career with Barchester as a carer, with 5 years experience in the care sector previously. I have also achieved an NVQ in Hospitality and, in April of 2014, I assumed the role of senior activities coordinator at this home.

We all know that keeping active is important and that's why my team and I are here – to ensure that residents experience an environment that is both stimulating and socially active. The home has its own minibus for our numerous trips out to various local places of interest.

My aim is to make sure there is something for everyone here; I create a monthly schedule that is packed with many different types of activities, from musical entertainment to sensory stimulation and much more.

I am focused on building up our volunteer base, including family members and students from the local school. Each volunteer will receive a warm welcome to our Barchester family. We are building relationships with our local communities and integrating them into our home as well.

We are trying to educate people about dementia by raising awareness within the community. We already have relationships with the local Beaver Scout Group and primary schools, in addition to other organisations.

I am proud to work for Barchester and to be a part of a very important service.

Activities at Iddenshall Hall

Activities here at Iddenshall Hall are an integral part of every day life for each of our residents. We strive to include as many of our residents as possible with the activities schedule. Our Schedule is released monthly and includes activities such as poetry afternoons, indoor games, Bingo, flower arranging, pamper days, quizzes, exercises, various musicians and entertainers, Pat Dog Visits, Music Therapy, discussion groups and trips out in our minibus to local places of interest and further afield to see the Blackpool Lights or to Knowsley Safari Park.

We are constantly asking the people who live in our home which events they would like to see taking place and we endeavor to fulfill these requests. Our aim is to provide a varied and packed schedule which allows for a vast array of skill bases and capabilities. We are in constant contact with local groups and businesses, the local Beaver Scout group are always happy to pay a visit to our home, helping with the garden or coming at Christmas to sing carols for us. We also have a small group of volunteers to help us, including pupils from our local 6th form College who visit once a week.

All the above helps ensure the lives of our Residents are fun and fulfilled.

Life at our home

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Open Day

We celebrated our Open Day this month with Cask Ale and hotdogs, as well as delicious homemade pastries made by our talented chefs. Visitors and staff enjoyed tasting the ale, which was provided by Weetwood Ales. It was a busy day with plenty of visitors coming in to be shown around our home and to meet our wonderful residents and teams.

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World Chocolate Day

We celebrated World Chocolate Day by having an afternoon of chocolate tasting at Iddenshall Hall. Residents were given lots of different samples of chocolate to taste and they had to guess the flavours of each one. It was a good way to get our residents to use their taste buds and involve them in discussions. We also held a chocolate themed quiz and read out some little known facts about chocolate, and also about the film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It was a lovely afternoon. 

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The Magic Table

We are delighted to announce that we have just had a Magic Table installed, which is an interactive light projector, designed to support residents living with dementia by keeping them engaged through specialised games.

The light projections respond to hand and arm movement, allowing residents to stay stimulated and, most of all, have fun!

You can read more about it on this page.

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Cupcake Day

Iddenshall Hall celebrated National Cupcake Day by decorating their own cupcakes. They spent the afternoon in the conservatory, making icing, chopping up cherries, apricots and marshmallows to put on top of the freshly baked cupcakes. Residents had their creative juices flowing and came up with some wonderful decorations for the cupcakes. The results were pleasing and everyone was able to sample the delicious treats.

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Safari Park Trip

We took a trip to Knowsley Safari Park this week with residents from Iddenshall Hall. We were able to see different animals from all parts of the world. Despite the rain, the animals were still out, for us to see them. The highlight of our day was seeing the monkeys, who enjoyed using our minibus as a jungle gym.

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Upcoming events

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Kiddleydivey

On the last Thursday of every month will be joined by Kiddleydivey who provide therapy through music, singing and dancing.

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Events & Activities in July

There's lots of fun things going on throughout July here at Iddenshall Hall.

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Need a venue?

We have a room available, suitable for up to 10 people, for weekly or monthly hire to members of the local community.

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Events & Activities in August

There's lots of fun activities lined up throughout August here at Iddenshall Hall.

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Events & Activities in September

There's lots of fun activities planned throughout September here at Iddenshall.

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Sophie Bennett

Sophie Bennett, vocalist and pianist, will be joining us here at Iddenshall Hall at a number of dates throughout 2019.

Here are the dates when Sophie will be coming in to perform:

  • 2pm on Tuesday 12th February 
  • 2pm on Tuesday 16th April 
  • 2pm on Tuesday 11th June
  • 2pm on Tuesday 13th August
  • 2pm on Tuesday 29th October
  • 2pm on Sunday 22nd December

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Monthly Mocktails

Join us and try your hand at mocktail making with demonstrations and lessons from our hospitality team!

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Baking Demonstrations

Join us for a cake baking demonstration with one of our talented chefs.

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Tea and a Tour

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

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Musical Moments

Join us for our Musical Moments classes with Mel.

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Armchair Zumba

We continue to hold monthly Zumba classes with the lovely Maritza. Everyone is welcome!

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