Meet our Activities Coordinator, Denise Ashby

Hello, my name is Denise and I am the Activities Coordinator here at Melbourn Springs. I joined Barchester in 2022 and always strive to support and care for all of our residents in a way that best suits each individual.

Making sure that our residents have things to do that they really enjoy doing is something that I hold very close to my heart. It is so important to make sure that they are happy and enjoy all of the activities and events that we host for them.

A lot of our residents also enjoy our special trips out on our Mini Bus as we create new, special memories together at Melbourn Springs.

Ensuring that our social events offer fun and adventure is a major focus of the ethos of our home; it’s important that those we support can enjoy an active and social lifestyle. Of course, there will always be those who prefer peace and quiet, and in these instances, a cup of tea and a chat will always be welcomed.

Activities and Events Partnerships

As part of our bespoke life-enrichment programmes, we host a number of live virtual events in the home on a regular basis through a number of partnerships with places of interest and world class performance companies

Life at Melbourn Springs Care Home

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Korean Wedding Presentation

At the end of last week we had a visit from Susan - a relative of our resident Brian, who gave a fascinating talk about her sons wedding in Korea.

Susan told us about the ceremony, some history of the country, clothes that are worn and customs too.

Our residents were absolutely fascinated and enjoyed the personal touch that Susan gave to her talk. She had a wonderful display of objects all linked to the wedding ceremony and beautiful photos of the day!

Thank you Susan for such an enjoyable afternoon from all of us here at Melbourn Springs.


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Royston Museum Trip

Last week saw our fantastic Activities team organise a trip to Royston Museum with some of our male residents from our Gentleman’s Club.

The museum manager was on hand to demonstrate the interactive screen showing Royston Cave where we were able to look in detail at the drawings on the wall and move around it in 3D!

Brian was fascinated to see a printing machine, similar to one he used to use and explained to us how it worked.

David enjoyed sniffing the old bottles from the medicine chest and trying to guess their contents.

And now we are very much looking forward to welcoming a speaker from the Museum to Melbourn Springs with some artifacts so that all of our other residents can enjoy finding out about our local area too.

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A special street party for a special lady

Our fantastic Activities Coordinators Denise and Siobhan accompanied resident Audrey to her very own street party where she once lived in Royston.

Lots of people were gathered and the Royston Town Band played as Audrey arrived at the party.

It was a very emotional time as Audrey was welcomed by friends that she hadn't seen for a while and to see her long time home.

Audrey was presented with a beautiful cake, colourful basket of flowers and a card signed by all the residents of the road she had lived in for all her life.

Audrey thanked them all for their kindness as we sang a rousing 'Happy Birthday'!

It was a wonderful afternoon and it was an absolute pleasure to be able to share it with Audrey and her friends.


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Jubilee Celebrations

Today was our day to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth! The short shower and windy weather put our residents off going outside so we set up the games inside. We opened the bottles of chilled Prosecco, Bucks Fizz and Phil, our Chef mixed up some delicious Pimms.

We sang and waved our flags toasting the Queen, played games inside and when it brightened up some residents moved outside. We chose the name of our Royal Game and it is now named 'Beanie for a Queenie'! Thank you for the other names that were suggested!

We finished our day with our inside street party where we enjoyed delicious finger food, very chocolatey Rocky Road and mouth-watering desserts including the Platinum Jubilee Trifle. Yum! Phil excelled himself again!

We hope you enjoy looking at our photos from today and that you have been celebrating the amazing 70 year reign of our Queen.

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Happy Birthday Melbourn Springs!

Melbourn Springs has certainly been in the party spirit after hosting a delightful Garden Party to celebrate the home’s 2nd birthday.

We certainly have had a lot to celebrate of late as well as being awarded the accredited 5 stars food hygiene rating, the upcoming Queen’s Jubilee and not to mention the fact that the home has been open for 2 years!

General Manager Maria Anghelide said, “I really cannot believe the home has been open for 2 years! Our original home opening was completely side-lined due to the Pandemic and this is the first time we have really been able to celebrate – it sure has been a long time coming and really has been long overdue to actually be able to come together to celebrate!”

Residents, their families and friends from the local community were treated to a delightful Afternoon Tea expertly prepared by Head Chef Phil Bennett and his team complete with Pimms, Fizz, Sandwiches, Live entertainment and Birthday Cake of course!

Deputy Manager Dan Amis added, “What an amazing day we have been able to share together! The sun was shining, the home gardens look stunning and everyone was just so happy to be able to come together properly to celebrate such a special occasion. We have had such lovely feedback from our residents and the families too and have many fond memories already of a truly splendid day after all we have been through together!”

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Jubilee Celebrations at Royston Fire Station

Today four of our lucky ladies had a lovely trip to Royston Fire Station to share their Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

They were really excited about going as our previous visit had been so successful, the ladies are still talking about it. Well, mainly Lorenzo!

We donated some home made cakes to prove to Rob that we can!

The Station House was buzzing with people and everyone was so friendly! We enjoyed tea and cakes. The ladies asked to have a picture with the High Sheriff as they loved her outfit.

We didn't pluck up the courage to ask if we could try her hat on, but Babs was really tempted!

Thank you to Royston Firefighters for inviting us once again.

Jen said, 'My first trip on the minibus and what a wonderful time I've had!'


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