Meet our Activities Coordinator, Mary Hamshere
Mary is a dedicated member of the Milford activities team and holds an NVQ Level 2 Certificate in Activity Provision, which is accredited by NAPA (National Association of Activity Providers). Mary loves finding ideas for new activities that can be incorporated into our daily programme for both individuals and groups. She lives locally and has a busy life combining her work at Milford and looking after her family, cat and chickens.
Activities at Milford House
The Activities Team at Milford House are dedicated to providing a range of stimulating activities for both groups and individuals, that promote both physical and mental wellbeing based upon resident's interests both past and present. As a member of the National Activity Providers Association (NAPA) the team are always striving to incorporate best practice into the array of activities on offer and to enhance their own skills through qualification with NAPA to NVQ Level 2 & 3 in Activities Provision. The team combine weekly activity favourites such as sherry mornings with special events, musical entertainments, slide shows, outings in our own mini-bus as well as encouraging local groups such as the Brownies to come into the home to interact with our residents. Milford House also benefits from a strong network of volunteers who support the Activity Team as they deliver their programme and who, along with friends and relatives, are always welcome to come and join in our sessions and outings.
Life at our home
Teddies in a Basket
We are delighted to have this basket of cuties to sell in aid of our resident’s fund. One of our Milford residents who loves knitting has made us a whole basketful of these colourful characters to sell, and we anticipate that demand will be high in the run up to Christmas as the previous batch sold out very quickly!
Our fund allows us to put on special events, organise additional outings and purchase additional games or equipment that the residents themselves decide that they would like over and above our daily programme.
Residents at Milford House are working with our gardener to create a wildlife area within our lovely grounds. We recently had to have some trees felled as they were becoming unsafe and this has given us an area that we felt would be ideal for the creation of a wildlife haven.
In particular, we have built a ‘bug house’ – using recycled materials and plant matter - which will help attract and support pollinators and other species which are key to bio-diversity. Over the coming months residents are also looking forward to installing hedge-hog houses, a bird bath, a range of different bird houses to attract different bird species and plants such as buddelia which will attract butterflies and other insects.
We can’t wait to see what visitors we get and to learn all about them.
One of our favourite places to visit when we are out and about here at Milford House is our fantastic cathedral – which of course has the tallest spire in England – and its environs. On a lovely sunny day this group had a tour of the cathedral, followed by a well-earned cream tea in the refectory surrounded by the cathedral itself. It was a smashing and uplifting day out!
Residents from Milford House enjoyed a wonderful afternoon on Southampton Water courtesy of the wonderful Solent Dolphin and her crew. On a slightly breezy day they cast off from Hythe marina and had a floating tour of the docks & had a short sail up the mouth of the Hamble, before returning to Hythe.
This was one of our annual outings that we all look forward to and no doubt there will be a waiting list for next year’s sailings.
Milford House Supports Salisbury Hospice
On a lovely sunny day Milford House had a stand at the Wessex Country Fair in support of the Salisbury Hospice’s main fundraising event. Our stand featured a tombola and plants for sale from our own garden, and was a sell out with everything gone from the stand by 2pm.
We were delighted to hand over all the profits from the stand to a hospice to support the wonderful work that they do and we hope to attend again next year when we will take along twice as many plants and items.
Fun of the Farm
A group of twenty residents accompanied by Milford's staff members spent an afternoon at our local community farm. On a lovely afternoon, when the weather was perfect – warm, but not too hot – the afternoon culminated in a cream tea in the barn. Just five minutes down the road from our home this is a new favourite destination with their outdoor and indoor facilities for tea & coffee, lots of lovely animals and birds to look at as well.
Events & Activities in October
There are plenty of interesting activities planned throughout October here at Milford House.
Don't Dine Alone
We know meal times can be a lonely time for some older people.
Tea and a Tour
Our General Manager would like to welcome you for tea and tour of the home.
Need a venue?
We have a room that is available to hire for free to members of the local community.