Meet our Activities Coordinator, Rebecca Mepstead

My name is Rebecca. I joined Barchester in November 2017  I spent my first two years here working as a carer. I love taking the time to get to know the residents and putting a smile on their faces, so when the opportunity arose for me to join the activities team I happily took the job. I’m a very creative and resourceful person and I love making people happy, so it’s a perfect fit for me.

Activities at Newington Court

Our Activities Coordinator here at Newington Court constantly strives to mentally and physically stimulate those we support in our home. We have our own minibus enabling residents to go shopping, to the local garden centre, out for fish and chips, and for boat trips in the summer. We also have regular visits from the PAT dog, musicians and entertainers. We hold cheese and wine evenings for residents and their families and our residents attend services at the local school for Remembrance Day and Christmas. The junior school also come in and sing for our residents at Christmas. The residents also attended a Christmas Party held at a local Grammar School hosted by the students.

Life at Newington Court Care Home

Pamper Day

Some of our lovely residents enjoyed a pamper day. Hair was trimmed and styled, and ladies' nails manicured and painted. 

They are getting ready for our upcoming afternoon tea, where their families can join in by Zoom! Residents and families alike are all looking forward to having tea together even in an unconventional way.

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Trick or Treat?

After a morning of pumpkin carving and decorating the home, our residents enjoyed an afternoon of entertainment and games with trick or treat prizes. This was followed by a special Halloween tea.


'50s Afternoon

We hosted a 1950s-inspired afternoon tea for our Falcon Place residents. A selection of sandwiches, pastries and cakes were provided by our fantastic Head Chef, Stuart. 

They were joined by their family members on Zoom so that, even in these unprecedented times, families were still able to enjoy a good ol' British cup of tea together and a singalong to some '50s favourites

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Keeping in Touch

Although our residents have been keeping in touch with their families with garden visits, zoom calls, Facetime and telephone calls, they have also been writing to their families in 'the old fashioned way'. 

With pictures and news, we are sure their families will treasure these letters. Keeping in touch with loved ones is so important in these unprecedented times.

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Macmillan Coffee Morning

After baking lots of cupcakes, shortbread and Victoria sponges, which were shared with a local residential home, our residents enjoyed their Macmillan Coffee Morning fundraising event. 

After enjoying their coffee and cakes, we went on to have an afternoon of fun with armchair aerobics, followed by bingo.  Everyone won a prize!

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Flower Power

Residents have been trying a new activity: flower arranging. Not only did it give them pleasure, it also brightens the home.  This will now become a weekly activity. The group are looking forward to making themed displays for Halloween and Christmas.