Meet our Activities Coordinator, Heather Lowndes
Hi, my name is Heather, I joined Barchester in 2008 as a carer. I then went on to join the activities team. I feel passionate about the residents having a stimulating environment to live in and to feel that this is truly their home from home. Looking into their past histories and trying to accommodate past interests.
When I am not in work I enjoy gardening, singing. I am a member of the PopVox Chior in Wrexham. Singing and music is so therapeutic and I like to sing along with the residents and give them a wide variety of music to listen to. I am also a member of Waverton Evangelical Fellowship. I took part in the Chester Mystery Play in 2018 and the Passion in Chester twice. I think it is really important to help the residents in their spiritual journey too.
Activities at our home
Our home is always full of life, and we can thank our wonderful Activities Coordinators for this. Dedication to creating a unique and interesting activities programme is what sets us apart from other homes. We always take into consideration that some people would prefer to pursue their own interests, which is why our team strive to incorporative activities that cater to a wide range of tastes and hobbies. Our trips out are always fun and exciting as well, and residents are guaranteed to return with stories to tell their loved ones!
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 Oak Grange Care Home
Book corner with Henry Slator
We had a lovely time joining Henry Slator for an exciting virtual event to discuss his book ‘Conversations at the Pond’.
Henry had an unusual writing journey, which many of our residents found inspiring, he underwent chemotherapy in early 2020, which allowed him to rediscover his light-hearted outlook on life by imagining conversations with creatures in and around his large garden pond and adding buckets of fun.
The entertaining Conversations at the Pond, with its mass of colourful illustrations, took our residents along his journey, they felt inspired, cheered and loved hearing all about Henry’s experiences.
National Tea Day
We marked the Queen’s birthday in style by brewing up a storm for National Tea Day and having an afternoon party. Supplied with a tasty selection of biscuits, cakes, and of course, teas for our event, our residents had lots of fun taking part in sessions including themed quizzes and virtual tour of the Historic Royal Palaces.
The residents have been making Easter decorations for the home. They have decorated an Easter tree with eggs, chicks and little rabbits. We all had a lovely Easter with lots of fun activities and of course lots of chocolate too. The residents made their own Easter Bonnets and we had a parade of them along the corridor to add to the Easter décor. There was a prize for the best one.
Easter in style
Staff and residents at Barchester’s Oak Grange care home, in Mollington, celebrated Easter with a whole host of different activities including an Easter Egg Hunt, attending a church service, Easter tea party, Easter cake-making, Easter Bonnet Competition.
Residents at Oak Grange enjoyed an eggs-tensive range of Easter activities, from an Easter Bonnet parade, egg painting, attending a church service to a visit from the Easter bunny. Residents also tucked in to a delicious Easter meal of roast lamb followed by Easter cake prepared by the home’s head chef Simon Burns.
General Manager, Sarah Butler said: “As always, we’ve all been looking forward to Easter. It’s such a lovely time of year – the residents love all the colourful Easter eggs and the Easter Bonnet parade. It’s really been an eggs-cellent few days!”
Administrator celebrates 10-years long service
Congratulations to Diana, our Home Administrator, who celebrated her 10 years service. Diana joined Oak Grange before the home officially opened. Thank you, Diana for all of your hardwork from everyone at Oak Grange
Our residents came together to enjoy an exciting virtual talk courtesy of the team at National Trust Talks Service. The illustrated talk took us closer to one of Cliveden’s most famous families, the Astors. Our residents were able to discover what motivated William Waldorf Astor, America’s richest man, to purchase Cliveden in 1893 and how the estate became the centre of high society in the 1920 s and 30 s thanks to his son Waldorf and daughter in law Nancy Astor.
The Astors time at Cliveden came to an end in the 1960 s after the estate became infamously associated with Profumo Affair, but the house and garden continue to reflect their innovations and passions. We all had a brilliant time.