Irene Holmes

Meet our Activities Coordinator, Irene Holmes

I joined Rothsay Grange in July 2013 as a Carer, and worked my way up to the role of Senior Carer. I then decided to join the activities team in October 2015, where I get the pleasure of seeing residents enjoy the activities I provide for them.

Activities at Rothsay Grange

The activities coordinators at Rothsay Grange work 7 days a week to ensure there is a variety of planned group and one to one activities to suit all individual needs. The activities consist of weekly running activities such as chair zumba, Music therapy, an Arts club and many more. We also run a weekly minibus trip to local places of interest giving everyone a chance to have a trip out of the home.

Rothsay Grange also knows how to have a good old tea party alongside some fantastic entertainers and productions that visit the home on a regular basis. Irene and Aimee feel its very important to have the residents that live here to have a fun and fulfilled life and encourage them to attend as many activities as they wish.

Life at Rothsay Grange Care Home

Happy Birthday!

We had a young man’s birthday celebration here at Rothsay Grange, who turned 90 years young. He celebrated with his family and friends and the whole home was able to pop in to wish him well.

The wonderful chefs here put on a spread fit for a king. They had a very special dancer for him as well. The party was not to late but the residents all slept very well. They all partied on into the night staff, residents and family all having fun.

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The Mary Rose

On 27th January, residents from Rothsay Grange had a minibus trip to see the Mary Rose in Portsmouth.

It all started out dry with a little bit of sun, but by the time we got there it was cold and we, but we had a short walk to the docks and a nice lift up to the building holding all the Mary Rose's secrets.

We explored the ship wreck, saw lots of shoes, goblets knives that had been found in and around the wreck. As it was all in the news and on the TV in the 80s, we all knew a little about the wreck; what we did not know was about the poor dog that also lost its life and went down with the ship.

The residents enjoyed the trip along with a very nice snack and, of course, a good ol' cuppa.

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Cheese & Wine Evening

On January 23rd, we all enjoyed a cheese and wine evening. We were able to try many different wines, and they all went down very well. We also made some Buck's Fizz.

Everyone enjoyed the different cheeses that our onsite chefs made. There were some very yummy cheese boards, so we could all enjoy a taste.

One of the nurses, Tina, made up a mixture of cracker, butter, brie, jam and a grape—and wow it was amazing!

We had a standing room only for this event with visitors, friends and family that came to enjoy some fun. Later on in the evening, the Tidworth Military Wive's Choir sang some very beautiful songs, and one of them brought us to tear. The wives are very talented and we all had a great time. We can’t wait to have them return!

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Reindeer Visit

We had a lovely visit from two of Santa’s special reindeers, they went and visited all of our residents and gave them an early Christmas present. They were helped by their tiny Santa in training along with Fern, the service dog. Karsten and Hayley had asked local businesses for donations so he could take gifts around to the local care homes.

We are lucky Karsten’s father staying with us at Rothsay Grange Care Home in Weyhill, who also helped hand out the gifts. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Karsten and his lovely family and these that donated all the lovely gifts and to brought joy and happiness to our residents.


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Christmas Party

On Thursday 12th December we had Cosmic Sparkle here to entertain us at our Christmas party. We all enjoyed a buffet of party food which Debbie (Head Chef) and Simon (Second chef) prepared. As always the tea was flowing.

In the morning the residents made eggnog this went down a treat! Friends and family of the home said they felt in a festive mood and are feeling ready for Christmas now.

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10 Years Rothsay Grange

Rothsay Grange turned 10 years on 20th November, happy birthday Rothsay Grange. We had an awesome day of fun and games through out. Our dedicated chef Debbie made us a spread fit for a queen. She also made a very lush birthday cake.

We had friends and family of the home to help celebrate our big day. Very special guest from the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Test Valley.

To entertain us we had the Andover Belly Dancers and then  Chris Kimber took over making balloon models for all that wanted them. They ranged from a lady with a very cheeky bottom to animals, flowers and crowns, he also made EW very happy by making a balloon baby.

We also had one of our lovely senior care staff who has been here from the very start Emily Davis pictured with the Mayor and Deputy.

Jessica Salway the manager of the home  said that it has been a fantastic day, we have all had fun and are now worn out by the day’s events we will all sleep well tonight and thank you all for coming and sharing our big day with us we all look forward to our next birthday party next year.

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Upcoming events

Events & Activities in February

There are plenty of fun activities lined up throughout February here at Rothsay Grange.