We understand that the people we support have passions and interests that could be difficult to pursue after moving into a care home – but that doesn’t mean we don’t encourage them to try! Some hobbies can define a person, so our Activities Coordinators are dedicated to ensuring that everyone we support is able to do what makes them happy to the best of their abilities. Social events are organised with individual tastes in mind and with the idea that residents have the opportunity to try new and exciting things.

Joanne Gadd

Activities Co-ordinator

Hello, I am Joanne. I have worked as an activities coordinator for over seven years. In that time I have built a wealth of skills, knowledge and experience in designing and implementing activities that will support the mind, body and soul. I have a passion for delivering person centred sessions and will strive to ensure our weekly programme is engaging for all. I love organising events and am continually looking for ways to connect with our local community.

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 Shawford Springs Care Home


Armchair Travel - Italy

Armchair Travels 

Yesterday we virtually travelled to Italy for our monthly armchair travel day! We enjoyed a variety of delicious Italian dishes including minestrone soup, spaghetti, pizza & tiramisu.

We also tested our Italian knowledge with a quiz, language game & all things Italy bingo game. Well done to Anne who was the winner! …



What's your tipple?

We recently enjoyed a sunny trip to the Fox & Hounds Pub in Fair Oak for an afternoon tipple. A big thank you to the bar staff for being so friendly & welcoming, we look forward to visiting again soon. 

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The sun is shining ....

This afternoon we’ve been out in our lovely garden enjoying the glorious weather.

Lys took on the job of watering all the beds & borders to ensure they are looking their best - so a big thanks Lys!

Eyes Down

This week we had our weekly  Bingo Club & for todays game we played something a little different… we had to guess the T.V show theme tune! The music took us all on a trip down memory lane, with everyone recognising the classics such as Dads Army & Steptoe & Son straight away.  Well Done to Lys who was todays winner.

Arts and Crafts


This week we’ve been getting creative in preparation for this years #tourdebarchester cycle event, which is due to visit us at Shawford Springs in June.

The 4 day event will see riders cycle over 270 miles, stopping at 15 Barchester care homes along the south coast in order to raise money for Barchester’s Charitable Foundation.

So Lys & Jean have been spending time in our activity room creating banners & decorations in preparation for the big day


Music For the Soul

On Friday afternoon we enjoyed a wonderful afternoon of live music courtesy of Curly the Busker. Curly performed a variety of well known tunes & medleys, including hits from the likes of Buddy Holly, Lonnie Donegan & Elvis Presley. We all had a great time singing along!

Upcoming events

Knit and Natter Community Club

Join us each Wednesday at 11.00am for our popular Knit and Natter community group

Bingo Night

Join us each Wednesday from 3.30pm for a fun game of Bingo, refreshments avialable