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!

Life at our home

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From Plant to Plate

Over the summer, South Chowdene residents carefully planted chili seeds and tended the Chili plants, keeping them hydrated over the hot months and upright during the winds by attaching them to ever-growing stakes.

Willie (a resident who used to be a farmer) kept us right as to what we should be doing to keep them tip top, alongside the other avid gardeners who enjoyed getting back to producing their own food.

We finally tasted the results of our efforts, which went down well, and we are looking forward to using the rest of the crop.

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Autumn Fair

On Saturday 6th October, we had 7 external stalls and our own tombola and raffle, which were run by our dedicated volunteers, Jane and Julie. Residents manned their own stall, for which they had made paperweights and sweet bags, and our Head Chef made a superb broth with warming hot dogs and burgers to go with it. Gilly entertained with some ukulele hits from '20s, '30s and '40s, which got the residents moving, if not up and dancing.

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Macmillan Coffee Morning

This year, South Chowdene opened its doors to the local community; everyone was invited to join in a bake off, have a go on the Tombola, listen to entertainment from renowned Accordion player, Leo Brown, or just to have a sit and natter with anyone else around. Everyone had a great time and we managed to raise £61.10 in total.

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Heighleygate Garden Centre

On Friday 13th July, 3 residents took a trip to Heighleygate Garden Centre in Morpeth. After an interesting ride up the A1, we arrived at this huge garden centre and were pleasantly surprised to find plenty of indoor and outdoor plants that residents could name and remember growing in their gardens. There were also clothes and book shops, which prompted many discussions.

After a lovely lunch in the café, we also discovered the pet corner, with furry and feathered friends bringing back memories of pets and experiences, as well as plenty of tanks of colourful fish of all shapes and sizes.

On the way home, we drove down the coast and had a look at the ‘Couples’ statue at Newbiggin. We arrived back at the home just in time for tea and ready for a rest.

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Beamish Museum

3 residents from South Chowdene Care Home visited Beamish Museum. First of all, they stopped by ‘Orchard Cottage’, where they toasted bread on the open fire. They then played games from their youth and had a good ol' singalong. 

Later on, they visited the schoolroom, the church and had traditional fish and chips in the tea shop. It was a fantastic day!

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Summer Fair

9th June saw people racing around from early on preparing for our Summer Fair. In actual fact, preparations had been ongoing for the full week before, with residents making various items for their very own sweet stall. They made, iced, displayed and manned the stall themselves and also helped with our other ‘home’ stalls – tombola, bric-a-brac, raffle, etc. In addition to all this, we had some great visiting stalls, a lively Irish dancing display and fantastic entertainment from Alfie Dobson, who had us up dancing and everybody singing along.

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Christmas Party

Join us at South Chowdene Care Home for live music from one of our favourite entertainers, and lots of delicious, Christmas-themed treats and goodies!

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