Meet our Activities Coordinator, Mark Shelton

Hi, my name is Mark and I am proud to be the activities coordinator on our memory lane community. I’ve worked in care for nearly 6 years before moving on to activities.

I strongly believe in creating moments for our residents and embracing their individuality with tailor made activities, whilst remaining person centred and respecting resident’s preferences. Every day I like to ensure the residents on memory lane can enjoy themselves and have a good time whilst forming bonds with each other and the staff around them.

Activities at our home

Our activities team are great at building the activities programme around the likes and interests of the people we care for. Ensuring that our social events offer fun and adventure is part of the ethos of our home; it’s important that those we support can enjoy an active and social lifestyle. Of course, there will always be those who prefer peace and quiet, and in these instances, a cup of tea and a chat are always welcomed.

Life at Thistle Hill Care Home

Residents discover the history and treasures of Hereford Cathedral

Residents had a lovely afternoon joining the team from Hereford Cathedral as they were given a glimpse of the spectacular building and its treasures as they were taken on a tour of the site.

From the stunning gardens which lead down to the River Wye, to the Mappa Mundi and Chained Library, the virtual visit shared the history and beauty of the historic building.

It was wonderful to learn more about the history and beauty of Hereford Cathedral.

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Viva Italia

Viva Italia! Resident’s at the thistle hill care centre enjoyed a day of all things Italian, as our popular arm chair travelled returned.

Using our big screen and a mobile flight simulator our residents enjoyed taking it in turns to fly the plane as we headed out to sunny Italy!

Upon arrival our residents enjoyed watching a virtual walk around Venice, taking in the sights and sounds.

After lunch our residents returned and came to our garden area for a themed Italian afternoon tea party, complete with pasta, cured meats, salads and Italian beer and wine accompanied by Italian opera music in the background.

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Bank holiday party fun!

The end of the spring bank holiday saw our residents enjoying the beautiful weather with a Hawaiian themed afternoon garden party.

Our residents from Deighton, Farnham and Ripley came together and basked in the sun and enjoyed an afternoon of merriment, music and our new paddling pool was a big hit with some of our ladies dipping their feet in the refreshing cool water.

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Blooming Haus

Staff and residents at Barchester’s Thistle Hill care home in were treated to an interactive virtual floristry masterclass courtesy of Master Florist, Michal Kowalski, from Blooming Haus. 

Blooming Haus started with a small pop-up shop in Chelsea.  They have since blossomed spectacularly on to the floristry scene as ‘floral engineers’, carving themselves an outstanding reputation as one of the UK’s most innovative floral design studios. The company is the vision of Master Florist, Michal Kowalski and his business partner, Michael Dariane. The pair bring a completely fresh approach to floristry and their ambition to push the boundaries of traditional floristry has laid the foundations of Blooming Haus’ success to date.

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International Museum Day

The residents of thistle hill celebrated international museum day, with virtual walks around famous museums, including the national history museums in London and New York.

Thanks to our digital platforms including our big screen projector and YouTube, our residents were able to enjoy the sights and sounds of the famous exhibits.

The dinosaurs proved to the biggest hit of the day, with larger than life cut-outs adding to the feeling of immersion. 

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Movement to music

The month of May saw the return of our popular movement to music exercise group.

Held once a week in the Ripley lounge area, led by our home physio Chris and assisted by the activities team. The movement to music group is a lovely social event where residents from across the home can come together and have lots of fun whilst engaging with one another and at the same time getting active and keeping fit.

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Upcoming events

3 week's for the price of 2 respite

If you or someone you know are looking for care or a little care break try our 3 weeks for the price of 2!

June 2021

Safe inside our homes, our residents are carrying on with fun activities as part of the homes life enrichment programme. 

Minibus Trips

Minibus Trips

We enjoy minibus trips every Monday to a variety of destinations, including the coast. Feel free to come along!

Weekly Zumba

Weekly Zumba

We host Zumba classes everyone Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. This class is for everyone to enjoy and is hosted by resident Physiotherapist, Chris.

Bakery Classes

Bakery Classes

We are hosting themed bakery classes every Friday morning. Please feel free to join us.

Don't Dine Alone

Don't Dine Alone

We understand that meal time can be lonely for some older people.

Scrabble Club

Scrabble Club

Scrabble Club is one of our most popular events here at Thistle Hill. Feel free to come along!

Art Classes

Art Classes

Whether you are a beginner, or would just like to learn some new artistic skills, join Hilary Cooper for some lessons and show off your artistic talent!