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.

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 Thistle Hill Care Home

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Fiesta time at Thistle Hill

Staff and residents at the Thistle Hill Care Centre celebrated Mexican Independence Day on September 15th in style by hosting a day of Mexican themed events and games featuring a flight simulator, Mexican bingo, a Mexican-inspired fiesta with mariachi music, salsa dancing and delicious Mexican delicacies prepared by our fabulous head chef.


Every year on September 15th, the bells of every town square in Mexico sound to remember that in Dolores Hidalgo, a town in Mexico, in the early morning of the 16th of September 1810, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a Catholic Priest known as Father Hidalgo, made the first cry for Independence from Spain who were the rulers at the time.  So, between the 15th and 16th of September (Midnight of the 15th of September), Mexicans celebrate the moment of insurgency, the possibility, and the hope for Freedom in their country. It was the moment that defined their National identity.

Our Residents began the day by checking in their passports and boarding our virtual plane. Using Microsoft Flight Simulator our residents departed from Leeds Bradford Airport and were able to take in it turns flying the plane towards the shores of Mexico.

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A visit by Mr Fox for Roald Dahl Day

Residents were visited by the fantastic Mr Fox as they celebrated the life and stories of the great Roald Dahl.

Residents reminisced over their favourite stories, enjoyed screenings of the fantastic Mr Fox and listened to book readings from the authors work.

Last night of the Proms

We celebrated Last Night of the Proms virtually with members of English National Ballet’s Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Music Director Gavin Sutherland.

We listened and danced along as members of the orchestra took us on a magical, musical journey. English National Ballet Philharmonic is made up of many of the country’s top musicians, and boasts considerable experience in all forms of music-making. With insights and anecdotes into what it takes to conduct an orchestra for a world-class ballet company, this special concert got our feet tapping, arms waving and hearts singing!

It was a wonderful experience, enjoyed by all.

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Charlotte's Way

Over the summer our popular woodland walk ‘Charlotte’s Way’ has continued to grow and flourish.

Our Gardeners have being hard at work, planting beautiful flowers and plants for our residents to enjoy when walking around our lovely grounds.

Recent fundraising events have seen the home being able to add some wonderful sculptures around the walk way for our residents and visitors enjoyment.

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Inside Scottish Galleries with V&A Dundee

We had a lovely time joining Becca Clark and James Wylie – members of V&A Dundee’s exhibitions team – as they took us on a virtual tour of the museum’s incredible Scottish Design Galleries.

We were introduced to the wide range of unique objects at the galleries from architecture and engineering, jewellery and textiles to theatre and their fascinating stories.

And we were able to learn more about the importance of all objects in telling the rich and varied history of Scottish design.

It was a lovely talk, enjoyed by all.

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Country and Western Day

Thistle Hill welcomed back the children from the Red Kite Nursery for a country and western themed afternoon of fun, games and music.

Residents and children were thrilled by the visiting goats who they were able to bottle feed before enjoying a performance of country and western hits in our beautiful garden.

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Upcoming events

September 2021

There's lots of fun filled activities planned throughout September!

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!