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

Just passing through

Our residents across our homes had a lovely time joining Daniel Snowman, for an exciting virtual event to discuss his book ‘Just Passing Through’.

Author of over a dozen books, Daniel Snowman’s long and active life has led him to interact in countless ways with the wider world and with some of its most famous inhabitants. His memoir evokes these experiences via a series of vivid literary vignettes.

Our residents found the talk very intriguing and informative, and were happy to learn more about Daniel’s experiences around the world.  A great time was had by all.

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Come sing!

Our homes had a fantastic time with vocal coach Mark De-Lisser as he led an amazing virtual singing session for our residents to enjoy.

Our residents were able to learn different techniques as they sang the famous ‘I’m a Believer’ by The Monkees.

There were smiles and laugher all around. The session was such a success and was great for the mind, body and soul.

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Carers week

Happy Carers Week! We would like to take this great opportunity to recognise and thank our wonderful carers here at the home.

We are proud of each and every one of our care team for the outstanding care that they provide to our residents every single day. They always go above and beyond their role and for this we are truly grateful.

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National Trust talk

Our homes had a fantastic time joining National Trust Talks Service team at Cliveden House for an inspirational talk on Nancy Astor – the first woman to take a seat in the House of Commons.

Our residents had the opportunity to learn more about the fascinating life of Nancy and her political career. As the first women MP, she experienced both attention and scandal throughout her life, which led to many triumphs and numerous disasters.  The talk was truly enjoyed by all.

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Ferndown florist demo

Our homes had a lovely time joining Sue and Nicole from Ferndown Florist for an intriguing flower arrangement workshop in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Our residents enjoyed a wonderful virtual demonstration and got inspired to create their own flower posies for our Jubilee displays.  Our home will be specially decorated for the upcoming festivities. Stay tuned.

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Jubilee posie-making workshop

Staff and residents at Barchester’s Thistle Hill Care Centre in Knaresborough were treated to an interactive virtual Jubilee Posie-making masterclass courtesy of talented mum and daughter duo, Sue and Nicole from Ferndown Florists. 

A family-run business, Ferndown Florists was founded in 2010 by Sue & Phil Fletcher, with daughter Nicole joining in 2012.  Sue has always been a florist since the age of 16 with years of experience in the industry. Ferndown Florist offers all aspects of floristry from traditional, modern and environmentally friendly natural designs. Sue and Nicole produce their gorgeous bouquets, displays and posies daily for many different events and occasions.

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Upcoming events

September 2022

As the leaves begin to change we have a lot in store during September.

August 2022

We are excited for the Summer here at Thistle Hill.

July 2022

There’s lots of fun filled activities to do at Thistle Hill during July.