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Snowed under at Austen House

12th February 2007

While the rest of the country ground to a halt last Thursday, staff at a Reading care home made the most of the snow with a snowman building competition.

Barchester's Austen House was divided into two teams and each had two hours to build the biggest snowman.

Team A – consisting of the nursing and memory lane (dementia care) units and kitchen staff – produced a four foot high three foot wide snowman and won buckets full of chocolate muffins for their efforts.

"It was there until Saturday and was really fantastic," said Austen House manager Lynne Geeves.

She added: "They [the winning team] were elated. The staff had so much fun. It was such a miserable day but everybody turned in and we had a whole day of fun.

"It was brilliant and everybody really enjoyed themselves."

However, Ms Geeves didn't contribute to the winning piece, which was built on site in the garden, because "I was laughing too much to take part".

Austen House is located in lower Earley and offers nursing services for older people as well as several specialist services including dementia care.