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July Events & Activities – Join Us
To follow are a selection of upcoming activities during July. For the full listing, please download our Avondale July 2015 Activities Menu.
Wednesday 8th July, 2:30pm, Ice Cream Social. Come along to our ice cream social, where there will be lots of different flavour ice creams for you to taste and indulge yourself into.
Wednesday 15th July, All Day, Beach Trip. Avondale’s first outing to the beach. We are going to go to the sunny Southend on Sea. The lights from the arcades and yummy fish and chips by the sea, it will be a lovely day out for all.
Friday 24th July, 2:30pm, Staff 5-A-Side. Our staff 5-A-side will be our second annual one to happen. The staff will compete together in the garden and have a match to see who will be victorious. Ice Creams and refreshments will be served and it will be good entertainment to watch.
Thursday 30th July, 2:30pm, Bowling. Our newest and possibly one of our best ventures yet, Home Vs. Home bowling. This involves Avondale playing against one of our sister homes and a local home in our area in a fun game of bowling at our local bowling alley.
All this is happening as well as our normal Zumba, Pilates, Gym Sessions, Bus Trips and much more.
Contact us today on 01296 438 034 to find out more about these upcoming events and activities in July or why not suggest an activity yourself.
Avondale Care Home’s Eileen Smith celebrates 105th Birthday with Angela Rippon
A resident at Avondale Care Home has celebrated her 105th birthday with a visit from TV presenter Angela Rippon.
Eileen Smith, the oldest ever person to stay at Avondale Care Home celebrated the milestone surrounded by family and friends.
Asked the secret to living so long, Eileen said: “I eat well, I’ve always had money and I’ve been very lucky.”
Mrs. Smith, who has been at the home two years also said: “I like it here and one of my favourite things to do is play skittles.”
Born in Middlesex, Eileen moved to Bedgrove in the 1960s and later worked at Molins and Ortho Pharmaceuticals.
She was later a member of Bedgrove Church Club and enjoyed quizzes and dances.
Mrs. Smith was presented with a bouquet of flowers by Miss Rippon, which she described as ‘beautiful’ and spent a few minutes talking to the TV star telling Miss Rippon: “I don’t feel old at all.”
Miss Rippon responded: “I’ll come back and see you next year then!”
The former newsreader was visiting the home in her role as an ambassador of the Alzheimer’s Society UK.
She described Eileen as “ a very inspirational person… If I can be like her at the age of 85, never mind 105, I’ll be very happy!”
Shaun Canavan, manager of Avondale Care Home presented Mrs. Smith with a bottle of champagne as part of the celebrations.
He said: “It is a real privilege to look after Eileen, who has lived through two world wars.
“She really is a delight to look after.”
Angela Rippon talks to Avondale Care Home – 25th June
On Thursday 25th June 2015, Broadcaster, Journalist and Alzheimer’s Society Ambassador Angela Rippon shared her intimate knowledge of the care industry and her passion for championing better care for older people with memory loss conditions. This moving talk captured the spirit of guests, residents and staff before all enjoyed a light lunch.
If you would like to attend the next talk with Angela Rippon, or any of our other events and activities then please call care home Manager Shaun Canavan on 01296 438038.
National Care Home Open Day – Avondale Care Home
The 19th of June was National Care Home Open Day, an opportunity for care homes across the country to open their doors to the public and display their services to all. On this day Porthaven’s Avondale Care Home did just that!
Not only were their doors open to the public to see the standards of care that they provide, but also for the home itself, it was a day of unity and togetherness. Many a staff member threw aside their days off duty to come in and join the team. A gesture that in-itself proves it is both the passion and the quality of character within staff that steers a service in the direction of desired excellence. Rather than simply the necessity of quantity.
As the public entered through the doors of Avondale they were warmly welcomed by Staff and service users alike and then guided through to our landscaped gardens met by a display of entertainment, activities and most importantly, a community.
Thanks to the hard work of all Caring, Management, Housekeeping, Maintenance, Kitchen and Leisure and Wellness departments, activities such as: volleyball, table tennis, coconut shy, football, caricatures, hoopla and even a barbeque! All activities as well as entertainment from the Morph Jazz Trio provided by Live Music Now, ran fluidly from 10 am until 3 pm.
A charity raffle for the Alzheimer’s Society UK was also held which in conjunction with other Avondale Care Home fundraising events, raised a an impressive £385!
Laughter filled the grounds of Avondale Care Home upon this day and it was a day that will be carried in the hearts of all those who entered their doors on National Care Home Open Day 2015.
Avondale Care Home’s Acoustic Cycle for Nepal Earthquake Appeal
On the 12th of June 2015, the Leisure and Wellness department of Avondale care home in Aylesbury embarked upon a challenge. Having had a resident of our care home affected by the recent earthquake disaster in Nepal, they took it upon themselves to support his commitment to raise money for the Nepal Earthquake Appeal.
The two members of the team thought of methods to raise money. With the recent triumph of Jordan Collin’s 42 mile Porthaven “Home-to-Home” cycle that raised both money and awareness for Alzheimer’s UK. Jordan once more took upon himself the physical challenge of another Cycle. On this occasion, however, it would not be the distance that made the difference but the time spent cycling!
Jim Kirby agreed to pick up his guitar and test both his cognitive abilities and stamina. Pushing his limits of focus, dexterity and musical talent.
Between Jordan and Jim, physical and psychological endurance were pushed to their limits as they worked themselves, non-stop, for 7 hours.
They decided that testing themselves was not enough for the cause and to support the resident’s desire to aid the Earthquake appeal. Both Jordan and Jim agreed to wear women’s clothing and also allow the public to take a wax strip to their legs for a donation to the Nepal Earthquake Appeal.
The challenge started at 9am, and after 7 hours, the last chord was sung and strummed and the last revolution of the pedals had been made. With aching minds and bodies, Jordan and Jim had further committed to Avondale care home’s charitable nature and raised over £100 more from what was initially raised.
This event displayed not only Avondale’s commitment for helping others in the world beyond it’s walls but also the will to support the needs, passions and desires of those within their care.
Avondale Care Home Cycle 42 Miles for Alzheimer’s Society UK
On Wednesday the 20th of May 2015, two staff members from Avondale Care Home in Aylesbury, embarked on a 42-mile charity cycle for the Alzheimer’s Society UK.
At 10:30 in the morning Jordan Collins and Mark David donned their helmets and pressed their pedals setting out to reach Avondale’s sister home Chiltern Grange Care Home in Stokenchurch. At their backs was the encouragement of the staff as well as a bus full of Avondale residents following them in support.
Along their journey they were met by Richard Haikings of TSB bank in Princes Risborough, who welcomed Avondale’s courageous riding ambassadors into his establishment and with the assistance of Feildmouse cafe’s Paul and Diana Towers, provided both cyclists and supporting residents with tea, coffee and cakes.
At 13:10 Jordan and Mark arrived at Porthaven’s Stokenchurch care home Chiltern Grange. Part one of the journey was over.
Once everyone had rested, part 2 of the journey began. The non-stop ride home. The champions of Avondale returned tired, weary but triumphant at 16:00. Cheered by team members and residents alike.
All their efforts and energy well spent raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society UK.
Adam Henson: My Life on the Land and in the Media – 19th March
From the farm to the telly, Avondale Care Home hosted BBC Countryfile’s Adam Henson for an informal talk about his life on the farm and on the BBC. Residents and guests were also able to ask Adam questions about his career on the farm and his on-screen experiences. This was followed by a delicious light lunch.
Contact Avondale today to learn about our future events taking place in 2015.