Care Home Residents Produce Lashbrook House Jam

After a discussion about activities, Colin Outen and  Mary Knapp started talking about how they use to make jam at home. It was the norm. Mary was brought up on a farm. Colin always use to make Jam with his Mother as a young boy. So the fruit was gathered, the jars and jam sugar bought. A Saturday morning activity of making Jam. Everyone helped get the blackberries ready and stir in the sugar. Everyone nominated Colin to go in the kitchen to help make it on the stove. Once ready chilled and set. We all put it into the jam jars. Labelled it, ready to sell at the Lashbrook Christmas Fayre. The best part was licking the bowl at the end. Mary Knapp was reluctant to let the bowl go. Obviously brought back lots of memories, time with her family on the farm making jam.

Regatta Visit and Ukulele Lesson for Lashbrook House Care Home


Lashbrook joined in with the Regatta for the Disabled an event which was started at Phyllis Court 8 years ago. Lashbrook residents had a Ukulele  lesson from Sam Brown, daughter of the famous Joe Brown. She was so thoughtful and came over to us after having a lesson with many others. Wynn Fulbrook took a shine the Ukulele, Sam gave us one to take back to the Lashbrook. The residents were treated to free boat rides along where the annual Henley regatta takes place. Marie Turtle said ‘I am use to boats’ she climbed over quite a few obstacles, with help, to get on to an open boat. Other residents were taken on the River time Cruiser specially designed for the elderly and disabled. We strolled over to the animals and watched Punch and Judy. Sheila Mitchell said ‘What a wonderful afternoon, so relaxing’. Tamaz who is a carer at Lashbrook, said ‘really good fun’.


Wynn said ‘ I didn’t know I could still have so much fun’.

Brazillian Dancers Visit Lashbrook House Care Home

The residents at Lashbrook, joined in the fun with Nicole’s dancing class. She encouraged them to exercise and move to the music in the chair.  She used feathers and Brazilian dance moves. They followed with hand movements, using their arms and legs. Everyone clapped and wanted to chat to Nicole afterwards. She went round and spoke to everyone once the class had finished. Peggy who use to be a dancer was intrigued and watched intently at the movements.

Sunshine and Fun at Lashbrook House

August has been disappointing due to the rain. However as soon as the sun appeared, all residents got outside into Lashbrook House’s gardens. Dennis, who visits Lashbrook on a regular basis, came and played the clarinet for everyone out in the sunshine. We then had afternoon tea and cake, Flo who is 101, chuckled all the time. Then posed beautifully for a photo. The fountain was trickling in the background, whilst Dennis played many different tunes. The residents were relaxed and in good spirits. Bonnie our therapy dog also joined us. Bonnie has been visiting Lashbrook on a regular basis and Christine her owner, said when she retires she will really miss all the residents.

Lashbrook House have a Champagne Party

The residents relatives and staff, certainly got into the party mood. We held a Champagne Barbeque, Billy our entertainer, played all eras of music, from rock and roll to 10 CC, bread and many more. Both chefs cooked a delicious barbeque of Chicken, Salmon and burgers, with continental salads, followed by fruit salad and cheese cakes. The Henley Mayor attended and quoted ‘ this is definitely more the atmosphere of a hotel’. The residents laughed danced and sang. Queenie who is a new resident said ‘I love dancing, but didn’t think I was able’. The staff all participated, which the residents really enjoyed. There was even a rendition of YMCA by the staff, and Lynda Edna’s daughter who is one of our residents,  joined in. She said ‘this is such good fun’. Redlands donated some wonderful prizes for the raffle. We also had donations from the resident’s families.

Lashbrook Houses Summer Fete 2017

Lashbrook enjoyed their Summer Fete in the sunshine. We had a shop, an art stall, an Avon stall, a cake stall, also Daphne Stoddard had a stall for Parkinson’s. Robert Stoddard (one of our residents),  is a very good artist and she sold cards in aid of this very good charity. Elvis sang to all the residents. There was some dancing and singing all afternoon. The Mayor of Henley attended with her Escort. David, he amused everyone with his magic tricks as he is a member of the magic circle. The Tombola which was run by our volunteer, totally sold out. Our raffle with all prizes donated from Henley shops, was very successful. All resident’s families commented on what an enjoyable day. Also the Mayor made a speech and said this is a lovely care home, the atmosphere is so jolly and the residents look very happy.

Dave and Loui the Chef at Lashbrook put on a delicious barbeque, with mixed continental salads, followed by cheesecake and fresh fruit salads.

The M.S. art class also had a display of pictures painted by the M.S. group and our residents. This promotes very good social interaction whilst everyone joins in with the painting theme.

Terry Cruises into Lashbrook House to Entertain!

What an entertainer. Terry use to entertain on the cruise ships. Vicki the Home Manager introduced him to Lashbrook.  He has such a charismatic personality. The residents really enjoyed his singing and performance. Not only is he happy to entertain all the residents, but he gets all the staff involved as well. Terry is very bubbly and has a new programme each time he entertains. He is now on our books for regular visits.

Tom Harman Smith commented ‘ he is such fun’.

Lashbrook House Care Home Visit Henley River

Lashbrook House residents enjoyed a picnic out at the Henley River. We were joined by Elvis Presley singing along the river before the opening of the regatta. We did some stretch and relaxation as the weather changed. Robert Stoddard commented that he ‘enjoyed being out for the day.’ Mary talked about her brothers and how they use to have picnics on the farm, when they were little.

A Royal Visit for Lashbrook House Care Home

Residents of Lashbrook House, in Henley on Thames, set off early for Windsor Great Park. Picnic, blankets, sunhats, drinks, were all packed after everyone was on board. We had the use of the Henley Handy bus which seats 10 residents and 4 helpers comfortably. Everyone was looking forward to seeing the Queen and were enthralled when we drove through Windsor Great Park. The scenery was beautiful, and it was  not too hot.


As we drove up to our place in Windsor Park. Everyone was quite excited. Fortunately the rain stayed off, as we got off the bus with the residents sat down and  unpacked all the picnic. The security officers and footmen came and chatted to us. They wished us a nice afternoon and were very pleasant. Everyone asked where we were from and chatted to the residents. Colin Outen one of our residents use to do this as a child and watch the Queen go by to the races. This evoked lots of memories for him, of which he was telling to everyone.


At last the Queen had arrived and the royal family proceeded to change into the carriages. As we told the residents she was coming along. They looked quite amazed. The horses were beautiful as were the carriages and we waved our flags and cheered as the Queen and Prince Andrew went by. Although unfortunately dementia can take away the short term memory, it  can’t take away the moment in time. Everyone saw the Queen and enjoyed a delicious picnic in Windsor Park. The families who came along thought it was truly wonderful. It was a pleasure to see a couple of the families enjoying a day out with their loved ones, bringing normality with their parents and husband.

Lashbrook House Care Home is at the Races!

Lashbrook Care Home enjoyed a visual race day at Lashbrook. This was inspired by Ladder to the Moon Training. We have been using many more visual items to create interesting and stimulating activities for our residents. The results have been refreshingly positive.

I felt it would be a good idea to involve the Henley students and create a fun race day. The students dressed as jockeys, with hobby horses, the residents had money printed from the internet, they chose which horse they wanted to bet on and received a coloured card with the name of the horse. The families participated and a new family who were coming to look at Lashbrook took part.
The races got underway, all the bets were taken and winnings were given out. Peggy Nutter one of our residents was very occupied putting her 20’s and 10’s in order.
The Henley students became quite competitive as the afternoon progressed. There was a lot of laughter, we then served Pimms and soft drinks to help with the heat. We finished the afternoon with Strawberries and Cream. The students then went around and chatted to the residents. They were full of praise for them and thanked them from making their afternoon fun.