Henley Stroke Club Hold Art Class at Lashbrook Care Home

The Henley Stroke club came to Lashbrook to hold an art class with our residents. Many attendees of the Stroke club came and socialised with our residents. Some of our residents observed, whilst Peggy Nutter, Sheila Mitchell, Robert Stoddart Marie Turtle, Peter Johnson, practised their artistic skills and decided to have a go. They all chalked snow drops on to black paper, which looked stunning. There were lots of smiles after some apprehension. Marie quoted ‘ I really didn’t think I could do that’. Louise Light  Leisure and Lifestyle Manager said “It was encouraging to see residents engaged in the art class and trying out a new skill”.


Oaktree Court Residents Visit the local Hunt Meet

Several of our residents are hunt enthusiasts with Jack Hosegood being a former Master or Foxhounds locally.  We took Bubbles, Jack and Hilary to a morning meet with the hounds.  Kath Hill, wife of Les Hill, one of our older residents, also joined in arriving in her carriage dressed in formal clothes.

Jack, Hilary and Bubbles enjoyed the spectacle and getting in the thick of it with the hounds once more.  The current hounds are descendants of ones that Bubbles’ family used to look after, many years ago. It was a trip down memory lane for all the residents and their families who joined in.

local_hunt_1Bubbles and Jack enjoying the horses and hounds!








local_hunt_3Kath Hill arrived in style!

Oak Lodge manager Helen Smith hands over a donation to a volunteer from Taunton Open Door.

Oak Lodge care home in Chard has been collecting items for the homeless to donate to Taunton Open Door.

Home Manager Helen Smith  said ‘We handed over a whole trolley full of items recently including blankets, hats, scarves, gloves toiletries and food items”. We were absolutely blown away by the amount of items that were donated in such a short space of time. We’d like to thank everyone who made a donation to such a wonderful cause. Oak Lodge will also act as a drop off point for any future donations.’


Christmas fair held at Oak lodge care home

Everyone had a wonderful time at the Christmas fair held at Oak lodge care home. The Mayor of Chard, Councillor Dave Bulmer, popped along to wish everyone a merry Christmas and even visited Father Christmas for a few presents.

A spokesperson for the care home said ‘Residents and guests enjoyed a cup of tea and a slice of cake and played the tombola, raffle and other games such as guess the weight of the cake and guess the name of the pug. The children enjoyed meeting Father Christmas in his magical grotto and received a present from Santa and his elf. Overall we raised £180 for the residents fund. Thank you to everyone who came and supported the fair, and special thanks to Claire and Barry Gibbs for their help with the grotto.’

The Mayor of Chard, Councillor Dave Bulmer, collects a present from Santa and his elf.

MacMillan Cake Sale success

macmillan-cake-sale-2-v2On Thursday, 29th September, Lisa Cox Activity Co ordinator arranged for The Mount hold coffee & cake afternoon, which proved a great success.  Manager, Emma Fielder, said that she was thrilled with the support from the local community, “Many of our neighbours came by to support us,” Emma would like to express a special thank you to staff and in particular Diane & Monica the daughters of one of our residents who were sponsored to make lots of cakes for us.  We managed to raise £312.42.  The residents and staff had a delightful afternoon, thoroughly enjoying tasting the delicious cakes.