Oaktree Court Care Home Waves Goodbye to their Chicks! Animal Therapy Success

Tomorrow we will wave goodbye to our temporary residents here at Oak Lodge. The chicks will be leaving us. Our carer, Grace has decided to give them a new home at her house, to eventually join the rest of her chickens.
We have had such a lovely time and have thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience from watching them hatch to seeing them grow daily. We are enjoying our last day of cuddles, they have brought everyone so much joy. Animal therapy for our residents at its best.

Spring Has Arrived with a Bounce!

Spring arrived with a bounce at Oaktree Court this Friday when two of this season’s first born lambs arrived to see the residents. Willie (boy lamb) and Leah (girl lamb) both just two weeks old, arrived courtesy of Kath Hill, one of Oaktree Court’s most treasured friends, and wife of the late Les Hill, who lived at Oaktree Court for the last years of his life.

Leah didn’t actually have a name on her arrival, but was named by Jack Lowman’s family after his granddaughter, Leah, who gave Leah her bottle of milk.

Kath has said when the next lambs arrive, she will be in again. “It was such a relaxing visit”, said Kath, “The residents seemed just as relaxed as the lambs, and it’s lovely to come back and visit everyone”.

Oaktree Court’s Horse Visit was a Winner!

On Thursday Oaktree Court residents enjoyed a trip to the Conquest Riding Centre, near Taunton which is a charity that specialises in experiences for disabled people and offers various equine experiences for the local community.

As they have several “horsey” residents, Bubbles Clyde-Smith (owns horses) and Jack Hosegood (ex Master of Foxhounds) enjoyed being around the horses and the smells that are so familiar to them. Joan Coombes, David Garbutt and Andrew Thacker also went along and everyone enjoyed a drink in the cafe whilst watching an indoor riding lesson before touring the stables and feeding the horses with carrots!

Happy Couple Celebrate 25 years of Marriage

John Killick and his wife Rosemary celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary with a special private lunch in the Somerset Suite with family.  Rosemary has also spent some time at Oaktree for respite care following an operation so knows many people here.

They had a lovely lunch, champagne and a cake showing that life doesn’t have to stop when you live at Oaktree.

Killick cutting cake

OOMPH Factor finalists at Oaktree Court

The team at Oaktree Court submitted a fantastic application for Maureen and Evelyn who were just narrowly pipped at the post by winner Sam.

The Oomph! Factor judges were incredibly impressed by all nominations and they said it’s fantastic to see the impact that Oomph! is making to your residents.

Andy Kirby Manager at Oaktree Court said ” we are so impressed with OOMPH and the positive impact it is having on our residents in the home.   ” The residents really look forward to the  OOMPH sessions as do all the staff and families.


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!

Oaktree Court Highest Rating Care Home


Oaktree Court is the highest rated care home in the area!

Oaktree Court in Wellington

Oaktree Court has topped a poll on the national care home review site carehome.co.uk. The home came top of the list of recommended care homes in the Taunton area, and second in the whole of Somerset, representing the top 1% of nursing homes in the county.

Andy Kirby, the general manager of Oaktree Court is delighted. “We are really proud of our work here at Oaktree Court, and it’s great that our residents and their families have such positive views about their experiences. It shows we are treating people very well, and that our residents and their families are extremely happy with the care and respect they are treated with every day”.

These views are a really genuine insight into how people feel, are show that at Oaktree Court our residents enjoy every day, and are happy they came to us to live their lives. There’s loads going on every day with a full schedule of activities both inside and outside, regular bus trips in our minibus, visiting musicians and plenty of entertainment, we even had a donkey in here recently from The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth, it went up in the lift and visited everyone! But it’s the care that’s really important, and it’s a great place to work. I’m really proud of the whole team”.

Andy and the rest of the Oaktree Court team can be contacted on 01823 662032. Oaktree Court offers residential and nursing care to people over the age of 65.

Celebrating the 100th Birthday of Mrs Lovedy ‘Peg’ Buttle

Celebrating the 100th Birthday of Mrs Lovedy
‘Peg’ Buttle

On Monday 27 January 2014 Mrs Lovedy Buttle, who is known
by family and friends  as ‘Peg’,
celebrated her 100th Birthday


Oaktree Court Care Home, Wellington.

Vincent Vhinyu, Home Manager welcomed the Deputy Mayor of
Wellington,  David Mitton and Councillor
Andrew Govier. The Deputy Mayor gave a speech and presented Mrs Buttle with a
beautiful flower arrangement on behalf of Wellington Town Council.

Peg was born in Pontipridd, Wales in 1914, but has spent
most of her life as a Wellington Resident.  A family woman through and through and much
loved in her community, Peg Buttle was surrounded on her special day by family,
friends, carers  and neighbours. Family had
flown over from Australia especially for the event.  Residents and Staff at Oaktree Court also
joined in the celebration and sang Happy Birthday as the cake arrived.

As Peg Buttle read  her 100th Birthday Telegram from
Her Majesty the Queen, her Grandson, Chris Buttle said that his Grandma had
always planned to reach her 100th Birthday. The smile on Peg’s face as
she sat in her favourite armchair in Badgers Set Lounge was proof that her
lifelong wish had been fulfilled.