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Residents became budding stone-sculptors
25 July 2017
Residents became budding stone-sculptors

Residents became budding stone-sculptors on Monday when they tried their hand at carving with top Stone Sculptor, Simon Keeley. 

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Celebrating with family and friends
25 July 2017
Celebrating with family and friends

Birtley Chaplain, Reverend Canon Angela Townshend celebrated her birthday at Birtley with a special lunch for family and friends. 

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Prestigious Regional Award for Birtley!
19 July 2017
Prestigious Regional Award for Birtley!

Birtley House won the South East Regional Final at the National Family Business Awards in a glittering ceremony held at Wembley Arena on Friday.

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My Favourite Things
11 July 2017
My Favourite Things

Residents were encouraged to bring an item of special interest or of sentimental value to them, and tell us why it was one of their favourite things.  

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Thankfully cooler in time for Tea
22 June 2017
Thankfully cooler in time for Tea

Luckily the sweltering temperatures of the past few days dropped just in time for the annual Strawberry Tea, held in the Rose Garden. 

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Licensing of our new Chaplain
15 June 2017
Licensing of our new Chaplain

A special Communion Service was held on Wednesday 14th June at Birtley House to celebrate the licensing of the Reverend Canon Angela Townshend as our Chaplain.  

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How would we cope if we lived with dementia?
01 June 2017
How would we cope if we lived with dementia?

How would we cope if we lived with dementia? How can we help those who do? Although Birtley does not specialise in dementia, it is likely that many of us will develop the disease as we get older, or will know someone who does. So, Karen arranged for the Virtual Dementia Tour to visit Birtley. This simulated training experience is the only scientifically and medically proven method of giving a person with a healthy brain an experience of what dementia might be like; approximating to mid-range Alzheimer's.

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Jeremy Hunt visits Residents
31 May 2017
Jeremy Hunt visits Residents

Jeremy Hunt visits Birtley House: a hastily arranged visit to Birtley in the hectic run-up to the General Election gave our Residents the chance to discuss social care issues in the UK with Conservative Parliamentary Candidate, Jeremy Hunt. Chatting to all the 11 assembled residents in turn, he focused on just a few at a time to shake hands with them and answer their individual questions. 

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Greek Dancing at the Mediterranean themed evening
30 May 2017
Greek Dancing at the Mediterranean themed evening

Greek Dancing at the Mediterranean themed evening! Led by our effervescent Greek carer, Betty from Thessaloniki, our Residents were treated to a hilarious version of typical Greek dancing; with Karen & Cheryl looking rather like extras in a Nativity Play. 

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"Oh I do like to be beside the seaside..."
23 May 2017
"Oh I do like to be beside the seaside..."

On Monday 22nd May, the Morning Activity Team arranged a fun, interactive session with Residents, reminiscing on memories of the great British seaside.

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