a love for inspiring care

Visiting during lockdown

04-11-2020
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Care home visiting is being reviewed in light of the latest national lockdown restrictions, and each home will be contacting

Despite Covid 19, CQC agrees we are admitting people safely to our homes

01-09-2020
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When 1% is great news. As the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions started to be lifted, regulators began to consider ways of

Birchy Hill Choices

29-06-2020
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Whether they are having a walk in the garden, or a siesta in front of the Post Office, rocking a

No boredom at Birchy

29-06-2020
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There is nothing better for chasing away the boredom, and boosting the mood, than exercising and dancing.

Chilling at Birchy Hill

29-06-2020
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Just another way to chill out at Birchy Hill, by travelling back in time with reading, writing, and reminiscing while

Another birthday at Birchy Hill

29-06-2020
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We celebrate you, not because it’s courteous, but because we sincerely wish to see you smile on your special day.

Birchy Hill Birthdays

29-06-2020
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Birthday celebrations provide an opportunity to honour our residents and let them know they are appreciated and valued. We want

The Queen’s birthday celebrations at Birchy Hill

23-06-2020
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It is the first time the Queen has celebrated her official birthday at Windsor Castle. As the traditional Trooping the

Indian themed day at Birchy Hill

22-06-2020
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Residents at Birchy Hill dodged the rain and enjoyed an Indian themed day with entertainment by a group of staff

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HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM ALL AT BIRCHY HILL

30-12-19

The staff and management at Birchy Hill would like to wish one and all a Happy Christmas and a Happy

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CHRISTMAS DINNER AT BIRCHY HILL

30-12-19

With or without their families, our residents enjoyed a lovely Christmas Dinner, with Turkey and all the trimmings and not

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HAPPY FAMILIES ON CHRISTMAS DAY AT BIRCHY HILL

30-12-19

Many residents were visited by their families on Christmas Day. And I am sure, Father Christmas had them all on

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FATHER CHRISTMAS ARRIVES AT BIRCHY HILL

30-12-19

Waiting for Father Christmas had an end, when all our residents at Birchy Hill received a lovely gift from Father

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THANK YOU ST LUKE’S FROM ALL OF US AT BIRCHY HILL

27-12-19

Tony Devereux , as well as some other ladies and gentlemen from St Luke’s Church in Sway regularly visit Birchy

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OUR VERY LAST PERFORMANCE FOR 2019 AT BICHY HILL..

27-12-19

…. Was from Nigel Revell We kept him to the last day of our performances for this December, this os

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CHRISTMAS SING A LONG AT BIRCHY HILL..

27-12-19

….. with Mike Sidaway In our last week of our Christmas Extravaganza, Mike Sidaway entertained our residents. After performing some

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IMPRESSIONS..

16-12-19

..From this year’s Residents’ Christmas Party Happy faces everywhere. Everybody enjoyed the lovely buffet, everyone had a nice drink whilst

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CALM BEFORE THE STORM

16-12-19

All preparations were being done, and the last finishing touches were carried out. The food and drinks are ready, and

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BUFFET RUN..

16-12-19

..Last but not least the buffet was arranged and the ‘big run’ began. Luckily Sam, our Head Chef and the

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MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE

16-12-19

The photographs speaks for themselves, as they show more happy people enjoying themselves.

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ENTERTAINMENT…

16-12-19

..By Retro Rita and ‘Sing for Fun’ For this year’s Christmas Party, Retro Rita performed her ‘Christmas Crackers’ and our

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FESTIVE VITALITY CARE

16-12-19

As it was the last session for this year, everybody had lots of fun exercising, whilst dressed up with some

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PANTO TIME AT BIRCHY HILL

16-12-19

We joined “Carousel Theatre” from London for an afternoon of fun, music and some good old fashioned ‘He’s behind you!’,

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CHRISTMAS SHOW AND APPLE PUNCH

16-12-19

The Christmas Show continued, along with lots of Apple Punch to drink. The party was in full swing.

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RE-UNITED CHRISTMAS SHOW

16-12-19

From ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’ to ‘Rocking around the Christmas Tree’- Re-United entertained our residents with their wonderful Christmas

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CHRISTMAS BAZAAR 2019

09-12-19

On Saturday, Birchy Hill held their annual Christmas Bazaar. There were lovely decorated Christmas cakes, Chocolate Reindeers, Sweets Sleighs, Homemade

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WELCOME BACK ‘SING FOR FUN’

05-12-19

The Ladies Choir ‘Sing for Fun’ offered to sing for and with our residents once a month and we happily

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LEST WE FORGET

05-12-19

For many days Birchy Hill has spent preparing themselves for Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day. We put Poppies and flags

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REMEMBER, REMEMBER….

05-12-19

..The 5th of November’ Yes, we did remember, but not with a big bonfire or a spectacular firework, but with

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A PENNY FOR THE GUY

05-12-19

Birchy Hill picked up an old tradition that their residents remember from their childhood – ‘A Penny for the Guy’.

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ARTIST AT WORK

05-12-19

Peter was enjoying Aqua Paint. The pictures he ‘created’ were lovely. He was very proud being able to have these

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LYMINGTON TOWN BAND

05-12-19

This year’s Christmas Spectacular started on Saturday with a performance by the Lymington Town Band. A very big audience listened

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WHO NEEDS A GYM?

05-12-19

The Residents at Birchy Hill have their own way to stay physically fit. Shelley from “Vitality Care” helps them with

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CONGRATULATIONS

03-12-19

Jabin James, Care Coordinator, celebrated 10 years working at Birchy Hill. He is a trained nurse in his country and

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DANCEMANIA IN POPLARS

03-12-19

The Residents at Birchy Hill enjoyed music from the 60s and 70s and they could not sit still when the

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MARRIED FOR 44 YEARS

18-11-19

On Saturday, 16th November 2019, Albert and Jennifer celebrated their 44th Wedding Anniversary together with family and friends. Albert was

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CHILDREN IN NEED 2019

18-11-19

Charity Party Mike Sidaway entertained our Residents and guests with his lovely voice on a musical trip through time.  Our

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HAPPY HOUR – LADIE’S CLUB

18-11-19

Our Ladies and also some Gentlemen were thrilled by the “Happy Hour Ladies’ Club”. There were lots of ‘tipples’, cheese,

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IMPRESSIONS…….

05-11-19

From a wonderful Halloween Party in Birchy Hill. The Residents and guests alike enjoyed this lovely afternoon.

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN

05-11-19

Birchy Hill’s Residents, Friends and Families celebrated Halloween with spooky music by the singer duo ‘Reunited’, and they enjoyed having

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LITTLE BOLLYWOOD DANCER…

05-11-19

A Big Applause went to this brave little girl showing confidently her solo dance.

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BOLLYWOOD IN SWAY

05-11-19

The Residents at Birchy Hill had so much fun watching 8 young girls from “Indian Heritage” to perform their dance

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FIT AND FUN

05-11-19

Residents loved Vitality Care’s fun filled time of exercises, ball games and dance. Shelley’s engaging music kept everybody awake and

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RECORDER TUNES IN BIRCHY HILL

05-11-19

Last Monday we welcomed Sway’s Recorder Choir for an afternoon of music.  Our Residents and some Family members enjoyed their

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HARVEST CELEBRATIONS

05-11-19

At Birchy Hull we had a week were we welcomed September with an early Harvest Festival celebrated in the Church

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MUSIC AND CARD TRICKS

05-11-19

The week started with some musical entertainment by the ‘MAC Trio’. The Accordion tunes were the highlight for our Residents.

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NATIONAL BAKING WEEK CONTINUES…

23-10-19

…. National Baking Week – Part 2 The third day of our baking week was dominated by biscuits. We made

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NATIONAL BAKING WEEK

23-10-19

And Birchy Hill celebrates “National Baking Week” in style There was one baking activity on every four days this week.

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FIRST PREPARATIONS FOR “HALLOWEEN”

23-10-19

This week we had a craft session with the motto ‘Halloween Decorations’. Our Residents decided to decorate small paper pumpkins

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A VERY MUSICAL BREAKFAST CLUB ….

23-10-19

What is better to start a new week than having fun and laughter with loud music that you can join

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PIANO TUNES …..

23-10-19

…… And a Saturday High Tea Many of our Residents and guests enjoyed Alastair Hume’s piano tunes to our monthly

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SING FOR FUN

23-10-19

This is the title of a wonderful lively Ladies’ Choir from Brockenhurst. They love to meet and sing, just for

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CONGRATULATIONS

23-10-19

The celebrations at Birchy Hill continued the whole day for Mary and her Husband I would like to say on

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CONGRATULAIONS…

23-10-19

..And celebrations Mary and her Husband Hedley celebrated their 62nd Wedding Anniversary at Birchy Hill. The Residents and the Staff

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FAREWELL, GOODBYE….

23-10-19

We sadly had to say goodbye to a lovely young lady student who observed for 2 weeks of all the

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HIGH FLYER AWARDS – SEPTEMBER 2019

23-10-19

For September two colleagues were awarded the company’s ‘Golden Wing’: Jeannie Wells – “Trainings Facilitator” received the Highflyer Award for

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NATIONAL POETRY DAY

23-10-19

To celebrate “National Poetry Day” the Birchy Hill Residents were reading poems to each other. They also listened to a

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LET’S DO THE HOKEY POKEY…

03-10-19

… that‘s what it’s all about! Residents, Relatives and the Staff were all hooked to Shelley’s engaging exercises and games.

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HIGH TEA AND PIANO MUSIC

03-10-19

Residents and their friends and families spent their Saturday afternoon enjoying a yummy High Tea, prepared by our Head Chef

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LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – THE AUDIENCE

03-10-19

Birchy Hill’s Residents were singing, whistling, clapping hands, or tapping their feet. Simon had a wonderful audience, who loved his

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LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – THE SINGER

03-10-19

Simon Gross Productions brought us back to the Movies. We listened to Musical tunes from ‘The Sound of Music’, ‘The

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GOODBYE DOCTOR HELEN

03-10-19

Dr Helen Neuenschwander, one of the GPs visiting our Residents on a regular basis, is leaving Sway surgery to start

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BIRTHDAY GIRL BETTY ..

03-10-19

As you can see, Betty thoroughly enjoyed celebrating her Birthday with her Family and Friends. She had a lovely afternoon

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NEW TO BIRCH HILL..

03-10-19

Residents and Relatives alike were more than happy when they saw the new addition to our existing garden benches. Next

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FISH ‘n’ CHIP SUPPER…..

02-09-19

……with the Families Residents, Families and Friends all came together for a lovely Fish and Chip Supper on Friday. There

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AWARDS GIVEN IN BIRCHY HILL…

02-09-19

Highflyers and a new Dignity Champion Birchy Hill has two new Highflyers. The award for July went to Dana Gotia,

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GENERAL STAFF MEETING

02-09-19

A very big ‘Thank you’ goes to our Manager “Mark”, who arranged our General Staff Meeting in the Sensory Garden.

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NOT JUST FOR THE SCOTTISH..

02-09-19

The 2019 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo celebrated the “Kaleidoscope” which featured a colourful talent from around the world on the

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AN AFTERNOON OF BALLROOM DANCE

27-08-19

Residents and their Families could not sit still when they listened to the “Foxtrot, Waltz and the Tango Rhythms” It

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NATIONAL BURGER DAY..

27-08-19

On Thursday 22nd August 2019, Birchy Hill celebrated “National Burger Day”. For some Residents it was a completely new meal

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ACTIVITIES IN BIRCHY HILL

27-08-19

Some of our Residents still enjoy their weekly Arts and Crafts sessions. Here you can see 2 Gentlemen in Cedars

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6 NEW LADIES ARRIVE AT BIRCHY HILL

27-08-19

Please welcome our “6 New Chicken Ladies” who recently moved into their lovely chicken house in the bottom of Birchy

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AFTERNOON TEA WEEK…

22-08-19

Sometimes the wait for dinner is far too long, and when lunch has passed by too many hours ago, and

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LET THE WIND BLOW……..

22-08-19

Let the wind blow the washing! A new project for all units at Birchy Hill, this was to create stimulating

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MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT WITH NIGEL REVILL

22-08-19

The ladies loved Nigel, and the gentlemen loved his music! Nigel Revill’s voice was accompanied by his guitar tunes and

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SOCIAL CLUB IN ASHLEY

22-08-19

Once a month, the Birchy Hill’s Residents are joining a Social Cub in New Milton-Ashley. This time they were not

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KARAOKE

22-08-19

The Resident’s at Birchy Hill were nicely entertained with an afternoon Karaoke singing session. Some singers even remembered the lyrics

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CONGRATULATIONS…..

05-08-19

New Minibus Drivers Congratulations go to “Dana Gotia” and “Jabin James”, who passed their MiDAS training and are now allowed

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IMPRESSIONS FROM BIRCHY HILL………..

05-08-19

Young and old enjoyed the afternoon, playing a game, having a snack or a nice little drink, or buying gifts,

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OUR HELPING HANDS

05-08-19

A very big Thank you goes to everyone who made the Summer Fete such a wonderful success, to the Staff

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SUMMER FETE 2019

05-08-19

Birchy Hill’s Summer Fete 2019 Everybody was invited to join us for this year’s Summer Fete. Therefore, young and old

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PIANO TUNES PLAYED IN THE GARDEN

05-08-19

On a warm summer evening Birchy Hill invited “Alan Poulton” to play the piano for our Residents. He interacted perfectly

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ANOTHER BOAT TRIP…

05-08-19

Another Boat Trip The Residents from Birchy Hill enjoyed another Boat trip on the “Alison MacGregor”. This time we could

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WORK EXPERIENCE AT BIRCHY HILL

05-08-19

Three young students from New Milton and Ringwood joined us in July to get some “work experience” in a care

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CELEBRATING THE ROLE OF ART IN CARE

01-08-19

‘’Care Home Open Day is now in its 7th year. This year’s theme was celebrating the role of “Arts in

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THE LAND GIRLS CAME TO ENTERTAIN US ……..

01-08-19

The party got started when “The Land Girls” arrived. Their musical know-how was a gem for the audience. All our

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RESIDENT’S BBQ

12-07-19

Our Chef “Samantha” and her Team spoiled us with a wonderful BBQ, with a salad buffet and a big choice

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HAPPY WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

11-07-19

Happy 49th Wedding Anniversary to Wendy and Clifford from all of us at Birchy Hill! The couple were quite surprised

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SHIP AHOY

08-07-19

One of our Residents’ most beloved activities are the Boat trips in the summer months. We boarded the “Alison MacGregor”

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THE EARLY BIRD MAY CATCH THE WORM…….

08-07-19

Our Residents enjoyed this week’s lovely weather with some gardening activities. No surprise, that they loved a nice bowl of

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SING – A – LONG….

08-07-19

……….. With The Jingle Ladies ‘You are my Sunshine’, ‘It’s a long way to Tipperary’ and ‘The White Cliffs of

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BIRCHY HILL GOT TALENT

08-07-19

Recently we could witness the many talents that our Indian staff’s children have to offer. Age was not a problem.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY……

08-07-19

Even Managers celebrate birthdays, too. Happy Birthday, Mark Many Happy Returns from everybody at Birchy Hill

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GAME, SET AND MATCH

08-07-19

A small group of Residents trained their Tennis skills and prepared for the big match in July. As a special

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THE WHEELS ON THE BUS GO ROUND AND ROUND

27-06-19

All the Residents like the weekly bus trips and rides and they have lots to talk about when back at

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PATIO – SET FOR AN OUTSIDE GIRL

27-06-19

Patricia one of our Residents was given a lovely present by her Husband Peter. He donated a very nice Patio-Set

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CHINESE RIBBON DANCE

27-06-19

Who says ‘You have to sit to be fit’? Our active ladies in Birchy Hill performed a delightful Chinese Ribbon

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BIRCHY HILL’S HIGHFLYER MAY 2019

17-06-19

Our Congratulations are going to Kamlesh Kaur, Senior Health Care Assistant. She has a kind and caring nature, is always

BACK TO ASHLEY WE GO…..

17-06-2019
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Once a Month the Birchy Hill Residents are meeting up with the Residents from another Care Home to socialise, listen

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RESIDENTS HAVE THEIR SAY….

17-06-19

Every two months the Residents meet at Birchy Hill to say their opinion about activities, express their wishes, or comment

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY GENTLEMEN…..

17-06-2019
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All Gentlemen were invited to celebrate Fathers’ Day in Birchy Hill last Sunday. They received a small gift and card

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BIRCHY HILL’S PYJAMARAMA

17-06-19

We teamed up with a local Pre School, the ‘Little Flyers’, to enjoy reading, playing, and singing for young and

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D-DAY CELEBRATIONS

17-06-19

To commemorate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, Birchy Hill Residents and Staff celebrated with a remembrance tea party. Singing war

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FIRE SAFETY FIRST

17-06-19

As every year all employees at Birchy Hill are trained to the highest standard of the MRA by Gary Gregg,

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PHYSICAL EXERCISES AT BIRCHY HILL

28-05-19

Birchy Hill’s Residents love to be active! They enjoy having a fun filled morning with Vitality Care (Photograph), but they

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BELLY DANCERS COME TO BIRCHY HILL

21-05-19

Habibi and the Flowers of the Desert were guests in our Home. They entertained us with their Belly Dance Show

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SOCIAL CLUB IN ASHLEY

21-05-19

Once a month the Birchy Hill Residents go off to meet the Residents in a Care Home in Ashley. These

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HIGH FLYER FOR APRIL 2019

21-05-19

In April the High Flyer Award was given to the Registered Night Nurse Ghiorghe Stefan, in recognition of his availability

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HIGH FLYERS IN MARCH 2019

21-05-19

The High Flyer Award for Mach was given to 2 very valued young ladies: Kate Gilbert – Mental Health Nurse,

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INTERNATIONAL NURSES DAY

13-05-19

On the 12th May, Florence Nightingale’s Birthday, Nurses are honoured and celebrated all over the world. In Birchy Hill, we

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SIT AND BE FIT………………..

13-05-19

Next to our regular Vitality Care group sessions, we now offer a new activity class, called “Sit and be Fit”

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SOCIAL CLUB IN ASHLEY

13-05-19

Once a Month our Residents join in with social events in the wider community. Here they visited another Care Home

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IF YOU’RE HAPPY AND YOU KNOW IT…………..

13-05-19

Lesley is definitely very happy, and he shows it. Music and a lovely sing along made him laugh so much.

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BREAKFAST CLUB

13-05-19

Breakfast Club is one more of our Social Clubs. Residents meet for a (second) breakfast with a lovely fresh brewed

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EASTER BONNET PARADE

13-05-19

After hours of decorating the nice bonnets, the best one was selected by a Staff Jury. This year’s first prize

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EASTER BUNNY CAME TO BIRCHY HILL

13-05-19

This year the Easter Bunny did not only bring chocolate eggs to the Residents, he also brought a lovely homemade

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MOTHER’S DAY CELEBRATIONS

13-05-19

Not only Mothers, but all the Ladies at Birchy Hill were celebrated on this Mothering Sunday They all received a

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NUTRITION AND HYDRATION WEEK 2019

13-05-19

As every year Birchy Hill took the chance to inform as well as deliver new food and drinks to our

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HAPPY VALENTINES DAY CELEBRATIONS FROM BIRCHY HILL

29-04-19

Residents celebrated Valentine’s Day with their partners, families and friends. A light buffet with lovely cake and cupcakes was offered

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ERIC FLIES HIGH

29-04-19

Birchy Hill has a new Highflyer! Eric Amado-Begines was awarded the ‘Golden Wing’ for being a very keen and proactive

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AN AFTERNOON WITH RETRO RITA

29-04-19

Some Residents from Birchy Hill enjoyed a lovely afternoon at Bashley Village Hall where Retro Rita entertained them with songs

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AQUAPAINT

29-04-19

At Birchy Hill one all time favourite daily activity is Aquapaint. This is an easy activity, because only water is

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PAYING OUR LAST RESPECTS

29-04-19

Birchy Hill’s oldest Resident Maria B. wanted to celebrate her 100th birthday this year in April and to receive a

GREAT TALENTS AT BIRCHY HILL

27-02-2019
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Fun exercises like ‘Balloon Tennis’ or ‘The Parachute Game’ are the all time favourites with our Residents. It is a

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HOW SHE COULD PLAY THE UKULELE………………….

06-02-19

Even with it being the darkest day in January , it was full of sunshine with the sound of the

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VERY TALENTED STAFF

06-02-19

Our very talented young Members of Staff entertained the Residents and their Guests in between their different dancing acts. They

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THE FIRST HIGH FLYER FOR BIRCHY HILL IN 2019

06-02-19

One of our youngest Health Care Assistants “Alxandra Valverde Garayar”showed great progress in her job role. She is very kind,

A TOUR AROUND THE WORLD

06-02-2019
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After a very long break we were very happy to welcome the ‘Dancing Nuns’ back to Birchy Hill. This time

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LIFELONG LEARNING

06-02-19

Congratulations goes to Madalina Costita, who passed her Care Certificate in December 2018 Also too  Marco Antraca, who finished his

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DIGNI-TEA PARTY

04-02-19

As every year Birchy Hill’s Residents and Staff celebrated Dignity Day. As a lovely tradition we gathered together for a

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BRING THE OUTSIDE IN……………….

04-02-19

We do not often have snow in the South, but last week we had enough to make some snow balls.

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HAPPY HOUR AT BIRCHY HILL

15-01-19

Gin and Tonic, Baileys and a choice of wines were on offer for our first Happy Hour in 2019. Many

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TOOL SHOP FOR STIMULATION

08-01-19

Recently ‘Cyril’s Second Hand and Vintage Tool Shop’ opened in Birchy Hill. You can find it on your way to

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NEW YEARS CELEBRATIONS……….

08-01-19

Residents and Staff were celebrating the New Year with drinks and nibbles. Everybody was enjoying themselves and welcomed the New

STAFF AND STELLA……………..

08-01-2019
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Staff enjoyed their Christmas Day Dinner and Stella posing with Father Christmas.

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CHRISTMAS IN PINES UNIT

08-01-19

Christmas impressions from Birchy Hill’s Pines unit: Residents, their Families and their Staff gathered around the festive table to enjoy

FATHER CHRISTMAS CAME TO BIRCHY HILL

08-01-2019
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Once again Father Christmas and his Apprentice visited Birchy Hill to find out everybody was in the ‘Good Book’ this

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NEW BANNER FOR BIRCHY HILL

01-01-19

We are proud to be showing our new addition in the front garden! There is a brand new banner for

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CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS IN BIRCHY HILL DECEMBER 2018

01-01-19

Each unit in Birchy Hill has got their own style of Christmas decorations The Staff and the Residents are decorating

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MIHAIL FLIES FOR DECEMBER 2018

01-01-19

Birchy Hill’s High Flyer Award for December goes to the Health Care Assistant “Mihail Gamarra” He made a great improvement

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RETRO RITA AND HER CHRISTMS CRACKERS

01-01-19

The last but definitely not least show of our 2018 Christmas Extravaganza was Retro Rita and her Christmas Crackers. She

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A BUS TRIP TO THE NORTH POLE………….

01-01-19

We visited Father Christmas and his real Reindeer, but we did not have to go that far! as they resided

NEW MILTON’S JUMPING BEANS ……………………

01-01-2019
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… Or better known as MUSK, the “Milton Ukulele Strummers Klub”, who entertained us with their special edition of Christmas

JACK AND THE BEAN STALK COME TO BIRCHY HILL

01-01-2019
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Fee! Fie! Foe! Fum! It was Panto Time with laughter and fun. Professional actors from “London’s Carousel Theatre” showed us

SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO SWAY

01-01-2019
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As a highlight for our Christmas Party Santa Claus stopped for a few minutes on his busy trip to say

MORE PARTY IMPRESSIONS

01-01-2019
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Our Chef spoiled our Residents and guests with wonderful festive buffet food, as it seemed an endless amount of different

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PARTY IMPRESSIONS

01-01-19

The Christmas Party was in full flow, when these photographs were taken. Some listened to Alastair’s Piano music, whilst others

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THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM……………….

01-01-19

On the morning of Saturday 15th December 2018, Birchy Hill’s halls were decked for the Annual Residents Christmas Party. The

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STAFF AND THIER CHRISTMAS DINNER

01-01-19

Birchy Hill Staff met for a yummy Pre-Christmas Dinner, unfortunately not everybody could join in due to their duties. It

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JINGLE BELLS, JINGLE BELLS

01-01-19

Jingle Bells at Birchy Hill The Sway Bell Ringers enchanted Birchy Hill with their lovely tunes. A group of Ladies,

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ELEVEN PIPERS PIPING………..OR WAS IT?

01-01-19

We did not have Eleven Pipers Piping, but instead we had recorders being played by a local Recorder Choir. Birchy

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IMPRESSIONS BY NIGHT

01-01-19

Birchy Hill shines bright in these cold Christmas nights. There are twinkly lights, snowmen and there is even a reindeer

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CLINICAL LEAD FLIES HIGH AT BIRCHY HILL

18-12-18

Rodalyn Rodriguez – The Clinical Lead and Deputy Manager at Birchy Hill was honoured with the High Flyer Award for

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CHRISTMAS BAZAAR AT BIRCHY HILL

18-12-18

On Saturday, 1st December we started our Christmas Extravaganza with a well loved Bazaar. Many stalls offered lovely Christmas gifts,

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YOUNG AT WORK

18-12-18

Inspired by some work from the “Ageing and Dementia Research Centre” (Bournemouth University), a few of our Residents enjoyed taking

LYMINGTON TOWN BAND

18-12-2018
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We finished our first Advent week with Christmas songs and carols performed by the “Lymington Town Band”. The wonderful (and

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THE FRIENDSHIP SINGERS

18-12-18

On Friday afternoon all the Birchy Hill’s Residents were very excited to hear the acapella singing of a lovely group

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ABOVE HIS HEAD A LITTLE STAR WAS SHINNING BRIGHT

18-12-18

The singer Mike Sidaway started our musical Christmas journey on Thursday 6th December 2018. The stars were already shining, and

MISSION CHRISTMAS

17-12-2018
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A local Radio channel supports challenged children in the area at Christmas. We collect Christmas presents on their behalf for

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OCTOBER 2018 – HIGH FLYER

29-11-18

Registered Nurse flies high Registered Nurse Mary Preethi George, from Birchy Hill Care Home, was awarded the Highflyer Wing for

CHILDREN IN NEED – PARTY

22-11-2018
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With their yearly appeal the BBC has now raised over £1bn since it began the annual fundraiser in 1980. It

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LEST WE FORGET

22-11-18

Our Residents had the possibility to watch the BBC’s televised programme on both weekend days to mark this year’s Remembrance

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FESTIVAL OF REMEMBRANCE – PART 2

22-11-18

On Saturday, the Land Girls entertained us with their wonderful show. They arrived in military uniforms and finished the entertainment

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FESTIVAL OF REMEMBRANCE – PART 1

22-11-18

This year is a special year to commemorate the fallen, who lost their lives in their fight for freedom. We

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NOT SCARY – BUT NICE……………………….

22-11-18

That was the motto for our Halloween party. Everybody enjoyed the party with Serenity (Jane Parris) and a lovely buffet

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A SOUND OF MUSIC

15-10-18

Music was clearly noticeable on Friday afternoon at Birchy Hill, as Nigel Revill played his acoustic guitar and performed songs

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK………..

15-10-18

Our Residents very much enjoyed an afternoon of seated exercises with Vitality Care. Equipped with bright pink glitter Top Hats,

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SEPTEMBER 2018 – HIGH FLYER

05-10-18

Radu Toma received the Highflyer Award for September 2018. He is a very hard working Housekeeper and very thorough in

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EN GARDE!

05-10-18

Irene was very happy to see her Son bringing her fencing mask and jacket to reminisce the time when she

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CHICKEN RUN…………..

05-10-18

Yvonne caught the cheeky chick when it tried to escape. After some lovely cuddles she brought it back to their

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PARACHUTE FUN….

27-09-18

It’s not what you think, we did not jump out of an aeroplane to have a fun activity, but we

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ALPACAS IN BASHLEY

27-09-18

As we couldn’t get any Alpacas into Birchy Hill yet (!!!) We had a little trip to see them in

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OH WHAT JOY IT IS TO BEING PART OF A SOCIAL CLUB….

27-09-18

Living in a Care or a Nursing Home doesn’t mean you can’t be part of the wider community any more.

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THE FIRST AID TRAINING CONTINUES

18-09-18

As Gary Peake continued Training the Staff at Birchy Hill – He had put them through yet another session

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BIRCHY HILL GETS FIRST AID TRAINING

18-09-18

Gary Peake, the Trainer from “Acacia Training” showed the necessary skills that every First Aider needs. The Staff were very

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YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE………………….

17-09-18

“You are my Sunshine, My only Sunshine…” This was Mike Sidaway’s last song in our little musical matinee. He performed

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AUGUST 2018 – HIGH FLYER

17-09-18

Above and Beyond! Our Senior Health Care Assistant “Marco Monteiro” received a Birchy Hill’s “Highflyer Award” for August 2018. He

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LAST BOAT TRIP FOR 2018

17-09-18

We started in May this year with the boat trips on the “Alison MacGregor” and went out every single month

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GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

17-09-18

50 Years of Love Pamela and Barry were the Golden Happy Couple. We celebrated with them “50 Years of their

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GYM TIME – NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE

17-09-18

All the Residents who joined the seated exercises group with Vitality Care were surprised how much fun they had. This

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BIRCHY HILL PIRATES WENT ABOARD THE SHIP……

03-09-18

When we docked the port in New Milton. Birchy Hill Pirates boarded the ship – some call it “Ashley Lodge

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SWINGING TEA PARTY…………

28-08-18

Friday afternoon was Party Time at Birchy Hill! This time we invited Graham Bennett to entertain us with “Swing and

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BEAR WITH ME………………….

28-08-18

We seized this lovely morning and visited a nearby Garden Centre. Our Residents liked the big display of plants, but

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RAIN OR SHINE

21-08-18

There is no weather when we wouldn’t enjoy a nice boat trip with the Alison MacGregor. When our boat left

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LET’S PARTY

13-08-18

As we had the most wonderful sunny summer we planned our annual Residents’ BBQ Party to be held in Birchy

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RAISING MONEY FOR DEMENTIA

13-08-18

The Staff and Friends of Birchy Hill raised a staggering amount of £600 which will be donated to the Alzheimer’s

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UNITED WE WALK(ED)

13-08-18

It was a wonderful sunny Saturday morning, when a group of 11 brave people, aged between 0 and 60, left

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FIRST HIGH FLYER AT BIRCHY FOR JULY 2018

13-08-18

The first High Flyer Award for July 2018 went to our  Team Leader Cherry bhe Bejer where she was awarded

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ABOVE AND BEYOND IN JULY 2018

13-08-18

Our Night Health Care Assistant Alex Costtita received the second Highflyer Award for July 2018. He is hard working, reliable

GUESS THE WEIGHT OF THE CAKE………….

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Our Chef Samantha Nash was preparing so many yummy cakes, cupcakes, scones, and sausage rolls for the Summer fete. The

MUSK

01-08-2018
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MUSK played at Birchy Hill’s Annual Summer Fete This year the weather was on our side We enjoyed a wonderful

MEMORY WALK

01-08-2018
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Staff and Friends of Birchy Hill are hosting a Memory Walk for the Alzheimer’s Society on Saturday 4th August 2018.

JUNE’S HIGHFLYER

17-07-2018
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Roscia Grigorva, A Health Care Assistant at Birchy Hill was recognised with the Highflyer Award for June 2018 for her

DANCING IN THE SKY………..

17-07-2018
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Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers could not have done it any better! Our very own dancers loved to show us

SUMMERTIME 2018

17-07-2018
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A summer inviting you to enjoy all activities outside. The Lovely entertainer “Caryn Morant” agreed to sing in our Sensory

PRETTY WOMAN………

17-07-2018
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When Mike Sidaway was singing this well-known hit, the Ladies were fascinated. He earned flirty looks, and lots of ‘kisses’

CREEPY CRAWLIES

17-07-2018
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A small group of Birchy Hill’s Residents enjoyed an amazing day out. We went to the Hampshire Reptile Centre and

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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

03-07-18

After having a lovely picnic and taking some walks through Highcliffe Castle’s grounds The Residents were very keen listening to

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HIGHCLIFFE CASTLE – HERE WE COME………

03-07-18

As it is Midsummer and a wonderful sunny day, we decided to visit Highcliffe Castle to have a picnic, take

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TOO HOT FOR THE GIRLS………….

03-07-18

Birchy Hill’s cheeky chicks were bored in their own house and garden. So they went for a little trip into

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PUT YOUR HANDS UP IN THE AIR…..

20-06-18

Our Residents were asked if they would enjoy doing some physical exercises and many of them loved the idea. We

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PLEASE WELCOME THE NEW ARRIVAL………………………..

20-06-18

We were all very excited when Mark Yon, our Manager, told us that his household will have a new addition

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WELL DONE RODA

20-06-18

You did it, Roda, you did it! Rodalyn Rodriguez, Birchy Hill’s Clinical Lead, took part in the Race for Life

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SURPRISE, SUPRISE

20-06-18

Our Residents just enjoyed a lovely looking Black Forest Gateau when all the Gentlemen got surprised with a lovely little

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FOOTBALL WORLD CUP 2018

20-06-18

On behalf of everyone in Birchy Hill I would like to send a very big Thank You to Debbie Quick

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HYTHE MARINA – HERE WE COME!!

20-06-18

Last Thursday we had another chance to be on board the “Alison MacGregor Motor Vessel”. The Residents enjoyed the trip

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WELCOME TO “THE LAND GIRLS”

20-06-18

First off all the Residents in Birchy Hill watched Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday Parade and then Trooping the Colour

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HIGH FLYER OF MAY 2018

13-06-18

Olga Mota is our latest ‘Highflyer’ Olga Mota, A General Assistant at Birchy Hill, was awarded with the Company’s Highflyer

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HIP, HIP, HOORAY, MANAGER

13-06-18

We celebrated Mark Yon’s Anniversary, being our highly valued Manager in Birchy Hill for 6 years on 28th May 2018.

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THE COLOURS OF THE RAINBOW………….

13-06-18

… so pretty in the sky … When Jane Parris started to sing Louis Armstrong’s ‘What a wonderful world’ the

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MATINEE WITH CARYN MORANT

13-06-18

Friday morning entertainment par excellence delivered by Caryn Morant. Birchy Hill’s Residents and Guests were dancing and clapping their hands

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READY FOR THE WEDDING……..

24-05-18

On Saturday Morning there was hustle and bustle in the all the Units. Everybody wanted to be dressed nicely for

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INTERNATIONAL NURSES DAY 2018

24-05-18

Every year the 12th May is a very special Day in Birchy Hill’s events calendar. It is not only Florence

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NURSE’S TEA PARTY

24-05-18

As a token of appreciation Birchy Hill’s Nurses were spoiled with a little Tea Party and a lovely homemade cake

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NO PAIN – NO GAIN

24-05-18

Before the Nurses could tuck into the lovely cake on International Nurses’ Day, they had to answer 13 Quiz Questions

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WHAT A NICE LADY…………….

24-05-18

Gerald was so fascinated by this nice Lady. He would have liked to be the Bride’s Father, as he said,

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A VERY SPECIAL LADY……………..

24-05-18

Claudia Monteiro, a very dedicated Health Care Assistant at Birchy Hill, was awarded the High Flyer Wing for April 2018.

FLORENCE – THE LADY WITH THE LAMP

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Florence, the Lady with the lamp Florence and her Nurses greatly improved the conditions in the Crimean War and many

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A VERY ROYAL WEDDING AT BIRCHY HILL

24-05-18

The build up to the Royal Wedding was a lot of fun for the Residents and the Staff at Birchy

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THE WAIT WAS OVER…………..

24-05-18

The wait was finally over, and Prince Harry tied the knot with Meghan Markle. The Residents who watched the fairy-

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WEDDING CAKE

24-05-18

After the ceremony in St George’s Chapel our Chef surprised everybody with a lovely Wedding Cake, a naked lemon and

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ENTERTAINMENT FROM THE NEW FOREST ACADEMY OF DANCE

24-05-18

The Children from the New Forest Academy of Dance surprised us with some sing alongs All Residents could join in.

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BALLET INSPIRED BY PETER PAN”

24-05-18

There were 2 ballet groups and 2 prima ballerinas who danced for us like little elves. They highlighted our day

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EUAN THE SKIPPER………

17-05-18

For years Euan had his own boat and cruised the Mediterranean Sea. Together with his wife Val and he lived

HAPPY FEET

15-05-2018
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The guitarist Nigel Revell put on a good show and everyone was in good spirits when they heard his tunes.

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OUT AND ABOUT

15-05-18

On a hot and sunny Saturday afternoon the Residents from Pines spent their time in the garden. Here they stopped

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CONGRATULATIONS

15-05-18

Congratulations got to Henrique Mota, Healthcare Assistant, who completed his LEVEL 2 Care Diploma. Well done Henrique – Congratulations from

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ROW, ROW, ROW YOUR BOAT……………

15-05-18

Fortunately, we didn’t have to row our boat as it was a vessel powered by a diesel engine. Our first

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THIS IS A MAN’S WORLD……………………..

30-04-18

Euan does not only enjoy polishing his shoes, no, he enjoys even more polishing the car! After he washed the

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SHIP AHOI

30-04-18

Solent Dolphin Boat Trips on the M/V Alison MacGregor. Solent Dolphin was conceived in 1987 by New Forest Rotary Club

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HABIBI AND THE FLOWERS OF THE DESERT

30-04-18

Our Residents enjoyed an afternoon being taken into the fairy tales of Thousand and one Nights. Some of our Gentlemen

ST GEORGE’S DAY CELEBRATIONS

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A big day for our English Residents as they were very proud to celebrate St George’s Day on Monday, 23rd

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PEDRO THE DONKEY ARRIVES AT BIRCHY HILL

30-04-18

As part of our animal therapy sessions we invited Pedro the Donkey and his handler Ron from the Animal Sanctuary

THE FRIENDSHIP SINGERS CAME TO BIRCHY HILL

30-04-2018
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How much is that doggie in the window? Last week ‘The Friendship Singers’ entertained our Residents with well-known songs like

NATIONAL CARE HOME DAY 2018

30-04-2018
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Dancing to the Music As for many years we celebrated National Care Home Day in style. The singer Mike Sidaway

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NAMASTE CHAMPIONS

30-04-18

Namaste – the End of Life Care Programme, developed by Prof Joyce Simard, was introduced to Birchy Hill 2 years

BIG DOG – SMALL GIRL

30-04-2018
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When little Victoria visited us, she liked to go ‘walkies’ with the St Bernard dog. We all wondered who is

HAPPY 99TH BIRTHDAY

30-04-2018
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Happy Birthday Maria! Maria celebrated her 99th Birthday and is already looking forward to receiving a telegram sent by the

MARCH 2018 HIGHFLYER AT BIRCHY HILL

30-04-2018
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Going Above and Beyond……………..….her duties, that’s Veronica Reig’s motto when it comes to her job. She is a natural caring

YOUNG AND OLD IN HARMONY

10-04-2018
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Birchy Hill is encouraging their visitors to bring in their children to give them the chance to socialise with elderly

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EASTER BUNNIES CAME TO BIRCHY HILL

10-04-18

As part of our intergenerational activities we invited students from Bournemouth University to join us for our Easter celebrations. On

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GOOD LUCK AND A POT OF GOLD

23-03-18

We enjoyed a lovely Saturday afternoon to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. A Cake decorated with Shamrocks and a Leprechaun’s hat,

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HAPPY ST PATRICK’S DAY

23-03-18

As a tribute to our Irish Service users, we hoisted their flag on St Patrick’s Day. Irish Patrick (alias Paddy)

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POLISHING MY SHOES………………….

23-03-18

  …has always been one of my favourite chores’ (Eaun Simpson). No problem, Eaun, you can do this whenever you

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GLOBAL TEA PARTY IN PEGGY’S CAFE

23-03-18

On Wednesday, 14th March, the Global Tea Party took place wherever Nutrition and Hydration Week was being supported. Birchy Hill’s

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NUTRITION AND HYDRATION WEEK 2018

23-03-18

This is a global challenge to create a movement to reinforce, focus, energise, create activity and engagement for nutrition and

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MOTHERING SUNDAY AT BIRCHY HILL

12-03-18

While Joyce was waiting for her Sons to come for Mother’s Day, she helped to surprise all the other Ladies

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REMINISCENCE WITH “BABIES”

12-03-18

Eaun enjoyed being a happy Granddad to our lovely dolls. He hugged and cradled them like real babies before he

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THE BEAST FROM THE EAST ………………………

12-03-18

………….… transformed Birchy Hill into a Winter Wonderland. As Snow is such a rare occasion in the South, therefore everybody

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FEBRUARY’S HIGHFLYER AT BIRCHY HILL

12-03-18

To his big surprise Kevin Moyce, who is the Gardener and part of the Maintenance team, was awarded the ‘Golden

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VALENTINES TEA DANCE

23-02-18

Birchy Hill had a lovely High Tea and wonderful music played by Nigel Revill. So that Our Residents could celebrate their

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WHERE TO GO IF YOU WANT YOUR HAIR DONE?

23-02-18

The Barbers and Hairdressing Shop in to be found in Cedars Lane The shop is actually open every Tuesday and

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PEDRO’S RESIDENCY

23-02-18

If you want to get hold of Pedro then come to Cedars Lane

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FANCY SOME SWEETS………………

23-02-18

If so, then come to Pines Unit where you will find the Sweet Shop

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QUIET ROOM

23-02-18

As you walk to the Quiet Room the local friendly Cat wants to come in – Who will let him

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LOWER CHERRY COURT……

23-02-18

An impression from Lower Cherry Court

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NEW DOORS

23-02-18

In Lower Cherry Court the Residents have new doors to their rooms

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WELCOME TO LOWER CHERRY COURT

23-02-18

We then arrive in Lower Cherry Court

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WHAT DID WE FIND IN UPPER CHERRY COURT?

23-02-18

We found a Telephone Box

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WALK THROUGH UPPER CHERRY COURT

23-02-18

As we take a little walk through Upper Cherry Court – What will we see?

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ARRIVING IN UPPER CHERRY COURT

23-02-18

  Welcome to Upper Cherry Court  

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ON ROUTE TO UPPER CHERRY COURT

23-02-18

On your way as you go to Upper Cherry Court, you will find the Post office and a big red

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POLARS LANE……

23-02-18

An impression from Poplars Lane

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POPLARS LANE

23-02-18

Welcome to Poplars Lane

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DEMENTIA FRIENDLY INNOVATIONS AT BIRCHY HILL

23-02-18

All Units at Birchy Hill have been undergoing refurbishment and Dementia friendly enhancements. Walking through the corridors you get the sense

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FIRST HIGH FLYER OF 2018

12-02-18

Michael Bandonill, A Night Health Care Assistant, received the award for January 2018. His reserved nature and his flexibility were

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REMININSCENE WITH “BUGSY” THE DOG

01-02-18

It was a lovely surprise for many of our Residents. Wendy Hawkes, the Activity Organiser, brought her pet dog ‘Bugsy’

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A GREAT DIGNITY WEEK WAS HAD AT BIRCHY HILL

29-01-18

At this point we would like to say a very big ‘Thank you’ to everyone who helped to make this

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“MISS ANNIE” – ENTERTAINED US

29-01-18

Our Digni-Tea Party was in full swing with “Miss Annie’s” wonderful singing. She entertained us in the style of the

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DIGNITY CHAMPIONS AT BIRCHY HILL

29-01-18

After the Vicar Chris’ gave his very moving speech, our Manager Mark Yon then assembled “Birchy Hill’s Dignity Champions” to

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HAVE YOU GOT TIME FOR DIGNI-TEA?

29-01-18

…we asked our Visitors, Family members, Staff, and Residents, and then  invited them all to our Digni-Tea Party to highlight

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GATHERING………….

29-01-18

Gathering around our Dignity Tree in our Sensory Garden after the new plaque was mounted

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A NEW PLAQUE FOR OUR “DIGNITY TREE”

29-01-18

Some of you might already know that we have a permanent ‘real’ Dignity -Tree growing in the Sensory Garden outside

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TRAINING

29-01-18

Staff as well as Friends of Birchy Hill were invited to enjoy a training session about ‘Dignity’. Different Nationalities, different

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DIGNITY WEEK AT BIRCHY HILL

29-01-18

We celebrated Dignity with a full week of events, starting with a Crafts morning, where the Residents and the Staff

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THE DIGNITY TREE

29-01-18

A poem by Sheryl Parkman I’m planting my first seed today The seed of dignity In time you’ll see my

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WELCOME TO BIRCHY HILL TO JOIN US FOR DIGNITY DAY

29-01-18

The Dignity in Care campaign was launched in November 2006 and aims to put dignity and respect at the heart

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BIRTHDAY BOY

17-01-18

Clive Ashton celebrated his birthday in style. As an addition to the usual celebrations, he enjoyed a musical afternoon in

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BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS AT BIRCHY HILL

17-01-18

Every Birthday at Birchy Hill is celebrated with a proper birthday cake (not always with the right number of candles),

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MEMORIES………….

17-01-18

“I had one just like this!” was a Resident’s reaction when she saw our new record player. Last year Birchy

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ANOTHER HIGH FLYER AT BIRCHY HILL

15-01-18

Golden Wing for Mario Mario Bandonill, Kitchen Assistant at Birchy Hill, was awarded with a certificate by Gill Robinson, our Operations

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DECEMBER 2017 HIGH FLYER AT BIRCHY HILL

15-01-18

Very Dedicated to her Job Manju V.Poulose was awarded with the monthly Highflyer Award for December 2017. She is not

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WELCOMING THE NEW YEAR IN ………….

02-01-18

Some of our Residents here at Birchy Hill started the New Year with another gathering. They welcomed 2018 with a

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“SHOULD OLD ACQUAINTANCE BE FORGOT?..”

02-01-18

New Year’s Eve at Birchy Hill was full of memories and celebrations. Each community of Residents had their own little party

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JUST LIKE A BIG FAMILY CHRISTMAS IN CEDARS

28-12-17

Residents and Guests enjoyed their Christmas dinner after having fun with the Christmas crackers, hats and crowns were proudly worn.

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CHRISTMAS PRESENTS IN PINES

28-12-17

Getting up early to find your presents under the Christmas tree – many of the Residents in Pines found presents

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CHRISTMAS DINNER IN PEGGY’S CAFE

28-12-17

The Residents and the Guests in Poplars enjoyed their Christmas Dinner in the lovely setting of Peggy’s Café. Everybody enjoyed

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CHRISTMAS DAY IN UPPER CHERRY TREE COURT

28-12-17

A Peaceful reflection in Upper Cherry Court – Residents and Visitors alike enjoyed their Christmas Dinner and were invited to

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CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS IN LOWER CHERRY COURT

28-12-17

Christmas was celebrated in each of Birchy Hill’s 5 Residents’ Communities. Ladies and Gentlemen in the Lower Cherry Court are waiting

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FATHER CHRISTMAS SENT HIS ELF

28-12-17

This year an Elf brought the Christmas presents to all the Residents at Birchy Hill. They loved their little gifts and

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MERRY CHRISTMAS…………

28-12-17

Birchy Hill’s Manager Mark Yon and his little boy Joshua on their round on Christmas Day to wish all the

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OUR DOLLS HAVE A NEW BABYSITTER…………..

27-12-17

Living in Birchy Hill only for a few days, Terrie fell in love with our lifelike dolls Aiden and Adina.

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CARYN MORANT RETURNED TO BIRCHY HILL

27-12-17

The singer Caryn Morant was already missed by our Residents. As she recently gave birth to a Baby-boy (Louie) just

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MUSICAL ADVENT CELEBRATION

27-12-17

Birchy Hill’s Residents enjoyed a wonderful afternoon with entertainment by Caryn Morant. We were spoiled with a potpourri of old

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LOTS OF RAFFLE PRIZES TO BE WON

27-12-17

As for all of our “Grand Parties” we had lots of raffle prizes to be won. The prizes are donated

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WELCOME TO OUR GRAND RESIDENTS CHRISTMAS PARTY

27-12-17

Everybody looked forward to this big day in our December Calendar- the “Christmas Party” Alastair Hume and his Jazz Trio

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FATHER CHRISTMAS AND HIS ELF VISITED

27-12-17

Without warning Father Christmas and one of his Elves suddenly appeared when the party was in full swing. It was

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A WONDERFUL ATMOSPHERE

27-12-17

Not only our Residents enjoyed this year’s Christmas Party. Relatives, Friends, and Staff joined in and made it a great

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“TIS THE SEASON TO BE JOLLY……………”

27-12-17

What would a Christmas Party be without the wonderful food and drinks? I can’t tell you, because our Chef Sam

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“STRIKE THE HARP AND JOIN THE CHORUS……….”

27-12-17

It was Luis playing the piano and Joselito singing until the party came to an end. It was wonderful entertainment

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PUDDINGS GALORE………….

27-12-17

At Birchy Hill we had a big choice of puddings and gateaus for the sweet toothed kind. We were served these at

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“THE JUMPING FLEAS”

27-12-17

That’s what Ukulele translates literally from the Hawaiian language to describe the rapid motion of the fingers in playing it,

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“GOOD BYE MARIE – WE WILL MISS YOU”

27-12-17

For the first time Birchy Hill offered a practical placement for a Student Nurse. Marie Drayton, Student Nurse who is

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CHRISTMAS CAROL SERVICE

27-12-17

To round up our Pre- Christmas celebrations we had the honour to be visited by “Reverend John Pawson and the

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“VENITE ADOREMUS IN BETHLEMHEM….”

27-12-17

This was only one of the lovely carols that “Sway Church Choir” was singing with the Residents and their Families.

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CHRISTMAS CAROL SERVICE AT BIRCHY HILL 2017

27-12-17

Friends and Families joined the Residents for the last Church service in 2017. All those present enjoyed the singing, the

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“FELIZ NAVIDAD, FELIZ NATAL ………………..”

27-12-17

“Feliz Navidad, Feliz Natal, we wish you a merry Christmas…” Supplied with a special “Music Gen”, our Portuguese and Spanish

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STAFF CHRISTMAS GET TOGETHER AT BIRCHY HILL 2017

27-12-17

Our Manager Mark Yon said some nice words to show his Staff at Birchy Hill how much everybody is respected and

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NO I DIDN’T ……….. YES YOU DID

11-12-17

Friday was Panto time at Birchy Hill. The Residents, some Friends and Families were thrilled by the performance that the London

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WINTER NIGHTS

11-12-17

In December the nights come early and are very dark in the Hampshire country side. But not at Birchy Hill –

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SNOWMAN ARRIVES AT BIRCHY HILL

11-12-17

Birchy Hill have a new Resident, although he lives outside in the garden

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BROCKENHURST COLLEGE PERFORMS

08-12-17

Young Performers welcome in Birchy Hill Brockenhurst College Performing Arts Group gave us a nice morning singing Christmas Carols and

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RETRO RITA

08-12-17

Retro Rita presents her Christmas Crackers Retro Rita engaged her audience with lovely Christmas tunes everybody could remember. She brought

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FRIENDSHIP WITH THE COMMUNITY

08-12-17

The Catholic Church in Lymington established their very own choir to sing for the elderly – The Friendship Singers! This

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SWAY BELL RINGER’S

08-12-17

Four Ladies from the Sway Bell Ringers visited Birchy Hill to perform in front of our Residents. Everybody enjoyed the

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BIRCHY HILL’S CHRISTMAS BAZAAR

08-12-17

Homemade delicacies, Christmas decorations, and gifts were offered. Friends and Families of our Residents loved to buy them. A raffle

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SAM’S CHRISTMAS CAKES

08-12-17

Our Chef Samantha Nash had out done herself with this year’s Christmas cakes. They were on offer in our Café,

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MAN IN BLACK

08-12-17

Our very own very talented pianist Luis Andrade spoiled the Residents, Guests and the Staff alike with his lovely music.

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OH, COME YE FAITHFUL…

08-12-17

35 young voices from Sway Primary School sang like little angels. They were accompanied by their teacher who played the

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NOVEMBER HIGH FLYERS

07-12-17

Ana Matos (Health Care Assistant) and Ranjit Kaur (Senior Health Care Assistant) were both awarded with the Golden High Flyer

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CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA AT BIRCHY HILL

27-11-17

To start our 2017 Christmas Extravaganza the dancers “Light-Hearted” (previously known as “The Dancing Nuns”) pleased their audience with the

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FATHER CHRISTMAS – DEBUT DANCE

27-11-17

The Residents enjoyed their afternoon dancing with Father Christmas. The Residents and the Staff joined in and had a wonderful

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FATHER CHRISTMAS, HIS REINDEER AND HIS ELVES

27-11-17

On Saturday Morning a few Residents had the chance to see Father Christmas moving into his Grotto at Stewart’s Garden Centre.

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LYMINGTON TOWN BAND

27-11-17

As many times before “Lymington Town Band” played Christmas Carols for Residents and their Families in Birchy Hill. Distracted by

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BIRCHY HILL’S TRIBUTE

13-11-17

To commemorate the fallen and honour the many service men and women who have risked and for those who still

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ANOTHER GOLDEN WING AWARD

13-11-17

Golden Wings in Birchy Hill Marco Antraca received October’s Highflyer Award for being a hardworking Senior Health Care Assistant who

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ARMISTICE DAY

13-11-17

The Residents and Staff in Birchy Hill gathered together to pay their respects to remember the fallen and to salute

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“We will remember them” in Birchy Hill

13-11-17

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years

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REMEMBER, REMEMBER – BIRCHY HILL

10-11-17

Remember, remember……. ….the 5th of November! That’s what Birchy Hill do every year since we were children. Our Residents here at Birchy

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SPOOKY AFTERNOON

30-10-17

It was a “Spooky afternoon” at Birchy Hill with a “Lady in Red” Last weekend Residents, Families and Friends celebrated Halloween

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OCTOBER TEA PARTY AT BIRCHY HILL

19-10-17

On Friday, 13th October, Birchy Hill’s Residents and some visitors enjoyed an afternoon Tea Party with musical entertainment by Luis Andrade.

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SEPTEMBER 2017 HIGHFLYER FOR BIRCHY HILL

19-10-17

Birchy Hill are pleased to award another “Highflyer Award”with the Golden Wing, the Company’s Logo. This time to Joselito Lintag,

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BIRCHY HILL JOINED IN THE MACMILLIAN COFFEE MORNING 2017

02-10-17

“We are Macmillan”…… On Friday 29th September, Birchy Hill hosted a MacMillan Coffee Morning. Staff donated homemade cake, chocolate brownies, and

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OWLS AND FALCONS COME TO BIRCHY HILL

29-09-17

Liberty’s Owl and Raptor Centre was visiting Birchy Hill and informed Residents and Staff about the differences in owls, their

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SEPTEMBER 2017 – HIGH FLYER

29-09-17

Once again a member of staff was awarded a Highflyer Award for working above and beyond his duties: Luis Andrade

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SAM’S WALK 2017

21-09-17

Memory Walk 2017 in Southampton Once again our Chef Samantha Nash walked to fight Dementia organised by the Alzheimer’s Society.

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RESIDENTS CELEBRATING SUMMER 2017 AT BIRCHY HILL

04-09-17

The annual Residents’ BBQ was a great success. With the wonderful sunshine, lovely guests, yummy food, and cheerful entertainment by

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GO WEST AT BIRCHY HILL

04-09-17

Birchy Hill’s “Cowboys and Cowgirls” welcomed the Country and Western Singer Danny Stone with a loud “Yee Haw” to start

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“THE BOYS” PLAYING A FRIENDLY MATCH

24-08-17

On Wednesday night in New Milton at the Recreation Centre: Birchy Hill’s Male Care Staff built two teams to play

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HIGH FLYER FOR BIRCHY HILL AUGUST 2017

23-08-17

Once again Birchy Hill awarded the Highflyer Wings to one staff, who went above and beyond their normal duties. Zina

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ALL ABOARD

21-08-17

On Sunday Morning a few Residents from Birchy Hill went on a Boat Trip. We boarded the M/V “Alison MacGregor”

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TEA PARTY WITH NIGEL REVILL

21-08-17

The other Friday Afternoon it was Party time at Birchy Hill. Many Residents and Relatives were listening to Nigel Revill playing his

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LADIES CLUB VISITING THE REPTILE CENTER

08-08-17

Following up reading some interesting stories about reptiles, the ladies decided to have a trip to the New Forest Reptile

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HAPPY 90TH BIRTHDAY

28-07-17

  Our always friendly “Michael Ingram” celebrated his 90th Birthday surrounded by his Family. He had a lovely little party.

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SUMMER FETE AT BIRCHY HILL 2017

28-07-17

Birchy Hill was determined to hold their Annual Summer Fete in any kind of weather so we had to bring the outside

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ROMEO RECIEVES HIS HIGH FLYER AWARD

28-07-17

Romeo Solivas, Housekeeper and Artist at Birchy Hill, received this month’s High Flyer Award. His artwork is going above and beyond

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ALL ABOARD

14-07-17

Our “Captain” John Leonard was taking us out on a bus trip to the sea side in Barton-on Sea. He

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AN AFTERNOON FULL OF MUSIC

10-07-17

On Friday afternoon at Birchy Hill, Luis Andrade spoiled us with his lovely Piano Music. His repertoire goes from Classic

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THE ORIENT VISIT TO SWAY

27-06-17

We would like to say a very big “Thank you” to Habibi and the Flowers of the Desert, presenting their

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WEDDING BELLS AT BIRCHY HILL

19-06-17

Our lovely Evelyn is all dressed up nicely to join her Grandson’s Wedding. She was looking forward so much to

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JUNE’S HIGH FLYERS AT BIRCHY HILL

19-06-17

Last Friday our Manager Mark Yon announced the “High Flyers” for June. Eileen Tindle, the Administrator, and Sibi Vengattil, a

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GUESS THE WEIGHT OF THE CAKE

19-06-17

One giant cup cake was the prize for the “Guess the weight of the Cake”- game on Cup Cake Day.

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CUP CAKE DAY – JUNE 2017

19-06-17

Our Chef Sam put a lot of effort into preparing wonderful tasty cup cakes, which made this Charity event on

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ANNUAL NATIONAL CARE HOME DAY 2017

19-06-17

The Annual National Care Home Open Day celebrations took place at Birchy Hill on Friday 16th June 2017 We started

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FATHER’S DAY CELEBRATIONS AT BIRCHY HILL

19-06-17

On one of the hottest days so far this Summer. We celebrated all our Gentlemen at Birchy Hill. They enjoyed

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A TRIP TO FEED THE DUCKS

19-06-17

We had a lovely trip to Ballard Lake in New Milton. It was being enjoyed by a small group of

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PIANO AFTERNOON

05-06-17

Birchy Hill is celebrating Spring Time Last Friday we were celebrating spring time with a very sunny Garden Party. Alastair

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A LOVELY DAY OUT

05-06-17

To enjoy the lovely sunshine, a small group of Residents had their morning coffee on the patio of a very

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OUR VERY OWN ARTIST

17-05-17

At Birchy Hill we have our very “own” artist Romeo Solivas, here he is creating a lovely piece of art

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SAM NASH AND HER HIGH FLYER AWARD

17-05-17

ANOTHER HIGH FLYER AWARD WINNER AT BIRCHY HILL FOR HER HARD WORK AND EFFORTS IN MANAGING A GOOD FOOD SERVICE

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GORDON MANLEY GETS HIS AWARD

17-05-17

MARK WAS DELIGHTED TO AWARD GORDON MANLEY HIS HIGH FLYER AWARD FOR: HARDWORKING IN THE PROVISIONS OF MAINTENANCE HIS LOYALTY

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HIGHFLYER AWARDS CONTINUE AT BIRCHY HILL

17-05-17

MARK AWARDED MARIA SOLIVAS HER “HIGH FLYER AWARD” FOR: DEDICATION AS A NIGHT NURSE DEDICATION AS A DIGNITY NURSE RELIABLE

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INTERNATIONAL NURSES DAY 2017 – CAKE

17-05-17

This is the wonderful cake made for International Nurses Day 2017 by our Chef Sam Well done

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INTERNATIONAL NURSES DAY 2017

17-05-17

Birchy Hill honoured their Nurses throughout the National Nurses Week 2017. They held a big celebration on Friday 12th May

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DEMENTIA

02-05-17

On Monday 24th April 2017, Birchy Hill’s Leisure and Lifestyle Organiser Pia Zuchhold was invited to inform the members of

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THE EASTER BUNNY ARRIVED AT BIRCHY HILL

02-05-17

After decorating bonnets and having an Easter Bonnet Parade to show of the wonderful bonnets. We then went on to

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BIRCHY HILL’S FIRST “HIGH FLYERS”

20-04-17

We have always had Unit Awards and various other awards to acknowledge the contribution made by our staff. But now

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EASTER BONNET PARADE AT BIRCHY HILL

13-04-17

For a whole week the Residents at Birchy Hill were crafting to create the nicest Easter Bonnets for this year’s competition,

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MOTHER’S DAY 2017 CELEBRATIONS AT BIRCHY HILL

03-04-17

With Love – on Mother’s Day It was a lovely sunny Sunday morning, peacefully and quiet, you could hear the birds

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The Jumping Fleas or A Gift from Afar

24-03-17

The Residents at Birchy Hill today learned what Ukulele means in Hawaiian – Do you know? – because I didn’t

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Nutrition and Hydration Week 2017 – A Success at Birchy Hill

24-03-17

Every year all Staff put in lots of effort to make Nutrition and Hydration Week a success. At Birchy Hill

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Namaste at Birchy Hill

22-03-17

Namaste and The Whole Home Approach From Birchy Hill “NAPA has always promoted the Whole Home Approach which advocates for

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Twiddle Muffs at Birchy Hill

22-03-17

On Wednesday 1st March 2017, Pam Smith, the President of Sway Women’s Institute, visited Birchy Hill together with the members Jo

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LOVE WAS IN THE AIR AT BIRCHY HILL

08-03-17

Every year on the 14th February people celebrate Valentine’s Day by sending messages of love and affection to their partners, family

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Dignity Champions at Birchy Hill

08-02-17

Our Manager announced the new Dignity Champions, who received their new badges and certificates.

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Dignity Action Day at Birchy Hill in 2017

08-02-17

Wednesday 1st February 2017 saw a day full of celebrations. We started this wonderful day with a Church Service to

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Double Trouble at Birchy Hill – Part 2

01-02-17

Here is one of our Residents enjoying cuddles with the latest editions

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Double Trouble at Birchy Hill

01-02-17

On Friday 27th January 2017, Birchy Hill Care Home finally introduced their new arrivals. The lifelike twin baby dolls which

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Panto Time at Birchy Hill

09-01-17

We invited London’s Carousel Theatre to visit Birchy Hill Care Home and entertain us with their Pantomime “Little Red Riding

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Birchy Hill celebrated the New Year

09-01-17

On Friday 6th January, Residents, Families and Staff celebrated the New Year in with a swinging tea party. Caryn Morant

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Trip to see Father Christmas and his Reindeer

20-12-16

The Residents had a lovely tip to see father Christmas and his real reindeer in Stewarts Garden Centre in Christchurch.

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Recorder Choir

20-12-16

The guys from “Sway recorder Choir” brought another kind of Christmas tunes to Birchy Hill. Many of us remembered our

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The Town Band

20-12-16

Another goody in our Christmas extravaganza was the Lymington Town Band, playing their tunes with all kinds of brass instruments.

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Brockenhurst College

20-12-16

A visit from Brockenhurst College Performing Arts Group cheered every one up at Birchy Hill. They were singing well known

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Sway Primary School

20-12-16

Every year the youngsters from “Sway Primary School” visit us and entertain us with their lovely angelic voices Thank you

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Bell Ringers at Birchy Hill

20-12-16

Birchy Hill Care Home had a visit from the “Sway Bell Ringers” and gave us a lovely performance, which we

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BIRCHY HILL ENJOYS THE FIRST CHRISTMAS CRACKERS

06-12-16

On Saturday 3rd December 2016, here at Birchy Hill started the December extravaganza with our annual “Christmas Bazaar”. The highlight

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Grand Opening of Peggy’s Cafe

30-11-16

In July 2014 Peggy Stephens chose Birchy Hill to become her new home. She loved the Staff and the Staff

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We Will Remember Them!!

22-11-16

From the beginning of November, Residents and Staff here at Birchy Hill Care Home purchased Poppies from the Royal British

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Congratulations to our “Diamond Couple”

07-11-16

Birchy Hill Resident Joyce Foot and her Husband Derek celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary on Thursday 3rd November 2016, with

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A Penny for the Guy

07-11-16

Remember, Remember the 5th of November……… Who of us would ever forget this poem? Guy Fawkes and the failed “Gunpowder

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Halloween Swinging at Birchy Hill 2016

01-11-16

After a week of crafting, carving and decorating for Halloween, we celebrated with a scary party on Monday 31st October

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Macmillan Coffee morning at Birchy Hill

01-11-16

Birchy Hill hosted a Macmillan Coffee Morning on Friday 30th September 2016. Three Staff members baked and donated lots of

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A Very Happy Sam

01-11-16

After her 10 miles sponsored Memory Walk to support the Alzheimer Society. Our Head Chef at Birchy Hill, Samantha Nash

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Birchy Hill – 4 Lovely New Residents

21-09-16

Last weekend four young ladies moved into their own residence in Birchy Hill’s back garden. Myrtle, Lucy, Nancy, and Maggie

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Birchy Hill – Residents marveling Wolseley 75

21-09-16

Residents in Birchy Hill marvel and try the Wolseley 75 in the purpose built “Wally’s Garage”. The automobile was purchased

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