Cupcake Day – In aid of The Alzheimer’s Society

Cup Cakes (and a little more) for Alzheimer’s

The residents Oakmere had fun early in June when they ‘rose above dementia’ to hold a cupcake day in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society.

Residents and staff alike were busy in the kitchen to produce a wonderful array of cakes for the enjoyment of the residents and guests.
As well as the refreshments there were some ‘brain related’ events for the guests to enjoy and stimulate the ‘grey matter’.

(Care Manager Megan enthusiastically serves the cakes)

‘Pairs Beat the Clock challenge’ had guests turning over two cards at a time to find 8 pairs of cards against the clock, the best time was a staggering 26 seconds winning a shopping voucher.

Angela takes on the ‘Beat the Clock Pairs Challenge’

‘Five Dice Aggregate Challenge’ was an adding up game where competitors shook five dice on three occasions and added up the scores. The top score was 58, again winning a shopping voucher.

Noelle wins the 5-dice aggregate challenge with a great score of 58

After a game of raffle ticket bingo, where the last number out of the ‘hat’ won a shopping voucher, the event came to a close with an enjoyable ‘singing for Alzheimer’s’ session where songs from the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s were projected on to the big screen for a collective sing-song led by scheme manager Mick.

The end of an enjoyable event came the raffle and another visit to the cake-stall, doggy bag in hand!!

 Over £120.00 was raised over a couple of hours of fun and friendship.

Celebrating The Royal Wedding At Avantage


The Royal Wedding

The wedding of Prince Harry and Megan Markle took place on Saturday 19th May inside St. Georges Chapel, Windsor. It was a glorious day which was shared by close family and friends, including famous faces such as the cast of the popular TV series Suits, which Megan starred in, David & Victoria Beckham, Elton John, George Clooney and many, many more!

Millions of people throughout the world tuned in to watch the Royal ceremony, including the Residents of Avantage. We all had such a fabulous afternoon at our Royal Wedding celebration events, so we thought it would be nice to share with you, just a few things that were happening around our developments.


Willowmere spent hours in preparing and decorating the communal lounge and halls, in red, white and blue.

Residents hosted a live viewing of the ceremony on their large,  cinema style projector screen, which was followed by a get together with afternoon tea, it was an amazing opportunity for all Residents to get involved in.

The Residents and Dawn the scheme manager for Willowmere organised a fantastic British themed raffle – of which all proceeds went to the Residents fund.

We spent most of the afternoon discussing how stunning Megan looked in her Givenchy wedding dress and some of the highlights from the ceremony.


Hazelmere Retirement Village  hosted a Royal Wedding Reception in honour of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.  The Scheme was decorated red,  white and blue .  Guests watched the wedding on the big screen whilst sipping bucks fizz.  This was followed by a reception in the atrium . 

The Cheshire Rock Choir started the party with a fantastic performance whilst confetti fell from above,   followed by  the wedding buffet. 

 Sue Lowry, 50’s Diva sang her heart out whilst the wedding guests danced  the afternoon away ! 

Retired Chair Alan Sealey said “It was the best party since I moved into Hazelmere,  the Cheshire Rock Choir are so full of energy”

 Scheme Manager Jane Langley said “Everyone looked lovely in their wedding outfits,  the help and support received by our residents to help make this event the best day ever was very much appreciated  – the whole day was fantastic from start to finish.  It brought back memories of the Silver Jubilee !!!”  


A Royal Wedding is just the excuse (not that we need one!) for a good old ‘Oakmere Style Celebration’ and that is exactly what happened on Saturday.

The day, planned with military precision with the residents, turned out to be a marathon of joy, friendship, lovely food and drink and top-class entertainment.

A long day for Scheme Manager Mick and Assistant Anne began at 9.00am when the big cinema screen was set up in the residents’ lounge for the day to begin for the early birds with the broadcast of arrivals at Windsor Castle. The lounge filled up as the morning progressed to fever pitch around midday to witness the arrival of Meghan in ‘that dress’.

Lots of ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ filled the room over the next couple of hours as the magnitude of the occasion sunk in.

2.00pm and time for the lavish spread ‘fit for a Prince and Duchess’ set out in the regally decorated Village Hall.

A ‘bucks fizz toast’ to the happy couple was the start of a wonderful lunch featuring cooked meats, salads, quiches, jersey royals and cheeses followed by home-made trifle and gateaux.

After a short rest, another highlight of the day as fabulous singer Karl Stafford entertained the residents in the Village Hall with two sets of sublime singing, delighting the audience by exploring the back catalogue of amongst others, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Neil Diamond.

At the end of Karl’s performance, although for most residents satisfied exhaustion was beginning to set in, there was still the opportunity to watch the FA Cup Final on the big screen. Most retired to their apartments, exhilarated and captivated by the events of the day.


Residents, family and friends joined together to watch the wedding ceremony, in the lounge on the big screen with coffee and home-made crown and heart shaped biscuits.  This was followed by a patriotic red, white and blue themed party to celebrate the newly weds, Harry and Megan with entertainment from singer, LISA RAY and a delicious buffet.

RLS Scheme Manager said “What a fantastic atmosphere, I’ve never seen so much Union Jack bunting!”


Great News For Beechmere!

Our Beechmere Development in Crewe, Cheshire now run a central ‘hub’ for Connected Communities in Cheshire East.

What is Connected Communities?

Connected communities are a combination of people and community organisations coming together to offer help and support. They help with isolation, loneliness and generally help people to gain better wellbeing.

Connected communities is a great, free network for the local community.

Services offered (but not limited to)

  • Interactive Coffee Mornings
  • Computer Classes
  • Line Dancing
  • Learning a language
  • Sharing a problem / Great support networks
  • Support for stroke suffers

And MUCH more! There really is something for everyone.

These services are available to Residents and the community.

For more information please contact the Beechmere Helpdesk directly on 01270 617 110