Willowmere Celebrates 10 Years

 

Celebrating 10 Years!

On Wednesday 8th May 2019, the Willowmere Teams commenced the preparations for their 10th Anniversary celebrations. The teams decorated the Village Hall, Winter Garden and Restaurant with beautiful gold decorations, laid the tables ready for their three-course meal and got dressed to impress!

The days events started at 3pm, the Residents of Willowmere were welcomed to the Village Hall, with a glass of bubbly on arrival for their drink’s reception, whilst the U3A Brass Band set up in the background. Lizzie Powell – Operations Manager opened the event by saying a few words to welcome everyone to the celebration and reminisced of times gone by. Once everyone had enjoyed their complementary arrival drinks, helium balloons were given out to the Residents for a Balloon Release, along with a little tag to write on and attach to the balloon.

The fantastic U3A Brass Band played through the afternoon, whilst Residents sang along to tunes such as ‘somewhere over the rainbow’.

Residents then made their way down to the Restaurant, to tuck into their beautifully prepared three-course meal. Each were given the option of Prawn cocktail or Leek and Potato soup for a starter, Three-meat Carvery or Salmon and Hollandaise for the main and Profiteroles or Fresh Fruit Salad for pudding. The Willowmere Teams came together to provide the Residents with a waitress service, so that they could kick back and enjoy their day. Tony – a long standing Resident of Willowmere, finished the meal off by giving a very touching speech and thanks to the Staff Teams for all their hard work. Dawn Billington – RLS Sales Advisor (formerly Scheme Manager at Willowmere for 9 years) attended the event and kindly said a few words, along with Sasha Riley – Head Chef in the Willowmere Restaurant.

Residents were invited to retire to the Communal Lounge, to finish off the evening, with an outstanding performance from the fantastic vocal entertainer – Julie Scott, some Residents even decided to get on the dance floor for a little boogie!

Sam Dickens – Retirement Living Services Assistant said “What an absolutely fantastic day we had, it was lovely to see all the Residents enjoying themselves and socialising with their neighbours, everyone was dressed to the nines. A big thank you to all Residents for their attendance, the turnout was brilliant and also to our business partners – SOS Home Care and Cheshire East Catering for all their help with the event, it really was a great team effort. A great deal of planning went into this event, and judging by the amazing feedback we have received, all the effort was absolutely worth it! To the next 10 years…!”

Ben’s Story

Ben has lived at Hazelmere with his Mum since February 2017 and loves the strong sense of community spirit.

Ben loves to sing! He performed with the Funky Choir.Com at Christmas, who have since enrolled him as an honoree member. He is always keen to “get involved and help out” and has become an ‘independent member of our happy community’. There are so many activities for Ben to participate in. He loves literacy and often writes scripts for plays which he shares with staff.

Ben would love to share his story with you – Read Ben’s Story Here

(Ben in picture)

Jane Langley Scheme Manager says:

“I really enjoy the activities they are great for everyone to attend, the residents are so friendly and it’s nice spending time with them. I am passionate about meeting people, our residents really do shine together. The satisfaction of seeing people smile and make new friends is something that is shared throughout the Hazelmere Team”.

 

The Funky Choir

The Funky Choir at Hazelmere

The Funky Choir.com brought the house down at Hazelmere on Friday 12th October. They treated all Residents and Friends of Hazelmere to a fabulous performance and had everyone tapping their feet and singing along!

They invited Ben, a Resident at Hazelmere, to become an honoury choir member to join them for their second half of the performance, singing one of Bens all time Abba favourites – Waterloo!!

During the interval, Jenny their Musical Director sang hits by Celine Dion  with the voice of an Angel!

The evening was such a success and thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended, we very much look forward to The Funky Choir returning to Hazelmere for another performance!

The Funky Choir.com

Marie Curie

Go Yellow for Marie Curie

During the month of September our Hazelmere development in Winsford held many events to raise funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care. These events included, ‘a blooming great tea party’, Christine’s yellow tea club, coffee afternoons, live performances, bingo evenings, Karaoke events and much more!

The support seen by Residents, Staff and the Community was outstanding. Thank you to everyone who attended, contributed, organised and supported our events. September was a fantastic month for us with our calendar packed full of exiting activities and events for everyone to enjoy, and knowing that it was for such a great cause made it all the more special.

The total raised by Hazelmere for Marie Curie, during the month of September was…

£520.15!!

Once again, thank you to everyone for your support, this money will surely make a difference to somebody’s life.

Well done Hazelmere

 

Supporting Macmillan

Macmillan Coffee Afternoon

During the month of September, our Avantage developments have each hosted coffee and cake mornings/afternoons in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. The turn out from our Residents and the Community has been astounding and we would like to thank you all for your support in raising much needed funds for this great cause.

During the events we held games such as stick the cherry on the cake and guess the length of the sausage roll, the afternoon also included raffles and tombola’s for everyone to get involved in. Our Willowmere development invited their local Councillor to attend their coffee afternoon and be the judge of their bake off, the winner of the bake off was Cheryl from the Hair Salon at Willowmere who made a show stopping fab ice lolly themed cake, which not only looked the part but tasted ‘fab’ too!

 Once again, we would like to thank everyone who ‘baked, faked, donated and supported this event’. The total raised across the developments was… Drum roll please…

£680.49!!!

Well done!

The Alexander Technique

The Alexander Technique

Coming soon to Willowmere!

About The Alexander Technique

The technique works by helping you identify and prevent the harmful postural habits that may be the cause of stress and pain. You will learn to release tension and rediscover balance of the mind and body. With increased awareness you can:

  • Be poised, without stiffness
  • Move gracefully, with less effort
  • Be alert and focused, with less strain
  • Breathe and speak more easily
  • Be calm and confident

What will happen during the session?

Your teacher will use gentle hands-on guidance and verbal explanations to help you find ease and balance within yourself in simple movements and everyday activities – such as sitting, standing, walking or bending.

A 5 week course will be available at Willowmere, starting on Thursday 4th October at 11am.

If you would like more information, or would like to book onto this course, please contact the Willowmere Helpdesk on 01606 835413.

100 Meter Abseil Down Liverpool Cathedral

Update on Jenny’s Challenge

Jenny a Resident at Hazelmere Retirement Village completed her brave and selfless Abseil Challenge down Liverpool Cathedral in aid of St Luke’s Winsford on 18th August 2018.  To date she has raised £200 but donations are still coming in.  Jenny says “Abseiling 100 meters front of Liverpool Cathedral was one of the best days of my life.  It was scary with lots of steps to climb, but exhilarating.  I felt safe in the hands of the team guiding me through it and the view from the top was breath taking!

 Best of all was the wonderful feeling that I was helping others by raising money for St Luke’s Hospice in Winsford who have done,  and still do so much for others,  family and friends”,

 Jenny advised Jane Langley Scheme Manager that she is so looking forward to her next challenge – watch this space !

Health & Wellbeing at Willowmere

An afternoon focused on Health & Wellbeing

Willowmere are thrilled to announce that they will be holding an afternoon engagement focused on Health & Wellbeing.

The event will start at 2pm on Thursday 23rd August 2018, in the Willowmere Atrium/Village Hall and will include representatives offering information such as, Age UK Cheshire, Health Watch – Cheshire East, Alzheimer’s Society, Cheshire Carers Hub, Healthy Food Demonstrations, Mini Beauty Treatments, Chiropody/Podiatry information, Mini Hair Treatments, Relaxation Techniques, and much more!

Free entrance – open to Residents and the Community to attend!

Refreshments available.

Please come along and take advantage of the great resources available on this day. We look forward to seeing you there!

For further information please do not hesitate to contact the Willowmere Helpdesk on 01606 835413 or email us at [email protected]

Willowmere, East Road, Middlewich, Cheshire CW10 9HW

100 Meter Abseil

Abseil Down Liverpool Cathedral

Jenny – a Resident of Hazelmere, has tasked herself with the exciting challenge of a 100 meter abseil down the front of Liverpool Cathedral, in aid of St Luke’s.

Jenny will undertake this challenge during August 2018, with the hope of raising over £150.00.

If anyone would like support Jenny in reaching her goal, please contact the Hazelmere Helpdesk on 01606 862401.

This is a very brave and selfless challenge and we would like to wish Jenny the best of luck!

We can’t wait to hear about the experience!

    

Cheese & Wine or Chocolate & Cocktails?

Cheese & Wine or Chocolate & Cocktails?

What a fantastic fun packed Saturday afternoon had by all. The afternoon was kicked off with team tasting of 10 different cheeses and scoring them against numerous different wines, followed by a fun team quiz that had a £20 cash prize. Residents and Non-Residents alike said “This was a real fun event and a great turnout”; “It was great to meet new people and speak to neighbours I hadn’t met before”; “We loved this event, the team worked very hard to make it such a nice afternoon”

Scheme Manager Ryan would like to thank everyone that attended and helped to make this such an enjoyable afternoon. He would also like to thank the Willowmere team who came into work on their days off to help.

Below are just a few photo’s of our fantastic afternoon!