Month: August 2016

Cornerways celebrate the start of the Great British Bake Off Series

Cornerways celebrate the start of the Great British Bake Off Series

Having had its start date delayed due to the Rio Olympics the Great British Bake Off started last week. Last year’s show drew an average of 13.4 million viewers per episode, with Nadiya Hussain coming out as the series’ winner.

Whilst we may not be having a bake off between the Homes each home over the series will be using the Great British Bake Off as an excuse to try new cakes or enjoy their current favourites.

Cornerways, our residential home in Preston Sands Paignton, new activity co-ordinator, Robert started proceedings last week by decorating an area with Mary Berry to help set the scene.  His event titled “Best of British Bake ‘n Taste” was a huge success.  He thought up the recipe a chocolate and fruit flan.  Robert said “the base was a ground down bourbon biscuits, softened with a little warm milk, then residents layered the base with strawberries and bananas, topped with chocolate custard and finally another layer of strawberries and bananas with chocolate stars the final decorations.”  Robert went onto say “the residents thoroughly enjoyed both the making and tasting with a nice cup of tea.”


New into his role as activity co-ordinator Robert said “whether it’s a big activity or small activity it’s about making each day count and making today the best day and tomorrow even better.  It’s lovely to come in each morning to see special friends and leave each day feeling that, hopefully, I have made a small difference to their day.”  The Alzheimer’s Society recommend shared activities as they promote a sense of belonging and social interaction and remove isolation.

We look forward to sharing more culinary creations as they happen across the group.  We know that Cornerways are planning on raising money for Rowcroft Hospice during their Cornerways Colour Clash Day.  They will be having rainbow cakes with staff wearing their best colour-clashing clothes.  The celebration will be on September 19th.



Moretonhampstead Carnival 2016

Moretonhampstead Carnival 2016

This year the Carnival will be taking place on Thursday 25th August which is part of Carnival week in Moretonhampstead.    The Carnival has been running for around 90 years, stopping only during the war years.  The funds raised used to go to local hospitals until the hospitals were taken over by the Health Service.  Since then money raised is used to support local organisations.

The carnival remains a really popular event with activities leading up to the grand procession.  Coppelia residents have been invited to be unofficial judges on the day which is an honour. Residents will be able to issue rosettes to floats and walking entries.


During carnival week there is a tea dance and baby show.  Coppelia have adapted the Carnival programme and will be having a mocktail afternoon whilst listening and dancing to their visiting entertainer Rob on 24th.  There will also be a ‘guess the baby competition’ – residents will be trying to match baby pictures to staff members.

Usually you find an area reserved outside Coppelia so that our residents can enjoy watching the carnival procession on an assortment of benches.  This year residents are entering the carnival as a static float entry.  I think residents will certainly be having some fun with the theme “you are never too old to have fun- let us be the judge of that one!”  After the procession there is dancing in the Square to the Thorvertones although our residents are usually ready to retire to the comfort of their rooms by then.

Guest Blog – Gina Awad from the Exeter Dementia Action Alliance

Guest Blog – Gina Awad from the Exeter Dementia Action Alliance

This week our blog is brought to you by Gina Awad who leads the Exeter Dementia Action Alliance (EDAA) which is a voluntary community group that is aspiring to educate local organisations in the city about dementia. The alliance will enable a better understanding of the condition empowering those living with dementia and recognise the invaluable contribution of their families.

Gina is proud to share some of the work the Exeter Dementia Action Alliance as they have been busy behind the scenes creating lasting partnerships in the city.

One which stands out as making an invaluable difference socially for people living with dementia and their families is the Exeter Picturehouse.  This comes first hand from attendees of the three Dementia Friendly Screenings at the cinema in the past few months. The partnership was launched during Dementia Awareness week in May with over 90 attending the first screening. It is now a regular addition to the Picturehouse programme as well as a super trip out for people living with dementia in the community. Those attending have included members of local groups such as The Mede, Age UK, Memory Cafes and a number of Care homes in the area such as Parkland House. All of which are our committed members aspiring to challenge perceptions around dementia and make a lasting difference.

A high percentage of people living with dementia have explained how they can feel isolated and lonely and we believe meaningful engagement, support and compassion all make a significant difference to their wellbeing.

Exeter Picturehouse have been both inspired and moved by the screening response and hub of activity that has accompanied each one.

I personally attended the screenings of the “Calamity Jane Singalong” and “Some Like it Hot” which featured on a Wednesday morning. To witness and partake in the event was both heartening and affirming.

Carers attend free and tickets are just £4 including complimentary tea and coffee during the 20 minute interval. Low lighting, audio adaptions and toilet signage all add to the experience, offering personal comfort. “Nothing is too much trouble for the staff” said one attendee,  “the best morning out in such a long time” said another.

Here are some of the attendees, I think the picture reveals a good time out had by all …


The next Dementia Friendly screening is at 11am on Wednesday 14th September and will be “Passport to Pimlico”  For booking visit:



According to the Kings Fund “increasing people’s use of green spaces has been linked to long-term reductions in health problems as well as higher physical activity and increased self-rated mental health.” It seems appropriate to be sharing the statement from The Kings Fund during #NationAllallotmentWeek.

Our resident, seen as many as Coppelia’s assistant gardener, has been very busy looking after his allotment on the grounds of Coppelia House.  His produce has included potatoes, beans, courgettes, marrow, beautiful sweet peas and much more in the making.

Next to his allotment is his shed a perfect sanctuary to rest and admire your work whilst enjoying a nice cup of tea.

If you fancy helping our homes create more allotments then we would love to hear from you.