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Bramble Down Gardening

Bramble Down Gardening

This week Bramble Down residents have been taking advantage of the nice weather and planting more of their vegetable patch.

So far a large variety of herbs have been planted. The fruit and vegetable plot has so far got:- tomatoes, parsnip, carrots, sprouts, cauliflower, red cabbage, rhubarb, courgettes, radishes, lettuce and potatoes. The kitchen is looking forward to the wonderful home grown fruit & vegetables.

We do wonder whether a friendly competition between our homes regarding the growth and yield of crops would be welcomed. Last year Bramble Down won various prizes at The Denbury Flower and Produce Show:

  • Brooking Trophy for the Floral Art Exhibit that most pleased the judges
  • First Prize for wedding arrangement
  • Second Prize for wedding arrangement
  • Third Prize for their Dundee Cake



National Walking Month 2018

National Walking Month 2018

The beginning of May marks the start of the Living Streets National Walking Month campaign to get the country active and walking every day.

As you may well know walking as an exercise has many benefits both physically and mentally. It can help manage your weight, reduce anxiety and stress, build strength, reduce congestion on the roads and help maintain a healthier lifestyle.

Our residents enjoy daily walks around the gardens or trips out to their local communities and days out with the Freedom Wheels and Oomph Wellness bus. Wherever and whenever possible our carers encourage our residents to enjoy a walk big or small. This helps in so many ways but most importantly it helps in keeping active and who doesn’t enjoy a nice stroll to either meet your neighbours or enjoy the sunshine and fresh air.

Join the online conversation using #walkthisway and discover fun and easy ways to enjoy new walking journeys. We have also included a few helpful links below to get started.

Guest Blog: Plymbridge House on National Gardening Week

Guest Blog: Plymbridge House on National Gardening Week

It is National Gardening Week 30th April – 6th May a time to encourage gardeners to share their love of gardening.

National Gardening Week was launched seven years ago by Royal Horticultural Society and aims to become the country’s biggest celebration of gardening.

Our blog today is written by Mark, our Plymbridge House gardener.

“It is here again”, time to start planning and getting all our residents idea`s, every year the residents partake in the garden as much as possible, especially with the 100 baskets which are put around the home’s gardens for everyone to enjoy.

I go and talk to the residents and ask them to choose what colours and style they would like in their basket, I try to match their ideas, it has worked every year and with the residents input we have won 5 Plymouth in Bloom Gold Medals. The Sensory Garden this year will have more attention to give maximum effect to create that area of the garden where you can go to smell, touch and reflect on the times past in a relaxed environment.


As the warmer weather approaches it also gives a chance to take residents out and about the grounds to see the beauty of every plant that has managed to overcome the horrid winter weather we have had. The Hostas are now just peeping through, the delicate leaves of the Acers are about to unfold, the bright new growth of the Evergreens, Reds, Yellows and the Pale Greens all remind us to get busy, Spring is here. Just about to be brightened up, are the shaded areas, there are lovely blues of the Bluebells, the yellows of the Celandines and numerous other pretty colours of the Primulas.


It is the time to become very busy and create the WOW factor once again for all to enjoy. To design and plant for this year`s Plymouth in Bloom competition and for the delight of the residents, families and visitors to the home,.

The benefits of photo frames & memory boxes

The benefits of photo frames & memory boxes

In a number of our homes if you walk along the corridor you’ll find a profile outside a bedroom door. These profiles incorporating photographs and reminiscence information have two main roles. The first is to aid residents with dementia in finding their room and ensuring there is something familiar. The second is to provide a brief history of the residents life to inspire conversation between resident and staff.

It is possible for families to provide memory boxes to wall mount outside a bedroom. These boxes can be filled with favourite photos and familiar objects linked to half term memory that act as great conversation starters, as well as aiding residents make sense of their environment.

If you would like a memory tree profile, please speak to your Home Manager who will organise one for you or your loved one.

National Pet Month

National Pet Month

This week we are celebrating National Pet Month: a campaign to raise awareness of responsible pet ownership through educational campaigns.

Across our group we have a number of our own pets who are carefully looked after by our staff and residents.

We thought we’d introduce our pets to you. At Bramble Down we have “Bramble” the tortoise and two unnamed turtles. We have suggested Bramble Down run a name that turtle competition during National Pet Month.

Coppelia House have their two resident budgies Fred and Freda. In the garden live their two guinea pigs Bertie and Barnaby. Residents also enjoy families visiting with their animals along with “Watson” the visiting Therapy Dog.

Cornerways look forward to Animal HQ who visit monthly with their guinea pigs, rabbits, dog and chinchilla.

In Parkland House we have Barney the guinea pig and Bertie the rabbit who also enjoy hanging out in the admin office where they enjoy much fuss and attention from residents. The homes also welcomes Gus the “Pat-A-Dog” who visits regularly.

Plymbridge seem to have adopted a cat, Lilly. They also have Domino the rabbit and Hovis the Therapy Dog who visit regularly.

Pets and animals generally hold a special place in many people’s hearts and lives, and there is compelling evidence that interacting with pets can be beneficial to physical, social and emotional wellbeing of humans. Dr William Thomas who designed the Eden Alternative training believed that animals could lessen the sense of boredom and loneliness for those in care.

Many of our residents enjoy the various visiting animals, these include donkeys from The Donkey Sanctuary, Birds of Prey, Local Zoo’s and a Dartmoor Pony.

Happy Easter from Peninsula Care Homes

Happy Easter from Peninsula Care Homes

Peninsula Care Homes would like to wish everyone a lovely Easter and invites you to join in our Easter celebrations in the Homes.

We thought this to be a great opportunity to share with you again The Parkland Poets ‘Easter Time’ poem, a touching poem to reflect on Easter time in the homes.


Easter at Peninsula is a special time,

To over indulge in chocolate and wine,

We’ll sing and dance along to the Easter parade,

While drinking a sherry and lemonade.


We will help residents to make an Easter bonnet,

And they will choose what they want upon it.

They may choose a rose or a love bird two,

With a wide floppy brim to keep off the dew.


Everyone loves visits from family and friends,

But Easter time is not where it ends,

We will all celebrate with yummy food,

simnel cake, hot cross buns and chocolate too.


We will still remember why Easter is here,

And let residents know to us they are very dear,

We’ll celebrate the re birth of Christ,

And we will make the day for everyone ever so nice.

by our lovely Parkland Poets

National Conversation Week

National Conversation Week

#NatConvWeek #ConvoWeek #KeepTalking #GetTalking #TalkMore #LoveTalking #LetsChat

This week our homes are taking part in National Conversation Week very simply by being mindful of having a conversation with someone. Our homes will be taking part in group discussions, quizzes, games and reminiscence therapy chats. Our staff also enjoy spending one-to-one time with the residents and this will include having a long conversation over a nice cup of tea or coffee. We have learnt about some amazing life stories from our residents, including a previous coder at Bletchley Park, a vinyl fault finder from Decca Records and an assistant to famous London photographer Howard Coster.

Spending the time to have a conversation with someone is a very rewarding thing. Not only do you fulfill a basic human need for interaction but you learn new things and discover more about that person. By giving your time and a listening hear you are helping that person feel good.


Let us know how you are getting involved this week and help raise awareness of the campaign to #TalkMore

You can never have too many conversations during National Conversation Week!

Tribute to Peninsula’s Chairman

Tribute to Peninsula’s Chairman

Kind, wise and passionate-three simple but powerful words used to describe a wonderful man who sadly passed away on February 9th.

David Charles Arnold, 70, wife of Isobel to whom he’d been married since 1971. Father to Louise, Stephen and Caroline and grandfather to Oscar, Jacob, George, Will and Jack will be missed by a great many people throughout the area and beyond.

David was born in Prestwich in 1947, moving to Devon at a young age, firstly to Dawlish Warren and soon after Salcombe. After attending Kingsbridge Grammar he moved to London to attend college prior to travelling the world with his career.

He worked for Avon Cosmetics for 23 years starting as a Campaign Planner covering Ireland and Sweden and eventually working his way up to become President & CEO of Avon Japan and North Asia. David also spent time as the CEO for the UK, France together with roles in New York and Hong Kong.

David’s son, Stephen, said the wide variety of travel meant he and his siblings had a “fantastic childhood” travelling all around the world.

But David truly loved the South Hams, particularly Salcombe and his dream home.

Stephen remembered his grandmother and David’s mother, Hilda, telling a story about how David first fell in love with the property. According to Hilda, when David was just four, on climbing Spion Kop steps past his dream home he said how great the views must be from the house.

Then, years later while visiting his mother, David saw the house was for sale and bought it as his “dream retirement home” explained Stephen.

In 1996, David returned to Devon where he made his mark on the South Hams. He was a governor at KCC for fifteen years and chair for eight of those, working alongside former principal, Roger Pope. Roger commented on how, “he believed in excellence” which made sure he provided a “very good challenge in the school to make it outstanding” commented Roger.

“He was a fantastic man to work with, with such a wide experience in business and life” which he brought to the board of governors.

“David was a very good listener and his wealth of knowledge and experience meant he always gave a well thought out answer to any dilemma which is why I would describe him as a wise man.”

“It was a privilege to work with David. He understood how to give us unconditional support and yet still robustly challenge us to do better and better for the young people.

“He wanted them [the students] to have the very best opportunities to give them the best possible start in life. He was an unfailing source of wisdom and advice.

“I am very grateful for all that he has done for the students and for me personally. He was a kind, wise and great man.”

In the 1990s and 2000s David also became heavily involved in three other businesses, all key parts of the community – Marchand Petit, Wills Marine and Peninsula Care Homes.

David’s time in Japan, a society known for their care for the elderly, ultimately led to the establishment of Peninsula Care Homes (PCH) in 2002 of which David remained Chairman until his passing. Managing Director Louise Arnold said it was her father’s vision for PCH, “to be first for care” across their 4 residential and 1 nursing home across Devon. David’s belief that good wasn’t good enough has led to the company continually investing & striving to be better.  The company will continue to be led by Louise Arnold who is committed to keep the business in the family and continue to provide exceptional care for its residents.

Additionally, David bought Wills Marine and expanded it with the introduction of Zodiac Ribs, inflatables and Evinrude E-tec engines. Surf clothing was also introduced including top surf brands like Quiksilver, Rip Curl and Billabong.

Madeline and Richard Marchand, former directors of Marchand Petit remember David as an important shareholder for the company.

Madeline said it “was through David Arnold’s faith” in herself and Richard in the mid 1990s when he decided to invest in our business, “that Marchand Petit turned a corner”.

“It was a real privilege to have him on board, and as a shareholder at that time of the company, his input was of real importance and indeed helped us to expand in the way we did.

“It was with his backing we opened our office in Salcombe which has since proved to be so very successful. We were also able to have our board meetings at Isobel and David’s home with the very best views over the estuary.

Nick Grodhunce who knew David as a close friend and business associate said David was not only “successful” in business but he was also very “generous with the time he gave to the community” and his family.

“He took great delight in the time he spent with his children and grandchildren creating a family collection of photographs and memorabilia of the times they all spent together.

“Although constantly busy with various business interests, in recent years he and Isobel found time to travel and explore some of the destinations they hadn’t visited.” Nick described David as a “loyal friend and one of life’s gentlemen”.

Janet Turner also worked alongside David on the board of governors at KCC. She said David was a “huge help” as her deputy chairman and when she retired, David became chair for many years.

“He was always quietly considerate, deeply serious, but with a keen sense of humour, and a very wise counsellor” explained Janet. He was “very well respected” by the board of governors with a quiet authority ensuring “fair play” with staff and students.

“His cheery countenance was always there whenever I met him, a true gentleman and a friend to many.”

The funeral will be on Friday 9th March 1pm at Salcombe Holy Trinity Church. The family have asked for no flowers at the funeral but if you would like to make a donation at the service there will be a collection for Prostate Cancer and Salcombe RNLI Lifeboat. The family also wish to thank Salcombe Health Centre and all the medical professionals at Torbay & Derriford Hospital who cared for him during his illness.

Thank you for sharing…

Thank you for sharing…

On finding out Cornerways new maintenance man John had been a Fireman of 35 years, they invited him to come and have a chat about his fire fighting career with the residents. After many years, John had received a long service 25 year medal from the Queen.

John brought fireman helmets and uniforms from his lengthy career for everyone to see and try on. Residents enjoyed having pictures taken with him and hearing about his stories. To finish everyone was invited to take part in a question and answer session.

Residents and relatives had great fun trying on hats and gave a rousing round of applause to John and for all our fire service personnel.

Thank you John for sharing this with everyone at Cornerways, we enjoyed hearing about it too.

Plymbridge House on National Tea Month

Plymbridge House on National Tea Month

National Hot Tea Month is a fantastic excuse to have an extra cup of tea and indulge in a biscuit or piece of cake. Plymbridge House residents have been enjoying some tea tasting this month, here’s a blog from Registered Manager, Kathleen Shopland:

“Today we have tried the Strawberry and Apple Tea, it smells and tastes very nice.  We felt that it was a great drink to soothe throats.  It also made the day feel like a bright balloon, floating upwards, and brought about a sense of calm.  There were however some funny looks when first tasting the Strawberry and apple tea.

Conversations about how to take tea were discussed between residents and staff at Plymbridge.  One resident said it had to be in special china mug, with a little honey in the bottom topped with hot water, tea, and a dash of milk.  A favourite seemed to be a china cup and saucer, tea leaves steeped in the warmed teapot , a tea strainer placed on the cup and the tea passed through, a little milk and sugar to taste added.  A bonus would be to make it in to an event with a serving of tiny fingers of cucumber sandwiches and little bite size cakes.

Residents spoke about memories of childhood: – when the tea cups were empty, if any tea leaves had escaped the tea strainer, place the empty cup upside down, turn 3 times and then have your cup read, good fun for a small after tea game.”

Many of our residents across our homes have been enjoying various tea selections, perfect for keeping warm on these cold January days. So put the kettle on and enjoy your favourite tea whatever that may be.