The Old Rectory Care Home

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Rectory opened its doors to care for elderly people in 1985, and to celebrate this fantastic milestone we held a wonderful summer garden party in the grounds of the home. We were very well supported by the residents, their families, and some other regular visitors. Fingers sandwiches were served, along with some home-made cakes, some scones with jam and cream, and some bara brith. Thank you so much to the very special family that donated their own cakes and a wonderful arrangement of flowers.

The highlight of the afternoon was most definitely the performance of the choir from Ysgol Sant Curig, Barry. The residents were thrilled, and the smiles on every ones faces will definitely not be forgotten. The children most certainly made the event an extra special one, and one that we will not forget. They were led by Miss Watkins, and accompanied on the keyboard by Miss Evans, and also on there to support the school and the event was the Head Teacher of Ysgol Sant Curig, Mrs. Sian Owen.

Mrs. Beryl Richards opened the home in 1985 with just one resident. Mrs. Richards was a qualified nurse, and put all her skills and knowledge to work at the home. The home was her passion for life, and it remained her passion her whole life.

During this celebratory year we also celebrate that four of our staff have been nominated and three have been short listed in the Care Forum Wales Care Awards, a great testament to the team. Whatever happens with the awards the fact that some of the staff have been recognised by an organisation such as Care Forum Wales is a great accolade, and a testament to the Registered Manager Gordon Paton.

We have recently held a meeting with the Wenvoe Historical Society to discuss the history of the grade 2 listed home. Prior to being purchased by Mrs. Richards it was in actual fact a family home. More information on the history of this building will follow over the next few months.

The gazebo is up and has a fantastic spot in the main garden – giving us wonderful cooling shade from the sun when we welcome visitors for tea and biscuits.

We have once again enjoyed several strawberries and cream or ice cream afternoons, especially during the Wimbledon final weekend. We were all disappointed when Andy Murray lost in the semi finals – we were all very tense but Andy can come back next year we’re sure.

We have been holding wonderful music afternoons in the lounge. We have moved a record player into the room, and are playing wonderful albums, that always evoke a smile and a memory from most of our residents. The record player is used a great deal to play ‘Name that tune’ too – with hilarious results. Frank always leads the way, as his knowledge of music, especially classical music, is legendary. We have also held several quiz afternoons, with the residents always knowing the majority of the answers.

Our aerobics and ball sessions are popular, and are getting us all thinking as well as moving. We look forward to updating you again soon. We hope you all enjoy the Summer break and that we all get to enjoy some good weather.