CALYPSO No 7
The Wealstone Weddings
Stories behind those vows...
G Barbara Street didn’t have any photographs. Her fiance, Ted, was due to be called up in 1940, so they married quietly on the 8th February. Against all the odds, they managed to keep it quiet before Ted was posted abroad in August! G Eric Clarke’s son says his dad told him that after his wedding in 1941 he took his bride to the cinema! Eric was married in his uniform of a corporal in the Royal Air Force. G Maisie Udall’s photo showed three couples. Next to Maisie was her husband’s twin brother, next to him, was her twin sister, then their respective partners. G Marjorie Clinging was proud to show the card she and husband Joe received from the Queen, on the occasion of her Diamond wedding in 2001. It came as a surprise - her son had organised it for them. G Betty Beadles was a Nurse when she was married in February 1950. The gardener at the hospital supplied the lilies for her bouquet, from the greenhouse at the hospital. G Ceinwen Roaff and her husband have been married for 68 years, so will only have to wait another two years for congratulations from the Queen on their Platinum anniversary.
ISSUE NUMBER 7 SPRING 2006
Recalling the happiest Laying firm days of their lives
foundations for the future
HAPPY memories were in the air when residents of Wealstone, our CLS care home in Upton, near Chester, mounted a display of their wedding photographs.
It was all part of the celebrations to mark National Marriage Week which ran from 7th to the 14th of February - St. Valentine’s Day. Staff, residents and families donated photographs, wedding dresses and other wedding memorabilia. Photographs on display covered the years from 1911 to 2005 and the special week ended with entertainment of a romantic flavour for Valentines Day. At a regular service with members of The City Mission, By Ruth Hughes Activities Co-ordinator Wealstone held during this special week, everyone sang hymns that have been popular at weddings including ‘Love Divine’, ‘For The Beauty Of The Earth’, and ‘The King of Love my Shepherd is’. David Jepson, Mission leader, responded to a last minute request from Wealstone to take weddings as his theme, referring to the Parable of turning water into wine at a wedding. There were many superb images and wonderful stories, some of which can be enjoyed by turning to the Back Page.
PICTURE SPECIAL Back Page
The Mayor of Macclesfield laid the foundation stone of our new village development in Macclesfield on March 13th. Special report on Centre Pages
Wealstone residents who helped to create their own special wedding day memories included (left to right, back row): Eric Clarke, Marjorie Clinging and Doris Owens. Front row: Mary Hill, Betty Beadles, Pat Hindermarsh, Louisa Symes, Hilda Cope and Maisie Udall
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Congratulations and Celebrations
EDITH IS A HAPPY 102 - AND THE SECRET IS A GOOD BREAKFAST...
Mrs Edith Beesley, resident at Hourigan House in Leigh, celebrated her 102nd birthday on 30 January 2006. Mrs Beesley transferred from another local home in Summer 2005, as she had been unhappy.
Edith has settled in very well, and enjoys spending her days in the conservatory at Hourigan House. Mrs Beesley puts her good health down to a full cooked English breakfast every morning and staying abreast of the local news with the Leigh Journal. Edith was born in Kettering on 30 January 1904 and came to Leigh with her parents. She started work at the age of 11, working in the mills on the looms for three shillings a week. Edith has three Edith pictured with a close friend in the conservatory at Hourigan House lovely children, who she is very proud of.
Letters and contributions to Calypso from residents, families and staff
A poem written by Mrs Doreen McGlinsky, resident at New Milton House, Alsager
Oh to live at New Milton House now that winters here With nice warm pipes that are always hot And staff that give good cheer Nice clean beds to rest our heads, good food to fill our bellies Sit and relax with friends or staff, feet up and watch the telly A quiz or bingo, a show or two, we're never short of something to do; I'm happy here I'd like to say, this is my home where I want to stay.
25 years at Gleavewood
I came to Gleavewood as a Night Care Assistant in 1981, as a temporary measure whilst my children were small. I intended returning to Nursing but once I started caring for the elderly I decided this would be my new career. I have witnessed great improvements in care practices and the approaches to care of the elderly. The opportunities and training have vastly improved. I never dreamed I would be given the chance to do NVQ and D22/23 at the age of fifty eight. I would like to thank all the staff at Gleavewood for their support and enthusiasm for the job and the high standard of care they give to our residents. Margaret Hannett Care Team Leader Ethel Hanley House
This is Mr Lawrence Groom, resident at Lakelands, talking to the civic party at the homes 20th birthday celebrations. Mr Groom often writes to the Queen and has shared the replies he has received on this page in past issues. Report and more pictures of this event on Page Seven.
...102 - and family and friends say it with flowers
Mrs Margaret Clarke, resident at Ethel Hanley House in Widnes, celebrated her 102nd birthday on Tuesday, 6 December 2005, surrounded by her family and friends. Margaret had a lovely day - she received many cards and was overwhelmed by flowers. “Margaret has been a resident at Ethel Hanley House since February 1999 and it was wonderful for us all to celebrate her birthday with her on this special day”, said Elaine Wilson, Home Manager.
A Poem by Reg Noden, resident at West View, Crewe
(The poem has been framed and currently hangs in the home) It's New Years Day, and things are low Mothers watch, as children go They stand and watch with a shiver All swollen by the river People stand and watch from the shore For little children who will play no more Tsunami struck more than one nation Total grief and devastation Looking at pictures brings us fear All the world has shed a tear God bless all in the East May they all lie in peace It'll take years for countries to grow Those who died will never know Years for things, to be better If we could only send a letter All the world has come together Lets hope things can get better So I can finally Send that letter Most of the people are still lost We'll never know the full cost So to all the people in the East God bless you all, rest in peace
Kathleen, Kitchen Assistant at Ethel Hanley House, passed away after a short illness on the 6 December 2005. Elaine Wilson, Home Manager said: “Kath was our Kitchen Assistant for 12 years. She made many friends during her time here; she was a great party goer and loved to socialise. Kath was a 'mother figure' to the younger members of the team and took them under her wing. She will be missed by us all”.
Mrs Audrey Morris, Domestic Assistant at Hourigan House in Leigh, retired at the end of 2005, after seven years service. Audrey is pictured above with recently-recruited Home Services Manager, Anne Boyle.
If you would like to contribute a letter or a poem etc, please send your contribution to Tracy Brookes, by mail to our Central Office address or by email at email@example.com. We can’t guarantee to print everything but we’ll do our best! Please note that views expressed in Calypso do not necessarily reflect the view of CLS Care Group.
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PEOPLE AND PLACES
THERE ARE ALWAYS AREAS WHERE WE CAN DO A BIT BETTER, BUT...
Now that’s that what we call...
Gettin’ on down at the Hawthorns staff party at Holin Hall, Kerridge!
When Thorley House in Wigan, held their Christmas party, all staff put on fancy dress for the occasion (pictured above, left) much to the delight of the residents and their families. There was a lovely atmosphere, which could have something to do with the sherry and advocaat! Entertainer Ken Knight put on a wonderful show and the staff joined with a rendition of “Is this the way to Amarillo?”. To end the festivities, Cooks Lynn Caulfield and Marie Henshaw had prepared a lovely buffet for all to enjoy. Pictured above: Cook, Marie Henshaw with resident John Rostron and Activities Coordinator Margaret Burrows - with a Christmas cake made and decorated by Marie, using her new skills learned at college.
The Leycester House Christmas Gurlies...
Red and white were the colours chosen for Santa’s Little Helpers at the Leycester House Christmas party - otherwise known as Hayley Gentles, June Poyner, Rachael Bennett, and Helen Marsden. Santa herself, Maria Thomasson, was giving presents out to residents!
First satisfaction survey reveals that the great majority of our residents and their relatives/representatives are very satisfied with the care, services and facilities we provide in our homes. The survey, carried out last autumn, involved the distribution of 975 questionnaires to residents and 996 to relatives/representatives. We are delighted with the response rate of 62% (600) from residents and 52% (519) from relatives/ representatives and would thank everyone who participated. The survey revealed a number of very positive points such as; G 99% of relatives/representative feel they are made welcome when visiting the homes G 98% feel able to voice concerns and 85% felt effective action has been taken when they had expressed concerns G 64% of relatives/representatives are very satisfied and 34% satisfied with the care, services and facilities provided G 98% of residents feel their privacy, dignity, independence, rights, beliefs and confidentiality are respected and upheld by staff G 98% of residents feel staff are friendly and approachable and 94% feel staff explain if they cannot respond to them immediately G 92% feel adequate choice is offered at meal times and that food is well prepared and presented. However there are areas we can improve because only 66% of relatives/representatives are informed of changes to care plans and only 80% feel
First survey shows high levels of satisfaction
“98% of residents feel staff are friendly and approachable...” Resident James Wilson and Care Assistant Pauline Leyland pictured at the Hourigan House Christmas party.
sufficiently informed about decisions that affect the running of the homes. Only 64% of residents are involved in the review of their care plan and 24% would like to do activities which are not currently provided. Nevertheless the survey revealed that 73% of relatives/representatives would be very likely and 24% likely to recommend the home. Asked the same question 59% of residents were very likely and 38% likely to recommend the home. It is a great tribute to our staff that when asked to name three things they liked about the home relatives/representatives and residents put staff at the top of their list. The findings of the survey will inform organisational objectives and be reflected in the business plans for each home which are prepared by Home Managers . It is not possible to provide the entire findings of the survey
in this article however the results of both each homes survey and accumulative findings for all Homes can be obtained from the Home Manager or by contacting Paul Lynch, Quality & Compliance Manager on 01270 613524, email firstname.lastname@example.org. or Martin Bailey, Marketing and Research Manager on 01270 613555, email email@example.com. Also survey reports prepared by Home Manager are available directly at each home.
It’s ‘goodbye’ to Christine and ‘hello’ to Gill!
Christine Hiley, Home Manager at Sherwood House has transferred to Houghton Hall as Home Manager. Gill Menguy has taken up the reins atSherwood as the new manager. Congratulations to both Christine and Gill.
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HOME IS WHERE THE ART IS...
project to help to They may not be art integrate people of all experts at Garswood ages. Mike is also House in Wigan - but, involved in a similar by heck, they know project with a primary what they like! And school in Pemberton what they like is and his work runs painting self-portraits alongside the national in the style of 60s icon curriculum. Andy Warhol. “When Mike did his Residents have been first session here our working alongside residents were very local artist Mike excited to be doing Fahey, who was something different”, recently involved in a Julie told Calypso: TV programme called “He involved quite a "A brush with fame" Garswood resident May Powell brushing up her skills with few residents with (a bit like Pop Idol for artist Mike Fahey. varying degrees of artists). Mike is also memory loss, working with them on a one-to-one brother of Home Manager Julie Washington. basis. The art therapy sessions are part of a degree “Mike worked on portraiture and the human face, using a mix of two techniques - printworking and photography and working in the early style of Andy Warhol using glue and watercolour, but transferring residents’ own images to the surface using a digital camera, computers and art projector. “At the same time he produced images of the participants in charcoal, pencil and different media and styles to run alongside their own work”. The work was then framed up to exhibition standard because...it was going on exhibition! The Colour of Life - pictured in this Garswood The Colour of Life Exhibition ran for the month group are May Colquitt, Eileen Karimi, Mike Fahey, of March at the Turnpike Gallery in Leigh, May Powell, Muriel Foggan, Alice Tootle, Carol featuring work by the residents of Garswood Prendergast (Activity Coordinator) and Dot Ashurst. House and the children of St Cuthberts RC Primary School, supported by artist Mike Fahey. Staff and residents from Garswood attended a preview on Friday, 3 March and the Wigan Evening Post sent their own photographer. ...and here we all are, at the exhibition! Mike Fahey pictured with his budding artists, young and old, at the Colour of Life Exhibition in the Turnpike Gallery in Leigh.
PEOPLE AND PLACES
....a really memorable party!
Caught on camera at the Central Office Christmas bash. Above - Kevin Brownsword ( I.T. Development Manager) with Corrina Bradley, (Management Accountant) and her partner. Left - Manveen Crane (Financial Accountan)t, David Pointon (Business Support Manager)and Paul Lynch (Quality and Compliance Manager); below, left - Wendy Deacon (PA), Mel Saywell (Office Manager/PA) and Kerry Fisher (Operations Manager); bottom - cashier Lindsay Evans with fiance Wayne Fisher.
CENTRAL OFFICE NEWS FLASHES
G Congratulations to Katy Smith, who has been promoted to Purchase Ledger/Procurement Supervisor. Corrina Bradley, Management Accountant said: “Katy will become more involved in CLS Group procurement activities and will play a key part in the implementation of IPOS within Central Office and the homes. Her dedication to CLS and her studies have been demonstrated during her service with us. Well done Katy and good luck”. G Goodbye and good luck to Spencer Clarke, Payroll Manager, who left the organisation on Friday, 10th February.
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West View comes up with the ultimate sponsored bike ride for weather worriers
Charity wheels turning - and not another road-user in sight!
YOU HAVE GOT to hand it to those clever clogs at West View, in Crewe - when it comes to fundraising they have got some cracking ideas. Their latest wheeze is a sponsored bike ride which promises those taking part that they will never get rained on and they will meet no traffic. They have been loaned an exercise bike by one of the residents families who have a gym in Northwich. The bike will be used at West View in relays and it is planned to travel from Crewe to a mystery destination. Everyone is invited on the day, to guess where they will end up. Funds will be raised for new furniture for the residents' lounges. West View - all money goes towards the residents comforts fund.
It’s all going on at Crossways!
Residents at Crossways have been busy, gallivanting out to lunches, Bingo evenings and helping local children:
G A prize Bingo night at the Wings Club in Northwich on the 8th November 2005, raised £348, ensuring that the biggest winners were the residents of Crossways. Thank you to all participants and Wings Club. G Residents have been busy authenticating history for students from the local school. They've been passing on memories of the war years and how we used to live. G The front lawn area of Crossway's has now been fenced off so residents can enjoy the better weather in safety, so now we are thinking of how best to make use of the green space idea's welcome. G Crossways Care Team Leader, Bernadette Fry is a very proud mum. Her daughter Megan has just had her first short story accepted for publication by Young Writers, an organisation whose aim is to encourage and nurture creative writing by young people between the ages of 7 and 18. Well done Megan!
Hats off to Hourigan House in Leigh who staged their Christmas
party on 22 December. All residents had a great time and were entertained by husband and wife singing act 'Just Us'. Pictured above are residents Niall and Harold and below are Pat and Sally, friends of resident Mrs Kitty Hill - they attend all Hourigan House's events and really liven things up.
It’s on the cards...
Residents recently made valentines card which they sold for £1 each to raise money for the comforts funds. Orders are currently being taken for individually crafted Easter cards also made on the premises by West View residents. If you are interested, please contact West View - all money goes towards the residents comforts fund. West View will also be enjoying an Easter fundraiser on the 15th April at 6.30p.m. to raise money for the comforts fund. There will be entertainment from Singer, Dave. To start the evening there will be an Easter Bonnet Parade with a residents prize for the best bonnet, and a raffle. All are welcome but if you cannot make it on the night to buy a ticket, donations to the raffle would be greatly appreciated.
Presents for the children - and a present for the residents, too!
Children of the staff from Golborne House, Golborne, enjoyed a Christmas party at the home on the 11th December and a visit from Santa (Roy Forshaw from Hindley Green). Residents had a good time also as they watched the children enjoy themselves. The party was organised by Gill Menguy, Home Manager and Lorraine Beever, Activity Coordinator. Gill paid for the buffet and staff purchased presents for their own child.
LATEST NEWS ON OUR VILLAGES
Platt Bridge, Wigan - Care Village Devleopment for up to 120 people. We were aiming for a Spring 06 start on site, unfortunately this has hit a minor snag relating to the land which has resulted in adjustments to the design - which has meant having to re-submit the planning application. This will delay the start until September 06. Atherton, Greater Manchester - Care Village Development for up to 100 people. This potential village development has been proposed for the site previously occupied by CLS Group care home Manor Fold. Negotiations have been progressing with Wigan MBC about the mix of services and accomodation required to meet the needs of this particular locality. The signs are very positive for this project and planning is progressing week to week, but no start date is yet available.
Stroll on! Here comes Leycester House and The Hawthorns
Staff from Leycester House in Knutsford are having a sponsored walk on Sunday, 30th May 2006, along with friends from The Hawthorns, Wilmslow. Both groups of staff are walking in fancy dress, from Leycester House to The Hawthorns (approximately 7 miles).
CALYPSO No 7
The things that go on at Wealstone...
Wealstone, the CLS care home in Upton, near Chester, had a visit from Eddy, a Roman Soldier from the Chester Deva Experience. He came dressed in boar skin, toga and thonged sandals. Resident, Alf Catherall is pictured with him holding an authentic shield and sword and wearing a helmet. Everyone enjoyed hearing about life in Roman times. use the box on the side. On opening this box, to his amazement, he found a tin of talcum powder, a small chocolate roll and a small packet of tissues! We don't know what happened about his cup of tea, but Hilda enjoyed the chocolate roll! Next time you receive an unusual parcel, be sure to check the contents, you also might be in for a surprise.
Lakelands - the care home that is 20 years young
Lakelands, our care home in Grizedale Drive, Higher Ince, near Wigan celebrated its 20th birthday on Saturday November 19th – and still has one of its original employees.
For 20 years it has been a haven of peace and tranquility for some 40 older people – and a nice place to go to work for Sue Green. Sue loves it at Lakelands and enjoys taking care of the residents. She joined the home on the day that it opened and today, as Care Team Leader, plays a vital role in delivering the CLS philosophy of personcentered care which is designed to give residents maximum choice in how they live their lives. The home held a birthday party to mark its red letter day and welcomed the Deputy Mayor Mrs Eunice Smethurst and her husband, Harry, as special visitors.
Mrs Gladys Kingsley (resident) presented flowers. Above - Mr William Derbyshire, at 99 years of age the oldest resident at Lakelands.
Houghton Hall gets a garden makeover
Residents at Houghton Hall, our care home in Orford, near Warrington, are looking forward to spending some lovely sunny days in the garden following a makeover from the Prince’s Trust team of the Cheshire Fire Service. The team of 11 young people ut a massive effort into transforimng the garden, making it wheelchair-friendly and adding many features to brighten it up for the residents. CLS Operations Manager Sheila Wood-Townend said: “This new garden will provide a great deal of pleasure for all our residents and I am sure we will get many hours of use from it”.
A funny, true story from Christmas 2005
Resident Hilda Tattam received a beautifully-wrapped present from a friend for Christmas. On opening the present she found it to be a box of Tetley Tea Bags. Hilda thought this strange and put them to one side. She gave them to her daughter-in-law to use at home. A couple of weeks later her grandson was visiting his mother. He wanted to make a cup of tea, but there were no tea bags left. His mother said to
Since September, Wealstone have had a very successful knitters circle operating. It has six members now who between them have made at least eight blankets. Three have been kept by the home, the others are to be given to charity. Pictured from left to right are residents Marjorie Clinging, Gwen Collins, Mary Bate and Daisy Owen - four members of the group with the blankets that are to be used at Wealstone.
Margaret Bennett, Home Manager, greeting the Deputy Mayor, Mrs Eunice Smethurst and her husband Harry.
Running a great care home for 20 years? It’s a piece of cake...
Margaret Bennett (Home Manager), Sue Grimes (Home Services Manager) and Care Team Leader Sue Green who has been at Lakelands since Day One - helping the Civic party to cut the cake.
CALYPSO No 7
AN ICY WIND whipped across the building site but it was unable to dampen the spirit of optimism, enthusiasm and pride that attended the historic foundation stone ceremony on the site of our first village development in Kennedy Avenue, Macclesfield.
Laying the foundations for a whole new approach to caring
The Mayor of Macclesfield laid the foundation stone of our first new village development on Commonwealth Day - Monday, March 13th, 2006
The centre of attention was the genial Mayor of Macclesfield, Councillor Norman Edwards, and his lady. He told the guests, assembled in hard hats and high-visibility safety jackets: “What will develop on top of this stone is a facility for the caring of people that is of a standard that we should be providing in this day and age. In the past we provided what were good standard facilities , but people’s exp[ectations have, quite rightly, changed for the better. “This project is a partnership between two good service providers, Dane Housing and CLS Care Services. The only way to deliver these sort of services today is in partnership working and I am sure that when this opens we shall have a facility that everyone connected with it will be proud of and that will be welcomed by the citizens of Macclesfield as a safe, comfortable and happy place for their loved ones who need some special care”. The £6.5 million village is being built on the site formerly occupied by the Larches, by the Rochdale-
based construction company Richardson Projects. Board members and senior managers from both CLS and Dane Housing attended a reception at the nearby Bridge Hotel which included guests from Age Concern, the Alzheimers Society, Cooper, Beal & Ross (engineers), Davies Langdon (project managers), East Cheshire PC T and the Pozzoni Design Group. Margaret Yorke, CLS chair, and Peter Shaw, Deputy Chief Executive of Dane Housing, gave brief addresses, welcoming the partnership between the two organisations and looking ahead to a year’s time when the doors will be open. Nick Dykes, Chief Executive of CLS, drew attention to the fact that the village was a landmark project for CLS and a development of some significance for Macclesfield. “From Spring of next year it will become home for anything upto one hundred of the older people of the Borough. “It is variously referred to as a care home or an extra care housing scheme. In fact what it will be is a small village all under one roof.
“Each person living there will have their own apartment or their own room, depending on the service they choose. They will have a place that is their own with their own front door, their own furniture and belongings. “They will also have access to a range of facilities from a café to a small shop to a hairdressing suite and even, we hope, a cinema screen. “They will be supported by skilled and dedicated members of staff to help with those things that we take for granted in our younger years”. The village would be ‘dementia friendly’, providing activities but also opportunities for peace and quiet a place with private spaces but also easy for residents to orientate themselves. “For CLS this is the start of something new. Over the coming years we plan to transform the way we provide services for the older community. The Larches is the first of 10 or a dozen schemes we are planning around the North West. “Already we have planning consent for a scheme in Wigan and we are preparing an application for another in the same Borough. We have a scheme in the pipeline in Warrington and another in Crewe. “We are now actively seeking another 5 or 6 sites in major locations around the County”.
Something to celebrate...
Guests gathered for a celebratory lunch after the foundation stone ceremony to discuss the future of care for older
CALYPSO No 7
OPERATIONS IN ACTION
By Tracy Paine Operations Director Arguably the most important parts of our plan to become the best provider of services for older people in the UK are the people who deliver care and those who support them - so our objective is to attract, develop and retain the very best people. For 2006/07 the Operations team has set a number of measurable targets for recruitment, selection, support and consultation, training opportunities and the quality of care delivered. Last year we managed to reduce the number of shifts covered by bank staff by 50% and we aim to reduce this even more! We know that we can do this if we; G Recruit full staff teams and extra colleagues to cover our holidays G Have staff teams that are flexible in their approach to working hours G Plan ahead for our holidays and maternity leave G Reduce our sick leave by helping people get back to work G Develop a multi- skilled workforce that always puts resident first G Pass on our skills and knowledge to 'Grow Our Own' Managers and Leaders One of our managers recently said: “team work is crucial and so is commitment to each other”. Staff views are key to the direction that the organisation takes. This year there will be more opportunities for employees to have a direct impact on their working life from one to one's, to the staff satisfaction survey and plans for a 'staff forum'. The details of this will be put forward to all managers at the June conference. We believe that every CLS employee has a part to play and everyone a stake in its success. Our recognition as an Investor in People is the platform and gives us great confidence that we can make the vision a reality.
Congratulations and Celebrations!
Heather collects award for Ann at Lyndhurst
Congratulations to Susan Ann Westwood (Ann) at Lyndhurst in Leigh who has achieved the Student of the Year Award in cleaning services after achieving both NVQ Levels 1 and 2. Unfortunately, Ann was unable to accept the award herself due to a very sad bereavement so Heather Barton, her long-standing friend and colleague, accepted the award on her behalf. Jan Pickup, Home Manager said: “We are very proud of Ann here at Lyndhurst because when the training started she was reluctant to even begin the course. But she has proven to be an inspiration and a support to other staff, motivating and encouraging them to enjoy the training as she has done”.
DIAMOND GEEZERS - Mr Derek Moore, resident at The Cedars in Holmes Chapel, and his wife Lydia recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Lydia, who lives in Holmes Chapel, spent a fortnight recuperating at The Cedars after a short spell in hospital. This meant that they were able to celebrate their Diamond Anniversary together. Staff and residents presented the couple with balloons and flowers and residents also made a large banner for the dining room. After lunch out with their family, Derek and Lydia returned to The Cedars with cake and sherry for all the other residents. Many congratulations to them both.
Mrs Enid Hopper, resident at Whetstone Hey, Ellesmere Port, celebrated her 90th birthday on 22 January 2006. Enid was joined at a celebration party by her family and friends and thoroughly enjoyed her day. G Pictured above - Enid cutting her birthday cake.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR LONG-SERVICE ACHIEVERS
From 1st January 2006 to 30th April 2006, these members of the CLS team will have achieved the following years service. 25 Years Service 1/2/81 Stephanie Heusel, Domestic Assistant, The Hawthorns 22/2/81 Edmund Peters, Maintenance Assistant, Loxley Hall 21/4/81 Sharon miller, Care Assistant, Holcroft Grange 20 Years Service 14/1/86 Anne-Marie Shaw, Central Office, Pepper House 31/3/86 Jacqueline Parr, Activities Co-ordinator, Croftwood 14/4/86 Jill Robinson, Home Service Manager, Wealstone 21/4/86 Vivien Leigh, Cook, Park House 10 Years Service 3/2/96 Denise Ramsden, Senior Care Assistant, Thorley House 6/2/96 Kathleen Bell, Care Assistant, Greenacres 8/2/96 Diane Storer, Domestic Assistant, The Cedars 16/2/96 Hilary Abrams, Domestic Assistant, Loxley Hall 28/2/96 Sheila Siddons, Care Team Leader, Trinity 30/3/96 Eric Barber, Domestic Assistant, Croftwood 1/1/96 Gwen Bennion, Central Office, Pepper House 10/4/96 Margaret Wilde, Care Assistant, Manor Way Centre 15/4/96 Diane Mullin, Domestic Supervisor, Park House 20/4/96 Linda Thackeray, Domestic Supervisor, Westy Hall All the staff mentioned have reached ‘milestones’ but, on behalf of the Board, the Directors and everyone at CLS Group, we would like to congratulate all our long service staff for their many years of dedicated service and for the contribution which they have made towards the success of the organisation. We hope that you can look back over the years with a great deal of pride and satisfaction.
HILARY BIDS FAREWELL
HILARY YOUNG, Home Manager, at Ingersley Court retired on Friday, 6th January 2006, after 31 years. A leaving party was attended by residents, relatives, colleagues, excolleagues and others from Central Office. Nick Dykes, Chief Executive said: “I have very much enjoyed working with Hilary over the years and think she has been a great example to us all”. The following letter has since been received from Hilary: “Dear Nick - Thank you so much for giving your valuable time to attend my leaving party at Ingersley Court on Friday; it was a lovely surprise to see you. Also thank you, the Board and SMT for the beautiful Royal Doulton vase and bowl, they are a gift I shall treasure always. The vase was put in to use for the magnificent flowers that were also a gift from you all. Friday was a truly memorable day for me and I felt very humble to be surrounded by so many friends and to have received such generous gifts and wonderfully kind sentiments on so many cards. I will miss everyone from CLS and will watch its development closely as it goes from strength to strength”.
Pictured (left to right) Adele Cox, Project Manager at Wigan and Leigh College; Gail Heard, Home Services Manager; Heather Barton; Graham Knight, Tutor and Assessor at Wigan and Leigh College and Tina Roberts, Domestic Supervisor.