12 June 2015


‘Come on in and say hello’ invitation from MHA’s care homes

From a Mad Hatter’s tea party to pampering sessions, MHA’s care homes across the country are opening their doors and holding special events for their local community as part of national Care Home Open Day 2015.

The aim behind the day is to build even better links between homes and their local communities as well as to show people the excellent work carried out in care homes.

MHA, a national charity based in Derby, currently runs 87 care homes across England, Wales and Scotland, caring for 4,500 residents with varying needs. The charity also runs Live at Home schemes to help older people live independently in their own home as well as retirement living schemes.

There is a wide range of events happening in MHA’s care homes from art and crafts sessions through to afternoon teas and dancing. To find out what is happening go to www.nationalcarehomeopenday.org.uk

Director of Care Homes Carol Artis said: “Our care homes are vibrant places and the open days on 19 June are a great chance for local people to join in with our residents and make new friends. Many of our residents used to live in the communities we are based in so it is great for them to see this support as well.

“Our care homes offer a homely and warm environment for residents so we want to share this with local people and look forward to welcoming them into our homes, especially younger people who might not have had the opportunity to visit a care home before and experience its friendliness.”

A list of all Care Home Open Day events for MHA is below, along with times when reporters and photographers are welcome to attend.



Care Home




Abbey Park, Humber Road, Coventry

19 June, 1 – 5pm

Mad Hatters Tea Party

Allesley Hall, Allesley Hall Road, Drive,   Allesley, Coventry

19 June

Entertainment, reminiscence, open house,   refreshments and cakes, a raffle and garden activities

Amathea, Newlands lane, Workington, Cumbria

21 June


Afternoon cream tea

Alexandra House, Marine Parade, Dovercourt,   Harwich

19 June – arts and craft afternoon.    Resident’s classical music group are providing the entertainment.    Knitting group and Alexandra House Art Group will be displaying their   creations.

Aughton Park, Aughton Park Drive, Aughton, Ormskirk

19 June, 10.30am – 4pm

Entertainment, including a   singer and refreshments

Avonleigh Gardens, Clyde Street, Oldham

19 June

Afternoon tea

Bankhouse, 62-65 Abbeygreen, Lesmahagow

19 June

Garden Party, including fish and chips, raffle and games.

The Beeches, Carr Road, Wath Upon Dearne,   Rotherham

19 June

10am – 4pm

Coffee  and   showcase of activities

Berwick Grange, 14 Wetherby Road, Harrogate

19 June

2.30-4pm Coffee and afternoon tea

Bradbury Grange, 74 Canterbury Grange, Whitstable

20 June

Summer Fair

Brockworth House, Mill Lane, Brockworth, Gloucestershire

19 June, 10am - 12.30pm

Coffee morning showcasing activities

Brookfield, Little Bury, Greater Leys, Oxford

19 June, 11am – 4pm

Garden party

Cedar Lawn, Cedar Close, Welcome Road, Stratford   upon Avon

19 June


Fun day – all welcome

Chapel Fields, off Main Street, Frodsham,   Cheshire

19 June

Craft sessions,   dancing, 100th birthday celebrations, Messy Church and a “valuing“   presentation for all staff

Charnwood House, 77a Beake Avenue, Coventry

19 June

Showcasing activities, dementia talk and talk by   chaplain

Churchfields, Millers Court, Hartlet Road,   Radford, Nottingham

19 June, 10am-12 noon and 2-4pm

10am Getting   Creative -making fruit yoghurt pots with Angie (from Asda); 10am Robin Hood; 11am Musical Fun with Mary and Tom; 11am Homecraft – making biscuits; 2pm Musical Fun with Mary and Tom and   music  students from NCN; 2pm X   Factor singalong; 3pm Do   You Remember Reminiscence with Zoe and Sheila; 3pm Arts & Crafts card making; Kemet FM   & Age UK attending

Claybourne, Turnhurst Road, Chell, Stoke on Trent

19 June, 2-4pm

Afternoon tea and tea dance

Connell Court, 20-22 Weld Road, Southport,   Merseyside

19 June

10-11.30am Craft workshop

2.30-4pm Afternoon Tea

Cromwell House, Cecil Road, Norwich

19 June

Local artists – landscapes of Norfolk being   displayed in the home, live music, memory book involving staff and residents,   cake and tea

Davids House, Pool Road, Harrow

19 June


Elmside, Elmside Walk, Hitchin

19 June, 12.30pm

Special ‘fish and chips’ lunch followed by tours   of the home

Engelberg, Ash Hill, Compton, Wolverhampton

27 June, 2pm

Afternoon Tea with stalls, raffle and   entertainment

Epworth Grange, 1 Chirmside Street, Bury, Greater   Manchester

19 June

10.30am Dementia Café – sewing and knitting   activities

2pm Afternoon Garden Party

The Fairways, Malmesbury Road, Chippenham

19 June

Craft activities, Music Therapy demos, stalls,   tombola, knitting demos, volunteer recruitment

Fitzwarren House, Kingsdown Road, Swindon

19 June

Afternoon tea party + tours of the home


Hafan y Waun, Waunfawr,    Aberystwyth

18 June, 3-5pm

Afternoon Strawberry tea

Handsworth, West Road, Bowdon, Altrincham

19 June

2-4pm, tea/coffee, tours, open involvement in   activities

Hartcliffe, 15 Murford Avenue, Hartcliffe,   Bristol

19 June

10am-12pm Arts & Crafts, pampering sessions

2-4pm exotic fruit tasting and a chocolate   fountain, floral demonstrations, arts and crafts and pampering sessions plus   afternoon tea at 3pm

Harwood Court, Highbourn, Cramlington,   Northumberland

19 June

1930’s village fete - entertainers, traditional   stalls and competitions (cake, guess the bonny baby, wet sponges) staff will   be dressed in 1930’s clothes

Herondale/Kingfisher House, 175 Yardley Green   Road, Birmingham

19 June, 11am – 3.30pm

Music and Movement event –

Paper craft and hanging basket making activities,   chair aerobics. Refreshments

The Homestead, 24 Flax Crescent, Carterton,   Oxfordshire

19 June

Tai- chi session; Art and craft and photographic   display; Art and craft stations; Buffet lunch; An information stand will be   available for visitors to pick up information on MHA and the Homestead;   Guided tours of the home will be carried out throughout the day.

Homewood, 40 Kenilworth Road, Leamington Spa,   Warwickshire

19 June

Coffee afternoon including an illustrated talk on   The History of Royal Leamington Spa

Horfield Lodge, Kellaway Avenue, Bristol

19 June, 10am-12pm Arts and crafts activities, displays   and photos

2-4.30pm Beach party in our roof top garden

Kenbrook,100 Forty Avenue, Wembley

19 June

Langholme, Arwenack   Avenue,  Falmouth

19 June

Ascot with cocktails and canapés on the lawn

Laurel Court, 1a Candleford Road, Didsbury

20 June

Summer Fete, including a fire engine from local   fire and rescue service

Lawnfield House, Coverdale Road, Willesden

19 June 10am – 12pm
  Coffee morning

Maidmant Court, 47 Parkstone Road, Poole

19 June 10am – 12pm

Coffee morning with display of new building   development

20 June Summer fete

Maple Leaf House, Kirk Close, Ripley. Derbyshire

19 June

Highlighting therapies and benefits for people   with dementia

The Martins, Vinefields, Bury St Edmonds, Suffolk

20 June

Annual Garden Party

Mayfields, Naylor Crescent, Overpool, Ellesmere   Port

Showcasing activities and music therapies

Moorland House, Station Road, Hathersage

19 June

Afternoon tea

Morel Court, Raisdale Road, Penarth, Glamorgan

20 June

Summer Fete – coconut shy, refreshments;

Staff awards ceremony

Arts and crafts exhibition from 15-20 June with   exhibits by residents and staff

Norwood, 14 Park Road, Ipswich

19 June

Afternoon Tea

Pennystone Court, Handsworth Road, Blackpool

19 June

Showcasing activities

Priceholme, Givendale   Road,  Scarborough

19 June, 10am-3pm

Arts and crafts, flower arranging, guided   tours,   raffle, pianist and singer and   refreshments

Queens Court, 2 Downing Close, Bottisham,   Cambridge

19 June

Coffee morning with raffle and stalls, BBQ lunch   with  entertainment

Queenswood, Cliffgrove Avenue, Beeston,   Nottingham

19 June 10am-4pm

Hobbies Day – gardening, crafts, cake decorating   and board games

Richmond, Collington Lane East, Bexhill on Sea,   East Sussex

19 June

Afternoon picnic

Rushden Park, Melloway Road, Rushden,   Northamptonshire

19 June

Opening morning with arts and crafts, tours of   house and gardens

Sandygate, 57 Sandygate, Wath-upon-Dearne,   Rotherham

19 June Staff Wedding Blessing

Starr Hills, Ansdell Road South, Lytham St Annes



19 June, 10am -4pm

Showcasing activities and chance to meet   residents,

raffle for a luxury food hamper, organ/piano concert with Nigel Ogden from   2.30pm, afternoon   tea with homemade cakes

Stones Place, Skellingthorpe Road, Lincoln

19 June 10am-4pm

40s theme day with open gardens, coffee morning,   spirituality talks

Stratton House, 16 Park Lane, Bath

19 June, 2-4pm

Garden party - entertainment, arts and crafts,   presentation by local artist - Brian Elwell,

refreshments, raffle

Swallow Wood, Wath Road, Mexborough, South   Yorkshire

19 June, 10am -12pm

Summer Fair with entertainment, raffle and cream   teas.

Trembaths, Talbot Way, Letchworth, Hertfordshire

19 June

Refreshments and entertainments

Ty Gwyn, 21-23 Stanwell Road, Penarth, Glamorgan

19 June   10-4pm

Refreshments   all day

11am Arts   and crafts activity

2pm singer

Also talk on ‘what is spirituality?’

Resident   is doing the meet and greet and facilitating a tour of the home.

Reflexology   for staff

Waterside House, 41 Moathouse Lane West,   Wednesfield, Wolverhampton

19 June, 2- 6pm

Live music, arts & crafts, raffle

Willersley House,85 Main Street, Willerby, Hull

20 June

Summer Fayre (raffle, cakes, entertainment)

Willowcroft, Nottingham Road, Spondon, Derby

19 June

Raffle, music, refreshments

The Willows, Warford Park, Faulkners Lane,   Mobberley, Cheshire

20 June, 2.30-4.30pm

Summer Fete & Open Day – stalls, games,   raffle, face-painting

Woodlands,Middlewood Road, Poynton, Cheshire

19 June

10.30-12.30am coffee morning -  showcasing activities

1.30-4.30pm Tea Dance


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