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Pottery Class Paying Off with Ceramic Tile Art

Mary Burgoyne, a resident of The Waterside, wanted to capture the image of her beloved springer spaniel- Archie. Friend and Neighbour, Les, was asked to work his magic on something innovative and long-lasting for her to display in the home and have Archie’s memory live on for many years to come.

Les Simpson, who has worked on many art projects in recent years at Middleton Hall, produced a ceramic tile, using a white bodied clay which was fired to 1250 degrees Celsius.  This meant that, if carefully looked after, the article would last for thousands of years, exactly how Mary wanted it.

The Level of detail in the tile is astonishing

Les Simpson, left, presenting Mary with her new tile of Archie

A class runs at Middleton Hall every Friday for residents who work with Les to create pottery and improve their skills. Another perk of being a Middleton Hall resident.

Enquire at reception or call 01325 332207.

Former BBC Controller’s distinguished sporting career highlights

Ahead of this summer’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, a resident of Middleton Hall has been reflecting on a distinguished career in TV sports broadcasting.

Duncan MacEwan, age 95, who retired as the BBC’s Operations and Engineering Controller in 1984, oversaw the TV broadcasts of every Summer and Winter Olympic games from the 1950s to the 1980s. 

International television coverage of the Olympic Games was first broadcast in 1956.Duncan recalls visiting every location ahead of each event throughout his career.

“It was vital to get everything right for the broadcasts so I went on a pre-tour to check all the technicalities were in place.

“I was especially pleased that I did this at one of the games when I discovered that no-one had booked any cameras for the film crews which I had told them they must expect!”

Duncan, who moved to live at Middleton Hall Retirement Village in 2019, is also very proud to have been responsible for bringing golf to TV screens in the UK.

In 1954, when television had only just started transmitting beyond the South East of England, Duncan instigated the first live coverage of the famous Welsh golfer Dai Rees practising live on air.

“This little item seemed to please golfers all over the country,” Duncan added. “Fired with our modest success we suggested to the BBC’s Head of Television Outside Broadcasts, Peter Dimmock, that we could televise the 1955 Walker Cup at St. Andrews, the biennial match between leading amateur golfers from the US, Great Britain and Ireland.

“Providing hours of lovely free TV programming over two days at a time when the network was normally ‘asleep’, seemed a tempting proposition: there was of course no regular daytime television in 1955.

“Peter was a dynamic and highly competent production man with a wartime flying background and was very much sport-orientated. He went on to become presenter of Sportsview and Grandstand and the idea appealed to him. He said ‘Just hire me a “chopper” Duncan’ and he came up to visit the site.

Duncan’s next hurdle was to convince Brigadier Brickman, the then Secretary of the oldest and most prestigious golf club in the world, the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews (the R&A), of the need to run cables along the course that would have to be placed underground.

“I must say the Brigadier didn’t blanch and took it well and I was then charged with walking the course with the Head Greenkeeper to agree what might be done without any desecration of the ‘holy ground’.

“In addition I was present for every yard of the trench that was dug, various large cables being quietly dropped in as we went. Worse was to follow when we would have to locate a potentially disruptive noisy power generator along the course but thankfully we managed to site it into a bank. Happily there were no complaints during the practice rounds so we were allowed to successfully complete our intricate task.”

Duncan’s experience of the occasion was also notable for another reason:

“It was my first encounter with the great Henry Longhurst, who was the BBC’s commentator for the event. I met him and climbed the camera scaffolding tower ahead of him. When I put his haversack down I couldn’t help but notice an unopened bottle of whisky peeping out!

“Henry did a first class job throughout the two days. When I returned to see him back down after the first day, I picked up the empty bottle from the floor of the commentary box and noted what good taste he had in single malts.”

Coverage of the oldest and most prestigious golf tournament in the world, The Open at St. Andrews followed in July 1955 using the same technology.

“This led the way to regular full-scale coverage of golf tournaments on British television, with interest growing year by year. The rest is history,” added Duncan.

“Golf is now so popular on television that producers have access to a multitude of facilities.  It was by no means like that 65 years ago when television was black and white, there was only one channel and we had no way of video recording play. Furthermore, the three cameras we had required careful handling as they weighed some 45 kilos each!”

Duncan faced an unusual challenge during the filming of the 1956 Canada Cup golf tournament at Wentworth.

“I noticed that the picture from one of the camera towers was shaking and spotted that there were a couple of chaps seated on a plinth just below the cameras at the top and one was swinging his legs over the side, 70 feet up.

“I hastily ascended the metal ladder to the camera position only to find that the two offenders were the BBC’s own Director General, Lt. General Sir Ian Jacob and his guest, none other than Group Captain Douglas Bader, the ace Second World War pilot. Upon my arrival I am pleased to say that the Director General’s leg-swinging stopped immediately!

Duncan still enjoys watching golf on television in his suite at Middleton Hall and has very fond memories of his time at the other side of the screen, which also included overseeing the outside broadcasts of several royal weddings.

“It was an awful lot of fun and I wouldn’t have changed my career for anything. I was very fortunate to have worked with such good, dedicated people around me, who shared the same level of BBC commitment to the ever-growing golfing and viewing public.

“But even more importantly, outside work I had the backing and support of my wonderful wife who gave me our four lovely daughters.”

Duncan MacEwan now lives at Middleton Hall Retirement Village

Carer (NIGHTS)

We’re Recruiting for 2 Nights Carers working 31.5 hrs. per week – starting from £9 p/hr

Who are we?

  • A multi award-winning Retirement Village set in the beautiful parkland and gardens of the Middleton Hall estate.
  • An Employee Owned Organisation, Investors in People Platinum level and a Living Wage Employer.
  • A group of like-minded individuals, sharing the same core values to support our residents to live their best life.

What does being a Carer involve?

  • We have 5 care services ranging from independent living through to nursing and palliative care, so you could work across any of our services.
  • Caring for older people and those with complex care needs, offering person centered support
  • Promoting and living our values and helping our residents achieve their life goals
  • Hard work! But you will truly make a difference (and have some fun too) in such a rewarding environment

Would I be right for the role?

  • Do you enjoy working with people?
  • Are you patient, kind, caring, compassionate?
  • A good communicator?
  • Eager to learn and develop even more skills?

If you can answer yes, then we want to hear from you. Whether you have or haven’t worked in care previously, we recruit on values.  So we will work with you to train and develop the skills required.

Just some of the benefits you can expect to receive…

  • Full induction programme and many training & development opportunities
  • Co-owner profit share bonus
  • Use of our Spa & fitness facilities
  • Access to 100’s of retailer discounts and benefits via our internal “Sharing Success” platform

How do I apply?

We welcome you to apply for any of our vacancies by either downloading, completing and returning an Application form to us, alternatively please send us your CV along with a covering letter.

Please email all applications and CV’s to recruitment@mhrv.co.uk.

Once we have received 30 applications the application process will automatically close.  

Registered General Nurse (RGN) NIGHTS

We’re Recruiting for an RGN (Registered General Nurse) to work on a nights basis

  • Nights Nurse 36.75 hrs. per week (2 week rota pattern) –Salary £17.92ph

Who are we?

  • A multi award-winning Retirement Village set in the beautiful parkland and gardens of the Middleton Hall estate.
  • An Employee Owned Organisation, Investors in People Platinum level and a Living Wage Employer.
  • A group of like-minded individuals, sharing the same core values to support our residents to live their best life.

What does being a RGN involve?

  • We have 5 care services ranging from independent living through to nursing and palliative care, so whilst you will work directly in our Nursing Service you could work across any of our services at any given time, responding to any emergency situation.
  • Working autonomously covering shifts across a 24 hour/7 day per week rota you will provide care for a range of residents including those who require high dependency nursing and palliative care.
  • Promoting and living our values and helping our residents achieve their life goals
  • Hard work! But you will truly make a difference (and have some fun too) in such a rewarding environment

Would I be right for the role?

  • Are you a qualified and experienced RGN?
  • Do you enjoy working with people?
  • Are you patient, kind, caring, compassionate?
  • A good communicator?
  • Eager to learn and develop even more skills?

Just some of the benefits you can expect to receive…

  • Full induction programme and many training & development opportunities
  • Co-owner profit share bonus
  • Use of our Spa & fitness facilities
  • Access to 100’s of retailer discounts and benefits via our internal “Sharing Success” platform

How do I apply?

We welcome you to apply for any of our vacancies by either downloading, completing and returning an Application form to us, alternatively please send us your CV along with a covering letter.

Please email all applications and CV’s to recruitment@mhrv.co.uk.

Once we have received 30 applications the application process will automatically close.  

Apartment 23

The Middleton Grove apartments are comfortable apartments to furnish to your own standard with the benefits that come with Independent Living with Support.

Apartment 23- RESERVED

Apartment 23 is a ground floor, west facing apartment.  Rooms include a generous lounge with kitchenette, bedroom with fitted furniture and a shower room.

The kitchenette includes fitted cupboards, a two plate hob and a fridge with a freezer compartment, sink and work surface large enough for a kettle, toaster and microwave.

Please see the Key Facts for further information.

Do you need a break? Whatever time of year, there’s no better place to be than Middleton Hall Retirement Village….

Why not try Middleton Grove with a short or medium stay break?

A short stay break is what you want it to be. Sample the wide range of luxury facilities to make your stay as relaxing or as active as you choose.

On a full board basis you can select meals from an extensive menu. Join trips out to a variety of destinations, participate in planned daily activities or simply enjoy a chance to rest. Our Living Well team will meet and discuss your needs and wishes with you to maximise the benefit and enjoyment you get from your stay.

To find out more follow the link to Short Stay Breaks

Apartment 16

APARTMENT 16 – SALE AGREED

 

PRIME, LUXURY TWO BEDROOM, FIRST FLOOR, SOUTH FACING APARTMENT WITH BALCONY, OVERLOOKING THE CLEVELAND HILLS – £319,500

(Event fees apply)

This prime 2-bedroom apartment is one of the four large apartments in Middleton Woods. Located on the first floor it faces south over the Cleveland Hills with the dining area and kitchen having a west facing aspect towards the woodlands. The large living room is designed to allow for a separate dining area and has a door leading out onto the balcony. The kitchen opens onto the living room.

The master bedroom has generous built in wardrobes and a large en-suite bathroom with bath and separate walk in shower. The second bedroom can be used as a study or dining room if preferred.

There is a built in cupboard in the entrance for storage as well as a hot cupboard where the water cylinder is located.

Accommodation includes:
• Hallway • Living/Dining Room • Modern Fitted Kitchen • Two Bedrooms • En-suite Bathroom • En-suite Shower Room • Balcony to the front of the property

For further information on the service charge and other costs of purchasing this apartment and living in Middleton Woods please see the key facts document apartment planEPC and brochure.

For More Information

 

To keep up to date or for further information on the Middleton Woods apartments or to make an appointment to view please contact us or call
Caroline Soullier on 01325 332 207.

A purchaser information pack with all the information on the service charge and other costs of purchasing and living in Middleton Woods is available from Middleton Hall Retirement Village using the contact information above.

Apartment 29

APARTMENT 29

 

 AVAILABLE TO VIEW

LUXURY ONE BEDROOM, FIRST FLOOR, APARTMENT WITH BALCONY, NORTH FACING OVERLOOKING THE WOODLAND – £155,000

(Event fees apply)

One of six one-bed apartments in the Middleton Woods development, it is located on the first floor. Facing north it overlooks the landscaped wooded area.

This modern open plan apartment has its own private balcony with space to sit outside and enjoy the extensive bird life around the development. The main living area with a fully fitted kitchen off to one side is divided into a living and dining area.

The double bedroom has generous built in wardrobe space. The bathroom, entered from the hall, is a good size and has both a bath and walk in shower.

The hallway has full length built in cupboards for storage as well as a hot cupboard where the water cylinder is located. The apartment is fully carpeted with non-slip cushion floor in both the kitchen and bathroom. The property is offered as seen.

Accommodation:
• Hallway • Living/Dining Room • Modern Fitted Kitchen • Double Bedroom • Bathroom • Balcony to the front of the property

For further information on the service charge and other costs of purchasing this apartment and living in Middleton Woods please see the key facts document apartment planEPC and brochure

For More Information

 

To keep up to date or for further information on the Middleton Woods apartments or to make an appointment to view please contact us or call
Caroline Soullier on 01325 332 207.

A purchaser information pack with all the information on the service charge and other costs of purchasing and living in Middleton Woods is available from Middleton Hall Retirement Village using the contact information above.

Apartment 19

APARTMENT 19- SALE AGREED

 

LUXURY TWO BEDROOM, FIRST FLOOR, EAST, SOUTH EAST FACING APARTMENT WITH BALCONY, OVERLOOKING THE GARDENS AND CLEVELAND HILLS – £285,000

(Event fees apply)

This attractivly presented, luxury first floor 2 bedroom modern apartment is located on the first floor. it faces south and east over the gardens and the Cleveland Hills. The large living room is designed to allow for a separate dining area and has a door leading out onto the balcony. The newly fitted bespoke kitchen opens onto the living room.

The master bedroom has generous built in wardrobes and a large en-suite bathroom with bath and separate walk in shower. The second bedroom can be used as a study or dining room if preferred.

There is a built in cupboard in the entrance for storage as well as a hot cupboard where the water cylinder is located. There is access to a boared and well lit loft space accessed by a ladder from the hall.

Accommodation includes:
• Hallway • Living/Dining Room • Modern Fitted Kitchen • Two Bedrooms • En-suite Bathroom • Additional Shower Room • Balcony to the front of the property

   

For further information on the service charge and other costs of purchasing this apartment and living in Middleton Woods please see the key facts document apartment planEPC and brochure

For More Information

 

To keep up to date or for further information on the Middleton Woods apartments or to make an appointment to view please contact us or call
Caroline Soullier on 01325 332 207.

A purchaser information pack with all the information on the service charge and other costs of purchasing and living in Middleton Woods is available from Middleton Hall Retirement Village using the contact information above.

Apartment 18

APARTMENT 18

 

AVAILABLE TO VIEW

LUXURY TWO BEDROOM, FIRST FLOOR, WEST FACING APARTMENT WITH BALCONY, OVERLOOKING THE WOODLAND AREA – £280,000

(Event fees apply)

This attractively presented, luxury first floor 2 bedroom modern apartment is located on the first floor.  it faces west over the woodland area. The large living room is designed to allow for a separate dining area and has a door leading out onto the balcony. The kitchen opens onto the living room.

The master bedroom has generous built in wardrobes and a large en-suite bathroom with bath and separate walk in shower. The second bedroom can be used as a study or dining room if preferred.

There is a built in cupboard in the entrance for storage as well as a hot cupboard where the water cylinder is located.

Accommodation includes:
• Hallway • Living/Dining Room • Modern Fitted Kitchen • Two Bedrooms • En-suite Bathroom • Additional Shower Room • Balcony to the front of the property

   

For further information on the service charge and other costs of purchasing this apartment and living in Middleton Woods please see the key facts document apartment planEPC and brochure

For More Information

 

To keep up to date or for further information on the Middleton Woods apartments or to make an appointment to view please contact us or call
Caroline Soullier on 01325 332 207.

A purchaser information pack with all the information on the service charge and other costs of purchasing and living in Middleton Woods is available from Middleton Hall Retirement Village using the contact information above.

1 The Waterside

1 THE WATERSIDE £495,000 – SALE AGREED

 

 

LUXURY, CARBON NEUTRAL, WEST FACING SEMI-DETACHED PROPERTY WITH A FITTED DORMER OVERLOOKING THE PARKLAND

(Event Fees apply)

A large, luxury dormer bungalow, in a west facing position overlooking the parkland. The spacious living room is designed to allow for a separate dining area and has a patio door which leads out to its own private patio. The modern kitchen is fully fitted with doors opening onto the living room.

The master bedroom has an en-suite with a wetroom shower. The second bedroom has a built in storage cupboard, this could also be used as a study if prefered. The guest wc/utility room is fitted with a separate washing machine and dryer. The hallway has a staircase leading to the Dormer and an under stair cupboard.

The Dormer has two generous sized bedrooms with a separate shower room as well as the plant room.

For further information on the service charge and other costs of purchasing this property and living in The Waterside please see the key facts document property planEPC and brochure

For More Information

To keep up to date or for further information on this property and others in The Waterside development or to make an appointment to view please contact us or call Caroline Soullier on 01325 332 207.

A purchaser information pack with all the information on the service charge and other costs of purchasing and living in The Waterside is available from Middleton Hall Retirement Village using the contact information above.