Author Archives: Emily Bowering

Chickens ‘cheep’-ing spirits high

The chickens at Middleton Hall have been a fixture at Middleton Hall for many years and bring joy to those around them.

Our poultry are split into two groups, one that lives on our allotment, and one that lives by Middleton Oaks. The eggs from these groups go to separate locations – the allotment birds lay eggs that go either to the main Kitchen for use in cooking, or to the Stables shop, where any residents, family members or Co-owners can purchase them on a Pick Your Own basis.

The birds in Middleton Oaks lay eggs that get used in Middleton Oaks’ cooking, as the service has meals prepared separately to the Kitchen. This is an element of Middleton Oak’s ‘Family Living’ attitude, where they are self-sufficient in terms of both laundry and cooking. Residents are encouraged to participate in the day-to-day running as much as possible, helping with food preparation, essential tasks like tea-making, and laundry.

Some of the birds had a ‘stay-cation’ in the Supported Living garden for a few weeks this summer, to brighten spirits whilst the Village is in lockdown. Residents enjoyed having some feathered visitors, but the best part was definitely watching the Estates team running around attempting to catch them to take them back again!

Chickens – 1            Estates Team – 0

It has also been lovely for residents to get out and see the chickens on their walks during lockdown, as the allotment is wheelchair-friendly, making it an accessible place for all residents.

The chickens seem to enjoy the visits too!

Middleton Spa Reopening for Residents

After a lot of careful planning, we are thrilled to have started the process of reopening the Middleton Spa Gym and Pool. For the moment this is just for our on-site residents, but we will be reviewing options for external Spa Members.

In order to adhere to government guidelines, residents must book in advance for one of two spaces available per 45-minute gym session, with a limit of 3 bookings per person per week. There is a one-way system in place for entering the building and temperatures of users are being recorded before each session. There is also sanitisation equipment for residents to clean gym equipment between uses, as well as the space being cleaned between each.

For the pool, residents are advised to arrive with swimwear under clothes where possible and follow the same instructions in reference to temperatures and following the one-way system as the gym users. (Click on the image above to watch a time-lapse of our pool being refilled by our Spa team!)

Hopefully these precautions will mean everyone will be able to use the facilities, and we can keep our residents and Co-owners safe whilst doing so.

The Healthy Living team are excited to see everyone back and ready to go, so let’s make sure it’s a safe facility by keeping to the guidelines.

A Letter from the Palace

Our Supported Living Resident Mr Ken Andrews received something special this week. Ken’s Daughter Margaret wrote to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales about Ken’s time in the Durham Light infantry and the “Forgotten Army”. This was very emotional for Ken and he was very touched to receive this letter from Prince Charles. He received his Burma Star medal a couple of years ago, so this was a lovely tribute. We will help him remember on the 15th August when we will celebrate the 75th Anniversary commemorating V.J. Day.

Ken has fond memories of visiting India, Burma, Malaya and Singapore, and can tell you many stories.

Ken originally joined the Royal Airforce, having started in the Royal Airforce cadets. When he was a young boy he loved the thought of flying, however when the war broke out he was called up to the Army, so that was where he served his time.

Congratulations Ken!

The First Medal on the Left is a War Medal and the Second on the Right is the Burma Star Medal.

Useful apps


Cover artWords with Friends 2 - an app version of Scrabble (with some differences)

Download link if you have an Apple phone (i.e. iPhone) - HERE
Download link if you have an Android (i.e. Samsung, Google) - HERE 

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Draw Something - like Pictionary, except you play against 1 other person rather than in teams.

Download link if you have an Apple phone (i.e. iPhone) - HERE
Download link if you have an Android phone (i.e. Samsung, Google) - HERE

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Calm - Mindfulness and relaxation app

Download link if you have an Apple phone (i.e. iPhone) - HERE
Download link if you have an Android phone (i.e. Samsung, Google) - HERE

Self-isolation Sustenance

This page is a space for our independent residents to check out some Middleton-Hall-made entertainment. This will include exercise videos, craft suggestions, cooking tutorials, and games.

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