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Spa Challenges for 2019

Looking for an interesting challenge to take you through into 2019? Look no further!

Residents, Spa members and staff alike will all be supported in their chosen goal.





Just an immense feeling of satisfaction when you celebrate your achievement.

Spa Challenges 2019

Spa Challenges 2019

Christmas Parties Galore!

Middleton Grove, Oaks, Gardens and Court have all now hosted their own fab-u-las Christmas parties.

Each resident invited family or friends to come along and share the proceedings. All the celebrations featured some common elements – a magnificent three course lunch, good cheer and high spirits; all too had their own twist, ranging from pantomime to a school choir.

We have been delighted to welcome so many people in to Middleton Hall during the festive season. Christmas is without doubt a special time. As well as taking time to re-connect with personal memories, it is most certainly also a time for making new ones.

Open Day Saturday 26th January 2019

Saturday 26th January 2019 11.00am – 3.00pm

A fabulous opportunity to view the wide range of accommodation and care that we offer.

Come and see our facilities for yourselves. Take a tour, enjoy some refreshments and chat to residents and members of staff. There is lots of information on this website but there is nothing like an actual visit! No booking required, just turn up!


Please contact Caroline Soullier, Client Services Advisor if you would like an alternative appointment to view or you would like to know more.






Chocolate Tasting Sessions to Tickle Taste buds

Residents leapt at the chance to sign up for a Chocolate Tasting Session.

Greg Whalen, who is working at Middleton Hall as part of the Skills for Care graduate programme, decided to use his previous experience to deliver some vary appealing talks. As a student, he also worked for Hotel Chocolat, retailer of all things chocolate as well as other high quality confectionary, wine and spirits. He was keen to share his knowledge of the ‘Bean to Bar’ process.

The sessions not only followed the fascinating production story but included some sampling and even wine pairing. A treat indeed!


Another First! Christmas Party for Staff Children and Grandchildren

In recognition of the enormous commitment the entire Middleton Hall team and their families make, we invited the children and grandchildren of staff to a Christmas party.

Never has the Restaurant had the pleasure of welcoming so many excitable and well behaved children! Some trolls also came to entertain (yes, you did read that correctly. Poppy and Branch are popular characters in the film and TV series). Santa paid a visit too, to everyone’s delight. He was able to stay for an hour or so before disappearing off to finish the rest of his Christmas preparations.

The photos below show the fun that was had. It was a lovely afternoon.

Youngsters and Residents Make a Wish

A special morning indeed; children from St George’s Academy and a local nursery happily accepted an invitation to join us at a festive coffee morning.

All put their minds to making Christmas wishes. Peace and happiness were common themes. These small people certainly made their contribution; there were smiles and chatter all around.

There was some great mingling! With a lovely spirit of understanding, people asked each other about their Christmas experiences both recent and decades ago.

Happy Christmas, children! from all at Middleton Hall. We look forward to meeting you again in 2019.

Phil Wilson, MP Visits Middleton Hall






Phil Wilson, Labour MP for Sedgefield, was pleased to accept an invitation to Visit Middleton Hall. Not having been for quite some time, there was plenty to see!

Phil toured the facilities and was impressed by what he saw, commenting that we have made great progress. He also spent time meeting and chatting to members of the project team about the upcoming transition to employee ownership. With a promise to keep in touch, and a request to be invited back to future events, we waved him off. It was a very interesting afternoon for all.

‘Past Times’ Photography Exhibition; an Excellent Pastime






The resident Photography Group, led by volunteer tutor Keith Rowland, has excelled itself with an exhibition named ‘Past Times’.

Saturday 24th November to Friday 14th December

36 thoughtful photographs are displayed, prompting residents and visitors to re-connect with the beauty of ‘olden days’; streets and shops, transport, games, ruins and farm equipment. The exhibition has been very well received with many commenting on the quality of detail.

The exhibition is due to finish on 13th December. The group members are happy to take orders for any photographs (please see reception). We thank them for their hard work and enthusiasm in bringing this exhibition together and look forward to their next project.

Employee Ownership Association Conference 2018

The slogan for the Employee Ownership Association Conference was

“Be Involved, Be Informed, Be Inspired”

This is indeed what a party of 10 members of staff from Middleton Hall achieved. Over 700 delegates met as part of the growing EO community. We counted up how many individual people we talked to; between us the total was about 350! That is 350 people at different stages of their EO ‘journey’ who shared their experience of “thinking about”, “just become recently” or “established” as employee owned organisations.

As well as making the all important personal connections, we attended all the keynote speakers’ presentations. These included Andy Street (Mayor of the West Midlands and previously Managing Director of John Lewis and Partners), Deb Oxley (CEO of EOA), Chris McDermott (Managing Director of Cambridge Weight Plan) and Alastair Sawday (Founder of Sawday’s Canopy and Stars). The whole event was compered by Martine Croxall, BBC News TV presenter.

The 10 staff, who work in various mixed roles and are in the project team that is preparing for the move to EO, split up to ensure they attended almost all of the 22 smaller and more specialist seminars and workshops. Participation was encouraged so that, again, the benefit of people’s experience was well communicated. Session titles included “We are employee owned. Now what?”, “I am an employee owner, what does it mean?” and “Are we ready for EO?”

The event was held over two days, with a gala dinner and awards ceremony on the evening of the first day. This was an opportunity to relax a little after a pretty full on day.

The whole event has given the team much to reflect on. It is clear that Middleton Hall is well prepared with four months to go before the transition. Minds are turning towards the detail of the final steps and then the post-transition period. There is exciting work to be done!


Christmas Fair Countdown!

Christmas Fair Poster

We’re all set! The mulled wine is brewed and Santa has waxed his whiskers in preparation for his visit to Middleton Hall’s Christmas Fair (he’s really quite high maintenance you know).

The poster says it all – it’s going to be a lovely day. Give us a ring on 01325 332207 if you would like any further information. Otherwise we’ll see you there!