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Bank Housekeeper

We are a multi-award winning Retirement village set in the beautiful parkland and Gardens of the Middleton Hall estate. Middleton Hall Retirement Village is an Employee Owned Organisation, Investors in People Platinum level and a Living Wage Employer.

We are currently looking to recruit a bank Housekeeper to provide additional cover, during leave and busy periods.  Our Housekeepers play an essential role within Middleton Hall, working closely with all services, co-owners, residents and families, following clear guidelines for cleaning, ensuring the highest of standards are maintained.

The successful candidate will prepare all rooms and provide hotel type services for serving meals, helping with laundry and assisting residents where necessary. You will enjoy working individually and as part of a team, be trustworthy and reliable and make each resident feel special.

Experience in the care field, cleaning and/or housekeeping is desirable but not essential as recruiting the right person with outstanding people skills and enthusiasm is more important for working at Middleton Hall. We can provide training for the skills you will need.

Shifts will include working weekdays, weekends and evenings as required, including bank holidays.  We will need the successful candidate to be adaptable & flexible and be able to cover extra shifts as required.

We offer a unique role within a unique care setting, our benefits include; a full induction and opportunities for learning and development, Co-owner profit share bonus and use of our Spa and Gym facilities.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our residents. We expect all co-owners and volunteers to share this commitment and an enhanced disclosure & barring service check (DBS) will be sought. We do not accept CV’s, application forms are available on our website.

To apply for this position please click Application Form

Close date – 24th November 2019, we reserve the right to close this advert sooner should we receive a significant amount of applications.

Kitchen Assistant x 20 Hours

We are looking to recruit a Kitchen Assistant to join the existing Catering team, working 20 hours per week on a flexible basis (2 x 8hr shifts / 1 x 4hrs).

You will support and assist the cooks and chefs with delivering great food to Residents, their family and friends and to the Employees of Middleton Hall.

Typical duties involve:-

  • Routine cleaning and washing up of crockery – ensuring high hygiene standards are maintained at all times
  • Preparing meals, sandwiches and cakes – which are all served in our spacious and elegant Orangery
  • Completing all necessary paperwork
  • Disposing of food and other wastes appropriately
  • On occasion helping to serve food when required

This is an industrial kitchen environment. You will be reliable and able to work efficiently in a very busy organised operation with the ability to handle pressure. A catering qualification or working towards one is desirable but not essential as full training will be given. You will be enthusiastic, hardworking, trustworthy and a reliable team player with a passion for developing a career in the Catering sector. All Kitchen Assistants must be flexible to work on rota basis, which includes evening and weekend working.

Our Mission – “to be recognised as the best retirement village in the UK.”

To discuss the role in more detail contact Alan Chambers. To apply please submit an application form to Co-Owner Support no later than 24 November 2019.

Japanese ‘Raku’ Pit Firing Day

Les Simpson, Waterside resident has brought his much-valued enthusiasm and wealth of pottery making experience to others at Middleton Hall. Last weekend, he organised a ‘Raku’ pit firing day whereby people who had made pots in our Art Studio had the opportunity to try a new, Japanese derived glazing technique for themselves.

Thanks to Les for his hard work in bringing the day together and for the following account of the experience:

On Friday 4th October, eleven budding potters applying the Raku glazes to their bisque fired works of art. We were joined by some very experienced potters, including Carolyn Corfield, who previously helped at one of our workshops and is currently featured at the ‘East Meets West’ exhibition at the Oriental Museum, Durham.

The glazes, along with the kiln were provided by Carol Newmarch, another very experienced and well-travelled potter. A feeling of apprehension was in the air whilst glazing, not knowing how each glaze might turn out!

On the Saturday, the gas fired kiln was ignited whilst we waited for our pots to emerge – removed from the kiln using long metal tongs. The fired pieces were placed in to a large drum of sawdust to cool the pieces rapidly. Lots of sparks and smoke!

On cooling down, the pots were cleaned in water using a brush or metal wire. During the day, other interested parties came to watch, and in true potter style, we had an informal lunch. For information some potters even like to camp out. Not me! The weather was ideal for the day. Some of the pieces will be on display in the cabinet in the Spa.

Thanks to Carol and of course to Middleton Hall for having such delightful facilities. We are really lucky.

Celebrating BBC Music Day 2019

BBC Music Day 2019 celebrated the power of music. Right up our street! We know exactly how music cheers, soothes, relaxes and connects our residents on a daily basis.

Each of Middleton Grove, Court, Oaks, and Gardens put together their own playlists and had some fun. There was dancing and laughter, memories shared and impromptu sing-a-longs. And of course, the occasion called for some rather special cakes. Musical obviously.

A ‘GRAND’ GRAND LUNCHEON

Our popular annual luncheon in the marquee was once again a very popular ‘do’. Possibly our Grand Luncheon wasn’t what one might expect of an event in a retirement village, but our residents have bags of style and energy!

Following a glass of fizz or orange juice on arrival, guests enjoyed a resplendent buffet. The atmosphere was relaxed and sociable; this was a lovely opportunity to meet and re-connect with other people and staff members within the village. And then the waiters broke into song!

The ‘Singing Waiters’ were a surprise to say the least!.The perfect entertainment, they performed favourites such as Sweet Caroline, My Girl, I love you Baby and New York. Guests needed no encouragement and were soon up singing and dancing. It made for a wonderful and memorable event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VILLAGE SHOW GOES FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH

A record number – over 250 people turned out for the second year of our village show. It was wonderful to see residents from across Middleton Hall, their families, staff and the neighbouring Middleton St George community all getting involved in all the different categories and enjoying the entertainment.

Entries in over 36 competition classes were on show with a total of 206 entries, showcasing a wide range of skills and activities including fruit and vegetable growing, arts and crafts, cookery and children’s categories.

The much-anticipated Best in Show award went to Ninette Mate for her ‘Best of British’ flower arrangement. A further highlight was co-owner Nicola Patterson’s showstopper cake, inspired by the allotment theme.

There was enthusiastic support for the dog show which included awards for the best veteran, best puppy, waggiest tail and the dog the judges would like to take home.

Visitors also enjoyed entertainment including performances by the Texas Toe Tappers, Richmond Castle Clog dancers, and the Middleton Hall singing group.

A barbecue as well as a number of market stalls, tombola and information stands were also laid on for the day.

Michael Hodgson, Healthy Living Training Manager at Middleton Hall who coordinated the event, said: “The show went really well and it was even busier than last year.

“There was a lovely atmosphere and it was wonderful to see people from across Middleton Hall and our neighbours from Middleton St George and the surrounding villages joining in and enjoying the event. Roll on next year’s show!”

A First! NGS Open Garden Event

SATURDAY 10TH AUGUST 10.00AM – 4.00PM

Co-owners and residents are enthusiastically putting the last touches to preparations for another first – an Open Garden event as part of the National Garden Scheme programme.

We love and appreciate our gardens, woodlands, wetlands and ponds. Our whole estate is bursting with interesting corners to explore. For just one day this year, we thought we would invite others to enjoy what we have on our doorstep – and raise funds for an extremely good cause in the process!

Since 1927, the NGS has raised over £50 million for charities including Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, MS Society and Parkinson’s UK, to name but a few.  There are over half a million visits to ‘gardens of character’ in England and Wales. It is a fantastic idea, enjoyed by many.

Please put the date in your diary and take this marvellous opportunity to experience what we treasure year-round. We have full access for people of varied mobility and plenty of seating points where you can sit and take in the surroundings. And we have scones!

Our Main Entrance Drive will be open from 10.00am in the morning until 4.00pm in the afternoon. The entrance fee is £5.00 (all proceeds to NGS nominated charities) with free entrance to under 16’s. Refreshments are £3.50 (tea, coffee or a soft drink with a cream scone) or £1.50 for just a drink.

For more details please phone reception on 01325 332207 or see our entry on the NGS website. We very much hope to see you on the 10th August!

 

Veteran’s Badges Presented by Mayor

Thank you to Age UK North Yorkshire & Darlington, who secured veteran’s badges for 5 residents of Middleton Hall.

The deserving gentlemen were delighted to be presented with the badges by Mayor of Darlington, Councillor Nick Wallis. Councillors Doris and Brian Jones, and Managing Director Jeremy Walford also attended the presentation and were pleased to spend time chatting with the recipients and their guests.

Age UK work tirelessly to research on behalf of those men and women born before 1950 and who have served in any of the UK armed forces. It is excellent work that brings priceless results. Congratulations to all those involved.

 

Middleton Hall’s First Arts Festival Coming Soon!

Easter Sunday Lunch - 1st April

Monday 24th June will see the triumphant opening of the inaugural Middleton Hall Arts Festival Week organised by residents, co-owners and external artists.

This inaugural festival builds on the success of previous outstanding photography exhibitions and is also perfect to showcase some of the exciting work being produced from the new Middleton Hall Arts Studio, completed in 2018.

Talented potters, artists, photographers and painters have worked hard to produce some exceptional pieces. For some, art has been a lifelong interest, for others a new hobby started in later years. Whatever the level of expertise, the festival pulls together a fantastic range of exhibits that clearly illustrate a level of passion and enjoyment.

An Arts Trail will lead visitors through the exhibition of mixed media. In all, more than 100 items will be displayed, ceramics, jewellery, photographs, painting and drawings.  There will also be some ceramic exhibits and drawings from external artists.

In addition, some jewellery, photography and ceramics will be available to purchase.

An Arts Festival catalogue will provide details on all the displays and highlight how items can be bought.  No items can be removed until the festival finishes however.

The Arts Festival will open from 10.30am – 4.00pm Monday to Sunday and is free to enter.

Not only are there plenty of exhibits to view, there will be an opportunity to try out your own handiwork. A series of art and craft taster sessions have been organised, for residents and visitors to attend. Some are for participation, others are for viewing only.

A Photography Exhibition ‘Hobsons Choice’ produced and organised by The Middleton Hall Photography Group will be an integral part of the Arts festival showcasing a range of photographs on favourite subject areas including colourful food, farming, engineering, farming, the landscape, flowers and ‘Back in Time’. We are looking forward to seeing this unseen work.

Les Simpson, Waterside resident and keen potter has been key in the development of ceramics in the Village having studied this medium at Cleveland College of Art.  During Les’s regular Friday workshop session on the 28th June, the cleaning of the pots from a recent pit firing will be taking place. Visitors will be able to view a range of pots from the pit firing and Les will be on hand to discuss this and any aspect of ceramics at Middleton Hall.

Rosi Thornton, an external creative local artist will also hold a series of taster sessions. The ethos of her company, Rejig is to encourage people to take joy in creating something new from something old. A sustainable approach we love. This will form part of one of the taster sessions during the Arts Festival Week.  The other tasters will include paper printing and book making.

Some of you may have already witnessed the creative floral work of Gill Ashman. Gill, a carer at Middleton Hall and a former art teacher, will also help attendees to produce a floral piece from paper clay set in foliage within its own wicker display.

The Arts Festival Workshops and Taster Sessions are as follows, with more detailed information here:

  • Monday 24th June         2.30pm – 4.00pm        Art Group Session (Viewing only)
  • Tuesday 25th June        11.00am – 12.00pm    Paper printing – Rosi Thornton
  • Tuesday 25th June         2.30pm – 3.30pm        Book making – Rosi Thornton
  • Wednesday 26th June   2.30pm – 4.00pm        Make a ceramic flower – Gill Ashman
  • Thursday 27th June       2.30pm – 3.30pm        Make a Morsbag from recycled fabrics – Rosi Thornton
  • Friday 28th June            10.30am – 12.00pm    Ceramics Workshop – Viewing only
  • Friday 28th June            2.00pm – 4.00pm        Ceramics Workshop – Viewing only

These sessions are free but numbers are restricted for these sessions so please contact reception on 01325 332207 to book a place.

The festival will be open to all visitors from Monday 24th to Sunday 30th June. However some aspects of the festival including the photography exhibition will be able to view by Middleton Hall residents, staff and their families until Friday 5th July.

We look forward to welcoming lots of people to view this impressive and thought-provoking exhibition.

Jabberwocky comes to Middleton Hall!

Something very different happened at Middleton Hall today!

Jabberwocky Market’s Pop up Theatre came to visit. This local group is putting on two shows (11.00am and 2.00pm) each day on Friday and Saturday 10-11th May. Aimed at families, the lively performance of ‘Noisy Holiday’ appeals to all ages and involves a giant fish and a mountain rescue helicopter as well as screen, electric guitar and a bubble machine. Great fun.

Jabberwocky Market seeks unusual venues for it’s professional shows. Bristol-based Kid Carpet and the Noisy Animals produce and perform this particular show and thought that Middleton Hall would be an ideal place to be. We agreed! Today we welcomed nursery children and residents. The Saturday shows are almost sold out and we expect a mixed audience of all ages.