September 10th 2018 is a landmark date in the Middleton Hall journey with the announcement by Managing Director, Jeremy Walford that Middleton Hall is to become an ‘employee owned’ company from April 2019. This is exciting news for Middleton Hall, particularly for staff and residents, and initiates the next chapter for the Village.
Although employee owned companies are still relatively small in number in England, momentum is growing as evidence emerges of its many benefits. Well-known companies such as John Lewis, Waitrose, Tiptree, Riverford and Cambridge Weight Plan are all examples of employee owned companies. Moving to employee ownership will build on the vision and values that Middleton Hall lives by currently and provides a sustainable plan for the long term, ensuring continued investment, high staff engagement and customer focus.
Without doubt, the inaugural Village Show showed Middleton Hall at its best. It drew residents, staff and their families together, displaying their obvious talents.
The event was a just a seed of an idea a year ago (if you pardon the pun). Everyone pulled together to make it a reality and it truly was a happy day.
Staged in the marquee, the show featured 26 entry classes, from pumpkins to beans, sunflowers, flower arrangements, breads, scones, jams, chutneys and homemade drinks, ceramics, paintings and scarecrows. And, it seems, everything in between. Plus dog! Lots of dogs!
The competitions and the dog show were hotly contested but with good spirit. Thank you to the judges, many of whom were external and expert in their respective fields.
As well as competitions, we enjoyed a line dancing display from the Texas Toe Tappers, Morris dancing by the Harlequin Women’s Morris Dancers, face painting, a BBQ, and many handicraft stalls.
All in all, it really was a great day, and one that everyone is keen to arrange again next year. Looking forward to it already!
There was a fantastic turn out for the annual Resident Sports Day, one of the highlights at Middleton Hall. All residents are welcome to compete and spectate and it really is a very sociable day with lots of shared laughter.
Over 20 residents competed in the five events; boules, bowls, pitch and putt, putting, and table tennis. A spot of lunch in the pavilion provided a welcome break from the activities, then on they went with admirable energy and drive. There wasn’t an event of chatting, but if there had been, it would have been a close-run thing.
The day was valuable practice for the next calendar sporting event – the Resident v Staff Sports Day on 30th August. On your marks!
A ‘Canapes and Cava’ Open Evening will showcase our independent living options on;
Thursday 23rd August
4.00pm – 8.00pm
We encourage all those interested to come along and find out more about the award winning properties, which include bungalows and apartments to buy and rent.
The very positive lifestyle offered here is often a pleasant surprise and one that many people who live here say they regret not having considered sooner.
Enjoy some refreshments and have a tour of The Waterside, Middleton Woods, Middleton Grove and the wider village, including the Orangery and Restaurant, Middleton Spa and the other sporting facilities. Ask as many questions as you like of staff and residents! No need to book.
It was a pleasure to see Middleton Hall named as one of the Top 10 care homes in England.
Hudgell Solicitors, a London based firm, has compiled the shortlist as part of its Give Me Dignity campaign. This highlights the homes that give exceptional support as well as those that are underperforming, and campaigns for better standards nationwide.
The results are based on the CQC review system. Solicitor Sarah Scully said of Middleton Hall
The people in the facility are loved, protected, respected and cared for with dignity and that’s exactly what we are calling for
Philip did the honours and cut the ribbon to officially cut the ribbon to open the new garden at Supported Living, Middleton Gardens.
The garden is a beautiful space, featuring a pathway of pergolas, handmade by our gardening team from reclaimed wood. They lead to a secret garden and fountain. The entire garden, borders, lawn and all, are designed to a strong Mediterranean theme.
The gardening team has gained great pleasure from working together with residents on the project. Having enjoyed tending their own gardens, these people know a thing or two about design and planting! All are delighted with the result and agree that it makes a lovely place to look out onto and spend time in year round.
A ‘Strawberries and Cream’ Open Afternoon will showcase Middleton Woods apartments on;
Thursday 12th July
12 noon – 7.00pm
We encourage those interested to come along and find out more about the properties, village facilities and opportunities to live well in retirement. The very positive lifestyle offered here is often a pleasant surprise and one that many people who live here say they regret not having considered sooner.
Thank you to Jeanne, Middleton Hall resident who officially opened The Stables Shop by cutting the ribbon today.
The shop, built in the space that was previously the kitchen and once upon a time The Stables, is very much open for business. It stocks what residents have told us they want to buy – convenience goods such as milk and homemade bread, tins and toiletries, as well as treats such as confectionery, jams, marmalades and chutneys. We are pleased to have many local artisan suppliers on board, providing Middleton Hall blend of coffee, cheeses and locally churned butter, for example.
Presiding over the occasion was Hampton, the magnificent cockerel , named after the first visitor to the shop. There was a real buzz as people gathered around with a glass of punch to celebrate the launch.
The Stables Shop will keep the same hours as the Orangery (8.30am – 8.00pm daily). Come along and have a look for yourselves!
We have all watched with interest as the original stables block (formerly the kitchen) has been transformed into an inspiring new space to enjoy.
Saturday saw the opening of The Art Studio and The Library. Residents and staff came to see the result of the conversion and many stayed to take part in sessions giving a taste of things to come.
The Art Studio can be booked at the Spa Reception by any resident, or member of staff for their residents. Over the coming months we will see just how versatile the room can be – what would YOU like to do here? Make jewellery? Paint or draw? Make pottery? Arrange flowers? There are unlimited possibilities – this is your space.
As a great example, resident Les Simpson will give a talk in the Conservatory at 10.00am on Friday 15th June on ‘An Introduction to Pottery’. He has arranged to lead an 8-week course in the Art Studio (soon to also house a pottery kiln) . If interested, please book a place at the Spa Reception. Great stuff!
The new library is a light and airy room for reading or savouring a quiet moment. As well as books, there are DVDs and a PC to use freely. Thanks to residents Mr and Mrs Mackie for their invaluable help in moving the resources from the previous library room.
So this is exciting news for the whole village! Do ask at the Spa if you would like more information, and keep an eye on posters and the TV screen at Reception. We urge you to pay a visit and open your mind as to what it could mean for YOU.
We were absolutely delighted to be awarded the Investors In People Platinum Award by Sheila Warren, Registered IIP Practitioner.
IIP, as it is known, is an international standard that defines what it takes to lead, support and manage people effectively.
The accreditation is a robust one. It involves assessment of all our procedures, such as recruitment, training, leadership, management of change, and communication.
There are three levels of achievement – silver, gold and platinum. We are proud of the platinum award, which only 0.5% of accredited companies worldwide attain. It also reflects progress; Middleton Hall has been IIP accredited since 2002, earning Gold in 2011 and now Platinum. It also means that other organisations in the care sector and beyond will see Middleton Hall as a benchmark to learn from and aspire to.
Sheila Warren said
“It has been a pleasure and a privilege working with Middleton Hall Retirement Village throughout their Investors in People journey. It’s fantastic to witness the investment in staff, which delivers such a great experience for residents and their families.”