Middleton Hall well and truly celebrated the National Care Home Open Day, with the theme of … Celebration!
Care Home Open Day is UK wide initiative whereby care homes open their doors to local communities on a nominated day of the year. This is a valuable opportunity to build and nurture links with local groups of people. A full programme was planned and valued members of the community joined together with staff and residents to enjoy the day.
The Mayor of Darlington, Brian Jones had to look twice when he arrived with the Mayoress to judge the Village’s Annual Scarecrow Competition. On first glance he feared a mayoral imposter had arrived early to usurp his VIP status. However, on closer inspection he saw that Middleton Hall had performed their own “mayor-making” ceremony and created his scarecrow double.
Residents, staff, local school children and members of GOLD (Growing Older Living in Darlington) had all been busy in the weeks leading up to the day, and many scarecrow works of art were on show. The Queen, her family and guardsmen featured prominently as did a wonderful larger than life yellow canary called Chatterbox. Rio and the pending Olympic Games was also a popular theme for the scarecrows.
What was originally part of staff and residents’ efforts to scare off the unwanted birds from their community allotment has now become a much-enjoyed annual event for everyone at Middleton Hall to participate in. The standard of workmanship and creativity gets better and more competitive each year. Audra Hunt, the Living Well Manager said, “We had great fun making them and it really brought the residents across every part of the village and the wider community together.”
After much deliberation and despite the possible charge of favouritism, The Mayor chose The Mayor as the winner! The school children of St George’s Church of England Academy won second prize with their Mini Police scarecrow and third prize was taken by Middleton Grove with Chatterbox.
After a buzzing morning, the afternoon provided an opportunity to sit back and enjoy the vocal delights of the Middleton Hall Singing Group followed by a performance by the highly regarded flute, cello and violinist musical ensemble known as Amichi Musicali. Local residents from Middleton St George were invited to join residents and celebrate one of the greatest British traditions – afternoon tea.
Throughout the day guests took guided tours of the grounds and facilities, taking time to chat to staff and residents. In all, the Open Day provided an opportunity for many to have fun and to celebrate the wonderful the community in which we live and work.