15/11/2018

Featured In Stroud News and Journal 

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The recent opening of our fantastic new Sensory Garden got us featured in

Stroud News and Journal. Article by Amy Mason. Published 6th November 2018

NORTHFIELD House Care Home in Uplands Stroud, who deliver care for the elderly and those with dementia, were delighted when the Mayor of Stroud Kevin Cranston did the honors for their official opening of their new Sensory Garden.

The Mayor was assisted by two visiting, very well behaved Alpacas!

Staff and residents did not let the high winds spoil the day to show off the garden, built mainly by Ian Mills the homes maintenance manager and which took over a year to plan and complete.

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The sensory garden has many special features to help stimulate and enhance the lives of those living within the home.

Some of these include a small functioning shop with a letter box outside, to postcards and letters.

An attractive Al Fresco outside seating area for refreshments, set around an attractive old fashioned lamp post.

Plus many other interesting features within the garden including, a bus shelter and stop, plenty of interesting colour and topical objects, including a putting green, a small boat and a working windmill, to mention but a few!

Another special feature is a Memory Tree with butterflies on to remember past residents. There is also large decking area, which has been rebuilt, overlooking the new sensory area and distant views over Stroud.

It was a very enjoyable and successful day, with other visitors in attendance, where also a toast was held for previous co owner and director Richard Harris who sadly passed away unexpectedly earlier this year.

Sue Harris who is still the owner and director of Northfield House and its sister home Quarry Mount in Swindon said: “Richard would have been so very proud of our wonderful new garden and all the hard work that has gone into making it happen”. 

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Richard dedicated a lot of his time and expertise over the last sixteen years voluntarily, to help where he could many care related organisations, including being chairman of the Swindon Care Association and for some time on the board of the National Care Association.

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