New Facilities for the Residents:
The new ‘Pavilion’ has been has proved hugely helpful as we have been able to convert it to a Covid-safe ‘pod’ for visiting. We are calling it the ‘Pavilion’ to recognise the connection between the Manor House and the famous Notts and England cricketer George Parr who was born here.
As part of this we have developed a patio area in front of the ‘Pavilion’ with suitable furniture so that it can be enjoyed in the warm weather. Access is through a level path so that wheelchair users are also able to get to this lovely new area.
Looking ahead we are hoping to be able to upgrade the courtyard area and make it easier for the residents to access this space from the small lounge. Our plans are still being worked up but we are considering making this a ‘sensory garden’.
Longer term we have an ambitious plan to build a traditional style ‘orangery’ which would be connected to one of the main lounges. This would offer a wonderful bright and airy space for residents and relatives to spend time together. With the current situation this project is on hold.
We will continue to invest in offering more activities for our residents. We now have two coordinators working for the Home with the aim of providing a wide range of entertainment and and activities. The picture is of the Halloween get-together which was a bit scary (the kitchen did 'spiders' for tea) but good fun as well!
Inside the Home we plan to continue with our programme of redecoration in order to keep the Home looking fresh and attractive. The Dining room is looking much brighter with the brand-new tables and chairs installed, new blinds and a complete redecoration. We have also just added a ‘seascape’ mural to one of the walls – painted by a member of staff!
We are planning to create a 'wild' space in the gardens that are so much enjoyed by our residents. Technology permitting, we hope to install a camera or two with feeds into the Home so that our residents can watch inside a bird box or maybe something like a hedgehog box. This will bring the beauty of the garden into the Home for those less able to get out.
John Rycroft (Trustee)