Anniversary celebrations

Celebrating 20 years of Abbotts Barton are, from left, Companionship Team Leader Kirsty Sawyer, resident John Arbor, Home Manager Dee Lovewell and Operations Manager Peter Doyle.
Celebrating 20 years of Abbotts Barton are, from left, Companionship Team Leader Kirsty Sawyer, resident John Arbor, Home Manager Dee Lovewell and Operations Manager Peter Doyle.

The second half of this year features landmark anniversaries for three of our homes.

Outstanding-rated Newstone House in Sturminster Newton is ten years old, Abbotts Barton in Winchester is 20 and Whitecliffe House in Blandford is 30.

At Newstone House, residents Doris Graham, Tim Spittal and Doreen Ashford, have lived at the home since just after it opened.  And several colleagues working in nursing, housekeeping, reception and hotel services are all marking a decade of continuous loyal service.

Praising their care and commitment, resident Linda Porter said: “The staff are experienced, kind, helpful and supportive. They give the home it’s lovely atmosphere.”

Team members at Newstone House in celebration mood.

Team members at Newstone House in celebration mood.

Abbotts Barton held a banquet to mark its 20th anniversary, featuring live music from classically trained pianist and Companionship team member Anna Boddy. Resident John Arbor gave a welcome speech in which he complimented the staff and invited diners to remember those residents who are no longer with us. A raffle held on the day raised more than £200 for the home’s chosen charity this year, Winchester Living at Home.

Mary Goron has lived at Abbotts Barton the longest, celebrating her tenth year with us in July 2021.  And we still have three team members who began working at the home when it first opened – Healthcare Assistant Mandy Merritt, Senior Night Nurse Mark Hinton and Nurse Lynn Adams. Lynn said:

“Abbotts Barton has always had such a friendly atmosphere. The residents and staff are like a second family.”

At Whitecliffe House, team sentiments were neatly summed up by Waitress Amy James, who said: “I really enjoy coming in to work and seeing the residents.  I hope that I am making their day a little brighter.”

Retired physiotherapist Coralie Jackson attended the official opening of Whitecliffe House as a visitor 30 years ago and is now a resident. Coralie said: “I’m pleased to say I have made the correct decision by making Whitecliffe House my home. The staff are very nice and will always go above and beyond.”

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