Woodley’s Winter Emporium is back by popular demand!

Woodley’s Winter Emporium is back by popular demand!

Last year, as part of our Wish Maker initiative, Woodley Grange helped grant Pat’s Christmas wish. Pat wanted to go Christmas shopping with her daughter but was unable to due to the pandemic, so the team at Woodley Grange decided to bring the shops to Pat!

The home received generous donations by staff, relatives and local Romsey businesses to help make this special wish come true. Even a till was kindly donated to help create a realistic shopping experience for the residents.

Due to the huge success of last year’s event, the team at Woodley Grange plan on running the Winter Emporium again this December.

Commenting on the Winter Emporium, Woodley Grange’s activities team, said: “Our residents had such a lovely time – they really appreciated it. We’ve been asked by family members and our residents if we can do this again, and we can’t wait. We understand Christmas can be an expensive time of year, but if you would like to get involved and send in home-made or new gifts for the store, we would be delighted! Any items need to arrive in time to be quarantined for 72 hours before the shop opens on December 6th.”

If you have any questions, please contact activities.woodleygrange@lovingcare-matters.co.uk.

Clive takes to the sky thanks to Manucourt’s Wish Maker campaign

Clive takes to the sky thanks to Manucourt’s Wish Maker campaign

Clive, a resident at Woodley Grange, wanted to fly like his son in the RAF, so the activities team reached out to the local community for help.

The team received an overwhelming response to Clive’s wish – from people offering VR headsets so Clive and other residents at the home could experience flying, to British Airway’s Cabin Crew offering to visit the home and give an inflight safety briefing. The activities team were also approached by Simon Hughes, a Consultant at Southampton Hospital and Doctor for Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, who generously offered to take Clive for a trip on his plane.

On Wednesday 25th August, Clive and Tony, another resident from Woodley Grange who used to work with Spitfires as RAF Ground Crew in Gibraltar, were invited to Popham Airfield for their first outing since before the pandemic. Clive and Tony set off on a short flight with Simon around Hampshire, taking in the breath-taking scenery.

Watch Clive’s special wish come true below:

For more information about our Wish Maker campaign, please click here.

Ian and Mavis reunited for their 60th wedding anniversary!

Ian and Mavis reunited for their 60th wedding anniversary!

Here at Manucourt, we all like a good love story and couldn’t wait to help two new residents at Woodley Grange celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary in style (especially as they had been separated for over two weeks!).

When Mavis went into respite care at another home, Ian said; “it felt like years”, but we were soon able to reunite the devoted pair for their extra special diamond wedding anniversary.

Ian, who served in the Royal Navy for over 50 years, met Mavis whilst ballroom dancing in a youth club in Romsey (a club Mavis went on to run for years). Having lived in Romsey for 47 years, the couple also enjoyed being part of the URC church.

In the run up to their wedding anniversary, we were busy working behind the scenes to make their day extra special by decorating their new room. Ever the romantic, Ian was worried he wouldn’t be able to get his wife the flowers she deserved. We were delighted to step in and help him purchase some for his wonderful wife.

It wouldn’t be an anniversary without some delicious cake, so our talented cooks got to work to create the happy couple a special masterpiece to celebrate.

Commenting on their anniversary, the activities team at Woodley Grange said; “It was wonderful that they were able to reunite for their 60th wedding anniversary and the team thoroughly enjoyed celebrating this important milestone with them.”

Ian and Mavis are now looking forward to spending many more years together!

To find out more life at Woodley Grange, please contact our team here.

The benefits of gardening for older people

The benefits of gardening for older people

With spring now in full swing, our residents at Barton Lodge and Woodley Grange have been making full use of our beautiful, landscaped grounds. From potting, digging and pruning, to helping water the plants, our residents love to give a helping hand. Not only is this a fun activity for all abilities to enjoy, it’s great for their health too. Here are just some of the reasons why:


Gardens are sensory places where the scenery is constantly changing. The herbs and flowers in summer and crisp golden leaves in autumn can be very stimulating for residents, which is why both our Homes have their very own sensory gardens. These are home to colourful flowers, aromatic herbs and feeding stations for visiting birds to help stimulate senses through touch, sight, scent, taste and hearing.

Encourages physical movement

As we get older it becomes more important than ever to make sure that physical movement is a part of life. Gardening works all of the major muscle groups. This makes it a good way for older people to continue with the aerobic and strength building exercises they need to stay mobile, helping prevent falls.

Improves mental health

While gardening has many physical benefits, it can also positively impact your mental health. After all, science has proven that people are happier in nature. Those who experience depression, which is more common as we age, can improve their mood when they come into contact with soil. When people inhale a certain bacteria that lives in the soil, it increases serotonin levels and reduces anxiety.

Gardening also allows our residents to focus on something that will give them a feeling of true achievement. There’s nothing more rewarding than watching something you have planted grow and blossom into something beautiful.

Vitamin D exposure

Vitamin D is a crucial component of healthy aging. Gardening outside in the sun exposes older people to a natural source of vitamin D. While this is good news, it’s also important to ensure that protective measures are taken to avoid the dangers of exposure to sunlight and problems with dehydration.

To find out more about the activities at Barton Lodge and Woodley Grange, contact our team here.

Helping residents living with dementia make their own choices

Helping residents living with dementia make their own choices

Choice is very important in the daily lives of all of us. However, for those living with dementia, having their preferences heard can be more challenging.

As someone’s dementia progresses, their cognitive (mental) abilities will decline, which will impact their ability to make their own decisions. As a result, they will require tailored support to help them keep a sense of self and maintain their quality of life.

Our approach:

Prior to joining our Homes, we speak to our residents’ loved ones to find out as much as possible about their tastes and interests, which can help shape the person-centred care they receive. However, we all know that our preferences can change over time, so it’s also important to find ways to engage and communicate with residents to give them as much choice as possible.  Here are some of the ways we achieve this:

  • By observing what our residents do rather than what they say, we can gain a clearer idea of their likes and dislikes. For example, to find out what a resident would like to wear, two outfits are presented together for the resident to choose. If the person is unable to speak, physical behaviours such as reaching, touching, picking up the item and smiling are watched to find out the item they prefer.
  • Our team try to explain things in a way that is easy to understand and use pictures to help residents choose the meals they would like to eat.
  • We give residents the time to make decisions. We don’t rush them.
  • We get to know our residents and when the best time of day to speak to them is. For example, many people living with dementia find it harder to concentrate later in the day.
  • We give residents the space to make their own decisions with activities that foster creativity and individual decision making, such as artwork, cooking, gardening and interacting with our large display screens. Some residents even want to get involved with household chores such as cleaning, which we encourage in a safe way.
  • We try to remove barriers to decision making by removing sources of potential frustration and introduce clear signage, wayfinding and the use of large clocks, which help orientate residents to a place and time.











How can families help:

Families can play a big part in helping us get to know residents by sharing their hobbies, favourite memories, photos and life achievements. It’s also important for families to have those early discussions with residents on their Alzheimer’s journey, helping them make their own advance decisions.

To find out more about our approach and how we can help a loved one living with dementia, contact our team here.


Manucourt marks National Day of Reflection

Manucourt marks National Day of Reflection

This week, Woodley Grange and Barton Lodge both took part in the National Day of Reflection, which marks a year since the start of the first lockdown.

Whilst the last twelve months have been a time of immense sadness for so many of us, what we’ve seen from the residents we support, our team and the community has been truly amazing. Everyone has worked exceptionally hard in the toughest of circumstances, so we wanted to mark this with some special activities for both our residents and our amazing team.

Planting roses in our sensory garden

As well as reflecting on the grief of the past year, the National Day of Reflection is also about hoping for a brighter future. We wanted to create something that would be lasting and meaningful, so our residents spent time planting beautiful roses in our sensory gardens for everyone to enjoy. We can’t wait to watch them grow and bloom.

A moment of silence

In a very moving minute’s silence, we all paused at midday to remember those impacted by COVID-19.

Coming together for a special afternoon tea

To say a big thank you to our incredible team, our residents hosted a wonderful afternoon tea, full of delicious sandwiches, cakes and scones. This was the perfect opportunity for everyone to come together and connect.

Take a look at some lovely photos of the day below. Thank you to our amazing activities team who helped make this lovely day happen.



Manucourt win Service Excellence award

Manucourt win Service Excellence award

We are thrilled to announce that Manucourt has won the Service Excellence award at the South Coast Business awards.

The Service Excellence award by the Daily Echo is in recognition of companies in Hampshire and across the Isle of Wight with a genuine focus on customer service – something we believe passionately about here at Manucourt.

The Service Excellence award marks the success of the whole team at Woodley Grange and Barton Lodge. It has been a challenging time for everyone, but our team have continued to show absolute dedication and commitment to providing outstanding care. We know this award means a lot to them and we are delighted to see their efforts rewarded.

Here are a few words from our Managing Director – Shabbir Walji

The trophies for the Daily Echo’s awards are normally handed out during a ceremony at St Mary’s Stadium. However, due to Covid-19, this year’s winners were revealed in a video on the Daily Echo website and in print. Click here to read more.


Discover life in our Homes

Discover life in our Homes

Life is all about living. That’s why our experienced team at Barton Lodge and Woodley Grange work hard to provide a truly special community designed to help residents get the most out of life.

Our dedicated activities team provide a varied activities calendar to suit all tastes and abilities. From keep fit classes to flower arranging, painting and live music sessions, there’s something for everyone!

Why not see for yourselves, take a look at our short video below to discover more about life in our Homes.

To find out more about our activities programme, don’t forget to follow Woodley Grange and Barton Lodge on Facebook.

Pat’s Christmas wish comes true

Pat’s Christmas wish comes true

As part of our Wish Maker initiative launched earlier this year, Woodley Grange has granted a special Christmas wish for their resident Pat.

Pat’s wish was to go Christmas shopping to buy gifts for her family. Unfortunately, due to COVID this wasn’t possible, so Woodley Grange decided to bring the shops to Pat!

Thanks to generous donations made by staff, relatives and local Romsey businesses, Woodley Grange were able to host their very own Winter Emporium. Even a till was kindly donated to help create a realistic shopping experience for the residents.

Commenting on Pat’s Christmas wish, Jess and Erica from the Woodley Grange activities team, said; “This year has been a struggle for most of us but especially for people living in care homes, having minimal contact with family and friends and not being able to pop out to the shops or to a café. When we heard that Pat wanted to do shopping for her family, we knew we had to try and make that happen, not just for her but for all the other residents that would benefit from it. We knew actually going shopping was too much of a risk, so we decided to bring the shops to us. We have been blown away with the kindness from everyone who has supported us and helped make this happen, thank you.”

After enjoying her Christmas wish, Pat; said “It’s been really nice to get out, do some shopping and treat my friend to some cake, I’ve loved it!”

On behalf of the team here at Manucourt, we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who donated gifts. Without you, this would not have been possible.

We look forward to granting the next wish!

How our residents are keeping fit

How our residents are keeping fit

We have our very own Joe Wicks at Woodley Grange and Barton Lodge!

Whilst the nation turns to home workouts to keep fit during lockdown, our wonderful activities teams have been running regular, fun exercise sessions to keep our residents active.

Exercise not only improves their physical fitness and mobility, it can also positively impact sleep, confidence, self-esteem and mood!

Here are just some of the physical activities residents of all abilities enjoy:

Balloon games

Where there are balloons, there is fun! This is a popular exercise for the arms and is suitable for residents living with dementia.

Parachute games

Our residents love playing with the parachute. Not only does it provide gentle physical activity, it also encourages social interaction.

Armchair exercises

This is a great activity for residents with limited mobility. It puts less pressure on lower body joints like knees and ankles.


Our beautiful gardens at Woodley Grange and Barton lodge provide the perfect backdrop for a gentle stroll in the fresh air and the opportunity to soak up some vital vitamin D.

And not forgetting, dancing

Research has found that dancing improves strength and muscle function, which helps reduce the risk of falls. It’s also great fun for our residents and team.

To find out more about the varied activities at Barton Lodge and Woodley Grange, contact our Homes here.