Manager – Amanda Cooper
Amanda has been with us since March 2012. She is enthusiastic and approachable with an infectious smile and a sunny disposition! She sets a fantastic example to everyone at the home with her hands on approach and helps make Woodley Grange the best home in the Test Valley region.
Amanda holds qualifications in Health and Social Care and has completed her Master’s Degree equivalent, QCF Level 7 accreditation. She is also a Mental Health First Aider, as well as qualified trainer for safeguarding and a trainer in dementia. She continues to maintain her qualifications and knowledge through attendance at training courses and seminars throughout the year.
In her spare time, Amanda enjoys swimming, aqua-size and cycling. She also has a cat called Smudge – which she is allergic to!
Head of Care – Loraine Tabbner
Loraine joined Woodley Grange in May 2015 and completed her QCF Level 3 in Health and Social Care in 2018. Since then, Loraine has also gone on to complete her Level 5. Loraine works extremely hard to deliver excellent care to our residents and their families and is proud to be Head of Care at Woodley Grange. She has trained in the 6 steps of End of Life Care and Champion Other Carers.
Loraine has 2 children and a beautiful dog called Ollie, and adores them all. She enjoys football, walking and eating out.
Accounts – Anne Miller
Anne joined the Homes as our book-keeper in 2007, making a change from working for engineering and construction companies.
Anne enjoys the Home and the company of the residents and often stays on into the evenings for a chat. She relishes learning snippets of unofficial first-hand history.
County walks has always been her pastime and she regularly takes one of the scenic routes commuting to and from Woodley Grange
Chef – Amanda Aldridge
Amanda, affectionately known as Mandy, is our Head Chef at Woodley Grange. She holds various qualifications in Nutrition and Health, Food Safety and Catering, as well as qualifications in social care.
Mandy had worked at a local Primary school for 15 years, working her way up from a catering assistant to Head Cook, catering for 150-200 children a day. In need of a fresh challenge Mandy joined Woodley Grange in August 2011 and has been wowing our residents with her culinary delights ever since.
Mandy loves baking but not as much as the residents enjoy eating her delicious homemade cakes and biscuits!
Mandy has a grown-up family, and has lived in Romsey for the last 28 years. She enjoys relaxing walks and going out for a nice meal, but most of all she enjoys spending time with her family.
Cook – Jenna Pidgley
With three children to cater for, Jenna can often be found in the kitchen at home creating delicious hearty meals for her family. Having always had a love for cooking, Jenna though it would be perfect to turn her passion into a fulfilling career and could not wait to get started at Woodley Grange.
In her spare time, Jenna loves to be with her family and enjoys long walks in the forest with her lovely cocker spaniel, Albie.
Cook – Hayleyann Lemarechal
Hayleyann joined Woodley Grange in 2020, and we are very fortunate to have such an experienced and enthusiastic cook as part of our team. She is currently training to be a Senior Production Chef, a role in which she is sure to excel.
Hayleyann’s limited spare time is taken up with a dog and young family. She usually mentions the dog first!
Activities Coordinator – Erica Orchard
Erica joined Woodley Grange at the beginning of 2018 as a valued member of the activities team. Erica has a degree in music, and five years of experience as an activities co-ordinator. She has a passion for working with the elderly, especially with those with dementia. What really makes her tick is finding that one special thing that will make a difference in people’s lives. Erica loves to sing classical music and jazz for us, and will often lead an impromptu singalong on the keyboard.
Erica has four grown-up children, and a gorgeous granddaughter in Glasgow. She recently moved into the New Forest area after a whirlwind romance and marriage!
In her spare time Erica goes to church, paints, and writes: she has published two children’s books, and is working. She recently moved into the New Forest area after a whirlwind romance and marriage!
In her spare time Erica goes to church, paints, and writes: she has published two children’s books, and is working on another.
Activities Coordinator – Jessica Cross
Jess joined Woodley Grange in June 2019 after working in another Care home for 17 years. She holds an NVQ3 in Health and Social Care and has completed various other training in mental health.
In her spare time, Jess likes to spend time with her family, friends and three cats. Jessica’s favourite place to be is at the beach, no matter the weather.
Activities Coordinator – Amy Francis
Amy joined Woodley grange in April 2021 and has worked in activities for 4 years. She has a degree in childcare but quickly realised her passion was with the elderly and loves to organise fun and stimulating activities for our residents.
Amy has three young children and recently moved to Romsey. Outside of work she enjoys baking, horse riding and spending lots of time in the wonderful outdoors.
Maintenance Manager – Peter Adams
Peter’s career in maintenance has been long and varied – from house renovation to the hotel industry and lots in between!
Peter has worked his way up from Maintenance Assistant to Manager over the years and has become a big part of our family here at Woodley Grange. He is always friendly, enthusiastic and has an endless supply of ‘dad’ jokes to entertain our residents and the team.
Peter says ‘I always strive to carry out my work to the highest standard’, which is evident from our beautiful building and grounds.
Peter’s hobbies include fishing, riding his motorbike and martial arts.