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Betty Hall celebrates her 102nd birthday

Having lived at Kenton Hall since September 2020 our resident Betty Hall has celebrated her 102nd birthday surrounded by family and friends. At her birthday party, which was attended by her son Peter, she was showered with cards, gifts, flowers, balloons and received a card from the Queen.

Betty says her secret to a long life is good food and good company

We have partnered with Oomph!

Oomph is a wellbeing platform that allows our residents to have access to a range of activities. Our residents will be able to see the activities available for the month, examples include, quizzes, things to make and more. Take a look at Oomph’s website for more information.

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Kenton Hall Refurbishment

On the 1st December 2021 Kenton Hall re-opened, revealing the refurbishment on the ground floor. This refurbishment has provided fresh new spaces where families can come sit with their relatives and residents can view the garden from the comfort of the conservatory. Take a look at our video below to see some of the changes that we have made.

Home Comforts Project

I’m Sharon Bailey, a photographer, and artist and since last October I’ve been working with residents and staff at Kenton Hall.   Along with the arts officer from Newcastle Council, I met with a number of managers from care homes across the city but chose only three to work with.

We really wanted Kenton Hall to be involved with our project, Home Comforts, because we were so impressed by the energy and commitment of the staff to providing a stimulating and caring environment for those living here.  The activity coordinator, Dorne Dack, already provides some fabulous activities and we wanted to work alongside her and introduce the residents to some new things.

I’ve been really enjoying meeting and getting to know the residents and staff.  I’ve started to collect people’s stories and experiences and in the last few weeks have been running art workshops every week, to spread some comfort and joy along the way!

Home Comforts Project continued

As well as taking photographs and recording conversations I’ve been bringing in other artists to work with the residents.  A ceramic artist Annabel Talbot has been helping people to make wonderful birds and pots from clay and later this month a musician Gary Bowden will begin some sessions.  He’ll be bringing in instruments for residents to play and carrying out singing and songwriting for those who’d like to take part.

We’ll be sharing what we’ve been doing later on in the project so that we can celebrate what we’ve achieved and show you some of the things we have made.

The project has been funded through the Public Health’s Covid Recovery Fund, through Newcastle City Council.

Remembrance Service

On the 11/11/2021 we held a Remembrance Service, remembering all those we have lost. The service was streamed live for our residents, families and staff members to watch.