Christmas Fayre at Monkscroft Christmas Fayre

BLOG: OSJCT Monkscroft Care Centre Christmas Fayre raises money for Live Music Now project

Monkscroft Care Centre in Cheltenham held their annual Christmas Fayre at the weekend and it was well attended by residents’ family, our volunteers and the local community.

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BLOG: Brian the Bear’s third week at Goodson Lodge

Hi everyone, Brian again. This is my third blog detailing my second week as a new resident at Goodson Lodge.

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BLOG: Bear entry, my first week in Goodson Lodge

Hi everyone, Brian here. This is my second blog which details my first week in the home. I hope you like it. Here is how the first week went:

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Hello, I'm Brian a resident at Goodson Lodge Care Centre

BLOG: The bear necessities of moving into Goodson Lodge Care Home, Wiltshire

For those of you who haven’t already heard the news, my name is Brian, I am a bear and I have just spent my first two weeks as a new resident at Goodson Lodge Care Centre.

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BLOG: OSJCT Goodson Lodge opens its doors for its Christmas Fayre

On Saturday 1st December Goodson Lodge Care Centre opened the doors for their Christmas Fayre.

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BLOG: The Lakes Care Centre host it’s Victorian Christmas Fayre

The Lakes Care Centre in South Cerney held their Very Victorian Christmas Fayre on Thursday 29th November with over 120 attendees!

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Shelly Perry, General Manager at Whitefriars Care Home in Stamford, Lincolnshire

OSJCT Lincolnshire Home appoints new General Manager

The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) is delighted to announce the appointment of Shelly Perry as General Manager at Whitefriars, their 56-bedroom residential home, in Stamford.

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Grace Care Centre, Thornbury

OSJCT Gloucestershire Care Home facilitates new community purpose-built nursing unit

The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) is a provider of initiatives to help promote and support care pathways in the community.

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NEWS: Bolivian Black Capped Squirrel Monkeys Swing into Madley Park House

Two squirrel monkeys called Malcolm and Mitchell surprised residents with a visit to Madley Park House, a care home operated by The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT).

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BLOG: Community Dementia event successful at Edwardstow Court Care Centre, Stow on the Wold

Local companies and families attended the dementia day on Wednesday 14th November and were able to listen to our expert speakers. They also had an opportunity to speak with people who have had similar experiences

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BLOG: Successful Autumn Dementia Day at The Lakes Care Centre, South Cerney

The Lakes Care Centre in South Cerney hosted their Autumn Dementia Day on Friday 9th November. Local organisations attended our event to discuss the support they can offer to families of those living with dementia.

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NEWS: Oxfordshire care homes celebrated at Chairman’s Commendations and Awards Ceremony

The shining stars of care homes across the county have been celebrated at The Orders of St John Care Trust’s annual Chairman’s Commendations and Awards Ceremony, held on Wednesday 7th November, in the Chapter House at Lincoln Cathedral.

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Monkscroft Outstanding!

NEWS: Just landed, our latest edition of Trust in Care!

Our latest edition of Trust in Care, Autumn 2018 is now available.

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NEWS: Media Spotlight for Dorothy Dagger turning 107 at Hungerford House

Dorothy Dagger celebrated her 107th birthday on 31st October 2018. Hungerford House in Wiltshire, where Dorothy is a resident, pulled out all the stops to celebrate her milestone birthday in style, which also happened to coincide with Halloween.

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NEWS: Two Winners from OSJCT for Great British Care Awards – South East Region

At the Great British Care Awards held at the Amex Stadium in Brighton on 3rd of November 2018, The Orders of St John Care Trust is delighted to announce two Trust winners.

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BLOG: Lincolnshire residents celebrate Halloween in style

OSJCT homes across Lincolnshire had a “fang-tastic” time celebrating Halloween with an array of parties and themed activities to enjoy and some ghoulishly great costumes on display.

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Grace Care Centre Halloween

BLOG: Residents enjoy Halloween Magic at Grace Care Centre

Residents, staff and the community celebrated Halloween at Grace Care Centre yesterday with a fantastic party where everyone was invited to come and join a host of ghoulish activities with a treat to a Magic & Ventriloquist show.

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Frankie the Ghost!

BLOG: OSJCT Wiltshire celebrates Halloween

Residents, staff and the youngest members of our communities came together in many of our homes across the county to celebrate Halloween this week.

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Halloween at The Lakes Care Centre

BLOG: Halloween rolls into town for OSJCT Gloucestershire homes

We celebrated Halloween here in Gloucestershire with some spooky goings on and some scary great costumes to match.

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Official Opening Ceremony at Grace Care Centre, Thornbury.

BLOG: Grace Care Centre, Thornbury officially opens!

OSJCT Grace Care Centre in Thornbury was officially opened on Thursday 25th October by the President of Gloucestershire Cricket; Mrs Marie Journeaux.

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BLOG: Spooktacular Success at Goodson Lodge Care Home, Trowbridge

Residents, staff and the community celebrated Halloween at Goodson Lodge yesterday with a fantastic party where everyone was invited to come and join a host of ghoulish activities.

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BLOG: OSJCT Wiltshire resident celebrates her 107th birthday!

Dorothy Alice Dagger is a resident at The Order of St John's Care Trust Hungerford House in Wiltshire. On Wednesday 31st October 2018, Dorothy will be celebrating her 107th birthday.

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NEWS: Government launches engagement portal - join the national conversation!

On 10th September 2018, the Department of Health and Social Care launched a workforce engagement exercise to find out what employees in the sector think about the challenges they face.

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BLOG: Amazing Macmillan Coffee Morning at Avonbourne

On Friday the 28th of September Avonbourne Care Centre participated in the world’s largest coffee morning in order to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

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NEWS: Brookside Care Home Awarded Gold in South West Bloom Awards – Business Category

We are delighted to announce that The Orders of St John Care Trust care home Brookside in Melksham has been awarded Gold in the South West in Bloom Business category for this year.

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NEWS: Five Finalists from OSJCT for Great British Care Awards – South East Region

We are delighted to announce that The Orders of St John Care Trust has been notified of five finalists for the Great British Care Awards South East Region. An exceptional year for the Trust with finalists spanning a diverse range of categories.

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NEWS: OSJCT Edwardstow Court Care Centre officially opens!

OSJCT Edwardstow Court Care Centre in Stow-on-the-Wold was officially opened on Thursday 27th September by HMEH Fra’ Giacomo DALLA TORRE del TEMPIO di SANGUINETTO Prince and Grand Master of The Order of Malta.

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NEWS: Boultham Park join in Lincoln County Hospital campaign supporting Baby Loss Awareness week

Residents at The Orders of St John Care Trust Boultham Park House care home have joined a Lincoln County Hospital campaign in support of Baby Loss Awareness week (8th-14th October 2018).

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BLOG: OSJCT Brookside residents get involved in Falls Awareness Week

On Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th September Brookside produced and tasted fruit smoothies in aid of falls awareness week. It may not be initially obvious, but dehydration can be a major contributor to falls amongst the elderly population.

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BLOG: Brookside’s very own poet takes centre stage for National Poetry Month

Brookside hosts many talented residents. Many of them have lived fascinating lives, having travelled to some far-flung places, held some very high-powered roles and lived through some extraordinary events.

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BLOG: #teamstirlings walk and cycle their way to fund minibus

The residents and team at Stirlings Care Home in Wantage are taking part in a number of sporting activities over the next few weeks to raise money for their very own minibus.

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BLOG: Seasonal treats at Langford View coffee mornings

The residents and team at Langford View enjoy marking the seasons, and autumn is no different.

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BLOG: Grace Care Centre residents take part in Hatherley Manor

Our residents and staff had a fantastic time attending the Harvest & Craft show held in Gloucester’s Hatherley Manor.

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BLOG: Avonbourne Care Home residents enjoy a Zoolab visit

On Friday the 7th of September, our residents were delighted to have Zoolab come in with a host of animals you wouldn't expect to find in a care home.

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#OSJCT Monkscroft celebrates ‘Last Night of the Proms’

Monkscroft Care Centre in Cheltenham have been working with Louis Bingham and David Insua Cao since November 2017 to create a choir at Monkscroft Care Centre as part of the ‘Live Music Now’ project.

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BLOG: OSJCT’s Patchett Lodge hosts ‘Last Night at The Proms’ party

Residents and colleagues at Patchett Lodge Care Home, Holbeach enjoyed a delightful Last Night at The Proms themed party last week as part of a challenge set by Live Music Now and the Care Quality Commission.

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BLOG: Yate Ukulele Band Visit & WWII Remembrance Day arrive at OSJCT’s Grace Care Centre

Residents and colleagues at OSJCT Grace Care Centre welcomed the local ‘Yate Ukulele Band’ with friendly smiles and laughter. Grace’s Café bar was turned into a viewing concert ‘amphitheatre style’.

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BLOG: Life’s a fairy trail at #OSJCT’s Brookside Care Centre

Seven residents from Brookside Care Centre took to the countryside last week and spent a day at Hope Nature Centre in Southwick, Trowbridge. The Centre is a registered charity established in 2000 to help provide work placements for young adults with learning difficulties.

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BLOG: OSJCT’s Tour De Trust picks up pace in Lincolnshire

On Tuesday 2nd October a team of budding cyclists will ride the highs and lows across 109 miles of Lincolnshire countryside.

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Bomber Command Centre, Lincoln.

BLOG: Apple Trees launch new Gents’ Club at Bomber Command

The gents of Apple Trees Care Centre in Grantham enjoyed a trip to the International Bomber Command Centre in Lincoln to mark the launch of a new monthly Gents’ Club.

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BLOG: National Citizens Service students support #OSJCT’s Apple Trees garden project

Students from Grantham and the surrounding area have been supporting Apple Trees Care Centre throughout the summer as part of the National Citizen Service programme.

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Apple Trees, Lincolnshire

BLOG: OSJCT’s Apple Trees residents enjoy “I can’t believe it’s a care home week”

Residents at Apple Trees Care Centre in Grantham enjoyed a wide variety of activities throughout last week as part of The Orders of St John Care Trust’s “I can’t believe it’s a care home week”.

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BLOG: I can’t believe it’s a care home arrives at OSJCT’s Grace Care Centre

On Sunday the 19th August, residents and colleagues at The Orders of St John’s Grace Care Centre were treated to special Neil Diamond Tribute act.

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BLOG: Summer fete arrives at #OSJCT’s Avonbourne Care Centre, Wiltshire

Despite the change in weather from continental warmth to the standard British summertime affair (otherwise known as rain) residents and families of Avonbourne Care Centre enjoyed a lovely laughter and music-filled indoor picnic.

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NEWS: OSJCT’s Goodson Lodge achieves highest ever score for Dementia design

The Orders of St John Care Trust’s Goodson Lodge Care Centre in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, has been awarded the Dementia Design Gold Award by independent experts at the Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC) University of Stirling.

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BLOG: Stirlings’ summer fete set to be an afternoon of fun

If you are wondering how to spend your Saturday afternoon this weekend, Stirlings Care Home in Wantage has the answer! Go along to the home between 1.30pm and 4pm to join in with the fun and games planned for its annual summer fete.

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BLOG: Red Arrows Engineer surprises Digby Court residents

Residents and colleagues at OSJCT’s Digby Court in Bourne, Lincolnshire were treated to a surprise visit from Red Arrows engineer, Corporal Louis Jelley last week.

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BLOG: Coombe End Court’s Summer Fete

A wonderful sunny day shone on Coombe End Court’s Summer Fete on Wednesday 1st August.

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Kim Hewitt, General Manager at Edwardstow Court Care Centre, Stow on the Wold

New General Manager appointed at Edwardstow Court Care Centre

The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) is delighted to announce the appointment of Kim Hewitt as General Manager at Edwardstow Court, a newly opened 48-bedroom home in the picturesque town of Stow on the Wold.

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Games, dancing and entertainment galore at OSJCT’s Athelstan Houses Summer Fete

It was a perfect day for a Summer party on Saturday 14th August at Athelstan House.

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Langford View’s summer fete set to be an afternoon of fun in the sun

If you’re thinking about how to spend your Saturday afternoon this weekend, Langford View Care Home in Bicester has the answer! Go along to the home between 2pm and 4pm to join in with the fun and games planned for its annual summer fete.

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Paro the robotic seal

Robotic seal Paro visits OSJCT’s Langford View Care Home in Oxfordshire

It’s not every day a baby seal visits a care home.

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Summer fete rolls into town at The Lakes Care Centre in South Cerney

It couldn’t have been a more perfect day on Saturday to host a traditional English summer fete in Cirencester. The Lakes Care Centre, welcomed over 100 members of the community into the home, to see the facilities, meet the team and enjoy some delicious treats.

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OSJCT Care Leader fights cancer with the aid of Henlow Court colleagues

Steph Hill is a very special member of The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) family. The dedicated Care Leader has been with Henlow Court care home in Dursley for two years.

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Mary Falmilton

BLOG: OSJCT resident recalls her career as a midwife, as the NHS celebrates its 70th birthday

Mary Familton is a resident at The Orders of St John Care Trust's (OSJCT) Athelstan House in Malmesbury, Wiltshire.

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See-Saw Nursery children descend on OSJCT’s Goodson Lodge

On this sunny summers morning the 3rd of July some of the children from See-Saw Nursery arrived in high-vis vests and sunhats at Goodson Lodge.

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Kerry Dearden appointed as Deputy Chief Executive

The Orders of St John Care Trust’s (OSJCT) Commercial and Marketing Director, Kerry Dearden, has been appointed as the organisation’s first Deputy Chief Executive.

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#Hatchwatch chicks from #OSJCT’s Stirlings Care Home are all grown up!

Chicken update: the Stirlings chicks are all grown up!

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Summer has arrived at #OSJCT’s Langford View

Langford View Care Home in Bicester, Oxfordshire has embraced the warm weather over the past few weeks and has kicked off the summer with a host of sunshine-filled activities.

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OSJCT The Lakes Care Centre to host Dementia Support Day

Following on from our hugely successful Dementia Awareness Event back in February, we are hosting a Dementia Support Day on Wednesday 8th August 2019 from 2-7pm.

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OSJCT’s The Lakes Care Centre all set for Care Funding event

Throughout June, many homes across OSJCT are running helpful advice sessions to provide you with guidance around Paying for Care. We have invited SOLLA accredited Later Life Advisers to come and talk to those who are looking into care for a loved one.

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Monkey business at OSJCT’s Coombe End Court

It’s not every day our residents get to hang out with a monkey, but for those living at The Orders of St John Care Trust’s (OSJCT) Coombe End Court home, that was exactly what they did

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WIFI in Care Homes

Residents, relatives and employees at The Orders of St. John Care Trust (OSJCT) have been able to readily access the world wide web for some time, thanks to the wi-fi service.

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Royally named new Day Care Centre opens at OSJCT’s Marston Court

New Day Care Centre royally opens at OSJCT's Marston Court, Oxford

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Oxfordshire Employee Awards

Oxfordshire Care Homes celebrated at Employee Awards

OSJCT introduces new catering initiative

The Orders of St John Care Trust has launched a new catering initiative using a software platform called Saffron.

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Care Home Open Day 2018 arrives at Longlands Care Centre

On Saturday the 21st of April the residents, residents, their relatives and the community celebrated National Care Home Open Day at Longlands.

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The Lakes Care Centre celebrates its first birthday!

The Lakes Care Centre in Cirencester went to great lengths recently to celebrate its first birthday, and they certainly did it in style!

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OSJCT celebrates positive Your Care Rating results

The Orders of St John Care Trust is celebrating today after many of the Trust’s homes performed strongly in a nationwide survey of care home residents and their family members and friends.

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Janet and Karen

A celebration of 30 years of volunteering for one of OSJCT’s longest serving Volunteers

Janet Collins has been volunteering at The Orders of St John Care Trust’s Ridgeway House, Wootton Basset since 1988

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Wiltshire Wanderers tackle the Beast from the East

The Orders of St John Care Trust fielded its very own Wiltshire Wanderers to tackle the Beast from the East that arrived in the UK last week.

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Love is in the air at Tonwsend House

Nothing quite says ‘I love you’ like a romantic dinner for two. And with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, there’s no time quite like the present for Ann and John Gomm to celebrate their long romance.

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Dementia Awareness Event Success at The Lakes Care Centre

On Wednesday 28 March, The Lakes Care Centre held a family awareness event for those caring for loved ones with Dementia.

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Welcome to Your New Home Card - Competition Announcement

In January we launched a competition for residents to design a Welcome to Your New Home card that would be used across the Trust to welcome in new residents.

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Stirlings' Family event

Success for Stirlings’ Family Engagement Event

Taking that first leap from home into care can be a daunting and overwhelming experience

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‘Stop the Pressure’ success for OSJCT

The Orders of St John Care Trust is celebrating 34 homes across Lincolnshire and Wiltshire being pressure ulcer free for 100 plus days.

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Trust in Care Winter 2018 issue

The new issue of Trust in Care Winter 2018 edition is now available.

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Cake arrangement at Edwardstow Court's Tea and Cake event

Tea and Cake success at Edwardstow Court

Edwardstow Court Care Centre is on the cusp of opening its doors to residents – recruitment is in full swing, furniture is in place, and excitement is bubbling.

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OSJCT’s Employee Awards 2018

The voting for The Orders of St John Care Trust annual employee awards is now open. The awards celebrate the success of employees.

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Gregory House Awarded Outstanding in Latest CQC Report

Gregory House care home is OSJCT's second home to be awarded an outstanding CQC report.

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A choir in Every Care Home

Residents take part in a national intiative, aimed at bringing music and singing into care homes across the UK.

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Postcards from Abroad

Residents at Brookside care home managed to see the world with each other, but did it all without boarding a single plane.

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Christmas Elf at The Meadows

19-year-old Courtney Hughes delivers Christmas gifts to the residents at The Meadows for a sixth year.

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OSJCT’s 95-year-old Shining Star

Meet Marjorie Dunford, OSJCT's oldest volunteer at 95 years of age.

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Charlie and Pringle

Penguin Visit

Two furry friends brightened the day of our Madley Park residents when they waddled into the home.

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Trust in Care Summer 2017 Issue

News of what's going on around OSJCT

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Wiltshire Employee Awards 2017

Wiltshire Annual Employee Awards Ceremony 2017

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HRH The Princess Royal opens The Lakes

HRH The Princess Royal visited The Lakes Care Centre to perform the official opening on 20 July.

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Duke of Gloucester Visits Lincoln

​Boultham Park House in Lincoln welcomed a special visitor on 6 July when HRH The Duke of Gloucester dropped in during his day of engagements in Lincoln.

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OSJCT Achieves Top 20 Award

We are proud and delighted to have again achieved a Top 20 Award from carehome.co.uk.

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Inter-Homes Quiz Competition

Inter-Homes Quiz Competition

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The High Sheriff of Lincolnshire officially opens The Poplars new extension

On 5 April, Mrs Jill Hughes, the High Sheriff of Lincolnshire cut the ribbon to open the home's newly-built dementia care household.

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Getting On automaton on display at First International Research Conference on Arts & Dementia, held in London on 9-10 March 2017

“Getting On” automaton on display at International Dementia Conference

"Getting On", the automaton created in 2015 by sculptor Robert Race as part of the "Exploring Ageing through Art" project, has been exhibited at the First International Research Conference on Arts & Dementia in London.

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Your Vote Counts - Don’t Miss Out

Everyone's vote is important so make sure you don't miss out on your opportunity to have your say at the local elections on 4 May 2017

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Trust in Care Winter 2017 Issue

News of what's going on around OSJCT - never a dull moment!

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England’s Chief Nursing Officer visits Millbrook Lodge

Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer of England, visited Millbrook Lodge in Gloucestershire last week (Friday 13 January) to talk to Home Manager Robin Willmott and his team about their work on the Teaching Care Home project.

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Paro the Robotic Seal

At OSJCT we’re always looking at different ways to enhance the well-being of our residents so we were thrilled when we were introduced to Paro, the robotic seal by Agnete (Aggy) Petersen, an MSc student of Anthropology at Aarhus University in Denmark.

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Wiltshire Residents visit Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle Excursions

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Oxfordshire’s Winter Wonderland

Residents and employees danced the afternoon away at this years' Christmas Party.

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Festive Winter Wonderland Christmas Party

Festive Winter Wonderland Christmas Party

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