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Summer at It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the Summer edition of Avery Life that contains a warm collection of articles about life in Avery care homes, luxury rental living in our Hawthorns retirement villages and interesting reads to enjoy a rest and cup of tea with.


Before we delve into this issue, I would like to take the opportunity to share with you the gratitude and relief that we are now all moving into the summer with positive strides. The Covid-19 vaccine programme across our homes has been fast and thorough, giving us much reassurance. I cannot tell you how thrilled we are to have our doors open to visitors once more, and homes are now enjoying booking visiting in abundance, assisted by safety rules such as the lateral flow tests and using the garden visiting pods. It is amazing how quickly our residents and their families have adapted to the new visiting regimes, and there is a real sense of joy and ‘just getting on with it’ across the homes as we all adjust. Welcoming new residents to our care homes has now become much easier too. Families are reassured that they will be able to visit regularly and are comforted by the fact that they can come into the home on moving in day to help their loved one settle in. We are so pleased this can now happen again, not least because it gives us all a chance to get to know one another. Within the Hawthorns rented retirement living apartments for the over 70s, life has been more normal, but we have really missed the social events that brought friends and family and a real buzz into

our luxury communal environments. Thankfully, the lockdown did not stop fine food and a glass of champagne being enjoyed, but we are pleased to welcome back the entertainment programme into full swing. Outside of the Avery care homes and Hawthorns rented apartments, our Group has been busy working behind the scenes continuing with ambitious growth plans. The Group has a longstanding reputation for innovation in the design and development of care homes, attracting global market investment into our assets, and creating a benchmark that many other care providers covet. I am pleased to say we have established a reputation for delivering high-quality homes with imaginative design-led solutions and richly furnished interiors, resulting in a strong foothold in the private market. The recent pandemic has given us time to reflect, hone, adapt and embrace new ways of working and technologies more than ever before. We will touch on some of these innovations within this issue. I hope you enjoy the articles about dining and companionship at Avery Healthcare and get a glimpse into luxury retirement life at the Hawthorns and how it is a lifestyle many people can afford and deserve. In the meantime, whilst you are settling down to read this, the teams are busy working on multiple projects, including our wonderful Ambassador, Sherrie Hewson, who is out in the homes filming some surprises for us – more on that to come in the next edition. See you then, Sharon Winfield, Avery Healthcare Chief Operating Officer



| Diving into History

Exclusive Interview with Lord Charles Spencer


| D-Day

The story of Omaha Beach from an Avery resident


| Prince Philip

An insight into a Duke, his duty and his determination



| Time to Look at a Book?

Here are some recommendations

Have your Best Summer Ever

36 | The Power of Gratitude


Feeling grateful? We should be, it will lift our mood

Plant yourself in your backyard for a beneficial experience


42 | The Wild Outdoors

| Natural Well-Being

How nature improves our state of mind

| In an Avery Country Garden

Wildlife and wildflowers on your doorstep

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Diving into HISTORY In this exclusive interview Lord Charles Spencer, younger brother of the late Princess Diana, talks to Nicola McGeorge about his love of bringing history to life, diving for buried treasure, and ‘that’ speech.

Historian and author Charles, the 9th Earl Spencer, oversees Althorp estate, the family’s ancestral seat in Northamptonshire with his wife Karen Gordon. The maternal uncle of Princes William and Harry, Charles’ heartfelt eulogy paying tribute to his sister Diana, the Princess of Wales often appears in lists of great speeches of the 20th century. He has written several books, including the Sunday Times best-seller, Blenheim: Battle for Europe. His latest work, The White Ship is a riveting real-life Game of Thrones, a truly thrilling tale.

When did you decide you wanted to become a writer? After leaving university, I spent 10 years as a reporter for the American network NBC. There I learnt to ‘write a picture.’ That is, I wrote down scripts that were closely linked to the footage shot for my reports. While I enjoyed all aspects of foreign reporting (I was lucky enough to visit over 30 countries during this period), writing was the part of my profession that most appealed to me. It was only a short step from that to writing books.

What draws you to the history genre? I always loved history. I recently found a school report from when I was five years old in which my lovely headmistress, Miss Lowe, mentions this passion of mine. Dated 1969 she wrote, ‘Charles seems to adore history.’ To me, history is not simply about dry and dusty facts, it’s more about people 12

The White Ship was the medieval equivalent of the Titanic, and yet the White Ship’s sinking had much more of a dramatic impact on its time. King Henry I had two dozen children, but only one legitimate heir, and he drowned alongside the flower of the Anglo-Norman aristocracy.

watching. We actually haven’t changed much as a species in the last few hundred years, so the way people reacted to triumph and disasters way back then, is much the same now.

How do you choose which era to write about? It’s not so much the general era, as the actual story that attracts me. I like to write about dramatic figures or moments from history that have been semi or completely forgotten by younger generations. This is because history is no longer a compulsory subject in schools, so of course, teachers tend to offer Hitler or Henry VIII to pupils in order to fill their classrooms. The topics and characters I write about, the Battle of Blenheim, Prince Rupert of the Rhine, the execution of Charles I, were all normal historical subjects when I was growing up in the 70s and early 80s. Now they are very much on the back burner, which I find very sad and I would go as far as saying I think it’s wrong.

The White Ship - Why do you think this period of history isn’t well known? The White Ship was the medieval equivalent of the Titanic, and yet the White Ship’s sinking had much more of a dramatic impact on its time. King Henry I had two dozen children, but only one legitimate heir, and he drowned alongside the flower of the AngloNorman aristocracy. This catastrophe eventually sealed the doom of the Normandy dynasty ruling

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England and led to the Plantagenets taking over the throne. They occupied it for more than 300 years until the Tudors took over. Given the enormity of the tragedy, I believe the fate of The White Ship and its ramifications should be more well known. It remains the most catastrophic shipwreck in England’s history 900 years on.

You are partaking in a dive to find the remains of the 12th-century “White Ship”, what are your expectations? Indeed. Our diving team will be in action on 8th June, off the coast of Normandy, and I will be there – although not in a wet suit! The White Ship went down in 1120. While it is apparently just possible that we might locate other objects from her, what we are concentrating on is a search for surviving metalwork, rivets and nails. One of our team is the leading expert on ancient metal and knows what we are looking for. The two main people behind this dive have been involved in Sutton Hoo and the famous Saxon ship grave found there, which was the subject of the hugely successful TV film, ‘The Dig’.

Which of your books would you like to be made into a film and who would you like cast? I think ‘Killers of the King’ would make a truly dramatic movie. It’s the tale of the 80 men who were behind the execution of Charles I, and what happened to them once Charles II unexpectedly


took to the throne a decade later. The guilty men scattered across Britain, Europe and even as far as America. Charles II hunted them down for the entire 25 years of his reign. There are incredible, (but true) tales of good and bad luck. One traitor who helped track down several of the King’s killers was a man called Downing, who was richly rewarded for his skulduggery. With some of his ill-gotten gains he bought part of London, which now boasts a famous street named after him – yes, that’s right - Downing Street! With assassination attempts, Native Americans and cunning disguises, I think it could be quite gripping. I have always seen Colin Firth in this movie.

Can you share any insights into your writing routine?

writing part, I do four hours a day, any more and I find my prose gets a little uneven and repetitive. I go through the finished book script about eight times, smoothing it out for the reader. Each book takes about three years to complete. I am currently writing my eighth.

What do you like to read? I prefer to listening to audiobooks, rather than actually reading. I suspect that’s because I have to read so much for research. My taste is eclectic. I’ve recently listened to an autobiography by the actor Rupert Everett, Michael Jones’s fabulous biography of The Black Prince, Stephen Fry reading P.G. Wodehouse, and a brilliant book about the story of 17th century Rome by the ludicrously intelligent Loyd Grossman.

When I am researching, I am best in the morning. My mind is fresh and uncluttered. I keep all my research in several huge lever arch files. I used to prepare my notes by hand, but now I commit it all to my keyboard. When it comes to the actual


The eulogy you gave for Princess Diana often appears in lists of great speeches of the 20th century, why do you believe this is? Well, of course, it is a speech that I wish with all my heart that I had never had to give. That is obvious. I don’t know why it struck a chord at the time, but I can say that I thought very hard about what I needed to achieve in it, to speak on Diana’s behalf now that she tragically had no voice. I think the simplicity of the aim was very helpful to me. It kept me on track.

What do you like to do in your spare time? I am very outdoorsy. I don’t find it difficult to clock up the dreaded 10,000 steps per day. I recently

gave up cricket, and now play bad tennis with my children instead. I have a mountain bike, but luckily it’s an e-bike too, which means I can flick a switch to help me with the steeper hills!

Northamptonshire is very close to your family’s heart. What do you love most about the county? It fits with my ethos as a writer. In fact, I feel it’s such a pity that more people don’t know about Northamptonshire – it’s beauty, history and unique charm. As the old cliché goes, it is generally a county people travel through rather than go to. Without wishing to sound patronising, the people here are special – mixing a good sense of humour with the ability to be at ease with themselves. I 16

many staycationers instead this summer. It’s a classically English setting once you enter the gates here, and it’s very unstuffy. We genuinely welcome our visitors, people seem to appreciate that.

What are your plans for the future of the estate?

love the sporting heritage of the county. We have regular tickets to the Saints for rugby, and I am a proud patron of the Northants County Cricket Club. Meanwhile I’m also connected to the Royal & Derngate, which is one of the finest regional theatres in the country. There’s much to shout about regarding this relatively quiet county.

Will Althorp be opening the grounds this summer and what can visitors expect? We will be open for 60 days in July and August, (every day except the 5th July and the 31st August.) The house, grounds and Spencer exhibition all have much to offer. People come from all over the world usually, but I can imagine we will be welcoming

My wife, Karen and I are making the estate ever more environmentally ‘clean’ and recently appointed a conservation officer to see that the agriculture and forestry is thought out more. We are helping to clear and clean water courses, use less chemical fertilisers, plant more wild flower banks, and the like. We want to foster wildlife. Karen recently welcomed a herd of dairy cattle who are treated with enormous respect. We make sure that calf and mother stay together, rather than be separated at birth. It’s called ‘the calf at foot dairy,’ and belongs to an inspiring lady who works closely with my wife. I should add that my wife is crazy about animals, we currently have two orphaned lambs that follow her everywhere. I’m not sure if our nine year old lab is enjoying the competition for affection. The White Ship will be available in paperback from 10th June 2021 Althorp house and grounds will open to the public 1st July – 4th July, 6th July – 30th August 2021 www.spencerofalthorp.com charles.earl.spencer



that never made the headlines Respite resident, Leslie Dobinson, recently disclosed to the staff at Crispin Court Care Home, in Stafford, that he is the last surviving British veteran of the D-Day operation regarding the landing on Omaha Beach. Leslie journaled his incredible story in his book, titled, ‘The D-Day Story That Never Made the Headlines: Royal Air Force Personnel Killed on Omaha Beach on D-Day.’

In his own words, this is his story: The open-ended project that I embarked upon in 2004, to seek to erect a memorial in honour of the signals and radar personnel of the RAF’s second tactical Air Force (2nd TAF) who were killed on the Omaha Beach on D-Day, was instigated following an invitation for me to participate in a ceremony in Vierville-Sur-Mer to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of D-Day. The next day, during a visit to the Normandy American cemetery, it was clear that none of the senior military and political leaders I met were aware of the debt they owed to the RAF in defending American troops against an air attack on Omaha Beach on D-Day and subsequently through the Battle of Normandy.

Some people will be familiar with the fact that a total of 10,386 military crosses were awarded during the whole of World War II. A few people will know that of these; just 69 were awarded to the Royal Air Force officers. But just a privileged few are aware that four of those 69 military crosses together with two military medals and the Croix de Guerre were awarded for the bravery of our chaplain, our Medical Officer, the Commanding Officer, the Chief Technical Officer and others of the 140 or thereabouts radio/radar technicians of the RAF who were serving in the RAF radio radar unit that disembarked from tank landing crafts onto Omaha Beach on D-Day at 17:00 hours together with their 27 specialised vehicles that were fitted with radar and radio communications equipment. They were met with heavy fire from German 88 mm artillery and heavy machine guns, and mortar


...It was clear that none of the senior military and political leaders I met were aware of the debt they owed to the RAF in defending American troops against an air attack on Omaha Beach on D-Day and subsequently through the Battle of Normandy.

fire. From then on, for many hours, our medical Officer and chaplain, both wounded, continually toured the beach under fire to bring aid and comfort to be American wounded and the last rights to those nearing death. This RAF unit is identified as 15082GCI (ground-controlled interception unit). Its function was to protect the American beachhead and the American troops from Air Attack by using its radar equipment to locate the position and altitude of enemy aircraft and by means of direct radio contact to direct RAF fighter aircraft to intercept and engage them. This was a facility that the US military was unable to provide for their assets at the time. An attempt to land a non-combatant unit at its planned 11:30 hours was aborted for lack of space on the beach. The damage to the RAF vehicles during the landing was such that only 6 of the 27 that disembarked were sufficiently serviceable to be driven off the beach

when, many hours later, an exit had been cleared by a bulldozer that, still under fire, had managed to negotiate a passage between the hundreds of dead and wounded American troops and damaged vehicles. The brave RAF technicians of this mobile radar unit and its supporting mobile signals units, having themselves sustained 47 casualties including 1 Officer and nine other ranks killed and one missing, spent the night, still under fire, attending to their casualties as well as many of the wounded GI’s, and in burying their dead comrades on the beach. Having also survived a bombing raid by Junker 88’s during the night with the approach of dawn, attempts were made to salvage damaged equipment from the beach and the sea, sufficient for the unit to become operational on D-Day + 2 from a temporary site hastily chosen by the US General Timberlake, the planned designated site being still in enemy’s hands.


THE BATTLE of the BINGE Whilst we are enjoying a little more normality, the last year has encouraged us to spend more time at home and some strong viewing material helps in that department. We have rounded up our top picks of the best TV shows of 2021 to help you forget the craziness of the last 15 months and remind you of simpler times. So, if you are in the mood for drama, laughs or something to keep you on the edge of your seat, we’ve got you covered.

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1. Too Close Starring: Denise Gough, Emily Watson, Thalissa Teixeira, James Sives Emily Watson plays forensic psychiatrist, Emma Robertson, tasked with assessing a high-profile patient in this psychological drama. Criminal suspect Connie’s insightful yet manipulative nature results in a complex relationship between the two female leads. By highlighting Emma’s internal insecurities, Connie starts to exploit them and as a result, their sessions become a multifaceted psychological game with perplexing undercurrents.

Starring: Anna Maxwell Martin, Rachael Stirling, Rhashan Stone, Peter McDonald

Line of Duty’s Anna Maxwell Martin stars in a new ITV drama hitting our screens this year. This edge-of-yourseat domestic thriller focuses on two sisters, Theresa and Helen, whose lives are thrown upside down after they suspect their children have something to do with the disappearance of their neighbour’s young son. When they don’t return home on time, Theresa goes out to search for them, her suspicions that something terrible has happened only heightens when she finds them at the edge of a woodland area fighting. Then later that evening distraught neighbour, Jean, calls on the family. Her ten-year-old son Alex has gone missing… 20

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5 3. Lisey’s Story Starring: Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Joan Allen With every episode personally penned by Stephen King, this psychological horror features an all-star cast and follows the story of Lisey Landon, two years after the death of her husband, the widely successful novelist, Scott Landon. A series of unsettling events forces Lisey to face memories of her marriage to Scott that she deliberately blocked.

4. Physical

5. Vigil

Starring: Rose Byrne, Geoffrey Arend, Paul Sparks, Ashley Liao Physical centres around Sheila Rubin, a seemingly dutiful, though quietly tortured housewife living within the idyllic yet fragile beach paradise of 1980’s San Diego. Publicly, Sheila supports her smart but controversial husband, as he makes a bid for state assembly. But behind closed doors, she has her own dark comedic take on life that she rarely lets the world see. The series tracks her transformation from a stifled, overlooked enabler to a confident and powerful lifestyle guru—someone we take for granted today, that was entirely radical in her time.

Starring: Suranne Jones, Adam James, Martin Compston, Lolita Chakrabarti, Orla Russell From the makers of Line of Duty, Vigil unravels a dark conspiracy that goes right to the heart of Britain’s national security. Starring Suranne Jones and Martin Compston, this suspense-thriller kicks off with a suspicious death aboard the submarine HMS Vigil and the mysterious disappearance of a fishing trawler, set against the backdrop of Scotland’s nuclear deterrent.


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After a lifetime of service to Queen and exiled from Corfu. Born on a kitchen table, albeit country, Prince Philip will not only be in a palatial villa, Prince Philip was the youngest, and only son, of five children for Prince Andrew remembered as the longest serving consort in of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice of British royal history, but the man Battenberg. Philip remained a stateless immigrant while he was educated in who pledged allegiance of life and England and briefly in Germany before Change does not limb to Queen Elizabeth II, with attending Gordonstoun school in change tradition, a multi-faceted, unconventional Scotland aged 13. While Philip thrived as it strengthens it. guardian (head boy), displaying natural character who was enthusiastic Change is a challenge leadership skills, he also acquired a about life and lived it full of and an opportunity, love for the great outdoors, drama and endeavour. cricket. The disciplines shaped him into not a threat. Arriving in an orange box on board a Royal Navy ship, sent by King George V, 18-month old Prince Philippos of Greece and Denmark and his family sought refuge in France after they were

a man who would later join the Royal Navy with the experience inspiring him to launch the eponymous Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Award scheme - Philip described it as a ‘do-it-yourself


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growing-up kit’. His own childhood was difficult, marred with tragedy with the death of one of his beloved sisters and her family. With an uncertain, nomadic existence after his mother’s illness and father’s infidelity, young Philip was shunted between family members. The ethos behind the DofE Award scheme is to give young people a chance, extending their horizons beyond the academic, teaching them responsibilities and self-reliance. The same qualities and skills that Philip learnt at Gordonstoun enabled him to join the Royal Navy at age 17. His interest in all things nautical was piqued when he was taught to sail at Hopeman Habour on the coast of the Moray Firth in the Scottish Highlands, he subsequently incorporated this into the DofE Award, along with hikes and expeditions. Philip served in the Royal Navy for 14 years, including during WWII, when he was Mentioned in Despatches for ‘bravery and enterprise’ in controlling the HMS Valiant’s searchlights, resulting in victory over the Italian Fleet at Cape Matapan in March 1941. He was eventually appointed First Lieutenant aboard the HMS Whelp and in September 1945 was present for the last act of WWII – the formal Japanese surrender in Tokyo Bay. Philip was promoted to Lieutenant 25

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Commander in 1950 and commanded anti-submarine frigate HMS Magpie. He was known as Lieutenant Mountbatten, an Anglicised version of his mother’s name Battenberg. It was the vital post-war rebuilding of Britain which contributed to Prince Philip’s passion for design. In 1959 he began a design recognition award, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Prize for Elegant Design, presented by himself annually until 2011. As a visionary, he became involved with designing the Royal Yacht Britannia, combining his love of the sea with his passion for design. He preferred a hands-on approach, as proved decades later when he assisted in modifying his favourite iconic British brand, the Land Rover, into a hearse for his final journey to St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. As an ambassador for the crown, Prince Philip saw his royal duties as sacrosanct and his greatest achievement. Because of this role, he visited the far reaches of the Commonwealth and witnessed some of Earth’s wildest places. His travels helped to develop his interest in photography and nature and he evolved into a conservationist. One of the cofounders, and the first president of the World Wildlife Fund, he spread the word amongst world leaders and communities about a looming environmental crisis, attending meetings, warning about the ramifications of slow progress, he was known as a forward thinker with his own ideas. He narrated the television programme, Survival Special: The Enchanted Isles (1967). This was not his only foray into broadcasting, it was at Philip’s behest that the


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Everyone has to have a sense of duty. A duty to society, to their family. I mean, you name it. 1953 coronation was televised. A radical idea at the time but it gave Her Majesty’s subjects access to a centuries-old tradition through a new medium. As well as being a practical man, Philip had creative pursuits too, he cultivated a private passion for painting, and although ill health forced him to bid farewell to public life at 96, he was still carriage driving until his final days. It was his endless energy and zest that people gravitated towards, seeking his counsel, encouragement and guidance, appreciating his straightforward and direct approach. He was a practical joker with a risqué sense of humour, enabling him to engage with crowds and put people at ease. Over his lifetime Prince Philip was patron of a multitude of charities, involved with a plethora of organisations and completed over 22,000 solo engagements, but it was his devoted role as consort, husband and father that he saw as his most honoured accomplishment. Tsugufumi Matsumoto/Associated Press


Nothing beats a

GOOD BOOK The season of reading is upon us. There is nothing quite like enjoying a good read en plein air. From emerging to established authors and from chefs to royalty, we’ve got

you covered. So, if you’re in the market for your next book, here’s our selection of the best page-turners. Sit back, relax and get stuck in.

How ‘the glamour boys’ changed the course of history

How this celebrated chef coped with owning a restaurant

One of New York’s most celebrated chefs, Gabrielle Hamilton is not only a success in the kitchen but also a very gifted writer. Her New York Times column about navigating restaurant ownership during the pandemic, perfectly captured the absurdity of reality and showcased all the ins and outs of the industry. Her memoir follows her unconventional journey through the many kitchens she has found herself in over the years. The way she talks of food and about other women in her life is spellbinding. Her story is told with rare honesty, grit, wit and passion.

This is the chapter that was never told. It is the story of how Britain went to war with Germany in 1939. In the early 1930s a group of young, homosexual British MP’s visited Berlin on a series of trips that would change the course of the Second World War. Having witnessed the Nazis’ violence first-hand, these men were some of the first to warn Britain about Hitler, frequently speaking out against the government’s policy of appeasing him. Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain hated them. Labelling them ‘the glamour boys’, he had their phones tapped and threatened them with exposure. At a time when even the suggestion of homosexuality could land you in prison, the bravery these men were forced to show in their personal lives gave them astonishing courage in public. Undeterred, they refused to be silenced and when war came, they enlisted. Four of them died in action. And without them, Britain would never have faced down the Nazis. 28

A new life by the sea

Growing up in workingclass Scotland

In the coastal town of Margate, hotels sit empty and ‘For Sale’ signs grace the streets. The sea is higher and those who can are moving inland, however a young girl, Chance, is just arriving. Her family is one of many offered a cash grant to move out of London, so along with her mother Jas, and brother JD, they relocate to the seaside. The family welcomes the space and fresh air which is a far cry from the cramped bedsit they have lived in until now. However, old and new acquaintances start to shake things up. Set against a backdrop of soaring inequality and creeping political extremism, Rankin-Gee demonstrates, with deep humanity, the enduring power of love and hope in a world spinning out of control.

Shuggie Bain is the unforgettable story of young Hugh “Shuggie” Bain, a sweet and lonely boy who spends his 1980s childhood in run-down public housing in Glasgow, Scotland. His mother, Agnes Bain has always expected more from life. She dreams of greater things: a house with its own front door and a life bought and paid for outright, but Agnes is abandoned by her philandering husband, and soon she and her three children find themselves trapped in a decimated mining town. As she turns more and more to drink, the children try their best to save her, yet one by one they must abandon her to save themselves. It is her son, Shuggie who holds out hope the longest. A heart-breaking story of addiction, sexuality, and love, Shuggie Bain is an epic portrayal of a working-class family that is rarely seen in fiction.

A story that changed the course of history

A moving story of the Royals

Philip The Final Portrait tells the story of two contrasting lives, assessing the Duke of Edinburgh’s character and achievement and exploring the nature of his relationships with his wife, his children and their families. This is a powerful, revealing and moving account of a long life and a remarkable royal partnership told with unique insight and authority by an author who knew the Prince for more than forty years. This is the final portrait of an unexpected and often misunderstood figure.

The sinking of The White Ship was one of the greatest disasters in English history. When it sank sailing from Normandy to England, it was carrying the only legitimate heir to King Henry I, William of Etheling; the rowdy, egotistical young prince who had made a party out of the journey, pushing wine into the eager hands of the crew. It was the middle of the night when the drunken helmsman rammed the ship into rocks. Only one of three hundred aboard lived to tell the tale. The White Ship, by our cover star, Charles Spencer, tells the real story of how one disastrous shipwreck changed England’s course forever.


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With frequent Prime Minister announcements in the easing of lockdown restrictions, and in a continued effort by Avery to assist relative visiting during the pandemic, the Group has invested in outdoor garden ‘visitor pods’ with a rapid install programme seeing them pop up in the portfolio of 59 care homes at a rate of three per week. The pods, installed by Wild Environments, are a garden room specifically designed to facilitate safe face-to-face contact with relatives and visitors. Each pod contains a floor to ceiling glass partition, completely dividing the space, meaning there is no need to wear a mask, and a hands-free intercom so that communication is clear and safe for use. The luxury pods also boast heating and air conditioning, making a comfortable interior so that residents and families can spend time together. The homes and the Avery families have been delighted with their new pod for residents to enjoy quality time with their family and loved ones in a safe and comfortable setting. Steve Matthews, son of Stratford upon Avon’s Scholars Mews resident

The pods, installed by Wild Environments, are a garden room specifically designed to facilitate safe faceto-face contact with relatives and visitors. Violet, said, “It was absolutely lovely, and you would never know that there was a glass panel between us. The intercom system worked really well, so voices were very clear.” Socialising is such an essential part of our lives and supports mental health. Avery’s staff have done a fantastic job adapting to the current times and keeping residents connected. It has been wonderful to see families reuniting with loved ones after following strict government guidelines for so long. And in true Avery fashion, some homes have been throwing parties to welcome visitors back. One such home, Glenmoor House in Corby, made the emotional reunion extra special as they celebrated by decorating the home with ‘Welcome Back’ banners, balloons and handed out flowers to their visitors. Resident Jean, who had a special visit from her daughter Lyn, said, “Is this real? I dreamed about seeing you, and now you’re here!” To which her daughter replied, “Yes, it’s real. You can pinch 30

me if you like? I am over the moon with my flowers and how lovely the home is looking. I am so happy to be back in the home to hold my mother’s hand and talk face-to-face.”

A Step in the Right Direction

For many of us, particularly care home residents and staff, the past months have been tough. They are now looking forward to a brighter future with some normality, aided by the vaccine roll-out plan, which protects from the virus at an encouraging pace. Residents at Clayton Manor in Congleton were delighted to receive their first dose of the vaccine. Working with Readesmoor Medical Centre, Home Manager, Sally Latham said, “Clayton Manor and Readesmoor Medical Practice have enjoyed an excellent working relationship for many years, delivering the highest standard of care to the people living in the home which cares for people living with general nursing, residential and dementia residential needs.” The vaccine has had such an impact on everyone in the homes and has brought such hope, there was soon an addictive feel-good vibe that residents and staff wanted to share. One member of staff saw the new dance craze ‘Jerusalema’ that was designed to spread messages of hope during the pandemic, and within the week the homes were dusting off their dancing shoes and dancing the Jerusalema Dance Challenge, to promote the vaccine take-up to all. Watch the video. It is one of those feel-good moments when we can all take a breath and start to feel positive! 31

GREY PRIDE Embracing Your Inner Silver Fox or Vixen Rachel Carr lives in Norwich with her boyfriend of 17 years, Sean, and their tabby and white cat, Walter. After graduating with an English degree, aged 45, she is starting a new career as a writer. This is her first published piece of work. Since lockdown, she hasn’t been able to keep up with her natural (ahem) blonde, which unmasked two grey hairs. She feels the experience qualified her to write this article. Rachel loves animals, books and laughing at silly things on the internet. She also enjoys drinking cocktails with friends, and her much older siblings. 32

While ditching the dye has become popular during the pandemic, conscious decisions are now being made to accept naturally greying hair. The new tone has been dubbed grombre (grey + ombre) and it even has its own Instagram page. Grey hair is no longer associated with the negative cultural signifiers of growing old, giving up and stress. In recent years the perceptions of grey hair have shifted - stylish and confident are now the ordre du jour. For men, greys and silvers have always been synonymous with wisdom and experience; Cary Grant was labelled ‘distinguished’ when he began to turn grey. Hair dye company Just For Men attempted to discourage grey hair by subverting its poster boy, George Clooney, and convincing men not to emulate him with the tagline, ‘Grey’s Not For Everyone’. However, there is now a grey movement of Hollywood men and women which is inspiring others to stop dyeing their hair. The influence has been far reaching, Asian women, who traditionally kept their hair dark as they aged, are now favouring a low maintenance approach too. Jane Fonda has swapped her blonde layered style for a silver pixie cut, and she has never looked brighter. Helen Mirren has a short and shiny white bob, while Jamie Lee Curtis and Meryl Streep are embracing their soft salt ‘n’ pepper tones. They are still as relevant and present on the (literal) silver screen as their younger counterparts. Everyone experiences grey hair at different rates and ages, for some it is a few strands of silver glitter growing out of the middle of the roots. For others, it is a bit of frosting around the temples, but one of the more unique quirks of going grey is the Mallen streak, otherwise known as a skunk line. It was previously used to depict evil Johnny Depp in Sweeny Todd, or vampire Lily Munster. Its etymology derives from the Latin word malignus, meaning wicked, it also had an association with witchcraft in Medieval times. These days, it is a style statement favoured by One Direction’s Zayn Malik and presenter George Lamb. Newsreader and presenter Charlene White is showcasing a Mallen streak too, while presenter and journalist Caryn Franklin had one as her trademark for years. Society is



no longer hiding from the ageing process, while other societies have always had differing views on ageing. In Māori culture, and any Polynesian culture in the South Pacific, older people are considered an asset. Far from becoming invisible, they are relied upon to guide the younger generation and pass on the culture of the Māori tribe; rather than retire, they become leaders. The physical signs of ageing are seen as positive amongst Polynesian cultures, grey hair is a sign of a valued life well-lived. 33

There is currently a demand for older models; now a global business, Grey Model Agency only accepts models over the age of 35 and their models, which are beyond retirement age are receiving prestigious and plentiful work. Fashion houses such as Dolce & Gabbana and Yves Saint Laurent are employing models over the age of 70 in their campaigns, and the glossy pages of Vogue are adorned with grey haired men and women. The beauty industry is catching up, and cashing in too. In order to maintain the vibrancy and condition of hair which is losing its pigment, lilac, and blue-toned shampoos and treatments are essential. When hair loses colour it becomes coarser, but with the correct care it can still be silky and shiny. The industry traditionally emphasised youth with vintage adverts from Clariol, dramatically telling women that grey hair was ‘The Heartless Dictator’, and Brownatone hair dye proclaiming, ‘You Cannot Afford to be Gray’. Nowadays, rather than tapping into the insecurities surrounding ageing, brands now encourage the older demographic to embrace it. It is also savvy enough to alter the terminology on its products - beauty creams are no longer anti-ageing, they are pro-ageing.

of ageing is disappearing, along with the granny stereotype, Francis Dunscombe, who posed naked aged 82, told BBC Ideas that her confidence has grown with age. Positive ageing posts appear regularly on Instagram accounts, which are now more instaglam than instagran. Ladies and Gents - ditch the dye and join the ‘grey hair, don’t care’ revolution.

Attitudes towards ageing have changed, social media is a testament to that, the platforms host several groups aimed at supporting those who have decided to let their natural grey shine through. Facebook has Going Grey Gracefully, and Going Gray, Looking Great! Their members seek advice and inspiration, and their numbers are increasing. Grey hair is flattering for all skin tones and with a paint chart’s worth of shades, pewter, charcoal and platinum, to name a few, it is far from dull. The stigma

Ladies and Gents - ditch the dye and join the ‘grey hair, don’t care’ revolution.


The power of

GRATITUDE One of the most overlooked practices we can easily incorporate into our day to experience big positive shifts in our mood and outlook, is the practice of gratitude. In recent years, psychologists have studied gratitude, conducting experiments in an attempt to understand what might have once been dismissed as “woo-woo self-help” - and found it was actually having beneficial effects mentally, emotionally and physically for practitioners. Before we get into the research and its implications, let’s just take a broader world view. There’s a lot wrong with the world, and if we allow it, there’s an almost incessant broadcast of negativity and fear via mainstream media and social media. Multiple studies show that when we allow negative emotions, and in particular fear, to be our dominant thought patterns, we tend to view life as a struggle, expect bad things to happen, and shockingly, are more easily coerced. Not only that, studies have shown that people who expect good outcomes more often experience them. Conversely, those that expect negative outcomes also most frequently experience them. So we’re faced with a choice about whether we want to expect the best, or the worst, and that choice can actually inform and shape our lives.

With this in mind - the question is, what is your current view? Are you positive? Are you grateful? Do you expect good things to happen?

If the answer is yes, wonderful! If it’s no, then realise that you have an option to change, and that by changing your thinking, you can help change your life… Several studies have demonstrated an inverse relationship between depression and gratitude. The more grateful you are, the less likely you are to be depressed. A study by the University of California and University of Miami found that participants who were asked to keep a short gratitude journal for 10 weeks not only reported an average of 25% greater happiness than the control group, but exercised more and had fewer health complaints.

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Technology like MRI scanning has allowed neuroscientists to actually chart structural changes in the brain related to the consistent practice of gratitude and positive self-affirmations, meaning you can effectively re-wire your brain to be more optimistic, and as as result live a healthier, happier. and more positive life. As researchers from UCLA said, “Having an attitude of gratitude changes the molecular structure of the brain, keeps grey matter functioning, and makes us healthier and happier. When you feel happiness, the central nervous system is affected. You are more peaceful, less reactive and less resistant. Now that’s a really cool way of taking care of your well-being.”

How do you go about cultivating an attitude of gratitude? It’s simpler than you might think. During the University of California and University of Miami study, participants were asked to journal just five things they were grateful for each day. Even this can have a marked positive effect.

Above all, if you’re using social media, try to use it less - after all, comparison is the thief of joy. When we get caught up in the daily habit of looking at everyone else’s lives, comparing them to our own, and focussing on what we don’t have and what we haven’t achieved - then it stands to reason it’s going to be almost impossible to cultivate gratitude. Don’t be afraid to shut off and shut out negativity, especially last thing at night, and in the morning when you wake up. The following tips really can make a massive difference to your mood and energy levels. When we first wake up, our brains are in what’s called a theta state. It’s highly receptive to learning and taking in new information, which makes it the ideal time to focus inwards on ourselves and set our state for the day. What we should NOT be doing is turning on the radio, television and social media. Do not let the external world into your day until you have grounded yourself. Try this morning ritual each day for the next four weeks and see how you start to feel.

A great way to get started is to design a morning ritual that will work for you. It needn’t take long, and while you might not notice the effects straight away, over time, you will be altering your brain’s structure and your outlook.

It will take just a few minutes, and research suggests that it can shift your mental, emotional and physical health for the better.

The other thing you can do is to start being more selective about what you consume with your mind. Turn off from negative news, focus on positive things.

Morning Ritual As soon as you wake up, grab your notebook and pen (it can be really nice to have a dedicated journal for this). • Simply reflect on yesterday and write down three things you’re grateful for from the day. • Reflect on three things you’re grateful for generally. • Write one intention for today (something it would be great to feel or experience).

THAT’S IT! We’ll leave you with the words of Neal Donald Walsh,

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Natural Well-being By Rachel Mary Carr

There is scientific evidence which proves stepping out into nature for some mindful moments improves your mental health and well-being. If you are feeling low or anxious, surrounding yourself with nature lowers stress levels and improves your mood. Here are some tips on how to harness the natural world to rebalance the mind and body. Walking amongst trees and plants will decrease blood pressure as we inhale phytoncides, these are chemicals emitted by the plant, that reduce the stress hormone cortisol which causes anxiety and depression. Scientists have found that when people spend a few hours in forests, woods, parks and other places with trees, they experience increased immune function. The Japanese practice of visiting these natural surroundings for therapeutic reasons is known as shinrin yoku – forest bathing, and it has mental, physical and spiritual health benefits. When walking through the woods, or whatever your chosen path may be, look closely at the leaf veins to achieve a relaxing effect. These botanical details are called fractals, a repeated geometric motif, which lights up the same areas of the brain as listening to music. Snail shells and the outline of trees against the sky have them too, even in the autumn/winter months when the leaves have fallen. Outdoor life can be a very sensory experience and it is not only what we see that has an effect on our well-being. Take a handful of soil, with its billions of microorganisms and Mycobacterium vaccae, and inhale. It causes cytokine levels to rise, which will stimulate the serotonin neurons in your brain responsible for regulating your mood, improving happiness and anxiety. This is exactly how antidepressants work, although nature’s pharmaceutical is not a substitute for prescribed medication. Being near the sea, rivers or lakes, or even ponds and fountains, can help you relax as stress falls away due to the sound of water decreasing cortisol production. MRI scans have shown activity in our brains move away


from fight or flight towards rest and relaxation. Different locations and terrain, whether it is by the water, deep in the forest or out in the open countryside, will attract a myriad of feathered friends. People have reported that birdsong is a calming source of comfort during times of crises. For example, the sound of a wood pigeon evokes a feeling of nostalgia for the long hot summers of childhood, whereas an owl symbolises endurance. A personal favourite with many is the sweet song of the mistle thrush, reminding us of carefree summer evenings. The link between sound and well-being has been the subject of multiple research papers and has altered how hospitals are built. Roger Ulrich, PhD, a lauded healthcare design researcher, discovered that patient recovery rate improved in a hospital room with a view. A true reflection of his evidence-based research into the effect that exposure to nature has on stress and health is when the NHS brought him onboard as a senior advisor when creating new hospitals. For people unable to access nature directly, BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4 websites have various birdsongs to listen to at home. Encountering wildlife can be exciting - when we see something beautiful or experience awe, we release levels of dopamine, a positive neurotransmitter, so our mood lifts and we feel motivated. As we make connections with nature and wildlife, or even other humans that we might pass along the way, it reduces anger and fear and increases pleasant feelings. Ecotherapy helps with mild depression and is good for the mind, body and soul, we feel better emotionally which contributes to physical well-being, reducing blood pressure, muscle tension and heart rate. It is instinctive to want to swap our concrete confines for nature; evolution has given us a need to be part of the natural world, with its ancient trees connecting us to our ancestors, absorbing its healing and mood-altering properties. Our bodies respond to the environment, so during summer months, sunlight is a mood booster, releasing serotonin and giving us much needed vitamin D to stave off disease and strengthen the bones. As the days become longer, reaching peak daylight time with summer solstice on 21st June, our circadian rhythms – built-in body clock, change. Our sleep cycle is calibrated with the appearance and disappearance of natural light, giving us more energy and putting us in a better mood. The summer season not only impacts our body temperature and fills our senses as it regulates our biological clock, but it also reduces our pain sensitivity and increases our mental alertness and physical strength. Nature is a gift of medicine for us all, as naturalist David Henry Thoreau once said, ‘All good things are wild, and free’.


Avery in Bloom

The English garden is one of the most established of institutions, and half of the adult population in England report being involved in gardening, so it is an important activity throughout our lives, reaching a peak just after retirement. The mental health benefits too are wide and diverse. Studies have shown a significant reduction in depression, anxiety, and improved socialisation. Surveys suggest that, as we get older gardens become much more important for our personal identity, independence and reducing loneliness. There is even emerging evidence that gardening may also be important in falls and dementia prevention, with examples such as Horatio’s Garden certainly known to support recovery from illness.

It is well known that being outdoors in the fresh air and sunlight, among plants and trees is hugely beneficial. On a summer’s day, a beautiful English country garden is a special place to be, with a lush, green lawn surrounded by borders filled with highly scented roses, abuzz with bees and butterflies and a haven for small birds.

Some residents at Avery care homes are involved in the planting and growing of herbs, which our chefs then use in their cooking at the homes - a real “growto plate” story where they can enjoy the fruits (no pun intended!) of their efforts. It takes the skill of the very best garden designer to create or develop a setting that achieves that perfect extension from the house into the garden, and Avery works very closely with landscape gardeners to produce beautiful, yet practical outdoor spaces specifically beneficial for older people.


Growing your own flowers and plants has many benefits. It is an activity that reduces stress and fosters happiness, and the very act of gardening is a pleasant activity for people. Avery plans specific features in its gardens that combine personal patios or garden benches in quiet, reflective areas, alongside wider social spaces such as larger patios with doors opening out from restaurants, lounges, and cafes, to encourage residents to eat and socialise together. Winding garden paths around the properties offer a relaxing way to take some gentle exercise, while potting sheds and raised beds offer residents the opportunity of planting bulbs, flowers, and herbs without having to crouch down to the floor. We even use mobile flower beds and trugs to locate them outside the bedroom windows of residents who cannot always get outside. or use them in smaller garden spaces.

Each Avery home has careful planning of its landscape at early stages. We aim to maintain existing trees and mature hedgerows and, where possible, opting for southerly aspects to extend the time that residents can sit outside whilst making sure we provide attractive shelter from the midday sun. Planting is diligently considered – pear and cherry trees with their cheering early blossom extend colour throughout the seasons. Fragrant plants such as roses and lavender, textured maples and alliums and gently moving grasses all create enjoyment through their stimulation of the senses.


Summer’s not-so Secret Garden

Most of us have spent more time at home over the past year, so we have got to know our gardens that little bit better. We have relied upon them for our daily view, tended them to pass the time or relaxed in them (weather permitting) because it was about as far as we could go some days. Now that summer is here our vista has changed, with a variety of visitors frequenting our herbaceous borders.


s the lush green sets in and will be grateful for a topped-up bath to keep cool. different hues appear, you might Advice from the RSPB is to avoid cutting back notice a euphony of birdsong hedges and trees during the nesting season of accompanying your breakfast. March – August; nest boxes are a good idea, there The chorus increases at this time is more information about them on the British Trust of year as some of the species return from their for Ornithology website. winter break to the warmer climes of the English During the summer months hawthorn and lavender summer. Swallows, house will attract the bees. As well as There has been a trend in martins and swifts are among making your garden fragrant, the summer visitors, while the recent years to let your garden the flowers help the bee robin will stay all year round. population. Phacelia has been grow wild with a lawn of Blue tits are among those well lauded as ‘the single most meadow type proportions, this attractive plant for bees on the adapted to gardens, feasting on insects and spiders, they has coincided with the decline planet’ by bumblebee experts, also enjoy a well-stocked but did you know that some of butterflies and bees and peanut feeder and fat balls. herbs and vegetables are also They have been known to other pollinators. bee nectar? break into the tops of milk During the summer, chives will bottles for the cream on the encourage honeybees, bumblebees, mason bees top. If you live closer to the countryside your garden may well attract some rarer species, which and leafcutter bees, and the tiny yellow florets on are traditionally found in woodland and farmland, strawberry plants will be pollinated by a variety nuthatches, goldcrests and tawny owls, and in the of species, resulting in a better quality of fruit. A mix of wildflower seeds are available, and not only winter, waxwings and fieldfares. do they serve the environment, but they are an Garden ponds encourage herons and other water absolute visual and olfactory feast. Peacock, small birds to pop in; and as the garden heats up, birds copper and orange tip butterflies will appear in


the summer months, particularly if hollyhocks, Shasta daisies and marigolds are present. Butterflies, bees and birds are not the only winged wildlife you will see in your garden this summer, bats come out too, usually associated with Halloween their favoured time is actually when the evenings are lighter. Just as it is turning to dusk you might see a familiar shape cross your skyline. The pipistrelle is the most common bat throughout the UK, and the smallest in Europe, they nest in trees and small crevices in lofts and even roof tiles. If you are a fan of these majestically gothic, chiropterans you may want to install a bat box on a tree or part of the house. They hunt for their prey, mostly small insects, using echolocation - which is above our auditory range. In June, and early July the females give birth to a single pup, after forming maternity colonies, it is usually around four weeks until the pups can fly.

which host different species of wildlife. Micro and macro environments will result in diverse ecosystems which are more productive for cleaner and better air quality. You can enjoy nature’s bounty by planting hedgerows, and pollinator flowers, creating a pond, adding a bird table and bat, hedgehog, bee and bird houses, and by giving the lawnmower a rest.

Not all garden visitors are of the flying variety, urban hedgehogs are on the increase after years of decline through habitat loss. There are now many hedgehog support groups on social media and with more access to information on how to care for them, the population is beginning to thrive. Piles of leaves and dry wood help the numbers grow as they can use the material for nests during their winter hibernation, along with appropriate food such as cat or dog biscuits and food, they also enjoy berries, apples, bananas and fresh water. Animal charities are always on hand to assist with any hedgehogs who may look like they are in trouble, as they are nocturnal spotting a hedgehog during the day is usually a sign that they need help. For more information Tiggywinkles provides an online factsheet. Biodiversity in urban gardens creates more habitats


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How to have your BEST SUMMER EVER Tips to feel as if you’re always in the sunshine whatever the weather

Most of us know that, while being financially comfortable can make life easier, real happiness comes from within. Many of us will point to the weather as a reason why people in countries with warmer climates seem to smile much more. Undoubtedly it can play its part. It has been proven that the warmth and light of sunshine means more “feel-good chemicals” such as serotonin are produced

in us. In addition, we are much more likely to play sports, get out in the great outdoors among nature and socialise with family and friends too. These are all hugely beneficial to our overall well-being. Let’s look at some ways to stay happy, try them for a couple of weeks and see the positive results roll in.

Take it one day at a time For anyone who learns to live life one day at a time and keep in the moment, they will soon realise it is the best way to live. In fact, it is the way we are meant to live. For example, even if you ate all you could eat today, tomorrow you will be hungry again. Likewise, you might sleep for ten hours tonight, yet tomorrow night you will still want to sleep again. The point is, it is such a waste of energy to live in the past or the future. Living in the past most likely means you will be filling yourself with regrets and remorse. Looking ahead all the time means you will be much

more likely to be full of worries and anxiety. Looking to the past or worrying about the future will not change a thing, but it will guarantee one thing – you will ruin the present moment. So keep it in the day, one day at a time and you will boost your positive energy levels. This means you will get much more done of what you want and need to do and most likely enjoy life a lot more too. If the day ahead involves doing something you do not want to do, remember it is only one day at a time. You can also make this less time if a day seems too long: one hour at a time or one minute at a time works too.

David Hurst is a Well-being Coach with four books published on emotional and mental health recovery, including 12 Steps To 1 Hero and The Anxiety Conversation. He has written for newspapers and magazines for 30 years including The Guardian, The Times, Psychologies, Esquire and Marie Claire. To find out more or to contact David to see how he can help you or someone you care about with any mental health or emotional issue, visit: www.david-hurst.com


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Exercise your mind and body Of course, we all know we feel better when we exercise, but may need a reminder – do some exercise five times a week for half an hour each time - we’ve heard it lots of times before. When we begin to feel and see physical benefits, it will boost self-confidence and make us feel better. If you can get among nature while exercising – whether that is playing a sport, cycling, running or walking – you will also enhance your physical and emotional wellbeing. In fact, research in Japan discovered that a stroll in a forest had positive effects on blood pressure, immune system and heart rate. Amazingly, the researchers also discovered that people who just looked at a view of a forest for 20 minutes had a 13 per cent lower accumulation of the stress hormone cortisol. Exercise your mind every day as well by doing something that requires concentration and thought. Watch an educational video or a documentary, play chess, do a crossword, sudoku, or read a book. Or an article as you are now!

Sleep soundly Start by having a regular bedtime. If you have trouble sleeping, look at ways to sleep better. “The first thing should be to tackle anything that is disturbing your sleep, like looking at emails in bed,” says Dr Guy Meadows, sleep expert and author of The Sleep Book: How To Sleep Well Every Night. “The light from the screen is not good for sleep as it informs the brain it’s still daytime and releases cortisol, the waking hormone.” Dr Meadows says the best sleepers are people who do absolutely nothing about their sleeping. “Ask a decent sleeper what they do to get to sleep – they will look at you blankly and say: ‘Nothing.’ All they do is put their head on the pillow.

Eat well Remember to eat well – that means plenty of fresh fruit and veg, ideally more than five a day. Have regular eating times too. Then, do not rush eating – take your time, make it a pleasurable event to savour. After all, eating is one of life’s greatest joys, so why rush it? Sit at a table, chew slowly and sufficiently, relish every single bite. This will aid digestion as well, meaning you will get all the vitamins and nutrients from the food. Do not overeat as that will just leave you feeling stuffed and take too long to digest, then you are more likely to feel lethargic and put on extra weight. Being greedy is no good for the mind either.

“Yet ask someone who struggles to sleep… you’ll hear a detailed list of dos and don’ts, a description of a before bed wind-down as well as techniques they use to deal with wakefulness in the night. “What I’ve learned from listening to many people suffering from sleeplessness is if the focus of life becomes getting rid of it, then paradoxically you may end up getting stuck with it.” 45

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Be kind Showing kindness will always leave us feeling positive inside. When we give, we gain. So be generous with your time, skills, qualities and money. Remain humble about anything you give – the world really does not need to know, because you know. Connected with this is saying sorry as soon as possible if you cause some harm or make a mistake that affects someone. Never say: “I am sorry, but…” as usually this means you are going into the situation again and trying to justify your actions or prove a point. You may in fact be right, but that is not the reason for making an apology. So instead say: “I’m sorry” – then leave it there. Listen respectfully to any response, but do not start the conversation again.

Take time to reflect and relax Decide to be happy This can sometimes sound too simplistic, especially to someone suffering from anxiety or depression. But knowing that we do have a choice over what thoughts we listen to can be extremely empowering. As Abraham Lincoln said: “Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Start the day this way, by being grateful and happy for your life the moment you open your eyes in the morning. Don’t take it all for granted. Something that helps a great many people is writing a gratitude list. This is a list of, say, ten things for which you are grateful. It works best written on paper! Start each sentence with the words: “I am grateful for…” and it will reinforce those positive feelings. Make sure to include what can be considered “big” things, such as having good health, family and friends; a home to live in; food to eat; hot and cold running water… But also list “small” things that are often all too easily taken for granted: a pen to write with; paper to write on; a pair of socks; a toothbrush.

Make sure to get at least 30 minutes to relax every day. Maybe before bedtime as this will help you sleep too. Finding somewhere that is calm and still, where you know you won’t be disturbed is best.

Breathe slowly, calmly. Relax. If you start every day like this, it is fantastic for your overall well-being. Even if it means you have to get up half an hour earlier, it is the most energising thing you can do for the day ahead. What a great many people do instead is begin each morning with a barrage of what has to be done during the day ahead. This is a real energy stealer. Instead, start each morning by sitting and relaxing, being aware of the moment you are in, by focussing on your breathing, which can be an aspect of meditation or mindfulness. Doing this again at the end of every day is also beneficial. Maybe in this time you can reflect on anything that you might have done differently, not to be harsh on yourself but simply to vow to learn and grow from it. Then if something similar happens you are ready to respond differently. 46

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Make considered decisions

Something else that will help keep you positive is to limit social media and time spent reading newspapers or watching the news. This is particularly first thing in the morning or last thing at night. You can stay in touch of course with social media and the news, but be aware that the news generally shows what is negative in the world.

There are some people who are forever making rash decisions with no consideration of potential consequences. Drama, regret and remorse often seems to be a part of their life.

With social media, beware of envy and jealousy. Do not compare yourself with other people. Sure, those friends (or a celebrity) may look to have it all, yet we never really know the full picture of what is going on in someone’s life.

Indecision often comes from growing up in a household where any input you gave was ignored or ridiculed. Your opinion was not valued or validated.

As well, accept that on social media you will most likely come across people with different political and world views than your own. It is the same in the real world. Choose to be around people who are positive for you. These are friends and family who give you encouragement and show you love. If need be, limit your time with certain people whether that is in real life or on social media. Gossip is most definitely best avoided too. It is nearly always simply someone attempting – in a manner that will not help them – to feel superior to whoever or whatever is the subject of their gossip.

Then there are those who suffer from indecision – and it can be an agonising way to live.

So people grow up frightened or anxious of making any decision. They think that making no decision means they cannot make the wrong one. For those who rush their decisions, it can be for the same reason of growing up in a household where their input was swiftly dismissed. So, they think if they get in quickly no one will have time to ridicule them. Or it might be just the “family blueprint” they were handed – that everyone in their family as far back as anyone can remember, always made hurried decisions. It is important to find the right balance. Consider any decision, but make sure you make one before too long – then have trust in yourself. Do not be frightened or anxious about making a mistake. Go easy on yourself: everyone makes mistakes from time to time. In any case, mistakes can be our greatest source of learning.


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Look after yourself as someone you truly love

It pays to be truthful to ourselves. “To thine own self be true” as William Shakespeare put it.

To a lot of people this seems obvious and comes naturally. Many others find it hard to truly value themselves.

This is because, at times, our thoughts can disguise a bad motive as a good motive. We can dress things up this way. Listen more to your gut instinct. It can only tell the truth. One big aspect of this is to honestly answer: is your lifestyle good for you? Are you doing something that you know is unhealthy in a physical or emotional way? Perhaps you know you need to cut down, in which case cut down. If you find that you cannot cut down something that is harming you and/or those around you, then you need to quit it. You may need to seek some group meetings with like-minded people to help with this or find some professional help.

Often again, this can come from childhood. All children need to have their needs met and know they are loved. But, for instance, if a child is frequently criticised, they most likely will not stop loving their parents – but they could well stop loving themselves. This continues into adulthood. It can carry on despite achievements that make the person seem successful to the outside world. Deep down there is a real lack of self-love. Connected to this is an absence of self-esteem and self-confidence. One thing that people can do for themselves to improve this is to make a big effort to do loving and estimable things. But someone like this might well need some help to boost their self-love, self-belief and self-esteem with a coach or therapist. Seeking help in this way takes great courage. Western society sometimes seems to teach us otherwise, especially perhaps if you are a man, but reaching out is actually a sign of strength, not weakness. No one needs to suffer or struggle on. Whatever the issue, there is always a solution.

Remember that life is for living, to be your greatest ideal every day. That is for you as well as for everyone around you.


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OUT LIKE A LIGHT ‘If sleep does not serve an absolutely vital function, then it is the biggest mistake the evolutionary process ever made.’

In this article, Nicola McGeorge covers the science of sleep, how it works and why many people suffer from sleep deprivation without even knowing it. So how do you become a more successful sleeper? Grab a pillow, curl up and keep reading to find out.

Dr Allan Rechtschaffen – Pioneer in the field of sleep research.

I haven’t always been a terrible sleeper. I actually slept through the 1987 storm, completely oblivious to the fact that most of the trees on our street had toppled over, and my parents had been up since 3am picking glass shards out of my neighbour’s head. My sleep patterns changed during my early twenties and I seemed to become more and more sensitive to everything around me. The slightest noise or crack of light and I would be wide awake. Falling asleep wasn’t a problem, it was staying in the land of nod

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that became an issue. Some nights I would be waking up every hour, leaving me exhausted the next day. It got to the point where I dreaded going to bed. It was no fun for my other half either. I’d toss and turn, fidget constantly and get up numerous times during the night. If I wasn’t crashing into things in the dark, (thanks to the black out blinds,) then I’d be waking him up by banging doors, (yes I wear earplugs as well.) Many nights he would just give up and stomp off to the spare room, so at least one of us would some much needed shut eye. Getting sufficient high quality sleep is essential for the proper functioning of our minds and bodies. Professor Matt Walker at the University of Berkeley said, ‘There is no tissue within the body and no process within the brain that is not enhanced by sleep, or demonstrably impaired when you don’t get enough.’ The consequences of sleep deprivation include Increased inflammation Decreased cognitive ability Increased risk of type 2 diabetes Increased risk of being overweight More chance of psychiatric disorders Increased likelihood of being involved in a road traffic accident.

Over the years I have tried many different sleep techniques, tools and gadgets to help lull me into la la land. Of course, what works for me may not work for you, so I suggest trying a few of my recommendations each week until you find the combination which most suits your needs. Now lets get counting those sheep.

Light is the most powerful cue for your circadian rhythm, part of your biological clock that helps regulate sleep. When it’s time for bed, you want to make your bedroom as dark as possible to reinforce a healthy circadian rhythm. I have installed total black out blinds in my bedroom, however, even these still let in a little light, so I also use an eye-mask if I am still getting disturbed. I have gone through countless masks as I need one that stays put whether I sleep on my front, side, upside down – you get the picture! The Dream Essentials Dreamer Sleep Mask, doesn’t budge no matter how much I roll around and is fully breathable with it’s 100% cotton interlock padding which cushions the eyes. Studies have found that anywhere between 60 to 67 degrees is the ideal temperature for undisrupted shut eye. Adding a little humidity to the room can also help. The perfect humidity is between 30% and 40%, so start using a humidifier (especially in the cold, dryer months) to regulate the air in your room. Noise is another common sleep thief. If you're disturbed by noise, consider investing in double glazing or, for a cheaper option. I swear by E-A-R Classic Earplugs which soften after fitting to fully, and comfortably, seal the ear canal for noise reduction

Creating your sleep sanctuary Your bedroom setting is vital to getting consistent forty winks. Experts claim there's a strong association in people's minds between sleep and the bedroom. Ideally your room should be used for two purposes only, sleep and sex. Anything else can potentially affect your health negatively.


Rest easy I have been using Tempur mattresses and pillows for over twenty years. The moment you lie down it feels like pure magic as the cells instantly respond to your body’s shape, weight and warmth, precisely adapting and aligning to every inch of you. Its proven pressure relief gives your body total comfort and support, helping you to drift off faster. It can also reduce your tossing and turning and absorb motion from your partner so you are less likely to disturb one another. The Tempur specially shaped pillow range is designed for tailored support to relieve discomfort in your head, neck and shoulders in a variety of sleep positions. The most important thing is that they actually support your neck properly!

Walking in sunshine

Block out the blue Remove all screens from your bedroom as they emit blue light, which can trick the body's production of melatonin, a hormone that promotes sleep, into slowing down. When your body doesn't produce as much melatonin, it makes it more difficult to fall asleep. Just like light peeking in can disrupt your sleep, spending time in cold, bright white lights before bed can make it harder to nod off. The NSF recommends dimming the lights when you're getting ready for sleep — plus, warmer lighting can help, too. Red light is the wavelength that has the least impact on our circadian rhythms. You can buy red light bulbs to use as nightlights or swap out your standard light bulbs for more ambient, dimmable lighting like the Philips White Ambiance Starter Kit which gives you more control over exactly what the light is like in your bedroom, both the brightness and the temperature.

Exposure to morning sunlight is critical for quality sleep. Even on the dullest day you’re still exposed to more light outside than you would be indoors. This will help you doze off at night by helping you set your circadian rhythm. The photoreceptors in your eyes are most sensitive to short-wavelength blue-green light, which you get outside in the morning. Avoid sunglasses so that you get as much natural light as possible. Think about enjoying your morning tea outside in the garden or going for a short walk mid-morning. Your daily fix Caffeine, with its stimulant effects, is disruptive to good sleep. Researchers at Michigan’s Henry Ford Hospital’s Sleep Disorders & Research Center analysed the effects of caffeine consumption at different lengths of time before bedtime. They found that caffeine consumed even six hours before hitting the sack resulted in significantly diminished sleep quality and sleep quantity. To avoid this, restrict your caffeine consumption primarily to the morning hours. If you do have a midday cup of coffee, make sure to finish it before 2 p.m.

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Calming scents of nature Fifteen quantitative studies, including eleven randomised controlled trials that examined hypnotic effects of inhalation of essential oils, found that they had a positive effect on sleep. Lavender was the most frequently studied essential oil. Other studies have found that lavender could decrease heart rate, skin temperature, and blood pressure, thus putting you in a more relaxed state. When staying overnight with friends I use a drop of pure organic lavender essential oil on my pillow, much to their amusement, as they love to tell me each morning that I smell like their grandma!

Be mindful Guided meditation uses a variety of mind and body techniques to promote a state of relaxation. I am a big fan of the Mindful Movement Meditation live on zoom which is run by wellness coach Jessica Ashby, co founder of Cloud9 Wellness Hub. One of the yummiest practices you can do for yourself. MMM is considered to be a personal healing practice, with the bonus of being able to move through however you are feeling. It’s calm, nourishing and gentle. Think of it as a massive hug for your mind body and soul. I always sleep like a baby after this class and find my that my mind is much clearer the next day, and I am more productive.

And breathe... Make a note of it This simple yogic humming exhalation technique (Bhramari) is incredible for insomnia. Also known as the bumblebee breath, it calms the mind and gets rid of negative emotions and stimulates serotonin. Turn the lights out, lay down and simply make the bumblebee sound. Just inhale and hum on the exhale, making sure the exhale is more drawn out.

The NHS website recommends keeping a sleep diary as it may uncover lifestyle habits or daily activities that contribute to your sleeplessness. It can also reveal underlying conditions that explain your insomnia, such as stress or medicine. Winding down

Another great exercise to try is Ujjayi breathing. The sound of Ujjayi is created by gently constricting the opening of the throat to create some resistance to the passage of air. Gently pulling the breath in on inhalation and gently pushing the breath out on exhalation against this resistance creates a wellmodulated and soothing sound—something like the sound of ocean waves rolling in and out. Begin with a couple of regular deeper breaths and slowly transition to Ujjayi breathing. Inhale slowly for a count of 4 and exhale slowly for the count of 4-6. The sleep supplement Studies have found that magnesium supplements may help people fall asleep faster and reduce restless legs syndrome symptoms, (as magnesium plays a role in muscle relaxation and nerve function.) Other research shows that magnesium increases the neurotransmitter GABA in the brain, which is responsible for slowing your thinking down and helping you fall asleep. I take magnesium supplements just before I go to bed and have found it has stopped my restless leg syndrome completely.

I try to keep a regular bedtime so as not to confuse the body’s natural body clock. I aim to finish eating at least three hours before going to bed and switch my phone off ninety minutes before I turn in, to reduce overstimulation of the brain. If I am feeling particularly stressed I will soak in an epson salt bath for half an hour. The salts relax the muscles while the heat brings your blood to the surface of your body so, when you step out, your core temperature starts to drop. This is a stimulus to sleep. I also play some relaxing music, (try Yellow Brick Cinema) and read a good book while in the tub. I then minimise any activity that will raise emotional tension before bedtime. This includes not discussing emotive subjects, starting a new work task, checking the bank or doing anything that’s going to set my mind racing, If I am in the mood to watch TV, I will keep it light hearted with comedy themed programs while sipping on a relaxing chamomile tea. I finally call it a night with five minutes of yoga stretches, then climb into bed and write down a list of things I am grateful for, which promotes physiologically restorative behaviours. Then it’s lights off, ear plugs in, eye mask on and I slowly drift off.



MUSIC By Ian Greenland

Whilst streaming music in the car recently, the unmistakable voice of Led Zepellin’s, Robert Plant came wailing over the speakers, accompanied by Jimmy Page’s stabbingly urgent guitar riffs. Within seconds, my son was pulling all kinds of exaggerated “ROCK!” faces and waving his hands around like a maniac. Five

year old boys spend a lot of their time pulling ridiculous faces and waving their hands around like maniacs, but this was different. He was feeling it. Enough so, that I pulled the car over and we spent the next half hour taking a ramble through some of the band’s greatest hits whilst we discussed why exactly “Stairway to Heaven” is superior to “Baby Shark” or the theme tune to Fireman Sam. I fondly reminded myself just how formative these same songs had been for me some 30 years earlier. It might sound lacking, but my overriding recollection of a generally happy childhood is of being in the back of my father’s car, transfixed by whatever song was playing. TV time was strictly regimented when I was young and we didn’t get a home music system until the mid 90s when we joined the Britannia music club (our first three CD’s ever: Queen: Greatest Hits, Guns N’ Roses: Use Your Illusion II and errr... Spin Doctors: Pocket Full of Kryptonite... ), so car journeys provided a kind of riveting sensory feast. They say it’s not the destination that matters, but the journey, and I certainly don’t remember where we were going or where we’d been, but I remember my father’s fingers drumming the steering wheel to The Eagles’ “Hotel California”. I remember sunlight flaring between passing trees as the strings of Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb” carried eight year old me far away from the streets of Kent, and I remember my mother’s hand nervously gripping my father’s knee as the guitar intro to Dire Straits’ “Money For Nothing” forced his foot further down on the accelerator pedal. The fact that my dad loved to drive fast, at times recklessly so, merely sharpened the experience for my awestruck young mind. It wasn’t a 1983 beige Ford Sierra, it was a cathedral of transportive sounds and voices, a rocket-ship to Mars. 54

Whilst I profess no musical ability of my own (I’ve just bought a drum kit but I’m aware that probably stems from a subconscious desire to whack things after the year we’ve all been through...), my obsession with it never left and it now has a near ubiquitous place in my family’s life. The radio goes on with the kettle in the morning and rarely goes off until my boy’s bedtime stories begin. In the intervening hours he’ll bounce on the bed to 90s hip hop (I have to cough loudly over some of the juicier words), colour in to Nu-wave and play Lego to Indie-rock. He hums along and sings to himself and I gaze adoringly, only slightly vexed by how badly he mangles the lyrics to some of my alltime faves. When we visit his grandparents (separately – it wasn’t just the fast driving my mum didn’t like...), we tend to take a portable speaker, lest we start squirming in the relative silence of their homes. I think my dad was always at his happiest whilst driving a little too quick with the stereo a little too loud, but when he hung up his keys, he also left behind his personal soundtrack. Our home was generally quiet, awkwardly so in the final years before the divorce. Now in his mid 70s and suffering from Alzheimer’s, the joy of music is something I’m trying to reintroduce to my father’s everyday life.

Processed directly by the amygdala, a part of the brain involved in mood and emotions, music has been shown to encourage dopamine production, elevating mood, reducing anxiety and depression. It can combat stress and even aid physical health by lowering heart rate and blood pressure, whilst increasing serotonin and endorphins. If you’re getting up to cut a rug to your favourite tunes you may well find your heart rate goes the other way but that can be good too! Music fosters social bonds and shared experiences. Dancing brings joy. For people living with dementia or Alzheimer’s like my father, music can be a powerful trigger for memories. Music therapy has shown it to relieve some of the symptoms of these illnesses, relaxing agitated patients and opening their communication pathways. It can even help with pain management, essentially providing a competing stimulus to the pain signals entering the brain and reducing their perceived intensity. Online musical resources such as Spotify are fantastic, providing a near-limitless catalogue of tunes, from old-time classics to obscure independents and global hits. The clever algorithms learn musical preferences and can curate unending playlists to suit all tastes, but the user interfaces still remain bewildering to many and practically unusable to the cognitively impaired. However, as seniors continue


If a picture says a thousand words, a chord can say a million...

In the meantime, products such as The Simple Music Player allow listeners to enjoy their previously installed (via USB) favourites with the mere lifting of a lid. Should you want to skip the particular tune which begins to play, you simply hit the large button beneath. To turn it off, close the lid. That’s it. For those wanting a little chatter between songs, the One Button Radio hides all the technical faff behind the retro-styled front panel. Tune it to the desired station, set the volume, replace the panel and listeners can simply turn it on and off with the sole visible button.

to embrace new technologies, a trend accelerated by the physically isolating effects of Covid-19, let’s hope we see an emergence in the “silver tech” realm of new music apps or streamlined versions of market leading software such as Spotify, which enable older generations to access their chosen music as freely as everyone else.

Music is a gift which never stops giving, a great song like a story you can read a hundred times without growing tired. It takes us places we’ve never been and brings us back to places we treasure. It’s joyous, it’s heartbreaking, it’s everything. If a picture says a thousand words, a chord can say a million... Anyway, I’m all out of words, so rest the page down and turn the volume up. 56


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Online Dysphagia Chef Training To benefit care home residents with complex dietary requirements, Avery Healthcare chefs are partaking in online training to prepare inclusive mealtime solutions. In partnership with Oak House Kitchen, who specialise in the innovation and development of practical methods to produce and deliver medical diets for patients and residents in health and social care, Avery Healthcare Head Chefs are actively participating in mandatory online training courses. The training, delivered alongside live feedback, is designed to educate chefs on adapting meals for specialised diets, including those with dysphagia (swallowing difficulties), maintaining the same nutritional value and taste, and offers hints, tips, and recipe ideas. These meal solutions benefit residents by providing a more inclusive mealtime experience that improves their overall well-being and experience whilst residing at Avery care homes. Simon Lawrence, Avery Healthcare’s Head of Culinary and Hospitality, says, “This is a fantastic opportunity to work with sector-leading experts as we adapt our training to online modules with live feedback, ultimately benefitting our staff with in-depth training.”

James Ball and Preston Walker set up Oak House Kitchen in 2017 to provide catering consultancy and training in the healthcare sector. Meeting in 2013, James and Preston collaborated on a number of projects to develop the quality food and training within health and social care. James joined Preston and the team at Oak House Residential Home in 2015. And since then, their working relationship has really taken off. Preston Walker is an award-winning chef with 25 years’ experience. Working at his family business Oak House, Preston strives to improve the standards of cooking across the sector. with expertise in special diets and nutrition for the elderly, he regularly provides training and guidance to individuals and professional organisations. James Ball is a self-taught chef with a background in science and training. Late into the hospitality industry his passion for good food quickly led him through the ranks to head chef. He entered healthcare kitchen management in 2010 and saw the need for improved standards and training. Researching the many specialised diets needed, it became clear that chefs in the sector needed a career path with specific training.


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Avery Healthcare is proud to advocate for inclusive dining for all. It is crucial that Avery’s chefs carefully consider a full day’s approach which ensures that mid-morning snacks, afternoon cakes, and savoury snacks are also adapted beside the main meals. This in turn supports good calorie levels and nutrition. With the hope to improve Avery’s chef’s knowledge and confidence in the field, Preston Walker says, “With variable ingredients, recipes and preferences, we provide a consistent approach that helps to improve quality and safety.” The online training is already proving to have shown a positive impact on Avery’s chefs. Gareth Cartledge says, “It has certainly helped to enthuse them, especially as they have the wonderful opportunity to work with James and Preston, two sector-leading experts in the field. This will also allow us the opportunity to train new chefs before they start to prepare texture modified meals.” The online courses teach techniques to modify foods which the chefs can apply to their own recipes. The quality audit for dysphagia foods allows chefs to use their culinary flare to improve the appearance, smell, taste, colour and composition of dishes.


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YEAR The National Association of Care Catering (NACC) launched the Care Chef of the Year Awards earlier this year, seeking to find chefs to showcase their skill, knowledge, creativity and professionalism in the field.

So far, chefs at Avery have shown a keen interest in the competition, with a good number entering. They now wait in anticipation to see if their entry is one that the judges will want to see prepared and cooked at the Regional Finals later this year. Pleased with their commitment to the task, Simon Lawrence commented, “We have such a broad range of talented chefs across The competition challenges chefs to create innovative our organisation, and I look forward to seeing what they come up with for their choice of dishes, and and exciting recipes whilst adhering to a strict budget whether they are successful and can and meeting the nutritional needs “We have such a broad move forward into the regional finals.” of their clientele. Keen to get chefs involved in the competition, Simon Lawrence, Avery’s Head of Culinary and Hospitality, has been encouraging chefs to showcase their talents and get involved.

range of talented chefs across our organisation, and I look forward to seeing what they come up with for their choice of dishes...”

To enter, chefs must produce a twocourse menu: one main course and a dessert, both suitable for residents in a care home. Simon commented, “This is a really exciting initiative to sign up for and I am looking forward to seeing what our talented chefs come up with.” Two finalists from each region will be invited to attend the final meeting in Stratford-Upon-Avon College on 6th October 2021. The winner receives a free place at the NACC Training and Development Forum, a one-year free membership to the Craft Guild of Chefs, plus the chance to win £600.

Some of the most common nutritional problems seen in care homes for older people include malnutrition (low body weight, unplanned weight loss, poor appetite and poor food intake), dehydration, dysphagia (swallowing difficulties), dementia and frailty (loss of muscle mass which reduces mobility and independence), so it is important that our chefs’ entries consider these factors whilst preparing their dishes. It is also crucial to remember that a care resident’s food preferences may change over time, depending on a range of different factors, and especially if they are living with dementia. We look forward to seeing if our chefs progress into the final.


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CUTLERY-FREE DINING Launched at the beginning of the year, Avery Healthcare’s cutlery-free dining initiative makes mealtimes inclusive for all. Working in collaboration with Premier Foods, our experts Simon Lawrence, Head of Culinary and Hospitality, and Jo Crossland, Head of Dementia, worked to produce the guide, which provides recipes, advice, tips and tricks on how to adapt every-day meals into cutlery-free options for those who have difficulty eating. There are many reasons why a person may have difficulty using cutlery to eat a meal or a snack. Conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, arthritis, or a stroke can affect how an individual can utilise cutlery. As innovators within the care sector, it is of fundamental importance to Avery that this continues to develop throughout the culinary teams. Avery Healthcare is at the forefront when it comes to creative and innovative care home meals. The aim of the cutlery-free guide is to inspire and raise awareness around the

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importance that healthy, nutritional cutlery-free meals are just as much accessible as traditional dishes. Gareth Cartledge, Avery’s Regional Culinary and Hospitality Manager, says, “Chefs must know and support the ever-growing complexity of the resident’s dietary requirements, whether it be simple calorie boosting or changing textures to modify meals. It takes the old finger foods concept to a whole new level and provides understanding and insight on why and how to provide Cutlery-Free food to residents”. Typically, residents in care homes with difficulty using conventional cutlery have either required help to eat from others or have been served ‘finger-foods’ at mealtimes, often consisting of sandwiches, sausage rolls and similar buffet-style dishes. Although acceptable and appropriate for a party or similar occasion, reliance on these types of foods for main dietary intake increases the risk of undernourishment for an individual due to the typically lower nutritional content. It also increases the stigmatisation risk by highlighting a person’s disability when one resident is served different food to others at the same table. Avery’s cutlery-free approach to

cuisine includes a series of mandatory bespoke workshops for culinary staff working in its care homes as well as a comprehensive package of resources. For Avery’s chefs, the guide offers a selection of the recipes, hints, and guidance to ensure that individuals requiring cutlery-free cuisine can enjoy the same nutritious and delicious foods as their fellow residents, without feeling discriminated.

A roast dinner can be adapted in many ways by adjusting the way vegetables and potatoes are cut and cooked. Small Yorkshire puddings can be filled with creamed potatoes, with gravy either spooned over each item or a small dipping pot provided for gravy can be added to each mouthful. Desserts can be made into small bite-size portions, mini versions of themselves. Sauces, cream, and ice cream can be served in a dipping pot, or with assistance, can be spooned over each piece, finger, or an individual portion, to add sauce to each bite or mouthful.


The taking of afternoon tea has long been a great British tradition. That most quintessential of English customs was introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in 1840. The Duchess would become hungry at around four o’clock in the afternoon. The evening meal in her household was served fashionably late at eight o’clock, leaving a long period between lunch and dinner. The Duchess

took to asking for a tray of tea, bread and butter (sometime earlier, the Earl of Sandwich had had the idea of putting a filling between two slices of bread) and cake to be brought to her room during the late afternoon. This became a habit of hers, and she began inviting friends to join her.

This pause for tea has since become a fashionable, social event. During the 1880’s upper-class and society women would change into long gowns, gloves and hats for their afternoon tea which was frequently served in the drawing-room between four and five o’clock. Consisting of a selection of dainty sandwiches including (of course) thinly sliced cucumber sandwiches, scones served with clotted cream

and preserves, cakes and pastries, traditional afternoon tea is served with tea poured from silver teapots into delicate bone china cups. Avery care homes pride themselves in the art of a fine afternoon tea. Many event is adorned with lavish home-baked treats freshly prepared by the home’s highly- skilled chefs. From Mother’s Day to celebrations for The Queen’s birthday to an opportunity to socialise as a community, or even as a fundraising opportunity, the afternoon tea always washes down well. Avery’s ambassador, Sherrie Hewson also loves to get involved when she is able to visit our homes and delights residents by joining in with the occasion. 64

“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” Henry James.


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D E M ENT IA At Avery, we like to talk straightforwardly about dementia. Our person-centred approach to care means we are best shaped to support those living with dementia and provide a respectful, comfortable, and positive environment to deliver good care.

ReConnect We recognise that a person living with cognitive difficulties can quickly become disconnected from everything that was once familiar. To ensure that residents with dementia and their loved ones can be supported to continue to enjoy living their familiar and established life, ReConnect provides our comprehensive approach to memory care. The ReConnect strategy has been guided by the most up to date research evidence to ensure that residents with dementia living in an Avery care home receive the best person-centred dementia care possible. Life story work is a central part of ReConnect. It is commonly used in memory care settings to support others to understand more about a person. Knowing something of a resident’s life story can help team members engage with an individual in a meaningful way. Understanding the previous interests, hobbies, and routines of

a resident helps our teams maintain opportunities for positive engagement. By understanding the difficulties that an individual with increasing cognitive impairment may experience, our teams can draw on a persons life story to adapt activities to be failure-free, reducing the risk of distress to a resident.

Playlist for Life Music has long been recognised for its potential to relieve anxiety and distress for people with dementia. For the past few years, Avery has worked in partnership with Playlist for Life – a Scottish charity founded in 2013 that supports those caring for people with dementia. Playlist for Life works by creating a unique playlist of songs with personal significance to a person with dementia.

Technology During the pandemic, in particular, technology has been paramount in keeping families and residents connected when face to face visits were not possible. The use of live virtual video streaming platforms, including Zoom and Skype, has been key in maintaining connections between residents and their loved ones. Technology also features widely in the day to day lives of residents living in our care homes.


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Large, table-top size tablets are being introduced to our homes, enabling residents to engage with a wide variety of apps, including google maps, quizzes, games, and current affairs. The tablets also provide new opportunities to support residents through sensory activity, reminiscence, and life story work.

Championing Change As part of the determination to challenge the myths and stigma that continues in the field of dementia care, the power of language and the terminology that we use cannot be underestimated. Jo Crossland, Avery’s Head of Dementia Care, is passionate about removing patronising and unnecessary labels promoting the use of respectful humanistic language in the field of social care. As Jo says, “terms like ‘Challenging Behaviour’ used to describe a person with dementia imply that the individual is somehow at fault or misbehaving. That’s simply not true, people become distressed for all


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sorts of reasons due to their dementia impacting how the world appears, and we have a collective responsibility to find out what may be causing such distress rather than just applying a label.” At Avery, we are working hard to address labels and unperson-centred language that is still frequently used in the Health and Social Care sector. Throughout 2021, Jo is working with Julie Spencer, Avery’s Care and Quality Director, producing a range of resources for our staff and visiting professionals emphasising the importance of seeing our residents as individuals with unique needs, regardless of their illness or conditions. The Dementia Friends initiative, which the Alzheimer’s Society developed, encourages everyone to attend a short training session that gives a basic awareness of dementia. In several of our homes we have trained dementia friends champions which enables them to deliver short information sessions to families, friends and members of the public. Although face-to-face sessions had to stop due to the pandemic, we are hopeful that these will resume soon. Well-being and Activities Co-Ordinator, Rhia, who works at Merlin Court Care Home in Marlborough, is a proud volunteer for The Alzheimer’s Society as a Dementia Friend Champion and is even taking part in a charity trek in the Lake District this summer. She says, “The Alzheimer’s Society is a charity close to my heart, but not just because I work with residents living with dementia, but from personal experience.” Dementia touches us all in some way, either professionally or personally, or perhaps both. And that’s why, at Avery, we believe that dementia is everybody’s business every day.


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THE SHOW MUST GO ON(LINE)! It is difficult to look at anything as destructive as the pandemic as a positive - or to find silver linings within it, but one of the good things to come out of this crisis is the human ability to lift one another up, to care for one another and figure out innovative ways to make life better. During lockdowns, one thing that stood out was that we are blessed with a digital world that could continue to provide us with entertainment. We may not have been allowed to leave our homes, but many of us are fortunate enough to have access to TV, films, music, and radio to keep us busy and fulfilled as far as possible, within our confines. Throughout an extremely difficult time for theatre owners, promoters, performers and actors, the stage

has not been completely denied to the masses - in public yes, but in private we have been offered the gift of plays, stage musicals, opera, musicians performing from their own homes, and more, via a variety of online platforms. We can bring Broadway and the WestEnd to our very own homes via a multitude of online streaming sites, many of which are completely free (others offer a pay per view or monthly fee). For those of us who won’t be nipping off to New York or London any time soon, this revelation is a fantastic gift which keeps on giving. The most incredible theatre shows, events and performances are available to us on our very own devices, night or day, rain or shine, Covid or no Covid! From long-standing classics to new sensations and current events, here is all the information you need to access amazing musicals, plays, ballet, festivals, opera and more from the comfort of your home. 70

The Metropolitan Opera remains closed for the foreseeable future (predicted to be opening some time after June this year) but opera lovers need not fret, the longestablished New York-based opera house continues to offer daily productions every evening completely free of charge. These are pre-recorded, rather than live, but offer excellent HD quality as they were originally filmed to be screened in movie theatres. The selected archives are available for 23 hours on a daily basis from 12:30am until 11:30am the following day. To view their schedule go to: metopera.org and plan out your operatic soirées in advance.

If you’re serious about musicals you can subscribe to BroadwayHD.com which provides a huge selection of the best stage productions from the West End, Broadway and beyond, for your entertainment. Monthly costs are $8.99 but the first week is free if you want to try it out for size. Some of the most famous productions include The King and I (Lincoln Centre Theatre, 2015), 42nd Street (West End, 2017), Oklahoma (Starring Hugh Jackman in the West End, 1998), Into the Woods (Regents Park, London, 2010), and Carousel (New York Philharmonic concert staging, recorded for Live From Lincoln Centre, 2013) name a mere few of the extensive line up they have on offer.

Another fantastic website for theatre streaming is whatsonstage.com. Here, you will find all the necessary information telling you what stage shows, musicals, operas and plays are available to stream. Make your selection and you’ll be redirected to a streaming site such as YouTube where you can then begin watching for free. As this is regularly updated you’ll find new links on a daily/ weekly basis so you will be spoilt for choice. Examples of some of the most popular productions include Shakespeare’s Globe’s Romeo & Juliet or Richard II, a cruise line’s hour long rendition of Disney’s Frozen or Tangled, this year’s digital version of the Edinburgh Festival, Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti by Opera North, Alan Seymour’s The One Day of the Year and Only The Brave - A New Musical, Ghost Quartet featuring Dave Malloy. 71

On BBC (online) you can find a channel called BBC 2 Performance Live where they are “Showcasing a spectrum of some of the most exciting artists working in performance today.” Or simply tune in to iPlayer on your device and watch recent ‘performances & events’ under that genre. There are plenty of recent productions available such as St. George’s Day at the BBC, Queen rock Montreal, LUSH! Classical Live, Lights Up (a virtual festival recorded in lockdown), and much, much more.

The Royal Opera House has their own YouTube channel on which you can connect to some fantastic productions from ballets to operas to classical choruses and Royal Opera masterclasses, there are endless opportunities to indulge in. Think The Barber of Seville, Handel’s Messiah, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Romeo & Juliet, Carmen, Madame Butterfly, La Boheme, Tosca and so many more. You can still give a virtual round of applause at the end by subscribing and leaving your comments below.

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Walking has become a popular and necessary pastime since the start of the pandemic; it has kept us fit, in touch with nature and about as sociable as we have been allowed to be. While it might seem that all the local routes have been exhaustively covered, there are still many more paths to explore from conservation areas and nature reserves to outstanding coastlines, incorporating a bit of history along the way.

<<<< PRIOR’S WOOD – Bristol The woods are set in 62 hectares with bluebells making these woods a carpet of vivid blue-violet. During the summer months the leafy canopy of oak, hazel and sweet chestnut trees keeps the path shady and cool. In this ancient woodland there are streams, plantations and an abundance of wildlife, including a variety of birds, foxes, badgers, hares and deer. Wild garlic grows along the winding paths; it is best to stick to the well-used paths as it can be a bit muddy and slippery on a rainy day. As an extra bonus feature, there are stunning views across the Gordano Valley. www.bristol-barkers.co.uk

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Starting in the village of Appledore and following part of the Saxon Shore Way, the views over Romney Marsh encompass Lympne Castle and the ruins of the Roman Portus Lemanis. This open landscape, once underwater, is now thriving with wildlife. During summer, kingfishers, moorhen and mute swan are fixtures, as sheep graze on the marsh grasses. Grey heron like to visit too. The frogs who populate Romney Marsh originate from 12 escaped Hungarian frogs introduced to a garden pond in 1932. The Royal Military Canal, which runs along the marsh’s northern boundary, was built as a defence against Napoleon, although it was never used. This circular walk is five miles, and the wetland is so unique it has been referred to as the ‘fifth continent’.

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Once you have walked past the industrial estate, there are a surprising amount of countryside views along the walk from Debden station, through Theydon Bois and onwards towards Epping station; all in zone 6. A dirt road leads to Piggotts farm then onto a bridge over the River Roding. The Tudor monochromatic Roding Hall is on the edge of the bridge leading to more fields. The picturesque village of Theydon Bois has a duck pond surrounded by weeping willows, and even more appealing is The Bull pub. On the walk in Epping Forest you will find the ruins of some historic fortifications, which lends a mysterious atmosphere to proceedings. 74

<<<< VIVARY PARK – Taunton, Somerset Through a majestic set of gates is a Victorian park set in over 10 acres. It is home to beautiful flowerbeds, in full bloom during summer. There is a showstopper fountain, and ducks and squirrels, and a new wildflower meadow. There are also refreshments on-site in the form of The Coffee Station café. The park provides a more sociable walk as there are activities for young and old, including a golf course and miniature railway. When not a park, it doubles up as a concert venue, catering to a variety of genres and tastes, so it is always worth keeping an eye out for upcoming events. www.wikipedia.org

<<<< COOMBE HILL – The Chilterns, Buckinghamshire The panoramic views have a ‘wow factor’ and despite what the name would suggest, this is a gentle stroll with a chance to see rare chalk grassland brimming with wildflowers and butterflies. On the way around the route there is woodland and open grazing land with the occasional oak tree, hawthorn and gorse bushes. At the highest point is the Boer War Monument, and on a clear day you can see Thame, Oxford and Didcot; there is also a chance to see Chequers, partly hidden in the trees. The walk is around 40 mins and labelled as ‘easy’ on The National Trust website. www.nationaltrust.org.uk

<<<< ROKER BEACH (Whitburn South) – Sunderland Depending on the time of day, going coastal on this award-winning beach can be peaceful, and breathing in all that sea air has its own health benefits. A stroll along the promenade is an option if you don’t fancy the sand between your toes. Roker pier with its lighthouse at the head is located at Marine Walk. There are seats along the length of the seafront if you wanted to rest or just people watch, and the beach is dog friendly if you prefer your point of interest to have four legs. If you want to continue on along the route it is only a 22-minute walk to Sunderland’s other award-winning beach, Seaburn (Whitburn North).


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My young son and I have a game we play whilst walking the dog in the woods. Essentially, it involves looking out for a solitary magpie, then screaming in mock hysterics as we desperately cast about for another one to break the “curse of the world’s worst bad luck forever and ever and EVER”. If we spot another one, and the count

remains even, we both breathlessly shout “PHEW! PHEW! PHEWWWWW!!...” and if I’m feeling particularly game / it’s not been raining, I might drop to my knees and thank the magpie gods. If we can’t find another or, worse luck, spot two, for a continued odd count, the hunt resumes in increasingly frantic and ludicrous fashion. My boy Rafa enjoys the drama and general silliness. I enjoy the chance to surreptitiously quiz him on basic arithmetic, and the dog (who eats stuff that’s fallen out of bins, regularly rolls in fox mess and has developed an intense rivalry with our feather duster) enjoys the opportunity to feel superior to these two lunatics he’s taking for a walk. The whole farce stems from when Rafa’s mum once related her intensely superstitious childhood terror upon seeing odd numbers of said bird. Rafa found this both amusing and oddly fascinating. Yesterday before school, he made her a head-mounted magpie recalibration system (bird-hat), should she need to spot an extra magpie in a pinch, lest the cosmic scales of fortune remain tipped against her. It was a brilliantly creative, albeit patronising bit of trolling from a five year old. I sincerely hope my publishers include a

photo at this juncture or this will make ZERO sense (it probably still won’t... ) Though she semi-enthusiastically tried this on upon receiving it in the morning, she refused to wear it throughout a day of online meetings with her new employer.... then last night she stubbed her toe and dropped her dinner plate en-route to the dining room, forfeiting her entire meal. Coincidence?? I think not.... Once again, the dog was happy at least. Superstitions worm their way into our psyches not just through individually lived experience, but also cultural normalisation. They’re usually informed by history, religion and nature, sometimes rooted to particular locales and circumstances. Whether or not you place much stock in them, you’re no doubt aware of several which have reached near ubiquitous recognition, often crossing cultural divides and international borders as they scare an otherwise rational young girl from Wales into one day donning a bird hat, crudely fashioned from paper, pipe cleaners and Sellotape. What are interesting (hopefully) are the often unquestioned origins of some of our most well known superstitions.... It seems pretty logical to avoid walking under ladders, since they’re generally associated with overhead works, but the people of ancient Egypt were less concerned with paint, tools, half an egg sandwich or a copy of the Daily Sport falling on their head, so much as they were in angering powerful spirits. Ladders

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left in tombs some 5000 years ago were supposed to afford the deceased access to the heavens and so the space below them was considered off-limits, lest these spirits were disturbed. The act of knocking on wood for luck is believed to be rooted (no pun intended) in ancient pagan traditions whereby knocking on trees could summon protection from the friendly spirits believed to reside within them. Others believed knocking on wood scared away any malevolent spirits within. Either way, knocking on wood should result in a net gain, spiritually speaking, so best to keep some close. Laminate doesn’t count. Opening an umbrella indoors is considered bad luck, though the basis for this is somewhat less phantasmagorical than the previous examples. Whilst you could potentially be disturbing a poltergeist or two by whipping open your rain-stopper in the gaff, the Victorians were more

concerned with someone losing an eye or toppling an heirloom. Their rigid, metal-spoked brollies were, clumsy, spring-loaded contraptions whose indoor unfurling was a hazardous affair. By way of deterrent, those sepia-toned rascals spread the word the act brought ill fortune and many a vase was saved. Though those ladder-dodging ancient Egyptians revered all cats, black included, many Europeans in the middle ages saw them as malevolent omens - the companions of witches or even transformed into witches themselves. At a grim, religiously dogmatic, perpetually muddy point in history when general hygiene was not exactly top of the agenda, boil-ridden, toothless crones were ten a penny, so accusations of witchery were bound to follow, with cruel ramifications. The blokes were just as boil-ridden and toothless but they were of course the ones controlling the narrative (didn’t see many “wizards” getting burned at the stake... ) A black cat crossing your path was deemed bad luck - a sign that you were being watched by the devil. In reality, it was probably just a filthy tabby (it really was grim back then), but then the middle agers are known less for their intellectual nuance than their enthusiasm to chuck rotten fruit at each other’s heads. As the bubonic plague ravaged Europe in that same era, Pope Gregory I, who led the church at the turn of the seventh Century, popularised the earnest phrase “God Bless You” upon a sneeze, indicative as it could be of something a little more serious than hay fever. If sneezing alone, one was encouraged to utter “God bless me” and hope for the best. Throughout history, sneezing was also believed to represent a momentary separation of soul and body, so blessings were uttered to stop sneaky, opportunist old Satan nabbing your soul before it jumped back to safety. These days, saying “Bless you” is more a rote social nicety or opportunity to passive aggressively express a little resentment after 30 years of putting up with a partner’s bodily functions. Where did all the magic go? 77

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Rima Kirday Rima Kirday, an interior designer at The Hawthorns Northampton, focuses on clothing. Since she was ten years old, Rima has been passionate about beauty, fashion, fabrics, and everything in between. It was in her

home country of Lithuania that Rima achieved a degree in Fashion Design and Art. The first garment she ever made was a skirt for her mother; Rima would often ask for unused clothes to transform them into her own creations, to the delight of her family. “Sustainable is not a new world to me”, she confirmed. At an early stage, Rima recognised her passion for designing, as her classmates and friends would often admire her unique designs.

“Rima really knows her stuff when it comes to natural fabrics. Her passion and intelligence shines through” – Marie-Louise O’Neill: Graphics and Promotional Designer.

Beyond her degree, venturing into other avenues in art and design, Rima designs floral bouquets and uses her skill in calligraphy to write greetings cards. Clothing, however, has always been the number one priority. Rima has many inspirations behind her designs, but namely nature, architecture and art inspire her creations. On her work, Rima says, “The colours and textures of the natural world and natural materials provide me with my motivation, as well as the shapes and forms of both natural and man-made structures.” Valuing the relationships she forms with her clients, Rima ensures that every project is functional and beautiful at every step of the process. Her most recent project – a Scandinavian new build in Milton Keynes – comprises a three-storey property with four bedrooms, covers everything from hard finishes, lighting and bedroom designs, furniture, window dressings, and accessories. Rima has designed clothing for friends and clients, running her own business in Lithuania for 10 years. Still, her most significant challenge to date was designing an Empire-style wedding reception dress. Decorated 78

“Everyone wants to look and to feel good. And I enjoy helping people achieve just that.” with a geometrical waved belt with a metal buckle, the bronze and slate grey pure silk Mikado creation conveys an impression of extravagance, authority, but most importantly, Rima’s motto: individuality, “Everyone wants to look and to feel good. And I enjoy helping people achieve just that.” Amongst her other titles natural fabric and colour consultant – Rima exudes a wealth of knowledge and expertise in every piece of work she embarks upon. The ethos of natural, healthy, and sustainable has been at the forefront of Rima’s designs for 30 years.

Always with love...

After 15 years living in the UK with her two daughters, who are her models and inspirations in life, Rima now spends her time working as an interior designer at The Hawthorns Northampton, where her relationships with residents and staff have created a positive atmosphere to work within. She says, “I feel privileged to work at The Hawthorns. It’s a place where you can meet generous, intelligent, talented people, motivating me and my work. It’s here where I focus on clothing and interior design.”


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Socialising is an incredibly important part of our lives and has a great impact on mental health. As people age, our social networks may not be as strong, which results in resources such as television and radio becoming our main source of companionship. Avery care homes are designed to create the perfect social and vibrant atmosphere with many lounge areas and well-being activities hosted daily. It becomes impossible not to gain meaningful companionships, whether it be with staff members or fellow residents.

Sandra, 78 and Eunice, 89, residents at South Lodge in Leicester, are just one example of this. The pair formed a special bond during the challenging lockdown period, where home visits were restricted. This friendship stemmed from Sandra offering to help Eunice with her meals. Due to her macular degeneration, Eunice admitted she would rather eat her meals in her room than in the communal dining room with other residents due to her deteriorating eyesight. “Sandra has become my eyes,”

she said, and the ladies now enjoy spending a lot of their downtime together, be it eating cake, having tea, or simply sitting down for a natter. Sandra stated, “It has made a world of difference having a companion to sit and chat with. The days seem much shorter when spent in someone’s company.” Bonding over their shared passion, Scholars Mews residents Pamela Williams, 75, took Nancy Bowley, 105, under her wing on the day she arrived in 2018. Shortly after, they discovered that they both shared the love of reading. Pamela, who spent most of her career as a Librarian at Birmingham Library, is often found sat r e a d i n g their latest novel choice to Nancy aloud, as she has sadly lost most of her sight to macular degeneration. “I have been an avid reader since my childhood, and I have read all of the books in Harborne Library!” states Nancy. The pair are very fond of the Katie Fforde novels as her stories always have a heroine needing to overcome a challenge to which they feel they can relate. Recognising their love towards the Katie Fforde novels, Home Manager Sharon Wassing got in touch with the 80

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author to introduce the loyal fans. Much to everyone’s delight, they received an autographed book and photo and a set of mugs from Katie’s homeware collection. The pair now enjoy their reading time, accompanied by a nice cup of tea in the mugs sent by Kate! Nancy, who celebrated her 105th birthday on 18th March, exclusively received a signed copy of the author’s latest novel that was released the same day, along with a video wishing her a very happy birthday. Several staff members have been lucky enough to gain helpful ‘assistants’ and, even more importantly, strong friendships with the residents in their homes. Maintenance and Operative employee Dave from Amarna House in Yorkshire gained a friend in resident Ken who demonstrates his DIY skills by lending a helping hand. Ken, who resides at Amarna House with his lovely wife Anne, is living with dementia and likes to keep busy by getting involved any way he can. “He takes on maintenance jobs as he loves tinkering and did a great job helping to put new frames on all the doors”, says Home Manager Linda Donnellan-Beevers. Avid painter Ron, who resides at Cliftonville, also helps his Maintenance Operative Paul with the maintenance work in their home, and the pair have a great relationship. Ron, who spent his career as a painter and decorator, has recently done a fantastic job at building their new bird feeder, which is now proudly displayed in the home’s garden. He even had a part to play in the homes newly refurbished Cottesbrooke Nursing Floor as his artwork has been displayed on the walls for all to enjoy.


PANDEMIC PETS Companionship in later life

As people have increasingly welcomed new furry friends to their homes since the outbreak of COVID-19 last year, the term “pandemic pet” has emerged. It has been well documented that pets can help lower our blood pressure, ease anxiety and improve symptoms of depression, and owning a pet during lockdown has enabled seniors to cope better emotionally with the current troubling state of the world.

During the past year, there has been a unique increase One of the silent killers amongst this global pandemic in animal adoptions and purchases, as people look to has been loneliness, and although grandparents have animal companionship to help alleviate feelings of sadly been unable to hug their grandchildren and isolation and anxiety. The University of York carried out loved ones, having a furry friend to cuddle has certainly a large survey of 5,926 people (5,323 helped ease loneliness and bring a pet owners, and 603 non-owners) which Pets can reduce stress, feeling of unconditional love that, as examined human-animal relationships make you laugh, a result, gives a sense of purpose and during the UK’s first lockdown. The motivate you to stick to a motivation. study found that nearly 90% of pet routine, and also allow owners claimed their pet had helped There are endless benefits that result them to cope better emotionally during you to connect with from having a pet as a companion; they lockdown. Further analysis of their other people and be can reduce stress, make you laugh, results demonstrates that having a more physically active. motivate you to stick to a routine, and pet gives a sense of companionship also allow you to connect with other and connectedness, a distraction from people and be more physically active. feelings of hopelessness and a source of motivation.


As a consequence of the strict restrictions being implemented around the world, some people have been forced to be separated from their families for over a year now. This has contributed to the rise of pet adoptions across the globe, as more and more people have chosen to open their hearts and get a furry companion. It is evident that owning a pet has many benefits for the mind, heart, and soul, and it is highly recommended that seniors consider welcoming a pet if they have the opportunity available to them. It can be argued that, in the past we have taken physical contact and interaction for granted, and we never would have imagined that a mere hug or cuddle can do wonders to the heart during times of distress.


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Not to miss an opportunity to celebrate, and in honour of her admirable milestone, many of Avery’s homes got involved in some festive activities. In true British style, staff and residents commemorated the day with tea, cakes and Pimms. Residents donned their very best Union flag garments, including bucket hats and crowns, and enjoyed the treats with a smile on their faces.

Bee Happy 20th May marked National Bee Day, which highlights the importance of bees’ role in the world. Loxley Park residents were buzzing with excitement as they participated in some bee-themed word games whilst enjoying some honey-flavoured food and decorated biscuits. Residents at Astbury Manor prepared a watering station in the garden for their fuzzy visitors, and at Acorn Lodge, residents enjoyed delicious homemade honeycomb. Of course, all staff needed to don their very best yellow and black clothing, antennas and all!

Avery helped promote good practice and raise awareness around dementia care in support of The Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Action Week with a series of webinars, podcasts and information shares advising how to support people to live life well. Residents got involved in life story work, preparing personal memory boxes and playlists, which sparked conversation and reminiscence.

Celebrating International Nurses’ Day 12th May marked International Nurses’ Day, a day in which we globally recognise the contributions nurses make to society. Avery distributed personalised boxes of chocolates to all nurses across the organisation to express gratitude for Avery nurses’ continuous hard work for their residents.


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VE Day Avery’s homes celebrated VE Day on 8th May in traditional fashion with afternoon teas, dancing and singing. Wartime tribute acts took our residents back in time to perform all the classics from the era. For many, it was the first time in over a year that they welcomed entertainers back to their homes, and residents spent the day reminiscing on the very first VE Day celebrations and the roles they played in the war.

All Aboard With local day trips now back on the cards, we couldn’t be more pleased to see our residents getting out and about again. At Dukes Court, the mystery bus tour made its return, and the lucky residents ventured to the beautiful Castle Ashby and estate.

We Had a Wheel-y Good Time Partnering with British Ceramics Biennial (BCB), residents at Rowan Court have been involved in a virtual six-week pottery course - as part of one of BCB’s community engagement projects. The classes taught residents to roll and cut their creations using ceramic clay, make their own coil and add a personal stamp engaging the residents and allowed their creativity to shine through.

At Avery Park, staff and residents enjoyed their first trip out in their ‘Park Life Bus’. They journeyed over to Boughton House to admire the stunning gardens. And what better day to get out in nature than on National Love a Tree Day?

A Star in the Making

Avery Park resident Richard loves to dance and thought he’d give beginner ballet lessons a go. Proud of his achievement and for trying something new, Richard admitted, “I’m really good at this!” Staff at Avery Park reveal they love seeing Richard take part in his new hobby as it brings him so much joy.


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HOT PROPERTY Avery Healthcare is one of the fastest-growing UK care groups, currently with 59 operational care homes and a progressive growth plan with eight more in-build locations across England. Established in 2005, Avery has grown to be currently the twelfth largest private provider of adult care beds in the country, employing over 5,000 staff. Offering residential, nursing, dementia, step down, and respite care; services are modern, purpose-built, and subject to a continual investment programme. Several homes are now rated as Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission, with the group having one of the highest percentages of homes in the ‘Good’ category in the sector. Having been at the forefront of care home design for many years, Avery’s hallmarks are its cafés, cinema rooms, salons and beautiful accessible gardens. During 2019, Avery delivered on financial performance, secured additional investment, and innovated in care and resident services resulting in the award of ‘Residential Care Provider of the Year’ at the Health Investor Awards 2020. Recognising outstanding delivery on financial performance, expansion and repositioning, developing investor base, and exceptional residential care services, a judge representative from the awards ceremony commented, “Avery firmly positions itself as a high-end residential care provider, and 2019 saw the introduction of further innovative approaches heavily focused on enhancing the experiences not only of residents but also its staff, thereby cementing its enviable position as one of the pre-eminent UK care home operators.”


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T H E R E N TA L R E T I R E M E N T E X P E R T S As part of the Avery Group, the Hawthorns retirement communities have been established in the UK since 1994, and they provide a unique option in senior living, of all-inclusive and fully-serviced rental retirement. Honed by customer feedback over many years, they are the experts in the sector. In one of retirements best kept secrets, the friendly Hawthorns staff work hard to ensure that everyday worries are replaced with everyday pleasures, and the happy retirement you’ve worked hard for becomes a reality. The Hawthorns provides a great opportunity to make new friends, enjoy new experiences, and relax in the freedom of an all-inclusive lifestyle and community that property purchase won’t guarantee you. With locations in coastal towns or semi-rural positions in the centre of England, the Hawthorns independent retirement communities offer a choice of stylish and spacious studio, 1-bed and 2-bed apartments. They all have great dining rooms and cafés, hair salons, lounges, cinema rooms and an active well-being programme and social calendar.

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With all your utility bills, quality dining, weekly housekeeping, council tax, internet access, property and garden maintenance, plus trips out in the mini coach all included in one simple monthly rental, life is enjoyable and stress free. There’s also a private dining room to entertain family and friends for special occasions, and even a visitor’s suite should anyone need to stay over. The Hawthorns knows that quality of dining is important to its residents, and they have a team of professional chefs that freshly prepare nutritionally balanced meals with menu choices in each of three courses, including wine at lunchtimes, again all included. There are free refreshments available throughout day to include tea, coffee and juices, fresh fruit and home baked cakes and biscuits. Your well-being is a key concern for the Hawthorns staff, and the experienced management team are on hand around the clock for your peace of mind in this safe and secure environment. There’s even a first responder call system in each apartment, so you can feel safe, secure and looked after. To support your extended health and well-being there’s a wide range of activities and exercises led by dedicated staff to support your mind, body and soul. Unlike purchasing a retirement property, the Hawthorns is based on a rental model, providing considerable savings. No survey fees, legal costs or stamp duty on moving in; no service charges, repair costs or ground rent as you live there, and importantly no exit fees should your circumstances change. There’s no binding contract either, just 30 days’ notice, so very flexible and very clear. If you prefer a different outlook or you wish to downsize apartment there are no costs or delays, just a single charge to reflect that the apartments always come freshly decorated and with new carpets where required – you just move in! So check out the detail and check out The Hawthorns. As a proven offering it has stood the test of time in retirement property, as the market leader in rental and all-inclusive senior living.

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Village Life What life has taught us during the last 12 months is that time is precious, and we should embrace every moment of it. Retirement is now, thankfully, seen as not a slowing down in life but an opportunity to relinquish the shackles of a career and the chance to get out there and pursue old and new hobbies.

So, where do the cooking, cleaning and house maintenance come into this dream of sipping champagne on the veranda, stretching out with yoga or galavanting out on a day trip? Well, it doesn’t and shouldn’t. You’ve had a lifetime of chores. Enter The Hawthorns retirement villages that address the needs of a whole new generation of retirees – people with exacting expectations and clear ideas of what they want to achieve in their retirement years.

THE HAWTHORNS The Hawthorns is a unique and exciting retirement model that offers retirement properties to rent for couples or individuals who seek a rich, independent lifestyle at beautiful locations across the country, all with one all-inclusive, monthly bill. No cooking, cleaning, fixing dripping taps or balancing on a ladder. Instead, you can expect fine dining and a host of activities on-site and trips away to satisfy that itch to try something new.

Why Rent a Hawthorns Apartment? There are many reasons why people choose to live within a Hawthorns retirement village. For some, it is a financial consideration, called ‘rightsizing’. For many individuals or couples, the costs associated with maintaining a large house and garden in their retirement years are prohibitive and make no sense. Many retirement villages have spurious exit fees when properties are sold on or ground rents and maintenance fees that make things difficult. At The Hawthorns, pricing is totally transparent, allowing residents to budget more effectively in their later years, with just one bill.


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It’s simple to say that all-inclusive rented retirement apartments make life easier. Maintenance is taken care of, as are council tax and utility bills. There is no housework to contend with, no meals to prepare, and even a laundry facility on-site. You don’t have to worry about anything – there are no hidden surprises. The Hawthorns properties provide regular transport to local shops and other amenities so that residents can shop or maintain a life outside of The Hawthorns without worrying about driving and parking in town. Whether it is soaking up some local culture, dining or just a spot of shopping, it is all included. Although many residents choose to keep their cars in one of the free parking bays for the independence it affords them; many simply find it surplus to requirements. For others, it is the flexibility and security that communal, rented properties bring. With just one months’ notice, residents are free to leave The Hawthorns. This is useful when your circumstances change at short notice. The receptionists, concierge, and secure premises ensure that your safety is always a priority. Residencies are also fun! The Hawthorns are retirement communities of people with strong attachments to their localities, places where friendships flourish in an atmosphere that is more like a ‘club house’ for the retired. Whether it be a trip out for a Sunday roast, enjoying lunch, including wine in the restaurant with like-minded residents, a group walk in the countryside, or one of the many social engagements, there is much in which to immerse yourself. It appears that there has never been a more convincing argument to rent in our retirement years and that for too long, retirement property developers have not been honest about the pitfalls of purchasing a property outright. Thank goodness for a simple option.


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ALL-INCLUSIVE COMPARISON MADE EASY Monthly Charge See for yourself how our worry-free all-inclusive monthly rental compares to your current potential outgoings.

In recent years, there has been a lot of coverage about the feasibility of retirement YOUR MONTHLY COSTS THE HAWTHORNS village property purchases and hidden £ Rent or mortgage Rent fees. The Hawthorns model is completely £ Water, gas, and electricity Water, gas,options and electricity different, offering only rental instead of complicated sales, and an all-inclusive £ Building insurance & Council Tax Building insurance & Council Tax package where there are no extra service costs, Maintenance (roofing, gardening, maintenance charges or exit fees. and repairs All maintenance £ plumbing & other repairs)

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no long-term commitments, you (tea, cancoffee, enjoy Daily refreshments £ without worrying about prices or juices, property biscuits, fruit, etc) restrictions over property purchases. The Hawthorns Weekly housekeeping including rental £apartments are a transparent and easy to Weekly housekeeping fresh bed linen and towels manage option for the over 70s. And for such a luxury environment and lifestyle, The Transportation (your car, Scheduled local Hawthorns transportation is £ surprisingly affordable. insurance, repairs, petrol & oil) with our own private bus


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All of the Hawthorns Retirement Group has been accredited with the prestigious Hospitality Assured Award. Hospitality Assured is the national quality standard created and licensed by the Institute of Hospitality, specifically for customer-led, service-orientated hospitality-focused businesses. The process enables

and encourages organisations to look at their operation through the customer’s eyes at every level of the organisation, identifying what is excellent about the customer service and what could be improved. This respected award looks at the excellence in the overall resort. It supports services at a specific site, delving into the services from the front of house, food and beverage, culinary and housekeeping services.


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Dining In, Hawthorns Style! Hawthorns’ dining rooms are the social hubs of the retirement communities. At lunch and dinner, three courses along with a glass of wine are served, and a continuous supply of hot drinks, fresh fruit and tasty home-made biscuits and cakes are on hand throughout the day. The menus reflect the time of the year, using seasonal produce that is locally sourced where possible, giving variety and balance to each meal. It is evident that the chef and hospitality team at Hawthorns’ restaurants are highly trained and passionate about food, and you get a sense of luxurious surroundings, high-quality food and what the Hawthorns’ lifestyle is really about, from the atmosphere that oozes out of the dining rooms.


SOMETHING FO C L E V We all have different needs in our retirement years, but we all want to still enjoy life to the full. That’s where the Avery Group ensures there is something for everyone in Clevedon. They own and operate both the Hawthorns independent retirement community and the brand new Poets Mews care home, each of which provides differing options in senior living dependent upon your individual needs. They share plenty in common too, based upon the company’s positive philosophy around well-being and lifestyle, quality dining and resident services, focusing on what you can do rather than what you can’t.

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Independent Retirement Community

In an enviable position on the coast and overlooking the landmark Victorian pier, this friendly and safe community supports those who still value their own independence but no longer wish to worry about the upkeep of a property or its gardens, and even the cooking and cleaning! This fully serviced lifestyle focuses on creating time to enjoy your retirement, with friends and family, without the burden and on-going costs of property ownership. There’s only a 30-day contract, plus it’s easy to move in whilst you sell your existing property, so you can benefit from all that’s on offer straight away. Exercise classes, free all day café, trips out in the luxury minibus, it’s all included. The Hawthorns has a choice of studio, one-bed and two-bed apartments, many with balconies or patio access to the landscaped gardens. Should your circumstances change then the same group can continue to look after you, without you having to leave Clevedon!

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OR EVERYONE IN E D O N Poets Mews Care Home Newly built and opened in the late summer, this high quality care home provides residential, dementia, respite and convalescence care. As a leading national and awardwinning care provider, Avery delivers the best in care as well as first class resident services, with a focus on wellbeing, daily activities and events, and regular trips out. There’s luxury accommodation for both singles and couples, with fully furnished and large en-suite bedrooms and companion suites or lounges. It has all the amenities you would expect of a premium home with cinema, hair salon, spa treatment room, café, a choice of small lounges and dining rooms and lovely landscaped gardens. A well-trained and professional staff group provide all the care and support you may need, made easy by a single all-inclusive fee with no deposit, moving in or joining costs. Whatever your personal circumstances the Avery senior living options in Clevedon offers something for everyone. It provides a continuous pathway in senior living without having to deal with someone new, with friendly people who will work with you and support you through life’s changes. Both of these communities welcomes visitors any day of the week to come and see, without obligation, which option would be the best for them.

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