Recent news from Vane Hill residents
Vane Hill share their recent news…
Residents have a day out in St Mary church at the scarecrow festival. A community project organised by and raising money for the Babbacombe Bay Bloomers; who do so much to enhance the environment in Babbacombe Bay. All had a great time finding all the scarecrows.
Karen, resident, celebrates her 50 birthday at Wellies Cafe in Wellswood.
Residents from Vane Hill take day out in Brixham, shopping and a visit to the Brixham Heritage Museum.
The Museum celebrates the history of Brixham and it’s fishing past. Resident’s enjoyed becoming military characters from the 1800 by dressing up in hats and uniform…
RAF Brize Norton granted Honorary Freedom of Torbay
On Thursday 21 June, Vane Hill residents watch the ceremonial service of the RAF Brize Norton granted Honorary Freedom of Torbay.
The service took place outside Torquay Town Hall, giving, by tradition, the service personnel from RAF Brize Norton the right and honour to march through the Borough bearing arms.
During the ceremony there was also a RAF flypast.
Then the parade began, led by the Band of the RAF regiment, marching from the Town Hall to Torquay seafront.
Residents really enjoyed the ceremonial service and parade, and were proud to give thanks and celebrate the links between Torbay and the RAF.
Take you dog to work day
The annual ‘take your dog to work’ day is celebrated, as the name suggests, by bringing in doggy co-workers. However, originally, the event was started in the hope that people without pets would consider adopting one after seeing their colleagues incredible bond with theirs.
Vane Hill took part in the pet friendly event…
Torbay Air Show
The Torbay Air Show returned (June 2018) with breathtaking air displays. Vanehill residents enjoyed the best private viewing of the show from their very own garden!
Amanda, resident, took some stunning photos with her DSLR camera…
Frank gets his wish
Garden Centre Trip
During Mental Health Awareness Week; Residents enjoy some gardening therapy and go to their local garden centre to get hanging baskets for their home…
Residents go on 5 mile walk on Dartmoor, stopping for a picnic, accompanied by staff and manager Steve Todd. After the walk, they visit Dartmoor prison museum; 200 years history of one of the world’s most famous and notorious jails…
National Care Home Open Day
Vane Hill celebrate this year’s National Care Home Open Day with an Italian themed afternoon.
Residents decorated the home with Italian banners and homemade flags. An Italian sized spread of food was laid out. Rosa Notaro, deputy manager, enjoyed cooking her family’s recipes of Lasagne and risotto pasta meatballs. Everyone enjoyed the feast in the sunshine.
John, ‘Cafe Maestro‘, is an extremely popular accordion player, with 15 years experience, specialising in French, Italian, Klezmer and tango pieces. Today he serenaded everyone in the garden with Italian music…
Residents prepare for the Easter weekend by getting creative and baking Easter cakes…
Fleet Air Museum
Manager Steve Todd and Support Worker Paul took a group of residents in the mini bus to the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Yeovilton. They spent the day exploring Europe’s largest naval aviation museum…
Talks at Torquay Academy
Residents and manager, Steve Todd, go to Torquay academy. So to give a series of lectures and question time with the students about their understanding towards their drinking habits in the future.
All day was spent presenting 10 x 30 minute sessions. Residents we’re thanked by the staff and students of the academy and they went away with a feeling of achievement…
Manager Steve Todd and Support Worker Paul took a group of residents to Wells wood coffee shop.
Steve bought a small cake and put some candles on, then everyone including the staff at the coffee shop sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to John…
On Tuesday (20th February) Residents went to AMF bowling alley in Torquay. After their games, they went to Hannah’s fish and chip shop for tea…
A ‘flipping’ good time on Shrove Tuesday at Vane Hill…
Christmas day morning each resident were given their present from the Notaro Family. They watched Christmas films throughout the day.
The Christmas dinner was cooked by resident Paula; the traditional turkey with all the trimmings and Christmas pudding for desert. Then their evening meal was a large buffet laid out in the dining room.
Residents together with Manager Steve Todd, his wife Jane, Senior Support worker Tina and support worker Paul got the Christmas decorations out. And made the home festive. Christmas songs were playing in the background putting everyone in the festive spirit.
Exeter Christmas Fair
Vane Hill enjoying their day at Exeter Christmas Fair run by the city of Westminster Cathedral.
Everyone had a great day and the German sausages soon warmed them up on a very cold day…
Residents at Vane Hill enjoy an evening of music, dancing and bright, colourful lights in this year’s Torquay Christmas carnival…
Steve Todd manager of Vane Hill and a military veteran remembers the fallen on Remembrance Sunday with resident ex Royal Navy chief petty officer, Chris Allen…
Residents dressed up with face paint and costumes ready to join Serenita ARBD Home for their ‘spooktacular’ Halloween Party!…
Elvis’ 40th anniversary
Elvis’ 40th year anniversary of his death was August 16th 2017. So Vane Hill residents and staff remember him with an afternoon of food, singing and dancing to an Elvis tribute artist! The Elvis tribute artist is Lesley Presley, from Brixham. Lesley is a UK & international Elvis Tribute Artist.
“Everyone really enjoyed the afternoon most residents got up and danced. But no one was more exited than ELVIS’ NUMBER 1 FAN, DEPT MANAGER ROSA!” [Mandy, Resident]
Resident’s spend the day at their local fairground…
Prince’s Trust Award Ceremony
Resident’s attended the Prince’s Trust Award ceremony (August 2017). They watched the young students recieve their well earned awards, after six weeks of adventure training, community projects and work experience. Which included their time spent at Vanehill.
Each Student shared photos and talked about their experiences.
Well done to all the young students!
Brixham Steam Fair
Residents went to their local steam fair at Brixham (August 2017). They looked over a replica WW1 trench and talked with the WW1 characters manning the trenches.
They enjoyed music by the Wurzels and also looked around the many vintage cars and fire engines. Finaly they enjoyed a traditonal Cornish pasty!..
The Prince’s Trust
Vane Hill had their regular visit from a new group of Prince’s Trust students this month (August 2017)
The students organised general knowledge and music quizzes, arts and crafts and their popular game of ‘Killer Pool’…
Powderham Castle Car Show
Residents From Vane Hill attended Powderham Castle Crash Box Classic Car Show (July 2017) Together with Steve Todd, Manager, there was lots to see and many attractions, including live music and stalls.
All had a great time at the car show and enjoyed cornish Pasties and an ice-cream on the way home in Teignmouth, Devon
Torbay Air Show (June 2017)
Thousands visited Torbay for a huge free show, that packed the skies with noise and colour over two thrilling days. As well as in the sky, the grounds were just as busy with entertainment, stands, food, drink and more!
Residents enjoyed their action packed afternoon, most of all watching the famous red arrows…
Birds of Prey (June 2017)
Residents enjoyed a day at The Devon Bird of Prey Centre at Fermoys Garden Centre. Set in the beautiful Devon countryside, lives their extensive collection of Birds of Prey. Visitors can come along and handle the birds, enjoy flying experiences, talks while in a relaxing environment.
One of the centre’s barn owls and Harris Hawk were handled by the residents. Falconer, Karen Andriunas, introduced the beautiful birds to the residents and in addition gave talks.
Working in the community
Residents, Sydney and Richard go to work in the community. They help with jobs 3-4 times a week, such as, gardening, painting and decorating.
I love to go and help out with jobs, especially painting and decorating, because this was my past trade. [Sydney]