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14th February

Here at the Huntington & Langham Estate, age really is just a number

Many people think that care homes are just for the older generation – but they couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, if you tried to work out the average age of people who walk through our doors, you’ll probably find that it’s around 30! Let us explain…

Here at the Huntington & Langham Estate, we’re here to provide expert care for those in need of a helping hand in our homes. But one other key thing that we focus on is community. That includes sponsoring local events, supporting local businesses and building great relationships with local schools.

That’s why you’ll quite often see local children laughing, learning and playing here in our homes, and we love seeing our residents thrive when spending time with the youngest generation. Our links with local schools bring so many benefits to the people who live here, and we believe this quality time is a key part of our residents being able to lead truly fulfilling lives. In our eyes, it’s something every care home should consider if they’re not already.

We are lucky enough to have great links with fabulous schools. The children come in every week and fill the home with much laughter, along with a unique energy, spirit and openness that’s so refreshing. They don’t see wheelchairs, they don’t see dementia and they don’t see age – they simply experience fun, connections, friendships and cake!

We have had a strong relationship with St. Edmund’s School in Hindhead for over 30 years and over the past 18 months or so, we have been lucky enough to host their reception classes here in our home. Every week in term time, the school’s reception pupils come along to learn, and our residents love having them here. The class alternates between our two homes, and the children usually spend time singing, chatting with our residents, reading books and getting stuck in with arts and crafts, and we also have all sorts of fun things like dressing-up boxes and games. The teachers bring in everything needed to hold each class here, but mostly, it’s about letting the children completely be themselves in the company of our residents.

This is what Karen Bailey, Head of Early Years at St. Edmund’s School, has to say about holding classes here in our home: “The relationship between the two generations is something truly special that just happens naturally. Our visits link young and old through play, giving us a greater understanding and appreciation of another generation that we may not otherwise have regular contact with. The children cannot wait to see their friends every week.”

More recently, we have welcomed the children from PK Preschool. They visit us once a month with their parents to sing, draw, read and play games. The interaction is a delight to see and most importantly, the experience is beneficial to both young and old.

If you are connected to a local school or nursery in the Grayshott area and would like to get involved, we’re always keen to build new relationships; we believe this quality time here in our home is just as beneficial for children as it is for the people who live here, so why not get in touch? There’s nothing quite like seeing these two generations come together and it really does show that age is just a number.

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28th January

A warm, welcoming Day Centre offering fun and friendship

The Day Centre here at the Huntington & Langham Estate has gone from strength to strength over the past 18 months and continues to offer all sorts of activities for everyone. During the summer months, we spent a great deal of time outside tending to the high raised beds – we were growing lettuce and beetroot that was later enjoyed as fresh filling for ham and salad rolls, which were both made and eaten by those attending the Day Centre.

We had a wonderful year here in 2018, with highlights including our brilliant tea dance in the summer, our day trip to Hayling Island, complete with fish & chips and ice cream, regular performances from Kevin the pianist and weekly visits from the children at St. Edmund’s School. We finished off the year by putting together shoebox gifts for members of the community, packed with all sorts of Christmas goodies, including biscuits, sweets, Christmas decorations, soup tins and an invitation to join us for afternoon tea and entertainment here at Langham Court – and we then held a Christmas party and carol concert to draw 2018 to an end.

We currently have vacancies for the Day Centre on both Tuesdays and Thursdays – if you would like to book a place, please contact Vee Hey on 01428 606 143. Sessions run from 10:30am until 3:30pm, costing just £55 per day, and include a wide variety of activities along with a three-course meal, refreshments and homemade cakes.

If you’d like to come and see the Day Centre for yourself before committing to come along, we’re pleased to announce that we’re holding an Open Day on Tuesday 19th February from 11am until 3pm, and we’d love to see you there to answer any questions you may have and show you around.

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15th November

The Huntington & Langham Christmas Box Project

Here at the Huntington & Langham Estate, we’re taking part in this year’s Christmas Box Project to help those less fortunate than ourselves. It’s a community project that has been set up to help elderly residents in our towns and villages who live alone, as they may not receive any other presents this Christmas, and a box of goodies from us will give them something nice to unwrap.

It’s a nice gesture to make sure everyone has something this Christmas. It’s also a wonderful project for those attending our day centre to focus on, and it has been great seeing them all work together to make, fill and wrap the many boxes we have put together.

Who’s involved in the project?

The readers of the local Messenger group of newspapers fill shoeboxes with lots of lovely Christmas-themed items, then the boxes are delivered across the area in conjunction with local Age Concern groups, church projects, Petersfield Salvation Army, local hospitals, nursing homes and to individual people in the community who we believe live alone.

It really is a fantastic project to help local people; now in its fourth year, it comes back bigger and better each time. Last year, with the help of readers and local businesses, over 1,000 boxes were gifted to the elderly residents of our town and beyond.

What’s in the H&L boxes?

Inside each of the boxes we’ve been making, filling and wrapping here at the Huntington & Langham Estate, we have included a personal invitation to two free concerts being held right here in early 2019. We have also included a handmade Christmas decoration in each box, together with some delicious edible items, such as biscuits and other sweet treats, crackers and custard, soup and steamed sponge puddings! Hopefully our boxes will put smiles on the faces of those who receive them – and we really look forward to seeing each of them in the new year for our concerts.

If you would like to get involved in our day centre’s antics, please do get in touch by calling 01428 606 143 or by emailing us at langham@hlestate.co.uk – we would love to see you here at our Day Centre sometime.