Residents News

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Last updated: 19/10/2012
Paralympics 2012

Josie, a resident at Millfield started the ball rolling when she mentioned that she would like to visit the Paralympic games in London. Other residents from our Homes also said they would like to go and thanks to some hectic arranging by Lesley and her team, 22 tickets for events including goalball, swimming, boccia and netball were obtained. This meant that during the games daily groups of 3 residents, accompanied by carers, would go on the fast train to London to watch the games and visit the Olympic Park. What an experience!

In July 2012, four of our residents, accompanied by their carers went on a week’s P&O cruise to the Norwegian fjords. We sailed from Southampton on the 'Azura' which berthed at Stavanger, Olde and Bergen and then back to Southampton. When in port we would take the tender for onshore excursions to see the local sights, which also included a trip on a mountain train.

Whilst on-board ship Natalie and Clive attended jewellery making classes where they learned to make beaded bracelets. Meanwhile John was no stranger to the casino and Brian says he was only in the ship's pub because of the quizzes! In the evening there were shows to enjoy and also 2 black tie dinner nights. A good time was had by all.


We all enjoy a trip to the bowling alley in Ashford most Friday mornings throughout the year.

London Eye

We had a lovely day out to London in April 2012. We visited the London Eye and Westminster Cathedral. It was Donna's 1st trip to London and we all enjoyed lunch at McDonalds. Then on our way home Lesley got us lost yet again!

In October 2011 some of our residents from Millfield visited the Turner Contemporary Art Centre where Paul, having seen the sculpture, was proud to say 'I've seen the kiss!'

Later that day they moved on to the Hornby factory at Ramsgate and Anton went home with some models to construct.

Children in need

Each year Clive actively supports raising money for 'Children in need' and will go around our Homes with his collection tin. His tradition is to wear a different fancy dress outfit each year. For 2011 he was 'Tweety Pie' whilst in previous years his outfits have been as varied as being dressed as a clown to looking like Lady Penelope wearing a dress, hat and a long, flowing purple wig which had been borrowed from a member of staff!
Howletts Zoo

During the course of each year we make regular visits to Howlett’s Zoo near Canterbury and we now have annual passes for both residents and carers. This excursion is always enjoyed by all our residents.

Each Thursday a group of residents goes to the Hydrotherapy pool at the William Harvey Hospital at Ashford to enjoy a session of gentle exercise and relaxation in the warm waters of the pool.

Royal Wedding

One of the highlights of 2011 was the Royal Wedding on 29th April. Our residents always enjoy a party and this was going to be no exception! After watching the wedding on the television, Sandgate Manor residents, family, friends and staff enjoyed a large street-party on Sandgate Manor’s drive. A hot buffet lunch was served and Sylvia made a royal wedding cake. The cake was cut by Lesley (dressed in several sheets to make up her wedding dress and veil?!) and Cyril Snapes (Leslie’s father) was the groom! Games, during the afternoon, included apple bobbing, a 3-legged race and an egg and spoon race. There are many photos of the day and you can see what a great deal of fun was had from these.
New York

It has been a lifelong ambition for Leslie, who is a resident at Sandgate Manor, to visit New York.

He has always been a fan of tall buildings and you can’t get much taller than the buildings in New York City!

In November 2011 he achieved this!

After weeks of careful planning Lesley and Eileen took him for a long weekend stay in New York City. They arrived not realising that they would be able to see the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving parade on the following day. Whilst there they visited Central Park. They went to the top of the Rockerfeller building and then wandered around Times Square. They crossed the Brooklyn Bridge and made their way to Ground Zero. The highlight of the trip for Leslie, was a boat excursion down the Hudson River and seeing the Statue of Liberty. For Lesley and Eileen it was seeing Leslie's face when he saw the Statue of Liberty. At this point he really knew he was, at long last, in New York.

Leslie would now like to go to the moon, however, Lesley and Eileen will not be volunteering for this one!

Our aviation fan

Fred, a resident of Sandgate Manor Home is an aviation fan. Fred loves to visit places of interest to him and he has made several trips to The National Battle of Britain Memorial, at Capel-le-Ferne, Lydd Airport, the RAF Manston Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum and the RAF Manston History Museum.
And we always enjoy a snowball fight!