Castle View's CEO, Robin Hughes and Sir Keir Starmer discuss the retirement sector at length. As the new leader of the labour party and the challenge to turn the party around, he may consider retiring a few years earlier than originally planned!
Our CEO, Robin Hughes loves spending time with our residents whilst in lockdown at Castle View. All of our residents have their groceries delivered to our buggy store in front of reception. Every item is sanitised before being brought into the village to ensure all of our residents remain safe and well. Even Robin gets involved and helped take shopping to one of our lovely resident's apartment
All our residents are currently thriving at Castle View and came out in force to wave flags, sing and gently exercise to the Andrews Sisters singing 'In the Mood'.
Lisa Fisher, our Village Manager, planned a whole day of events to celebrate the momentous occasion. After decorating the building with bunting, with a bit of resident help!, there was singing, dancing, prosecco, cream teas and finally joining the Queen by singing a long to 'We'll Meet Again....' in our fabulous Sky Lounge.
It is wonderful watching the blue tits building their nest in one of our nesting boxes. We can't wait for the chicks to come along! we are attracting more and more birds at Castle View, you can hear them all singing on our early morning walks
Colin dished up a fabulous spaghetti bolognese with garlic bread, whilst our village manager, Lisa prepared the side salad and dessert. Residents then headed up to the Sky Lounge to watch Oklahoma. As one large household, we are fortunate enough to be able to continue with all our activities, practising social distancing but still enjoying all our fantastic communal facilities
Our goal is to complete by 15th September by walking laps of the grounds and the Sky Lounge Terrace. We have already raised over £600 for the NHS - so not only are residents and staff keeping fit and healthy, we are raising money for all the amazing work the NHS staff are doing. Well done everyone!
We are over half way already and only started on 20th April! Everyone is really enjoying getting out and walking around the grounds. It's a great way to keep active and also raise money for the wonderful NHS staff.
Our gin loving residents each brought their favourite gin to gin club and exchanged their knowledge on each one, trying with different mixers and indulging in nibbles. There is always a smile and a giggle from our residents and that's before the gin!
This week, we sang 'Our Way', 'Que Sera Sera' and 'Bring me Sunshine' followed by an Exercise routine with Fionah. All of our residents are in very high spirits as always and this added bit of fun and energy gives everyone even more of a boost!
What better place is there for her to be than in the Castle View grounds, helping to keep the gardens ship-shape, in fact, quite a few of our residents are getting involved in a spot of gardening, the grounds are looking stunning!
One of our residents main concerns in lockdown was 'How will I get my hair done?' Caz, not only moved in to cater for everyone, on her day off she provides a free hairdressing service to a few of our residents to ensure they look their best!
And so far it's paid off! Our residents are thriving thanks to selfless actions of both Caz Hughes our Catering Manager and Lisa Fisher our Village Manager, who have been away from their families for nearly a month now.
Every resident appeared waving flags and smiling. Brought a tear to your eye as we all sang We'll Meet Again, Pack Up your Troubles and Always Look on the Bright Side of Life!
We all gently excercised to 'Happy'! Smiles and laughter everywhere.
Community is everthing at Castle View.
Although in lock down for nearly a month now, and all our residents are safe! The staff also moved in so that food and entertainment can continue.
We still don't take this for granted and managed to pull off a fabulous birthday party enjoyed by all.
We laughed and got all the movements out of time and then in time and so on!
A lovely way to join together and move!
As the sun set after unpredecented beautiful weather, our residents sat with a glass of their favourite drink and watched this spectacular and unusal red moon from the comfort and style of the Castle View Sky Lounge.
And making the most of this gorgeous Easter weather we opened the doors of the library and for the first time held our regular coffee morning there. Sun and friends ... perfect. Especially right now.
Keeping our community strong and our residents safe and happy has always been upper most in Lisa's mind. And with that she and our Catering Manager Caz Hughes took the honorable and selfless deicision to move into Castle View too!
So for nearly a month now they have been away from their families and making sure that our residents are cared for.
So of course Benjy had to move in too!!!! He is already knows his way around the building and has made best friends with every resident! It's impossible not to smile when he is around with his happy and friendly nature! He now has the pick of over 30 laps to sit on!
And look - even has his very own jacket!
Pets are welcome at Castle View, but are restricted to the ground floor apartments only.
Restriciting visitors ahead of the swell of the outbreak of the corona virus means that Castle View has been carefully controlled to ensure the safety and well being of our residents.
The community is pulling together to keep spirits up and taking gentle care of each other during this unusual time.
Food and catering and all resident events are able to carry on as normal in terms of dinners, happy hours, craft and bridge and where we can using virtual technology and face time for activities such as yoga.
Any sales enquries can be handled by doing virutal tours. Call 01753 378127 for more details.
Our primary focus is on the well-being of our residents and employees. We are following government guidance on a daily basis as the situation evolves and updating our residents accordingly. All of our residents live independently at Castle View and will be making their own choices with the best guidance and support from the Castle View Management team.
We are asking all visitors to Castle View to answer a few simple questions outlined below:
Anyone who answers ‘yes’ to any of these questions will be asked to rearrange their meeting by telephone. Visits to Castle View will be re-scheduled when the visitor’s response to all of the questions is ‘no’.
In line with the latest government advice, any member of staff who shows signs of a new persistent cough or fever will be asked to self-isolate at home for seven days.
Guidance whilst at Castle View
We will continue to monitor the situation and update our policies – and the information on this website – as the situation evolves.
Please continue to follow the NHS advice:
We would like to thank all of our residents and their families for their co-operation during this time. We will continue to do our utmost to support our residents and provide the necessary guidance. We urge any residents or family members to speak to our Village Manager if they have any questions or concerns. Those with health concerns should click here to see the latest government advice, or call 111.