National care inspectors praise Framlingham care home for ‘Outstanding’ result

THE national care watchdog has given Mills Meadow care home its seal of approval, with relatives and residents praising the caring and attentive team members.

Hospital Radio Ipswich

Sunday the 13th of October marked a special day for Derick Holman the Public Relations Officer of Hospital Radio Ipswich. In the morning he was presented with a certificate marking his 25 years service to the charity by BBC Radio Suffolk personality Stephen Foster and in the evening he commissioned

the new HRI

studio. After the news at 6pm Derick pushed the buttons that put the studio on air and with little fanfare commenced his two hour show. “It was a little worrying wondering how it would all go” said Derick. I

had previously used the studio for recording purposes for two hours a few weeks back, so I had had a little foresight in to its operation”. The new equipment is practically identical to that used by the BBC and brings the stations technology up to date. Costing many thousands of pounds it will be robust enough to produce most of


programmes for the next 10/15 years. “It certainly was a day to remember” said Derick “I loved every moment of it, including a celebratory pint on the way home”.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) gave the Care UK care home, on Fore Street, an overall ‘Outstanding’ rating, following an unannounced inspection. The care home was rated as ‘Outstanding’ in the caring and being responsive category, with inspectors on the day praising the exceptionally caring and compassionate interactions between the team and residents. The report highlighted numerous areas of the home’s impressive service, and noted that residents were ‘exceptionally happy’ the

with L/R Derick Holman and Stephen Foster Woodbridge Art Club

WEEKLY activities continue for club members, who enjoyed a

particularly interesting evening recently when Hilary Gelan organised a session on sketchbooks. It ranged from making your own sketchbook, not as difficult as you might think, to producing beautiful designs by boiling plant material clamped between two sheets of paper !

September also saw the establishment of a new photographic group, for both established

beginners, with a fortnightly programme

photographers and designed


appeal to both. They will be displaying some of their work in the November exhibition. The group meets alternate Thursdays 3-5pm at the club and welcomes new members. If you’d like to know more contact steve. The pre Christmas exhibition starts on Saturday November 2nd from 10am-4pm and continues every weekend throughout the month. Visitors are welcome to browse through a great selection of paintings, pottery, lace and photographs as well as original greetings

cards and a shelf of secondhand books. All for sale at reasonable prices.

This year we will be ending on Saturday 30 November with a festive sale of crafts produced by members and friends, plus another bonanza sale of brand new children’s books- a very generous donation from good friends of the club. Plenty of opportunity to find an original gift or a bargain book or two for a child.

For more information about the clubs activities and membership see our website or visit our Facebook page. We look forward to seeing you in November.

HARWICH G.M.T. – Aldeburgh minus 1hr 3 mins TIDE TABLES NOVEMBER 2019 (Heights are for Harwich expressed in metres)

care they received from the team at Mills Meadow. One resident commented, “I am pretty lucky to live here. I want for nothing, the food is delicious, the care is first-rate, the team understands me and knows what I need sometimes before I know myself. Nothing is too much trouble. I consider myself blessed to live here.” CQC inspectors also noted the commitment of team members who consistently went ‘above and beyond’ and treated residents ‘like members of their own family’, even bringing their young children and other relatives along to visit residents. One resident told inspectors, “A while back I was talking to a member of the team about my favourite film and why I like it so much. They were in town shopping and saw a book about (leading actor). They got it for me and brought it in that afternoon, even though they were not working. That was a lovely thing to do; felt very special.”

The report also highlighted the focus on ensuring residents

remain as independent as possible and are supported to lead fulfilling lives. The home’s ‘wishing on a star’ initiative encouraged conversations about what different residents wanted to do, and had inspired ballet,

care home which provides full- time residential care. Designed to

enable residents to live art gallery and theatre

trips. A popular weekly activity included trips into the community on the Hour Community Trishaws pulled by volunteers. One resident described the sense of freedom this gave them having the ‘wind in their hair as they went around town’. The home also welcomed the local community regularly, hosting events such as Macmillan Coffee Morning, and taking part in Care Home Open Day.

Phillip Steyn, regional director

for Care UK, said:

“The team has worked extremely hard to ensure Mills Meadow

is a home-from-

home to all residents and their families, and everyone at Mills Meadow is really proud of their achievements.

“Receiving an ‘Outstanding’ rating shows just how dedicated the team is to looking after everyone’s

individual needs,

and we will continue our hard work to ensure residents receive the highest quality care and live fulfilling lives. I am incredibly proud that Mills Meadow has been rated ‘Outstanding’, and would like to say thank you to the team for all of their hard work, which I know is also greatly appreciated by residents and their families.” To assess service standards at Mills Meadow the CQC’s inspector spoke with team members, residents, and their visiting relatives on the day of the inspection. They also reviewed the records and procedures already in place at the care home.

Mills Meadow is a modern Woodbridge Cruising Club

THERE is a change to tradition this year for the first time the AGM (annual general moan) will be in the morning, at 11am to be precise, so there will be no chance to skulk off in the dark after asking awkward questions or criticising


committee. On the other hand the bar will be open afterwards for a lunchtime drink. High on the Agenda will be the election of a new commodore. Freeman Lynn will have served his 2 year stint and unlike the US constitution there

is no

provision in ours for the leader to serve for a second term, but Freeman can look back on an active tenure which has seen an upsurge of social activities to supplement the expanding sailing programme. So at the meeting on November 16th we will have a new leader and if things go as predicted several new members of the committee as well. As predicted the final cruises of the season attracted a large fleet and the final cruise dinner at Royal Harwich attracted a record number of diners for a three course meal and a good craic. Andy & Sue Larwood led

the cruise in their aptly named yacht ‘Aberration’, but

they have no cause for any misgivings and can bask in the glory of a well organised and well supported event. The autumn equinox lived

up to its reputation for wild and windy weather and with the turn of the clocks at the end of that month attention now shifts to lifting boats out of the water to the safety of their winter homes. There’s always plenty to do on a boat and this is where real boatowners, with tool box and paint brush, derive their greatest pleasure. There’s nothing more satisfying after a Sunday morning under the boat with a tin of anti-foul than boasting about it at the bar and it is a great place to swap stories and pick up tips, but skippers can also reflect on some good cruising whilst repairing the dinks and scratches of berthing traumas

incurred during the

past season. With a full social programme already planned it promises to be a busy and entertaining closed season, full information about the club and its activities can be found on the website:- www.woodbridgecruisingclub. org.

John Warwick

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enjoyable and fulfilling lives, the care home has different areas to socialise with family and friends as well as quiet spaces to let residents have time alone without being in their bedrooms. Mills Meadow also runs a day club, which offers older people living independently in the community the chance to make new friends and take part in enjoyable activities. To find out more about Mills Meadow, call customer relations manager, Chantal Sencier, on 0330 127 8375 or email chantal.

For more general information, please visit meadow

The Deben Players 2019 Pantomime “Red Riding Hood” written by Sam Harvey

COME and meet Red Riding Hood and all of her friends in Storyville where the village life is turned upside down as the Big Bad Wolf returns to the nearby woods. Wicked Sir Percy Wydell demands more taxes from everyone to pay for new security. Even Red Riding Hood’s Granny has to pay up but she is too busy trying to catch the eye of the fine, handsome man who has just arrived in the village. Is he, as he appears, just a humble woodcutter? Will Red Riding Hood be tempted by the Charming and charismatic Big Bad Wolf? Can the Woodcutter avoid Granny’s advances? Will Nibbles the Squirrel get hold of Granny’s nuts?.


Based, very loosely, on traditional

fairy tale,

this pantomime has magic, merriment and mayhem with great

comedy, songs and

dances. It’s a Christmas treat for all the family. Performances at the Seckford Theatre, Woodbridge School from Friday 20th December to Sunday 29th December 2019. For performance dates/times to

and book tickets please

visit our website at: www. We are pleased to announce that we now have a local box office at The Woodbridge Emporium, 66 Thoroughfare, Woodbridge and a local box office number at: 01394 383382. Please drop in and see Jules and her team.



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