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eyes with Bert Brown, who was working as a chauffeur and gardener for the Rector, Reverend Charles Gordon Ward. No more than a few years later, the two were happily married.


Margert Massingberd-Mundy, who always showed great kindness to her housemaids, paid for the wedding, drove Kathleen to the local church, and drove her and Bert back for their wedding reception in the ballroom of the Hall. Kathleen remembers that her wedding day was the only time during her ten years working there that she got to walk down the front steps to the Hall – except when she was scrubbing them!


104-YEAR-OLD FORMER HOUSEMAID TAKES TRIP DOWN


MEMORY LANE MHA Stones Place care home resident Kathleen Brown has made a special birthday trip back to Lincolnshire country home South Ormsby Hall, almost 80 years aſter she last worked there as a housemaid.


On the aſternoon of Wednesday 29th May, the day aſter her


104th birthday, Kathleen once again walked through the doors of South Ormsby Hall. The country estate became a place where Kathleen made so many precious memories, including donkey rides with her friends around the grounds, meeting her husband and holding their wedding reception there.


Kathleen worked at South Ormsby Hall from the age of 17 until the age of 27, under Squire Godfrey Massingberd-Mundy and his wife, Margaret. One staff Christmas party, Kathleen caught


Aſter the passing of Adrian, Margaret and Squire Godfrey’s son, the Hall was sold to new owners. Since then, it has been made a private home – which is what made this personal invitation all the more special.


The visit was made possible through MHA’s ‘Seize the Day’ scheme, which endeavours to grant the wish of each resident.


Kathleen’s son, David Brown, said: “Many of mum’s happiest memories are of the time she was in service at South Ormsby Hall. To this day, she speaks very fondly of the Massingberd- Mundy’s.


“She has so many anecdotes she happily recounts of her life during those ten years at the Hall – which sounds to me like a real-life Downton Abbey! I am so grateful to the new owners, Jon and Jan Thornes, as well as staff at MHA Stones Place, for making this possible.”


Beverley Murray, Deputy Manager at MHA Stones Places, commented: “We know South Ormsby Hall holds a special place in Kathleen’s heart, so we were delighted to help her ‘Seize the Day’ by taking a trip down memory lane and paying the house another visit.”


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and interact with the animals. They were encouraged to get to know the ponies, who have been highly trained to handle any situation.


Animal-assisted therapy has proved to be very beneficial in elderly care, as physical contact with the animals encourages communication, can reduce stress and anxiety and even improve motor skills and self-esteem.


Karen Paul, Care Home Manager at Grove Care Home, said: “It’s not every day you get ponies wandering through the home, so it was lovely for the residents to have the opportunity to enjoy their company.


PONIES ARE MANE ATTRACTION


AT INVERURIE CARE HOME Residents at a care home in Inverurie, Scotland, have been horsing around this week, thanks to an in-house visit from some new equine friends.


Meallmore’s Grove Care Home welcomed two Shetland ponies into the home to give residents the chance to meet


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“As well as being fun and interesting, animal therapy is also hugely important for our residents as it’s relaxing and can also be a very social activity. The ponies really liſted everyone’s spirits and were adorable.


“At Meallmore, we’re committed to delivering exceptional standards of care to the elderly and frail and animal therapy is just one of the ways in which we try to enrich the lives of our residents.”


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