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Residents poised to explore the village in bicycle rickshaw
Fernhill House residents are looking forward to getting out and about in an unusual way - on a bicycle rickshaw!   

The home is running a series of fun fundraising activities to buy the £6,500 vehicle – also known as a trishaw – starting with a sweepstake to predict the winner of this season’s Strictly Come Dancing competition.   

Home manager Peta Mandleberg, whose colleagues came up with the idea, explained: “We’re all about having fun here and living our lives to the full. We often run days out – to the beach, the races, to stately homes – and have drinks, barbecues and musical events.   

“We’ve recently acquired an old fashioned ice cream bicycle and that gave us the idea that it would be fun for the residents to sit in the side car and be cycled around the grounds and the village – rather like Wallace and Gromit but with slightly less Wensleydale.”   

The idea of enabling residents to take to the nearby highways and byways under pedal power was mooted after staff read about a similar scheme launched in progressive Denmark – whose fun and independent approach to retirement living has been a model for Fernhill House.   

That project, Cycling without Age, has now spread to more than 30 other countries where some 1,500 trishaws are in use, some of which have elderly friendly features such as lifts, safety belts and specially designed blankets.  

All money raised will be matched by the home’s owners Majesticare.  

* Fernhill House's ice cream bicycle which inspired the trishaw idea

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside, even in the rain
It wouldn’t be an English summer without spending a drizzly day at the beach shivering while determinedly eating fish and chips on the seafront.   

And to prove that we are indeed in England and that the weather is at times inclement, Fernhill House residents braved the elements for a trip to Weston-super-Mare to indulge in one of the nation’s favourite culinary experiences!   

Dressed both for November frosts and March gales and in sunhats in the vain hope that the yellow globe in the sky would actually make an appearance, they nobly tucked into their fried delicacies while watching the donkeys miserably plying their trade along the muddy drizzly shoreline.   

The outing will hopefully be repeated on a more tropical occasion.

Massage and sound therapy has become a weekly treat
A pilot session of massage and sound therapy by a local holistic therapist has proved so popular it has become a weekly highlight at Fernhill House.   

Michelle Beagley spends three hours every Tuesday in the home, offering treatments to residents and staff.   

While the soothing and physically beneficial effects of massage are well documented, sound therapy is a lesser known practice – which involves the use of relaxing or stimulating sounds such as drums, bells, bowls and the human voice to induce calm and rebalance the body’s energy.   

Massage and sound therapy are just some of the therapeutic treatments available at Fernhill House. Hot towel pampering, which involves a hand massage and essential oils, manicures, meditation and reiki are among the treatments available – with the hairdressing salon open to those living with dementia in the wider community.   

All therapists are dementia trained, ensuring a relaxing experience as well as a comfortable space for non-residents to have their hair styled.     * Residents can relax in a ‘sound bath’ at Fernhill House

Fernhill House christens its outdoor pizza oven
Life at Fernhill House bears some similarities to living in Tuscany. Okay – maybe it doesn’t quite share the climate, but it does have its own outdoor pizza oven which was inaugurated this week.   In fact, after former Masterchef contestant Chris Williams cooked the finest pizzas this side of the channel at its first firing, he decided to be a little more adventurous and hosted an outdoor sea bass gathering.   Chris chose a sunny - one might almost say Italian style – day to prepare a feast for residents, who have officially named the new appliance the best pizza oven in Worcestershire!
Dementia trained hairdresser joins Fernhill House team
The Fernhill House beauty salon is becoming quite the place to be - and the recent appointment of dementia trained hairdresser Mandy Bramley means residents and their families can feel relaxed whenever they pop in for a pamper.   

The hairdressing service is also available to non-residents with dementia, who are welcome to come along with a friend or relative to enjoy the calm surroundings and a complementary coffee and cake or a cheeky glass of wine.   

Hairdressing is one of a number of beauty treatments available at the stunningly equipped salon.   Residents can also enjoy hot towel pampering, which involves a hand massage and essential oils, manicures, meditation, reiki, massage and sound therapy.   

Non-residents interested in booking a hairdressing appointment should contact or call 01905 679300.   

Resident Stella Alexander relaxes in the beauty salon with Fernhill House’s friendly dementia trained hairdresser Mandy Bramley