Monthly Archives: July 2018

Soldiering On – A Great Success

The Old Rectory’s Soldiering On event took place on Friday 29th June, celebrating 100 years of the RAF and commemorating 100 years since World War 1.

The day began in the cinema, listening to Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s great speech, while the staff stood to attention in their military ensembles. The speech was followed by a showing of the 1956 D-Day film on the cinema screen and then the morning was rounded off with a War Time Special of Bolty’s Kitchen, a popular cooking demonstration and wine tasting activity. Bolty’s Kitchen served up some eggy bread grilled cheese sandwiches to get people’s appetites going for a war time lunch menu.

After lunch the staff and residents moved into the gloriously warm and sunny back garden, which had been decorated with air raid shelters and sand bags, the Churchill Inn was serving Harvey Wallbanger cocktails and a NAAFI hut was serving tea, coffee and lemonade.

The Old Rectory team took it in turns to take centre stage and dazzle their audience of residents, friends and family with their impeccable impressions of war time classic entertainers such as Bing Crosby, the Beverly Sisters, Vera Lynn and the Glen Miller band.

When the entertainment came to a close, the NAAFI hut served an afternoon cream tea. The day came to a close with a war time comedy showing in the cinema.

Overall, Friday was a great day. The weather could not have been better, the staff and residents, friends and family all enjoyed themselves, and it was all done to help raise money for Help for Heroes.

The Old Rectory are still collecting for the cause and you still have time to donate either at their front desk, or online at

Sefton Hall Outdoor Village


On a glorious, sunny afternoon, Friday 22nd June 2018, the Staff, Residents & Relatives of Sefton Hall were joined by the Mayor of Dawlish to open the ‘Sefton Hall Outdoor Village’. The Village comprises a vintage café, sweet shop, garden centre, church and a bar for the Home’s Residents and their relatives. The event was celebrated with ‘the Liberty Sisters’ who sang a collection of famous songs from the ‘40’s & ‘50’s.

The Mayor, Lisa Mayne, formally opened the Village and spoke of her admiration for the Village and for the Home. Gabriella, the Home Manager expressed her delight at seeing the Village come to fruition, gave special thanks to Leigh (a very Handyman) and the team for all their hard work  and supporting the project enthusiastically with fundraising events.

Gabriela said “The village provides opportunities for people to socialise and reminisce, encourages the people living in Sefton to spend time outside with their loved ones and brings normality in their lives”

Sefton Hall is a beautiful Georgian Home rated ‘Outstanding’ by CQC and winners of many prestigious awards, including the ‘Best Care Team of the UK’ (Caring UK National Care Awards) and the ‘Best Dementia Initiative” (Devon and Cornwall Care Awards). 

Geoffrey Cox, the M.D. spoke of his appreciation and pride in seeing the Village opened, especially seeing the strong partnership building between the team and the community in coming together to support the project and the team looking for ways to innovate and find new ideas to enhance people’s quality of life, living at Sefton Hall.

Mike Harvey, whose wife Eileen, is a resident also offered some heartfelt thanks, and acknowledged his gratitude to the Home generally, its staff specifically, the wonderful friendly atmosphere that he experienced daily at the Home and his appreciation at the range of developments, facilities and ideas at the Home to enhance the experience of people living at, working in and visiting Sefton Hall.

Mike said “I visit my wife who is suffering with dementia almost every day and I can see the continuous development of Sefton Hall made possible by excellent management and a devoted and committed staff”. Mike is calling Sefton Hall his home.

The Village is built in a ‘suntrap’ courtyard adjacent to the extensive rear gardens of the home and is designed to provide an interesting and stimulating place to see, visit and enjoy as well as to host a range of activities of all varieties, from simple social gatherings to musical and other

events; barbeques, seasonal shows & a Xmas bazaar.

The Village has been funded with the help of generous donations from relatives, friends and the community at large and was completed very quickly as a result. The Village is the latest addition to the facilities at the Home which include an old English pub inside, a Café and an ice creamery in the beautiful front gardens.

The Home has 50 rooms, 3 lounges, 2 dining rooms and has a dedicated Dementia community which attained the Butterfly Kitemark for excellence in dementia care.