Our residents and neighbours have been busy preparing the vegetable and flower garden ready for the summer month here at Hames Hall Residential Home in Cockermouth. They have been tidying up and getting rid of the weeds and preparing flower beds for planting.

Kevan and Robert are busy working on the rear entrance to the home, for a much improved accessible ramp area.

Thursday 15th April – (in support of National Green Earth day), we held a Virtual Poetry session with the Wordsworth Trust. Following the session, Lilian very kindly composed this poem from the memories and thoughts of everyone.

The Green Earth

The poetry of the earth is never dead.

Glory be to god for dapple things,

For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow.

From troubles of the world I turn to ducks.

For daffodils we weep to see

You haste away so soon.

About the woodlands I will go

To see the cherry hung with snow.

I chatter, chatter as I flow

To join the brimming river,

For men may come and men may go

But I go on forever.

The world is with us late and soon

Getting and spending we lay waste our powers

Little we see in nature that is ours.

How could should sweet and wholesome hours

Be reckoned but with herbs and flowers.

Happy the man whose wish and care

A few paternal acres bound

Content to breathe his native air

In his own ground.

This is the land of lost content

I see it shining plain

The happy highways where I went

And cannot come again.

Preparing our Summer Menu:

May 1st saw the start of our summer menu, this was designed by our kitchen manager Haley and includes lots of delicious ‘greens’ in support of our environment. Haley designs the menus with the wishes and preferences of our residents in mind.

We start the day with a hearty porridge, a variety of cereals, nuts and fruit and yogurts, eggs how you like them, poached, boiled, scrambled.

Tasty warm toast with a selection of jams, preservatives and butter – or a traditional English breakfast.

A selection of favourite teas – Earl Grey, Red Bush, Green Tea to name but a few, coffee and a fruit juices. Followed later in the day by a selection of our lunch and tea – time menus.

(Lunch Sample)

Pork medallion, Lyonnais potatoes, creamed leeks, broccoli and apple compote.


Homemade Cheese, onion and tomato crustless quiche, with salad and homemade coleslaw.

For Dessert

Haley’s delicious sherry trifle or Stephanie’s homemade Gingerbread and Custard

(Tea-Time Sample)

Prawn and Avocado cocktail

Cream of vegetable soup

A selection of freshly made sandwiches

A selection of desserts from our dessert trolley.

Both our cooks – Haley and Stephanie – promote healthy balanced menu’s which are based on  individual dietary preferences and needs.

Our menu displays are accessible in easy to read format and are accompanied by colourful pictures. Our attentive staff are always on hand to assist.

Proud Grandma:

On 9thApril our resident Bunty received a special visit from one of her grandsons. Travelling in his helicopter from the Royal Navy air base up to West Cumbria, he made an extra special journey past Hames Hall to wave at his Grandma (three laps around the building) – this was an extremely socially distanced visit!

Bunty and daughter Sue were waiting in the garden with beaming smiles and arms outstretched.

Respects paid to Prince Philip:

Residents and staff all gathered together in the lounge to watch Prince Philip’s funeral service and pay their respects, with a special toast to the prince. Our residents reflected on their memories of the wedding of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip at Westminster Abbey back in 1947 and their life together over the years.

Jazz hands/clean hands:

On Friday 30th April we celebrated International jazz day, an array of jazz musicians played while Kayley and Michelle encouraged everyone to partake in moving to the music with a variety of dance moves and exercises. On 5th May, we registered to be part of the global movement to improve hand hygiene and help save lives.

University of the third age:

Starting in April, Hames Hall welcomed Jill and her dance partners who are members of the University of the Third Age. Once weekly they can be seen practicing their Latin and ballroom dance skills in the grounds of the home.

Quizzes and jigsaws:

David took the crown for our St George’s day quiz and Vilma completed the jigsaw challenge, bringing the pictures to life in the fastest time.

Warmest regards from all at Hames Hall

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