Chichester and Arundel Lifestyle Sep - Oct 2021

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As the Autumn nights draw in our thoughts turn to delicious cosseting food, home comforts and setting affairs in order. Plus we interview baker Richard Bertinet and garden designer Adam Frost.

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CONTENTS

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A Culinary Journey through

Northern

We interview Ireland

Richard Bertinet

Our competition

page returns

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A Note

from the EDITOR

“There is something so

special in the early leaves

drifting from the trees–as

if we are all to be allowed a

chance to peel, to refresh, to

start again.”

– Ruth Ahmed

There is something so special

about this time of year - it has a

grounding effect which forces us

to consider the passage of time

and the tangible changes around

us. As the hues of the trees

shape our landscape, we settle

down into the embrace of those

cooler, darker evenings - a sense

of quietude before the inevitable

Christmas rush begins.

We hope this edition makes

a good companion to a cosy

evening or a peaceful morning

with a cuppa. We’ve filled it with

interviews with some titans of

their fields - firstly, west country

expert baker (via France!) Richard

Bertinet and Chelsea seventime

gold medal winning garden

designer Adam Frost.

Garden Designer

Adam Frost

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Editor Katie Thomson

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Publisher Sally Thomson

Pre-Press Manager Kate Norris

Contributors Rebecca Rose, Peter Thomson, Sue Cooke, Matthew Biggs

Angela Cave and Pete Lawrence. Front cover courtesy of Richard Bertinet

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One of Petworth’s most prestigious

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The 11th Petworth Festival Literary Week

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Partnering up with The Petworth

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Egremont whose latest book is entitled The Glass

Wall. Acclaimed singer and actress Barbara Dickson will talk about

her autobiography, whilst children are being urged to join in a Harry

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A small, supportive

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For some children, larger schools and

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Teachers get to know each pupil as an individual, working with

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This customized approach gives pupils access to learning on

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The Specialist Teachers continuously liaise with Subject Teachers

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Learning is more hands-on.

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Preparing Sixth Formers for life

beyond school

Hurst College explains to Chichester & Arundel Lifestyle why it

is important to encourage Sixth Formers to step outside their

comfort zones from day one...

The Sixth Form at Hurst College is

focused on preparing students for the

next step after school. The last two years

of a student’s educational journey are key

to providing a plethora of opportunities

and experiences to complete their

passage of self-discovery. By the time

they complete their A-levels, students will

have developed a keen sense of self and

have made the right decision about their

true purpose in life.

The journey begins on day one as Sixth

Formers step outside their comfort zones

with off-site adventure training. They

take part in a whole host of challenging

activities where they swiftly need to form

working relationships to succeed as part

of a team. By the end of the day, they

have truly bonded as a year group.

The fun continues with a Lower Sixth

dinner and quiz, followed by the first

Mystery Bus Tour of the year. Students

take a risk by signing up for a trip to an

unknown location and are rewarded with

activities such as go-carting, curling and

glow-in-the-dark mini-golf.

The Lower Sixth year is a careful

balancing act, when students are

assisted and monitored by their tutors to

ensure they get it right. The priority for

each student is to complete their core

academic responsibilities to the best of

their ability and to make time for wider

intellectual enrichment as they engage

fully with all that is on offer beyond the

classroom.

When they enter the Upper Sixth,

students move into St John’s - the co-ed

hall of residence - to begin their transition

to post-school life as undergraduates.

The year kicks off with an Icebreaker

Disco and by the end of the night they

have settled into their new house and are

ready for the academic challenges that

lie ahead.

Hurst prides itself on a unique system

of Upper Sixth academic tutoring. Each

student is allocated a subject specialist

depending on their desired post-school

path. They have access to, and support

from, someone who knows the specific

subject demands and who can help

ensure UCAS applications are the best

they can be. This is also the one teacher

students will have most contact with - in

and outside normal lesson time. Upper

Sixth Formers often see their tutors

daily, to discuss subject-specific matter

for A-levels and are also encouraged to

deepen and widen their knowledge base

beyond the syllabus.

All students recognise that membership

of Hurst’s Sixth Form is a privilege. They

are given multiple opportunities within the

school week to make a wider contribution

to the wellbeing of their community and

the wider world. Many work towards the

Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, with

its emphasis on leadership, community

service and personal development.

Others take command roles in the largest

school Combined Cadet Force in the

southern counties or lead the school’s

own community service programme.

The Lower Sixth Young Enterprise

Programme provides an opportunity for

students to create and run their own

business from scratch. They can also

contribute to the school’s student-run

magazine or lead the many intellectual

clubs and societies. Charitable action

is highly valued, with the student body

raising around £30,000 a year for worthy

causes, and Sixth Formers are expected

to take the lead.

The Sixth Form is a time when

significant decisions are made, and

Hurst is unashamedly ambitious for all

its students. The priority is to ensure

the next step after school is perfectly

suited to each student’s aspirations and

aptitudes. Sixth Form tutors are trained

executive life coaches, investing time

and expertise to draw out an individual’s

values and motivations. Most students

choose to apply for a place at a leading

British university, but the college

also embraces the alternatives, from

professional sport and the performing

arts to entrepreneurship and aid work.

Pastoral care is second to none, with a

huge focus on wellbeing. Should they

need to speak to someone, students

have easy access to their housemaster/

mistress, school counsellors and

student guardians. Sixth Formers play

an important role in school leadership,

with a varied assembly programme

when they are encouraged to discuss

relevant topics. The aim is to ensure that

they leave Hurst as happy, well-rounded

young adults, ready for the challenges

and excitement of life beyond school.

The college operates a bus route to

and from Chichester and Arundel on

Monday mornings and Friday evenings, to

accommodate flexi and weekly boarders

from the area.

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Academic success

Lancing seeks to offer academic

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Feeling at home

Lancing is far more than just a school.

It is a home for all our pupils, whether

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the House will become home for their

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Housemasters and Housemistresses,

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“Lancing has a broad spectrum of

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vital role in making the Houses homely.

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To find out more visit

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admissions@lancing.org.uk

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HIS

SUSTAINABLE

BREAD

HOUSING

DEVELOPMENT IN

GLOUCESTERSHIRE REACHES

KEY MILESTONE

& BUTTER

Richard Bertinet is well-loved and well-known for being the

UK’s baking ‘godfather’. His books about baking and his breadmaking

courses alike have delighted audiences for many years.

Sally Thomson talks to Richard to discuss books, baking and

BBC Maestro, where you can catch him offering the ultimate

online bread-making course...

HOW ARE YOU ON THIS GLORIOUS

DAY?

Making croissants with this weather! It’s

a bit hot in the kitchen but it’s nice to be

open again so all is good.

YOU ARE DOING WONDERFULLY

WELL AT THE MOMENT APART

FROM THE FACT WE HAVE ALL

BEEN THROUGH THIS RATHER

INTERESTING YEAR THINGS SEEM TO

BE GOOD WITH YOU.

We opened in April and we have just tried

to push everything we could this year and

last year. It’s very busy.

SO, PEOPLE ARE ABLE TO COME TO

YOUR CLASS NOW?

Yes, we reopened in April.

SO, THESE CURRENT RESTRICTIONS

HAVEN’T CHANGED YOUR PLANS?

No, we are Covid compliant and can still

have the same number of people.

In Bath 40% of the customers come

from the rest of the World so Japan, The

States and Australia. Obviously, they

cannot come to Bath at the moment so

we have a massive backlog of people

wanting to come when they can

travel*.

YOU NEED TO BE CLONED SO THAT

THERE IS ANOTHER ONE OF YOU

AND YOU CAN KEEP UP!

That’s true but there is only one of me

I’m afraid.

WHEN YOU FIRST CAME INTO BATH

IN 2005 DID YOU EXPECT YOUR

CAREER TO TAKE OFF AS IT DID?

I knew the concept we had was good and

if it worked out, we would have success.

When I first moved to Bath a lot of local

businesses gave us 6 months to survive

but that made me more determined to

make it.

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On his baking classes

for children: “It’s good

fun and nice to see

them smile when they

try something that they

haven’t done before. I

think it’s a shame that

so many schools don’t

use cooking and baking

anymore.”

TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR

COOKERY SCHOOL - IT’S GOING

FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH BY

THE SOUNDS OF IT?

Well, the school has been going since

2005 and since then we have won a lot

of awards, we then sold the bakery and a

lot of things have happened in 15 years.

The school is so busy it’s a worldwide

attraction which means we bring a lot of

people to Bath. We won the South West

Tourism Award two years ago due to the

number of people that we attract to Bath.

We have a few guest chefs coming in as

well, but the core classes are with me

learning about bread making, as well as

what I write about in my books.

YOU HAVE SO MANY ACCOLADES

AND EVERYBODY ENJOYS WHAT YOU

HAVE BEEN DOING.

We pride ourselves on the services we

give our customers and also the way I

teach is quite unique - I’m very hands on.

Our school is quite small so it means that

I can spend time with everybody.

I SEE THAT YOU OFFER CLASSES FOR

CHILDREN, HOW DO YOU FIND THAT?

Teaching children was always very

important to us and we also work with a

lot of local schools in the area and teach

some classes plus talk to the children.

It’s good fun and nice to see them smile

when they try something that they haven’t

done before. I think it’s a shame that so

many schools don’t use cooking and

baking anymore.

I SEE THAT YOU ALSO WORK WITH

PING COOMBES.

Yes, Ping does classes for me. She

teaches Malaysian cooking plus stuff

from my book.

YOU HAVE PRODUCED 6 BOOKS SO

FAR. HAVE YOU GOT ANYMORE IN

THE PIPELINE OR DO YOU NOT HAVE

ENOUGH TIME?

I’ve got a couple of ideas but it’s getting

the time to do it and I like to write a book

for the right purpose not just for the sake

of it so I need to get the time and wait

until things get back to normal.

DO YOU FEEL THAT YOU ARE

GETTING BACK TO NORMAL?

Until we get all our backlog of people

who couldn’t attend last year’s classes

hopefully then we will be back on an

even keel but not yet I’m afraid. We are

open and running and there are some

businesses that can’t do that so in a way

we are one of the lucky ones.

I HEAR THAT YOU WILL BE GETTING

INVOLVED WITH BBC MAESTRO.

Yes, it’s been amazing. We have just

finished editing. I absolutely loved it! It’s

a challenge to do live broadcasts, it’s

recipe lead and different from how I teach

in my classes, but it was well done. The

team were amazing.

YOU HAVE BEEN ON OTHER

COOKERY SHOWS SO DID YOU FIND

THAT THIS WAS A STEP UP?

Yes, I’ve been on Saturday Kitchen and

on James Martin’s show so it’s a different

buzz being filmed live and you have to be

mindful of what you do and say.

WHAT IS IT THAT YOU WILL BE

SPECIALISING IN?

It’s specifically about bread and things I

like to do at home. It goes from making

brioche, sourdough to bagels, all that

kind of stuff and things to give people

the confidence to bake at home and feel

that they learn something. It’s going to be

good. The production team was amazing,

and I can’t wait for it to launch.

YOU ARE FROM BRITTANY HAVE

YOU HAD THE CHANCE TO GO BACK

RECENTLY?

We went to France last year, Provence.

We have a house down there and

managed to visit just before lockdown.

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This month we asked Adrian, founder of Buy To Let

Hunter, if he is still able to get a great deal for his

clients who are looking to invest in property...

We can see that house prices are clearly

rising. The South East is currently

increasing at a rate of 7.9% annually,

which is actually ranking relatively low

on the official countrywide chart - some

areas have seen a 14% annual growth.

The places we are sourcing for our clients

are seeing 4-5% growth, which, we feel,

is a good rate without creating a possible

bubble. Slow and steady!

What about the potential oversupply of

property and backlash as the market

inevitably adjusts?

These areas we are buying in are

generally protected against that, so while

corrections might be possible in the

market in general they are unlikely - or,

I think, at the very least minimal - in the

right parts of the South East. I am sure

that our instincts will prove correct, and I

am quietly confident this gradual growth

will continue and remain sustainable.

Are people’s pandemic fears impacting

travel and bookings for the “serviced

accommodation” and holiday lets this

summer?

As lockdown starts to ease, we are

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highest occupancy so far this year: an

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that the market is supporting slightly

higher rental rates as well, so we are

gently increasing ours in line with this

trend. We have already seen a 10%

increase and it’s continuing to go up

in June. As suspected, the boom for

“staycations” is well established and

our holiday home rates for the summer

season are through the roof.

What is it that makes Buy To Let

Hunter so different?

I do think we are offering an unusual and

varied product – we can answer so many

of the questions our client’s may have

about what to buy and where, and also

recommend a short-term or serviced let,

something flexible or a dedicated holiday

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through the process, either because they

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We are a great combination of oldfashioned

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While property prices have increased,

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IT’S A

GARDENERS’

WORLD

Adam Frost is an

award-winning British

garden designer,

television presenter and

motivational speaker.

Sally Thomson caught up

with him to discuss all

things green...

TELL ME HOW THE GARDENER’S

WORLD EVENT WENT AT BEAULIEU?

I had a lovely weekend! I’d be lying if I

didn’t say I was a bit nervous. I had just

had my 2nd injection It was the first time

I had done anything in a public arena for

about 18 months! You realise that all the

shows are now your general catch up.

WITH THE PANDEMIC DID YOU FIND

IT STRANGE NOT BEING OUT &

ABOUT WITH THE GENERAL PUBLIC?

Definitely, We run a school as well so

we had to close that. I did some stuff on

zoom like most people but that’s a very

strange experience. I’ve never spent

so much time at home or in the garden

through the summer months with my wife

and kids which was a mixed blessing and

gave me time to stop which I don’t think

I’ve done since I was 16.

HOW DO YOU GO ABOUT BUILDING A

GARDEN FOR CHELSEA?

It can be 12 months to 2 years planning

but at one point I was doing them back to

back finishing one then moving straight

onto the next one. But it’s fascinating, it’s

how I built my career.

HOW DID YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR

FIRST CHELSEA GOLD?

If I’m honest, I think I was slightly

oblivious to what they actually meant.

My dad was a landscaper and he built

early John Brooks gardens in the 70s. I

recently met Professor David Stevens,

garden designer, who also worked for

John Brooks. We were talking about

Chelsea and he said that my dad would

have been a few gardens along from

where we were. David also taught me a

lot about design in that sense.

WHEN YOU START A DESIGN IS IT

FROM A THOUGHT OR ARE YOU

PLANNING IT IN ADVANCE?

It depends on whether its for a client.

I think ultimately gardens are about 4

things people, space, plants and place.

It’s normally one of those that I tap into

first and it might be a bit of landscape, it

might be an individual picture I’ve seen,

it might be the shape of something,

whatever it is that gives me an insight

into a person or if it’s a show garden what

particular design will drive it.

DO YOU THINK BEAULIEU WILL BE A

REGULAR EVENT NOW?

I think so, I walked in and thought

what a glorious piece of landscape

and the moment I walked in the gate it

had a good feel. People really enjoyed

themselves and as a setting it had quite a

lovely intimate feel to it, even the stages

had an open canopy, and everybody was

sensible and had plenty of space. The

standard of the displays was really good

and Hilliers had gone there and built

a garden, so it was great that you had

something there of Hilliers quality.

I think a positive out of the last 15 months

is that people have slowed down have

connected or reconnected with what’s

outside their back door or in the area.

I’ve seen a report saying we now have

3 million new gardeners. Everybody

you talk to in the industry says that the

hunger from last year is still there which is

great. I just hope in a way that stays.

I FIND IT VERY THERAPEUTIC AND

GOOD FOR THE SOUL

It’s interesting that we are seeing

statistics people moving out of cities

and into the countryside and are wanting

bigger gardens it wasn’t that long-ago

people were downsizing and didn’t want

a big outdoor space and this time has

now changed that.

I UNDERSTAND THAT YOU ARE AN

RHS AMBASSADOR? WHAT DOES

THAT ENTAIL?

Yes, I’ve done that for quite a few years

now. Basically, I help them with stuff

looking at helping youngsters to engage

more through events and I did a lot

of work a while back with Homebase

creating apprenticeships so that’s how it

started. I also do a lot of community stuff

with RHS and I’m just about to start a

new project which I can’t say too much

about which will be good. I have travelled

all over to schools, events for them. I

was brought up just outside London and

wasn’t the best behaved, I’m dyslexic

and obviously I’ve done OK and I think

that’s why they wanted me to help.

YOU ARE AT THE NEC IN THE

SUMMER WHAT WILL THAT INVOLVE?

I normally go from stage to stage and

talk all things gardening and there’s

different themes on different stages from

talking about ‘Grow your Own’, ‘Unusual

edibles’, ‘soil and compost’ so all sorts

really. What I love about that show is you

have the gardens and displays but it also

interlinks with food and because its at the

NEC if we do have poor weather people

can get inside. Because it’s such a large

venue everything will feel alright.

SO, AT CHELSEA FOR EXAMPLE ARE

YOU THERE WHEN THE JUDGES

COME AROUND?

You have a 2 minute conversation the day

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to do some presenting as they think I’m

half decent”. He said “Are you sure that’s

what you want to do?”. And I said “I don’t

know but I’ll give it a go!”. And here we

are now.

before to explain if anything has changed

or there have been any adjustments

to the design. They then arrive at your

garden anytime between 7:30 and

9:30am on the day and you must be away

from your garden. Then you have another

24 hours until you find out the result.

WHEN DID YOU REALISE THAT

YOU HAD AN APTITUDE FOR

PRESENTING?

I don’t think I did really, I love what I do I

think it just happened. I was talking to a

Robert Hillier at Chelsea and I said “Can

you remember the conversation we had

in 2015 where you said the BBC want me

WHAT WOULD YOU ADVISE OUR

READERS TO DO TO THEIR GARDENS

BEFORE AUTUMN?

Don’t disengage with the garden, I think

we get to September the kids go back to

school and people pack up their gardens.

I think our environment has changed

so much that you cant month to month

garden anymore you have to react to the

month you are in. September, October

and even going into November we can

still have some cracking days and only

have our first frosts going into December

so I would say to anybody there is so

much glorious flower colour foliage

colour stem colour to be had and the light

is different so the atmosphere is different

you can still wrap up and enjoy it just

don’t disengage. Don’t chase perfection

just enjoy the moments.

Adam Frost, along with other gardening

celebrities, will be appearing at the NEC

in Birmingham from Thursday August 26

to Sunday August 29.

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after a diagnosis of dementia

What are the next steps?

A dementia diagnosis can be a big shock, and not everybody wants to

accept the diagnosis but the important thing to remember is that you are

still you. You can be given an overwhelming amount of information and

it is normal to forget what was discussed in the meeting and to know

where to start processing it all. But don’t worry, you do not need all this

information right away...

Dementia Support at their hub, Sage

House, provides specialised support

to those living with dementia and their

loved ones. They offer this throughout

your whole dementia journey with their

unique, free Wayfinder Service. The

Wayfinders will support you with practical

advice, guidance, and signposting as

well as emotional support. The families

and individuals with dementia are treated

with a person-centred approach as

they understand that dementia affects

everybody differently.

After your diagnosis, there are certain

things you should do sooner rather than

later.

Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)

An LPA is a legal document that lets you

choose somebody you trust to make

decisions for you when you no longer

can. There are two different types of LPA:

Property & Affairs and Health & Welfare.

LPAs can make things easier for you and

the people close to you as your dementia

progresses.

Attendance Allowance

Attendance Allowance helps with extra

costs if you have dementia, and you need

someone to help look after you. It is not

means-tested, and you are entitled to it if

you have been diagnosed with dementia

and are of State Pension Age. The

Attendance Allowance application form is

available online, but you might need help

to complete it.

If you are younger than State Pension

Age, you can apply for the Personal

Independence Payment (PIP). You apply

for a PIP by calling the Department for

Work and Pensions on 0800 917 222.

Driver & Vehicle Licence Agency

(DVLA)

When you are diagnosed with dementia,

the clinician will ask if they can inform the

DVLA. You can decide to do this yourself,

but legally they do have to be told.

Please be assured, just because you

have a diagnosis of dementia it does

not mean you have to stop driving. After

you inform the DVLA, they will put you

forward to have a driving assessment.

Other Things to Consider

If you are still working, you should

consider informing your employer of your

diagnosis or if you are now caring for

a loved one living with dementia. This

means that your employer can make

reasonable adjustments to support you to

do your job going forward.

You could also start creating a care plan

going forward to help you live well with

dementia. This could cover your wishes

for future care and medical treatment.

This can feel like an overwhelming

number of forms and applications to fill

out, but you don’t need to do it alone.

The Wayfinders can take you through

them as part of them supporting you and

your loved ones. At Sage House, there

are also free clinics with the Citizen’s

Advice Bureau and local solicitors, so you

get additional support by the people who

know the process inside out.

Dementia Support can support you

and your loved ones in other ways

too, offering a more holistic, bespoke

approach. Sage House hosts respite

care, a variety of activity sessions,

health and well-being services, and a

community café called Daisy’s. There is

also a daily Chatter Table where you can

meet and chat with people, a lot of whom

are on a similar journey.

For more information call 01243 888691

or visit www.dementiasupport.org.uk

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Inter-County BY DEMENTIA

CQC Nursing

Good!!!

& Care will Services be upon us soon! Ltd

Inter-County prides itself in providing high quality, professional care in the local community.

Whether you need help with shopping once a week, or daily support with personal care,

we can accommodate your needs and provide choice you is theirs. with the support you need to

stay at home and live life your way.

• Home Visits

• Respite Care

• Medication

• Domestic Support

Rated by the Care Quality Commission

as a ‘GOOD’ homecare service

• Night Duties

• Live-In Care

• Meal Preparation

• Companionship

PLANNING FOR

ALL FIVE SERVICES INSPECTED

Thank Though the goodness new regulations, 2021 standards is a New and Year inspections and spring seem

endless, the ethos at Woodlands has not changed here in thirty

years either, “Treat each resident as if they are your own parent”.

Our garden is a quagmire and only in use by the very daring but

Not difficult to understand, though challenging at times. The staff,

with the recent visit of the gardener, by the time you read this

all highly qualified and very experienced in the field of Dementia

the daffodils will be thinking of coming up and the garden will be

Care, take enormous pride in their team with the results of a

looking lush and green, and ready for activities!

“GOOD” in all five categories of the CQC Inspection Report.

www.inter-county.co.uk

ADVERTISING FEATURE

Residents However, the at Woodlands greatest reward have is choices daily…seeing that they residents are capable content, of

making secure, and – now comfortable – not tomorrow. and feeling By this at home I don’t without just mean social lunch or

tea pressures. in the garden. Being a Occasionally small home, only a resident fourteen might residents, prefer most to keep

to residents themselves get on in together their own well!! room There and is enjoy always their a quiet own corner company if

or someone their visitors!! feels a little Each Me-time resident is is in invited order! to join an activity or

just Woodlands observe. House It could is a be care skittles, home exercise, for elderly dancing, people with or a short board term

game. memory It loss, might dementia, involve a confusion, few, or be and on a Alzheimer’s one-to-one disease. basis, but The the

families of residents at Woodlands have recognised, that whilst

becoming less able to live independently, even with home-care,

An their unhappy remaining mood skills can and sometimes abilities can be be changed, more successfully just by a big

smile maintained or a cuddle given specialist if invited. care, Observation earlier rather is absolutely than later. vital With as staff

pain, with an anxiety, average worry, of eight can years not always at Woodlands, be expressed familiarity but is can key. be

seen by an experienced and trained carer. We recently realised

The environment which is comfortable and homely with all

that our AVERAGE employment record is eleven years! Staff

soft furnishings, gives the warmth and understanding normally

at Woodlands can ask a resident what they would like, already

associated with family care. It is also borne in mind how families feel

knowing that their favourite is the lunch of the day. This means

when first leaving and later visiting loved ones. It is important they

continuity and a depth of knowledge about each individual

feel comfortable and confident in the care being provided and that

resident. How to and not to approach, their likes, needs, joys

Activities both daily are specifically tailored around each resident.

and what makes them content, perhaps even while suffering an

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PLANNING FOR DEMENTIA

Woodlands House has been specialising

in Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease for

nearly 31 years in Littlehampton...

ADVERTISING FEATURE

Over these years we have seen many changes in methods of

inspectors, Regulations, Standards, Laws and customs. But one thing

has not changed, that is the original ETHOS of “Is it good enough for

MY Mother?” This was the original question we asked ourselves and

our staff, and still ask it every day.

It is not enough to have beautiful bedrooms, proper armchairs in

warm sitting rooms, bright gardens and fresh home made food (not

to mention H & S requirements!). Oh and wi-fi telephones TV IF

needed! What is more important is staff that are dedicated for YEARS

to the same MANAGMENT and RESIDENTS, day in day out, who

are employed full time covering sickness, holidays without agency

staff who know nothing about Woodlands Residents. New staff are

qualified and experienced, and shadow existing staff for two weeks

not a couple of duties! Woodlands is an established well respected

HOME where residents choose activities, or a chat, or help with

folding linen, icing cakes… just regular household jobs around their

own home! Visitors are once again welcomed for tea coffee and

cakes just as they would have done when visiting parents in their

own home. Husbands and wives are welcome for private lunch with

a glass of wine! There is a great deal of humour from both staff and

residents to help us all deal with dementia and confusion.

illness Christmas that is every coming, one and of us like reading everyone this else lives we in will fear be of. preparing This is

even homemade MORE mince IMPORTANT pies, Christmas in these Cake difficult and times. loads of shortbread!!

Decorations will cheers us up as we look out at the birds and

If squirrels you are scurrying thinking around of professional the garden care for for their a loved supper one while NOW or in

the residents future, patiently consider wait Woodlands for the warm House, aromas a small of baking luxury indicating family run

care supper home and near Christmas the beach. are on CQC their 5 way! STARS Another rated. year Maintaining at Woodlands!! the

HIGHEST STANDARDS OF PROTECTIVE CARE.

WOODLANDS

HOUSE

CARE HOME

We specialise in caring for those suffering from memory

loss, Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of confusion,

in a luxury home in Sussex.

We operate an alternative Care Philosophy whereby

residents are encouraged to live their lives

without the pressures of social expectations

or unnecessary sedation.

www.woodlandshouse.org

www.carehome.co.uk

Room available NOW

CQC

Inspection:

“GOOD” for

every level!!!

But the MOST ingredients, for the happiness and welfare of our

residents, are RESPECT, KINDNESS AND ENCOURAGEMENT given

during every moment of every day! And when the time comes this is

extended on their behalf to support their loved ones too.

For further information and to visit Woodlands House contact

THELMA at house.woodlands@gmail.com OR 01903725458 .

For further information contact

Oonagh Cacioppoon 01903 725458

or email house.woodlands@gmail.com

4 St Winefride’s Road, Littlehampton, Sussex BN17 5NL

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HOUSEKEEPERS REQUIRED

HOURS TO SUIT.

The Abbeyfield Chichester Society are seeking flexible and

caring individuals to assist and support the elderly people in

and around Chichester, to remain in their own homes.

Duties comprise of shopping, laundry, ironing,

housework and to provide companionship.

We offer good rates of pay and excellent conditions of

employment in a supportive working environment

Contact Mandy Turner

01243 773221 / 07731 889019

www.abbeyfieldchichester.org

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Walberton Place Care Home

We understand how difficult things are for the elderly population right

now. If you’re concerned about how your relative is coping and would like

them to have more support, Walberton Place provides family-led care in a

luxurious and homely environment. All those in our care will be offered the

Covid-19 vaccine, allowing them to live safely and as they wish.

• Warm inclusive family atmosphere

• Person centred dementia care

• Meaningful activities

• Spacious en-suite bedrooms

• Café, pub, cinema & hair salon

• Daily fine dining

01243 551 549

Yapton Lane, Walberton, Arundel,

West Sussex, BN18 0AS

www.countrycourtcare.com


“Our guiding principle

is to deliver care to a

standard that we would

expect for our own

parents and loved ones.”

Passionate about Care

For the last 40 years, Nyton House has been

providing outstanding care in a beautiful

rural setting on the outskirts of Chichester,

West Sussex. Nyton remains a family run

Residential Care Home shaped by our guiding

principle to deliver care of standard we would

expect for our own parents and loved ones.

Our aim is to enable residents to live a happy

& fulfilling life, we empower residents to

make their own choices and treat everyone

with dignity & respect. Nyton is a ‘Home

from Home’ where residents are part of a

community and feel genuinely cared for by

passionate and committed staff.

We tailor care to meet the individual

needs of each resident offering:

www.nytonhouse.co.uk

email: manager@nytonhouse.co.uk

01243 543228

Nyton House Residential Care Home,

Nyton Road, Westergate, Chichester, PO20 3UL

• Companionship in a supporting

environment

• Personal Centred Care Plans and

continually reviewed Goals for Care

• Dementia Care that focuses on

re-enablement and dignity

• End of Life Care with staff trained in the Six

Steps to End of Life Care

• Respite Care and Day Care

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