News at Cumnor Hill House in Oxfordshire


April Events at Cumnor Hill House
We have a great month of events ahead of us, starting with a visit from Sallie on Thursday! She'll be singing all the favourite wartime songs from the 1940s, so prepare to go back in time.

We're following this up with a Buddy Holly tribute act on Thursday 11th April, then a Rat Pack tribute act on 18th! It's going to be a brilliant month full of songs to sing and dance along to.

Last but not least, we're rounding the month off with a visit from Jess, who will be here on 25th April to dazzle us with her retro repertoire. We can't wait - can you?

RSVP to or 01865 415 185 - we really hope we see you this month. As always, refreshments and entertainment are completely free of charge!

Hiking 1,000m above sea level in darkness for Alzheimer’s Society
In the beautiful landscape of Snowdonia National Park in North Wales, one peak sits higher than all the others. Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales and is a popular spot for hikers, offering truly stunning views from the summit on a clear day.

But Frances Taylor, one of our Senior Carers here at Cumnor Hill House, is taking on the challenge of Mount Snowdon without a slightly different reward. That’s because she’s walking up Snowdon at night-time, all in the name of charity. It’s the Snowdon Midnight Challenge.

On Saturday 7th June 2019 as you get comfy and warm inside for the evening, spare a thought for Frances as she’ll be preparing to embark on a midnight Snowdon trek in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society. Standing at over 1,000m above sea level, Snowdon is the highest point in the British Isles outside the Scottish Highlands and climbing this mountain is no easy task, especially without the light of the sun to guide you.

When Frances reaches the summit, as long as the sky is clear, there will be a beautiful view, with the ground below cascaded in moonlight – and as she descends, she’ll get a perfect view of the sun rising, so it’s sure to be a special experience.

Why is Frances hiking up Snowdon at night?

“I decided to do the midnight Snowdon trek for Alzheimer’s Society because since I have worked in care, I’ve experienced how dementia can effect a person and their family. I’ve worked with such a variety of people that are living with different types of dementia and I feel there's still a lot we don't know about this disease. By helping the Alzheimer’s Society carry on with their research through fundraisers, we can keep improving people's quality of life.”

Preparing for the challenge ahead

This isn’t the first time that Frances has taken on a hiking challenge. Back in January 2016, she climbed Kilimanjaro in Tanzania – also for the Alzheimer’s Society – and, together with her group, managed to raise an incredible £100,000! Frances said it was the most painful yet fulfilling thing that she has ever done and, in that moment, pledged to continue taking part in similar challenges, raising money for charity while doing it.

From now until the big day in June, Frances will be making the most of all her free time, heading off at every available opportunity to go hiking, taking on challenging terrain around the countryside with as much uphill walking as possible.

How you can get involved

Keep an eye out for goings-on here at Cumnor Hill House soon, as Frances will be organising coffee mornings, cake sales, raffles and all sorts of other activities to raise money for the hike and to get people involved. If you follow Cumnor Hill House on Facebook, you’ll be able to see when and where these fundraising events are taking place, or you can ask a member of the team here in our home.

Frances is aiming to raise £400 for this fantastic charity – if you could spare any amount of money to help her reach her goal, we would be incredibly grateful. Visit her JustGiving page right here and please give what you can – together, we can help the Alzheimer’s Society to transform the landscape of dementia forever.

Is Miss England in our midst? We’ll have to wait and see…
Florence is a well-loved member of the team here at Cumnor Hill House and has close relationships with staff and residents alike. Florence has been part of the team since March 2016 and in addition to working here part-time, she has also been knuckling down to complete her Law degree.

That sounds like a lot for one person to manage already, but that’s not all – Florence has made it to the semi-final of Miss England! And Cumnor Hill House is delighted to provide sponsorship to enable her to progress as far as possible in this prestigious competition.

Florence entered the competition as it’s an amazing way to meet inspirational women who dedicate themselves to helping others and supporting campaigns that change the lives of many, which is something that she’s greatly interested in getting involved with.

In order to make it this far, Florence had to go through an initial application process, and this led her to being entered into the public vote. Although she received a lot of support, Florence did not win this round, however, the judges reviewed the candidates and she was selected to take part in the live semi-finals for Miss Birmingham.

Miss England offers an amazing platform for Florence to spread awareness regarding children in poorer countries who do not have the opportunities and support they deserve. This is something Florence feels passionate about, especially following a trip volunteering in Morocco where she got the chance to help in an orphanage and a school for children with special needs.

We’re incredibly proud of what Florence has achieved already and wish her all the best for the semi-final. Keep an eye out on our Facebook page for updates and to find out more about the competition, visit
From all at Cumnor Hill House, good luck, Florence!

Trip to Oxford Castle and Prison
Recently, we have been trying to think of new, interesting places to visit, places with something a little different to offer, so last week, we decided to travel to Oxford Prison and Castle! It was an incredibly interesting visit and the tour was enjoyed by all – we even had time to stop for a coffee.

Dementia UK Coffee Morning
Dementia UK is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and to show our support, yesterday, we decided to turn our Tuesday Coffee Morning into a "Time for a Cuppa" fundraising event to help this charity with the amazing work it carries out. The cakes were lovely and everyone enjoyed themselves, and it’s even better when you know you’re helping to raise money for a deserving cause.

March Events at Cumnor Hill House
We would love to see you at Cumnor Hill House this month, and we have four fantastic events lined up to make March extra-special. We hope you can make it in to see one or both of our great acts!

Without further ado, here’s what we have in store this March…

We’re starting things off on Thursday 7th with Ma Bessie, who will be performing a good mixture of classic blues and jazz tunes to get us all feeling good. Prepare to enjoy classics such as ‘Careless Love’ and ‘Nobody Knows When You’re Down and Out’. We’ll be serving homemade beef sliders too!

The following week on Thursday 14th, Away with the Fairies will be back! This four-piece male folk group absolutely love entertaining anyone who wants to be entertained, so it’s sure to be an exciting and engaging evening – and we’ll be serving a selection of Greek dishes.

On Thursday 21st, we’re welcoming Bob Oakley into Cumnor Hill House for the first time – Bob will be playing all sorts of country and Irish music for us to enjoy, and we’ll be serving Spanish chicken and chorizo.

To round the month off, we’ve got a male and female duo coming in on Thursday 28th to sing songs from over the years. They’re called Zing, and we can’t wait to see them perform – songs including ‘Save the Last Dance for Me’ by the Drifters and ‘Mr Wonderful’ by Peggy Lee are in their repertoire, so come along and join in the fun! You can also enjoy some Moroccan-style lamb while you’re here.

Please note that food options are subject to change, but all entertainment and refreshments are offered completely free of charge. Please RSVP to or 01865 415185 to let us know you’re coming; we hope to see you very soon.

Valentine's Day Celebrations
One thing Cumnor Hill House knows how to do well is have a good time – and to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, we threw a special love-themed event! Everyone was dancing to the sweet sounds of Titine La Voix, and there was a glass of bubbly and a beautiful rose for everyone.

Lollipop Ponies
We had the most adorable and well-behaved visitors here at Cumnor Hill House yesterday, who went by the names of Lollipop and Tinkerbell – they were here courtesy of Lollipop Pony Parties and are actually specially-trained therapy ponies! We all loved meeting these incredibly friendly animals, and they made their way around the home from room to room for a bit of fuss and a stroke.

The ponies let people know they wanted a treat by tapping their hooves on the floor, and some residents actually fed them! It was great to see the interaction and see everyone smiling from ear to ear.

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