News at Cumnor Hill House in Oxfordshire


How we work with Mind, the mental health charity
Mind is a fantastic charity that provides advice and support to help empower those experiencing mental health problems. Over more than 60 years, they have been campaigning to promote understanding, raise awareness and improve services, touching millions of lives in the process.

Mind’s ethos: We won’t give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect.

Here at Cumnor Hill House, we fully support this fantastic charity and the importance of taking mental health seriously. That’s why every other Tuesday afternoon, Ben and one of his colleagues from Oxfordshire Mind pay us a visit and take the time to have a chat with the residents here in our home.

It’s not just a chinwag about random things – it’s about getting through the day, setting goals, learning coping strategies and having meaningful social interaction. It’s Mind’s aim to actively improve the lives of people in the older adult community, and that precious time Ben spends with our residents really does make a difference.

The local branch of Mind here in Oxfordshire is 70% NHS-funded, 20% council-funded and the last 10% of cash needed to keep it running comes from fundraising. If you are able to support this wonderful charity at any time, please do so, as the work they do is so, so important.

We really appreciate all that Ben and the rest of the team at Oxfordshire Mind do for us here at Cumnor Hill House.

Have you met Ernie, our resident entertainer?
Ernest – or Ernie as he prefers to be called – is from the lovely village of Horspath, just east of Oxford, and he now lives with us here at Cumnor Hill House.

Everyone who has met Ernie will agree that he’s a real character, but one thing that some people don’t know is that he is an entertainer through and through! And here in our home, we were lucky enough to hear Ernie perform a few weeks ago.

We hold regular entertainment here on Thursday evenings at Cumnor Hill House – you can sign up to our mailing list to receive updates and invitations by emailing us at At one of our recent events, Ernie was enjoying himself so much that he was singing along to the songs and ended up performing a solo in front of residents, staff and guests! The audience was captivated, and Ernie was in his element. It was such a joy to see.

Ernie has also been known to play melodies on his harmonica for everyone, putting smiles on people’s faces – as a matter of fact, Ernie used to be in a harmonica band as a child! A local chap invited Ernie and his friend to join the band, so they used to sit in front of the main group, playing in places such as the Ritz Theatre in Oxford, the Town Hall and the Sports Club.

Come along to our Thursday evening entertainment and you never know, you may be lucky enough to enjoy one of Ernie’s fine impromptu performances. Ask about our events next time you’re here or get in touch to find out more.

This week is Carers Week, so we're celebrating at Cumnor Hill House!
It's Carers Week 2019 and this year, we’re adding our own special OUTSTANDING twist. That’s because the people involved in making Cumnor Hill House a real home aren’t just the carers…

Here we have chefs, cleaning and laundry staff, nurses, a physiotherapist, personal trainer, a gardener, activities coordinators, bar staff, a driver, maintenance, admin and management as well as carers – and without any one of these key roles, our home wouldn’t run as seamlessly as it does. No matter what the title or job role, just by working here, each person contributes to the care of those living here.

That’s why we’re grabbing Carers Week with both hands and we’re raising the bar, going further to include everyone who participates in caring in our celebration of the care industry and its importance in society.

This year, the focus of Carers Week is on getting carers connected – and we thought how better to do that than throw a staff party? We want to thank our wonderful team for all that they do for our residents and each other. And because working in care affects people’s home lives, the invitation is extended to family members too.

Family members support our staff to carry out their roles to the best of their ability. If someone’s late home, their significant other makes the dinner. If someone’s had a bad day, their family is there to lend an ear or give them a hug. It’s a real team effort when it comes to care, and we want to take the opportunity to thank everyone involved with a staff party this summer.

The story behind the staff party

The staff party on Friday 21st June is being funded by an incredibly generous donation from the family members of one of our residents.

In December last year, Marjorie sadly passed away. Her family were so grateful for the excellent care that Marjorie received whilst she was at Cumnor Hill House that they gifted an incredibly kind donation to put towards a staff party.

As some members of the team will be working at Cumnor Hill House when the party’s taking place, they will each be given a voucher to share with their loved ones instead, so nobody will miss out.

We’re incredibly thankful to have such a wonderful team here who are appreciated by our residents, and we’re so lucky to have such lovely residents who are a pleasure to care for. It’s a great community here at Cumnor Hill House and we’re incredibly proud of it. If you would like to be a part of it in any capacity, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Keep fit with Cumnor!
Exercise is so, so important for both our physical and mental wellbeing, which is why we encourage the people living here at Cumnor Hill House to partake in weekly exercise classes in the comfort of their home.

You may have heard about our state-of-the-art gym, which opened a year ago, and the brilliant equipment here is available to use, along with assistance and advice from Sue the physio and Dot the personal trainer.

We still try and go the extra mile in addition to this great facility, and that’s why twice a week, there’s something else here at Cumnor Hill House to help everyone keep fit.

Every Monday, we hold keep fit sessions with a dance instructor – she carries out a number of different classes suitable for all abilities, and everyone has a giggle!

Dot, our personal trainer, holds exercise classes on each floor of the home. She starts off from 2-3pm on the top floor, then 3-4pm on the middle floor and 4-5pm on the ground floor. Dot adapts each movement to suit the needs and capabilities of her audience, so people of all ages and abilities are welcome to come and join us.

If you live nearby, why don’t you come along to our classes? Simply pop in, give us a call on 01865 415185 or send us an email at to find out more about joining our dance or keep fit sessions, completely free of charge. It’s time to keep fit with Cumnor!

The Great Guide Dogs Tea Party at Cumnor Hill House
On Friday 28th June – which also happens to be National Cream Tea Day! – we are holding a Summer Tea Party here at Cumnor Hill House to raise money for Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Almost two million people in the UK are living with sight loss, and by 2050, that’s expected to rise to almost four million. We’re trying to do our bit this summer by enjoying a delicious tea party in our lovely garden to raise money for this wonderful charity, and we’d love for you to come.

Blindness is close to us at Cumnor Hill House, as one gentleman who lives here is registered blind. But that certainly doesn’t stop him from having fun! His twin brother lives locally and often brings his guide dog in for visits. It really is amazing what he’s able to achieve with the assistance of his loyal canine, and without the dog, he probably wouldn't be able to live independently.

Please do come along and support us on 28th June from [start time] to [end time] and please donate generously to this incredibly worthy cause that really does change lives.

Please RSVP to or call us on 01865 415185 – we’d love to see you here at the Great Guide Dogs Tea Party.

Alzheimer's Cupcake Day at Cumnor Hill House
On Thursday 13th June 2019, it’s Cupcake Day! Being held in aid of Alzheimer’s Society, we’re delighted to be taking part here at Cumnor Hill House – and every penny raised will help to fund pioneering research, crucial support services and care.

Whether you live here, work here or regularly visit a friend or family member, please show us your support and bring in some delicious cupcakes for this great cause – we don’t mind if you bake it or fake it!

Don’t forget to bring some spending money with you to buy a few tasty treats, whether you decide to enjoy them with us here or take them home with you! We hope to see you here on Alzheimer’s Society Cupcake Day.

A wild day out at the Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens
The Cotswold Wildlife Park near Burford is a fantastic family-owned attraction that has been running since 1970. It offers a great day out for people of all ages, so we thought we’d head on over for a little mooch around with seven Cumnor Hill House residents! But we had also an ulterior motive…

Anne Tallet, who lives here at Cumnor Hill House, actually used to live on the very site where the Cotswold Wildlife Park is! And until our recent trip there, she had never been back – but had always wanted to.

In 1923, Colonel Heyworth-Savage bought the estate, which his grandson, John Heyworth, then inherited in 1949. It wasn’t until 20 years later that he decided to create a wildlife park, and the Cotswold Wildlife Park then opened to the public in 1970 – it’s now run by John’s son, Reggie.

After decades away from her former home, here’s what Anne had to say about the trip to the Cotswold Wildlife Park: “It is so wonderful to finally be here. So many of my friends have said they’ve been here as if it were nothing, some even tell me they’ve been twice or more! I’ve wanted to come for so long and now I’ve finally got to come.”

A member of the Cumnor Hill House team for the trip was Chris, who’s one of our Care Assistants. Chris used to work at the Cotswold Wildlife Park, both on the land and with the reptiles, so we had our own personal guide to show us around! Chris said: “I’ve really enjoyed the opportunity to show our residents around my former workplace. The residents really enjoyed looking at all the animals and plants in this huge place.”

The trip was organised by our Events Manager, Alan, and he went along to the park too. About the trip, he said: “The thing I love most about Cumnor Hill House is how we strive to allow our residents to, not just have a full day with lots of things to do, but to also achieve their aspirations. Anne has achieved a long-held dream to one day visit the Cotswold Wildlife Park, a place that she and her family have deep and meaningful connections to, and it makes my day to know that we have played our part in ensuring that Anne was able to have a wonderful day.”

If you like the sound of our trips out and about, why not get in touch with the team today to find out more about coming to live here in our lovely home? We’d love to show you around.

June Events at Cumnor Hill House 2019
June is set to be a brilliant month here at Cumnor Hill House, as we have four fantastic events lined up for you all! We really hope you can make it to one or more of these great acts as they’re all sure to be incredibly entertaining.

We’re kicking things off with Titine La Voix on Thursday 6th June! Join us for a glamorous evening with this amazing singer who will take us on a wonderful singing journey. Titine La Voix’s repertoire spans an eclectic mix of songs, from country class and modern songs to classic 1940s and ’50s rock ‘n’ roll. No matter what your taste, Titine is sure to sing something you’ll enjoy – and don’t be scared to get up and have a little boogie if the mood takes you.

On 13th June, be prepared for some amazing guitar work from Cumnor veteran Marcus T! We always love it when Marcus comes to perform for us, and tonight will be no exception – come along and join us for a great evening of true entertainment.

The following week, Sparky & Sprite will be joining us! Mark ‘Sparky’ Harding and Anne ‘Sprite’ Jeffery are fresh faces to Cumnor – this singing duo will be sure to keep you entertained as we sing through the ages. The pair sing swing and songs from the 1940s through to the ’60s, along with plenty of modern tunes. Sparky & Sprite tailor their playlists for each show, so ours will be unique to us – we can’t wait to find out what they have in store for us!

On Thursday 27th June to round off the month, come and watch a fantastic tribute to the King of Rock here at Cumnor Hill House! Everybody loves Elvis’ songs and at this event, why not take the opportunity to sing and dance along to your favourite tunes? It’s sure to be a fun-filled night that you won’t want to miss.

Please RSVP to or 01865 415 185 – we would love to see you here at Cumnor Hill House this coming month. As always, refreshments and entertainment are complimentary.


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