News at Cumnor Hill House in Oxfordshire


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
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.

Cumnor Hill House sponsors local school to bridge the gap between two generations
Across the country, schools are feeling the pinch, with funding being cut in many areas. Here in Cumnor, our care home has teamed up with a local school to help ease the financial burden.

Cumnor C of E Primary School sought sponsorship from the local community and we were more than happy to offer a helping hand, giving the school £5,000 for new sports equipment.

A couple of other things we’re getting involved in are the school’s archaeology and chess clubs! Cris, a member of our team, is a chess champion in his home country and will be going into the school to teach the kids a thing or two, and Allen, our Events Manager, is a trained archaeologist! He’ll be heading along to the school to talk to the kids about the wealth of knowledge he gained studying at Oxford University. Residents are more than welcome to attend both these clubs with Cris and Allen if they’d like to.

Once a month, schoolchildren will visit our home as part of a new reading club, something that will no doubt be incredibly rewarding the kids and our residents, and we’re also delighted to say that our residents will also be invited to various school functions!

This is a great partnership for the local community and we look forward to seeing how it blossoms in the coming months and years. Our hope is that all these different activities will help to bridge the gap between these two generations and help to build incredibly rewarding relationships.

To find out more about how we’re working with Cumnor C of E Primary School, please speak to a member of the team next time you’re here, call us on 01865 415185 or email – we’d be delighted to talk to you about our community projects.

Older generation fuelling the younger generation's education
This week, the local schoolkids have been taking their SATs, which is one of the most challenging things many of them have encountered so far in their childhood years.

To take on such a big task, you definitely need to be able to concentrate, so to ensure the kids had plenty of energy for their tests, Cumnor Hill House offered to provide breakfast for the kids at West Kidlington Primary & Nursery School for four days this week – we like to think of it as the older generation fuelling the younger generation!

When we heard the funding was no longer available to provide free breakfast to the kids before their SATs, we decided to step in and help out. After all, we wouldn’t want hungry tummies in the classroom! We’re incredibly happy to have been able to help the school maintain this lovely tradition – and judging by the smiles on the kids’ faces, it went down a treat. Additionally, residents and staff thoroughly enjoyed handing out the pastries to the kids at the school.

Here at Cumnor Hill House, we love getting involved in things going on in the community. If you know of anything our home could help with, please do get in touch. Call us on 01865 415185, email or pop in and see us here in our lovely home.

Fresh air and tasty treats all wrapped up
Here at Cumnor Hill House in Oxfordshire, we’ve been taking a look at how we can enhance luxury living for our residents – you’ll be pleased to know that we’ve come up with one unique idea that has gone down a treat!

We have started offering a picnic hamper service for both brunch and lunch, and as we’ve been lucky enough to have such wonderful weather lately, our residents have been thoroughly enjoying eating al fresco with friends and family members.

Our indulgent hampers, available to order from our outstanding hospitality team, include everything you need for a relaxing outdoor meal with loved ones, and it’s a great way to get some fresh air too and enjoy the summer sun.

Picnic hampers are available for our residents and up to three guests per booking. Once you’ve placed your picnic hamper booking, we’ll prepare it all and all you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy your lovely brunch or lunch.

For further details and availability, please email or speak to a member of staff when you’re next visiting our home. Picnic hampers will be available throughout the summer, so make sure you enjoy one while the sun’s out!

*Hampers are on loan and a returns policy applies.

May Events
We have some wonderful events in store for you this month. If you wish to attend any of them please contact us - a great night out with entertainment, food and drink all on us!


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