Gardening Club Blossoming at Huntercombe Hall
The recent completion of a charity funded gardening course has enabled the residents of Huntercombe Hall in Nuffield to start a weekly gardening club.
‘Thrive’ is a small national charity, founded in 1978, that uses gardening to change the lives of disabled people. The activities are varied but focus on championing the benefits of gardening to individuals and organisations.
Following the completion of Thrive’s ‘Carry on Gardening’ course in Nettlebed, seven Huntercombe residents and three local volunteers have established a weekly gardening club at the care home.
The Victorian Manor House has a unique and varied history. The Hall had a significant role during the Second World War, playing host to Rudolph Hess and being visited by Winston Churchill on several occasions. As such, residents and staff feel it is important to give the gardens the attention they deserve.
Huntercombe Activities Coordinator, Debbie Bennett said:
“The ‘Carry on Gardening’ course has enabled so many of our residents to get back into a hobby they once loved. The gardening club adds to the wide range of activities we run here at Huntercombe Hall.
It will now benefit the whole home as we are already planning our sensory garden for later this year.”
Huntercombe Hall is run by the family-owned Caring Homes Group, which was founded in 1994 by mother and son team, Helena and Paul Jeffery. The home provides residential care, nursing care and specialist dementia care for up to 42 elderly residents in the charming village of Nuffield, close to the market town of Wallingford.