Coxhill Manor ladies enjoy lunch and laughter at Wyevale

Coxhill Manor residents were eagerly looking to a planned trip out to Wisley Gardens on Thursday 23rd Feb and were dismayed when we were not able to attend as planned due to adverse weather conditions. Storm Doris may have stopped us from visiting the gardens but it certainly didn’t stop us from going out to Wyevale.

After discussion with our residents, two of our ladies decided instead they wanted to go for a drive around the local area and enjoy a trip down memory lane, stopping off at the local garden centre for lunch.

Residents Filomena and Frankie joined Julia and Sarah, our Activities Coordinators on the outing and we wrapped up warm and took extra blankets just in case, as Storm Doris had left a chill in the air.

The Bustler Bus arrived at 10.15 and we were on our way by 10.30.  Mike our driver was more than happy to accommodate our change of plan. Thank you Mike!

We drove to the local village of Knaphill where Filomena had owned and ran a fish and chip shop.  It is now a computer shop but Filomena was delighted to show us where it once was and reminisce about her days there. Driving through the village bought back so many happy memories for her.   We continued our impromptu tour sharing memories and stories of how things have changed over the years. Frankie loved the drive, and was repeatedly in awe of how clean the roads were. She was smiling the whole way and so happy to be out and about enjoying the chat and laughter in the bus…and of course the clean roads.

We arrived at Wyevale garden centre at about 11.15am and spent a good while admiring the beautiful orchid display at the entrance.  We discovered this was a common and shared interest between Frankie and Filomena – always great for us to learn new things about our residents.

We meandered through the garden centre enjoying the smells and vibrant colours of the plant displays en route to the café, where we ordered lunch.  Whilst it was being prepared, we got a chance to admire the fish in the outdoor pond, (not for long though as it was pretty cold) before taking a look at the indoor aquatic centre.  The tropical fish tanks were mesmerising and the ladies thought it would be a great idea to have one like it at Coxhill Manor. We will of course put forward their suggestions but a large one like they have on show may be just a bit too big for our home.

We had a lovely lunch in the café. Filomena had scampi (in line with what was turning out to be a fish themed day) whilst Frankie enjoyed every mouthful of her coronation chicken toasted sandwich.  Needless to say, lunch wouldn’t have been complete without a dessert, glass of wine, and a lot of laughter.  Well they are ladies that lunch after all.

Frankie and Filomena also discovered more things they have in common, including  such a similar sense of humour and we were literally laughing the whole morning.  Words can’t really convey how much laughter we all shared and we all agree, they are such lovely fun ladies to be around.

Time ran away with us as we were all having such a lovely time but we had to head back as our Bustler Bus was waiting.  We couldn’t pass the orchid stand on our way out without buying one for the ladies as a momento of such a special day and it was also smaller than the tropical fish tank so easier to get home!

For us at Coxhill Manor, it’s great to go out as we really get quality time with our residents. It also nurtures deeper friendships as we all discover more about each other, and enjoy the company. It creates a sense of belonging for our residents and ultimately improves a person’s sense of well-being.

For some residents, the prospect of going out can be a bit daunting, and some may need gentle encouragement.  It’s all too easy to take no for an answer when we invite residents out, but in some cases, we need to see beyond the ‘no’ and address the reasons why.  Perhaps they are nervous, scared, worried about money, worried about wheelchair access and so on.  By understanding, reassuring and addressing anxieties we can encourage participation. And if we can ensure a good time is had, a resident will be more likely to join in on further trips and enjoy the many benefits of getting out and about in the community.  And Filomena was a case in point.  She’s glad we kept gently reassuring her before this trip as she thoroughly enjoyed going out.  She is now suggesting venues for our next trip – one of which is lunch at the Italian Restaurant she used to go to.  And why not.

The next day both the first thing both ladies said was “when are we going again?”  that’s the icing on the cake for us confirming they had a great time.  We are still talking about it a week later – and Frankie still can’t get over how clean the roads were…

At Coxhill Manor care home in Woking we provide residential, nursing and specialist dementia care for up to 58 residents.

If you would like to find out more about life at Coxhill Manor, our events and activities or to arrange a visit, please contact us on 0808 223 5420 or email



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Home Manager

Alan Horler


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