Mellish House have been busy…

The residents and staff at Mellish House Residential Home have been busy with a range of activities. Here is a round up…

Harvest Festival
Each year we celebrate Harvest Festival with a service led by our local church as it is an important part of the year in our rural community. The table was decorated with fruit and vegetables and a loaf depicting a sheaf of corn with a mouse hiding among the corn which was made by a local baker. Familiar hymns including “We plough the fields and scatter” were sung which everyone remembered from their childhood.

Breast Cancer Awareness
We held a tea party in aid of Breast Cancer Awareness and had a raffle, where we raised £75 for this worthwhile cause.

We are in the process of creating an underwater activity wall in one of our corridors for the amusement of passing residents. Over the last few weeks Shaun our pottery tutor has helped residents make and glaze clay sea creatures to display on this wall. The scene has been designed and painted by Ron (our SMO) and our Health and Wellbeing Coordinators. Grace our knitting supreme has knitted a mermaid and an octopus as well. All these craft activities are great at keeping minds and fingers nimble and busy.

Knit and Knatter
Our local hospitals palliative care team has recently requested knitted blankets for patients to provide warmth and comfort whilst they are inpatients. Grace our champion knitter has accumulated a vast collection of colourful knitted squares which with the help of residents and visitors to the home during our ‘knit and natter’ tea parties have been made into these blankets. The blankets are then kept as keepsakes and taken home.

Twilight Encounters
Brenda visited with her family of owls from ‘Twilight Encounters’ this gives the residents the opportunity to see and touch the owls up close. We invited 15 children from a local primary school to join us and to meet the owls. The afternoon was a great success both residents and children talking and exchanging ideas.

Mellish House Care Home is a purpose-built home providing residential care for up to 48 elderly residents living with a form of dementia.

If you would like to find out about life at Mellish House or come and visit, please do contact us on 0808 223 5523 or email

Mellish House Residential Home

Home Manager

Maekhala Allan


20 Kings Hill,
Great Cornard,
CO10 0EH

0808 223 5523
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
To Whom it may concern,

RE: A message from the CEO and Clinical Director

At Caring Homes we are following the latest Government advice and stopping visitors to all our homes, except for essential visits by healthcare professionals who will be required to adhere to strict protocols.

We understand that this may be very difficult for families but we are clear in our duty to ensure we protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our Residents and Colleagues as our top priority.

We want you to know that you can contact your loved ones through calls, emails, video and social media and we will support our Residents to view any messages you send over. We are confident that the teams in our homes are doing all they can to ensure that life remains as comfortable and sociable as possible. There will be a full programme of activities delivered by our in-house health and wellbeing teams.

We hope you will understand and support these actions and any further subsequent measures we might need to put in place.

Yours sincerely

Paul Jeffery – Chief Executive Officer

Frank Cummins – Clinical Director