Mellish Moments

There has been a lot going on at Mellish House Care Home in Sudbury – take a look…

Grease is the word…pupils from Thomas Gainsborough upper school came to entertain the residents in our American diner a fitting backdrop for their rendition of the show Grease.

We dressed two lady residents in ‘Pink Lady’ jackets which made them feel part of the cast. This was a great afternoon many residents joining in with the singing. A few weeks later we were invited to see the dress rehearsal at the school which was another exciting event.

Knitting Olympics…One of our residents Grace would win the gold medal for knitting if there was such a thing. It takes her less than two hours to knit an average ball of wool into squares. These squares are usually turned into blankets for the RSPCA animal home but many other things are made from them too. Grace also crochets little flowers which she likes to give as presents to the staff however we recently decorated bare twisted willow branches with them to great effect.

Button Mosaics…Over the last 15 years of working at Mellish House l have collected stray buttons and these have mounted up. We had a pleasant hour or so sorting these into colours (a male resident who rarely joins in activities bounded across totally engaged in this activity)

Having done this we wondered what we could do? making mosaic pictures had been mentioned but broken China was deemed too dangerous so we substituted the buttons. Our SMO gave us offcuts of MDF board and residents were invited to paint them in bright colours and simple shapes were suggested and outlined in black.

We used PVA glue to stick the buttons within the shapes an easy task for most to do and talked about where these buttons came from what garments, where they could have travelled who had owned them etc. Many of the residents like me had loved sorting through their grandmother’s button tin as a child. These buttons have gone on to give hours of pleasure all over again. The pictures made speak for themselves…

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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