Mellish open their 1950s diner

Mellish House in Sudbury launched their 1950s American themed diner this week with a party.

Six children from Pot Kiln Primary School attended the launch after winning a competition held at the school to select party guests as so many of the children wanted to attend. The children were joined by Sudbury Mayor Sarah Page, Great Cornard Councillor Pamela White, residents and relatives plus Mellish House carers and other colleagues.

The Mellish Diner is a vision which came from residents in one of their regular meetings and has involved redesigning, redecorating and fitting out one of the dining rooms at Mellish House. Mellish Diner has 1950’s style diner tables and chairs plus a fully operational retro jukebox playing hits from the era. In keeping with the American theme hot dogs and burgers were served at the launch party, with entertainment from a local guitarist playing Rock and Roll, and Rhythm and Blues. Some of the ladies celebrated the day dressing up in the famous ‘Pink Ladies’ costume, and polka dots and capped sleeves that were so well know in that era.

Home manager Maekhala Allen said; “We are delighted the project has been a success and we are ready to launch our diner– it is something the residents wanted to have in their home and we are all excited to see it up and running.”

“Children from the school visit us regularly to spend time with the residents,” added Maekhala. “They all love coming but we could only have a certain amount at the party due to space.”


Mellish House provides specialist dementia care in a purpose built environment for up to 48 elderly people in Sudbury.

If you would like to find out more about life at Mellish House  and the care we offer, or to request a meeting with our Home Manager, please contact us on 0808 223 5523 or

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