Oaken Holt residents go with the flow on the River Thames

Residents from Oaken Holt care home in Farmoor went with the flow this week when they enjoyed a relaxing and sunny afternoon on the River Thames, following a delicious picnic on the river bank which was provided by our chefs Martin and Graziano.

Taking a specially adapted barge equipped with a wheelchair lift and an accessible space for wheelchairs, allowed our residents with mobility difficulties the opportunity to share this experience. We set off and travelled from Eynsham Lock down the river towards Oxford and passed through Pink Hill Lock, where the crew had to stop to manoeuvre the heavy double lock gates. We then continued down the river to the Ferryman Inn, a public house now owned by one of our resident’s son, so we all waved as we floated by.

The return journey was equally relaxing; the boat was skippered by a lady captain who expertly manoeuvred the boat through the locks and made it all look so easy. To make the trip even more enjoyable we all enjoyed a refreshing cup of tea and biscuits that was served to us along the way.

We all agreed it was a glorious afternoon to be on the river with beautiful sunshine and a gentle breeze keeping us cool. We also enjoyed seeing many birds we could spot and there was a wide variety along the route including seagulls, geese and goslings.

All in all, it was a fantastic day. Our residents thoroughly enjoyed the day and we will be coming back for sure.

If you would like to find out more about life at Oaken Holt care home, or to arrange a visit, please contact the home by calling 0808 223 5529 or email oakenholt.reception@caringHomes.org.

Oaken Holt

Home Manager

Theresa Whitford

Address

Eynsham Road,
Farmoor,
Oxford,
Oxfordshire,
OX2 9NL

Contact
0808 223 5529
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