Residents winning Christmas card designs revealed by Councillor Lt Col George Barton at Rectory House

Councillor Lt Col George Barton visited local homes this week as part of his Christmas events schedule and kindly agreed to visit residents and colleagues at Rectory House in Sompting to announce the winners of this year’s residents Christmas Card Competition. Residents were encouraged to get creative using any medium they wished to design a Christmas card.

The two winning designs were created by Mrs Kathleen Pilkington and Mrs Valerie Godley, who were presented with printed copies of their very sparkly cards in print, along with some festive treats by Councillor, Lt Col George Barton who was accompanied by his wife Vee. Guests also enjoyed a celebratory afternoon tea whilst being entertained by a local singer.

The homes rationale for developing and offering a diverse range of activities, clubs, competitions and events within the home is based on their knowledge that loneliness and social isolation can all have a negative impact on wellbeing and quality of life. Despite the proximity of others, older people living in care settings can sometimes experience loneliness too. By launching activities like this the home can encourage and maintain meaningful relationships between residents, relatives and colleagues and in addition connect with members of the local community. Experience has shown colleagues that encouraging painting, drawing and sculpting in old age helps protect against loneliness and dementia, as taking part in creative workshops in the arts stimulates the mind as well as activating the motor skills.

With over 30 years caring professionally for others Fiona Wiederkehr fell in love with nursing and wanting to make a difference. Ensuring residents health and wellbeing is vitally important says Fiona, “Creating a buzz with this Christmas Card competition offers meaningful engagement with others in the home and the community who join us at events like these. We know that these social, and creative activities, will significantly contribute to our residents’ wellbeing and reduce loneliness and we are delighted that Councillor Lt Col George Barton has agreed to take the time today to join us and celebrate our wonderful residents’ creativity.”

Rated Good by national regulators the CQC, Rectory House Nursing Home in Sompting is a magnificent period house which has been carefully and sympathetically converted into a wonderful home for up to 41 elderly residents. The home specialises in providing the highest standards of residential, nursing and palliative care. Rectory House is part of the Caring Homes Group which was established in 1994 by registered nurse Helena Jeffery and her son Paul. Today, Caring Homes is a collection of over 60 residential care and nursing homes. Whilst each reflects the unique local character of its community, every home delivers the same high standards and commitment to our founding principles. 

Rectory House Nursing Home

Home Manager

Fiona Wiederkehr


West Street,
West Sussex,
BN15 0DA

0808 223 5530
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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