News at Cumnor Hill House in Oxfordshire


The sights, sounds and smells of Hook Norton Brewery
We’re always trying to think of fun, stimulating activities and excursions for our residents at Cumnor Hill House, so when a resident makes a suggestion for a trip out of the home, we always try and make it happen. That’s exactly what happened here, when one of our residents asked if we could pay a visit to the Hook Norton Brewery – and we, of course, obliged!

Nestled in a small Oxfordshire village looking out onto the Cotswold Hills, Hook Norton Brewery produces a fantastic selection of award-winning beers and also has a shop, Malthouse Kitchen Café and free museum onsite. The Hook Norton Brewery empire stretches further than this though, as they also have 36 pubs dotted around the area serving their great beers and good food to the region, including The Sun Inn and Pear Tree Inn in Hook Norton village!

The brewery was established in 1849, is one of only 32 family-owned breweries and is the finest example of a Victorian Tower brewery in the country. The trip to Hook Norton offers much more than beer tasting (although that was no doubt the reason for the initial suggestion…) and our residents enjoyed experiencing the sights, sounds and smells of the brewery last week. It’s well worth a visit whether you like beer or not – although it will most definitely enhance the trip if you do enjoy sampling the award-winning ales including Old Hooky, Hooky and Hooky Gold.

The Royal Windsor Horse Show
The Royal Windsor Horse Show was established in 1943 with the aim of raising funds for the war effort, and it has taken place every single year since! In fact, it’s the only show in the UK that hosts international competitions not only in Showjumping and Dressage but Driving and Endurance too.

The Cumnor Hill House residents enjoyed an exciting day out for the first day of the five-day show last Wednesday, watching many of the events and taking a look at the various shopping stalls too, with a horse and rider zone, country lifestyle and living, jewellery and fashion quarter, food court, boutique shops and much-loved brands there to explore. There was also The Musical Ride of the Cavalry Mounted Regiment, the King’s Troop and Royal Horse Artillery – it really was a fantastic show.

We took a lovely picnic with us, which was savoured by all and gave us a much-needed rest from all the action midway through the day. Tickets for next year go on sale this autumn – will we be going in 2019 too? Watch this space…

An afternoon with The Beatles
We always like to put on a show here at Cumnor Hill House, finding new entertainers that can put smiles on faces, and when we found this tribute act to The Beatles, we knew it would be a huge hit with our residents. Perfectly paired with a selection of canapés, we knew we had a recipe for a great event yesterday.

The pair completely looked the part, resembling the musical icons that are John Lennon and Paul McCartney. They were both smartly dressed in sharp suits, and they also donned the typical Beatles hairstyles and glasses.

The duo performed classics including I Want to Hold Your Hand, Penny Lane and Hey Jude among others, and everyone sang along to their favourite songs – some people even got up and danced! It really was well-loved by everyone. What better way to brighten up a Thursday afternoon than with a tribute act to the foremost and most influential band in history?

As you can see, the Bistro was packed, so maybe we’ll have to invite these thoroughly entertaining chaps back again sometime!

Happy birthday to the Queen!
21st April marks the Queen’s actual birthday, not to be confused with her ‘official birthday’ held in June each year! At Cumnor Hill House, we decided to celebrate Elizabeth II’s real birthday, and this year, she turned 92 years of age, which is amazing when you consider how active her role still is.

With many of our residents around the same age as the Queen and with a few Royalists in our midst, we decided to throw a birthday party in honour of our Monarch’s special day, and everyone had an absolutely wonderful time. To mark the occasion, we held a patriotic quiz and a colouring competition too, bringing out the competitive side of some of our residents.

We had entertainment from singers Debbie Hayes and Gemma Louise Doyle, along with a fantastic show by ventriloquist Paul Dumas. It really was a good day, with everyone having fun in the sun, enjoying the entertainment and partaking in a delicious afternoon tea prepared by our lovely kitchen staff. Thank you to everyone involved for making Her Majesty’s birthday such a delightful day! 

Keeping busy is what we do best at Cumnor Hill House and last week was no exception, we were busy watercolor painting, making jewellery, flower arranging, making models, playing scrabble, yoga and gentle movement exercises, planting spring Primroses, a quick game of bingo and we even gathered around to listen to one of our residents play the organ for us.

Thank you to all the residents, families, friends and local community who attended our Burns Night entertainment. We were lucky enough to have two Pipers come to Cumnor Hill House to keep us entertained!

Head over to our Facebook page to see videos and pictures of them in action!

January Events
Have a browse through our list of fantastic events planned for January. Anything take your fancy? Just call us to book your place - remember, our events are always free to attend and include food and drink - What's not to like?! 

December Events
Have a browse through our list of fantastic events planned for December. Anything take your fancy? Just call us to book your place - remember, our events are always free to attend and include food and drink - Whats not to like?!

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