Update February 2022

A happy house in demand!

We now have 11 residents at home and the last place (room 15) at the house will be taken up next week as a new resident moves in. We have also created a waiting list, now with 3 asking to be informed when a place becomes available. There is a great atmosphere in the house with the home fully occupied. A real boost for the home is the staff coverage we have been able to fund; during the week much of the day is covered with a manager and cooks thoughout the day, then at 10pm there is coverage until 7am with the over-night staff. A house manager is also in attendance over the week end, as well as the regular cooks and night staff.

We hope we will be able to allow more visitors once COVID restrictions ease. During last summer, we erected our dome gazebo in the garden with table and chairs for visitors, but now we can have visitors indoors (with a negative lateral flow test).

We have also been able to restart some events:

  • We had a stand at the Autumn Fest in October this year and many of the residents came along to join the volunteers and Trustees running the stand. There was much interest in the home and how it runs.
    Volunteers have been coming in one at a time to assist with coffee mornings at the house.
  • Residents have been going out of the house using sensible precautions
  • John Noonan has been entertaining with morning singing session from time to time and we have armchair exercises every Friday.
  • And we were able to celebrate with a Christmas Lunch, albeit with reduced numbers from outside the house in attendance
  • We are also planning to bring back the summer garden party this year -it will be our golden anniversary, keep the 9th July ‘22 free in your diaries to attend!

We will be holding our annual AGM this year at 7.30 pm on March 21st ‘22. We hope you will be able to attend. We will be sending out an agenda, accounts and minutes of last year’s AGM together with details of location. At this time we are planning for it to be a Zoom meeting but we will let you know about location (if physically held) and Zoom log in.

We do hope we will be able to open the house later this year for visitor lunches once again and for our Tuesday coffee morning. We will be renewing your membership shortly and once again we will not be asking for any contribution, given that we can’t yet run the free lunch invites we have offered to members in the past. However you are welcome to give a donation via our web site or to the house manager.

Call for Trustees

We have two trustees leaving later this year. We welcome any of our members to apply to become a trustee. The trustee role is voluntary, but an exciting one, especially given the successes the current trustees have made happen over the last 3 years. This is an opportunity to get involved with the future of this important community resource.  If you are interested, please contact the house manager  01923 263541 or send us a message via the contact us page. The house manager is on site between 9am and 3pm week days and 10.30am -1.30pm at the weekend.

Thanks for being a member and supporting us, we welcome you to the AGM in March 21st and to the Summer party planned for the 9th July.

Best wishes from

The Trustees of Abbeyfield West Herts Society