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Better Health for Independent living

On 25 October, Apartment Owners at Boughton Hall met with healthcare innovators from the digital health start-up Feebris to discuss how novel technology can be used for regular monitoring away from the stress of hospitals and the long wait for GP appointments. Regular tracking of vital signs such as respiratory rate, heart rate and blood pressure is essential for management of chronic conditions and identification of problems early. Small wearable devices and digital technology can remove the need for regular trips to the doctor, and only alarm the wearer if any of their health parameters are abnormal. Boughton Hall's Owners were full of insights and creative suggestions on how such technical innovations can fill in gaps in current primary care services.

Feebris is developing a digital platform to empower independent living and improved diagnosis through regular monitoring. For more information, please contact Elina Naydenova (elina@feebris.com).

Here and Now brings IT to Boughton Hall

Here and Now Digital Buddies, a scheme for the over 50s, delivered a free information evening on Letterpress Printing by Brightlife in the library at Boughton Hall on 5th October 2017.

The evening started with a PowerPoint presentation on the history of printing and how new technology has changed the way newspapers are now produced. The audience were also able to take a look at the first newspaper to have been printed in colour.

A demonstration of printing on an Adana Letterpress Printing Press followed, with the opportunity for everyone to have a go at printing their own Christmas serviette on the machine.

 

15 owners enjoyed this interesting and informative  evening.

RNLI Fund-Raiser

Following the successful event last year, Boughton Hall had another opportunity to raise funds for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution with a sale of Christmas cards, calendars and small gifts at the Coffee Morning on Wednesday, 4th October.

The incredible sum of £292.70, which exceeded the previous year's amount, was raised for the RNLI, which is financially supported solely by donations from the public.

Chester's Town Crier Visits Boughton Hall

Chester's renowned Town Crier, David Mitchell, came to Boughton Hall during the coffee morning on Wednesday, 13th September, to talk about his one-man show For Crying Out Loud.

Believed to be the first time a Town Crier has ever done a show like this, David has performed it at theatres in Eastbourne and Epsom, as well as in his home city of Chester. For Crying Out Loud is again being staged at the Story House Garret Theatre in Chester on Saturday, 16th September 2017.

20 Boughton Hall Apartment Owners enjoyed a very entertaining morning.

 

Visit to Chester Castle

Boughton Hall's History Group went on a research field trip to Chester Castle on Thursday, 24th August.

Chester Heritage Festival celebrates Chester's architecture and culture by allowing FREE access to interesting properties, many of which are not normally open to the public. Chester Castle is taking part this year and is opening its doors to those interested in discovering Chester Castle Revealed.

Led by June Callaghan, Boughton Hall's General Manager, 12 Owners had a very interesting and enjoyable day, rounded off by afternoon tea at Patisserie Valerie.

Boughton Hall's First Harvest Festival

Boughton Hall allotment holders held a Harvest Festival on Tuesday, 22nd August, at which the green-fingered gardeners from the village's very own allotment group proudly presented their much pampered produce to fellow owners and guests, as well as selling the 'fruits' of their labours in aid of the Hospice of the Good Shepherd, which provides palliative care for residents of Cheshire West, Chester and Deeside.

June Callaghan, General Manager of Boughton Hall, said: "A wonderful array of goodies was on display, including the first Pattypan squash in Boughton Hall history, as well as a 'Brexit' yellow courgette shaped like a boomerang alongside some light-hearted statements! The harvest also included a collection of pretty flowers, plus tomatoes, blueberries, courgettes, kale beans, herbs and rhubarb. It was such an enjoyable afternoon, we have decided to make it an annual event."

Those attending were able to enjoy refreshments whilst hearing the 'tales from the seven beds'. Sally Guttman, one of the allotment holders, explained: "We have seven small allotments here, all with raised beds, and those of us who have one of these consider ourselves very lucky. Depending on which time of day you go, someone else is often working down there too, so it's a sociable thing to do and it's as much an excuse to get together."

Congratulations and thanks to the allotment holders, whose home-grown fare completely sold out, raising £63.40 for the Hospice.

Summer Barbecue

The ever-popular annual summer barbecue at Boughton Hall was held this year on Sunday, 6th August. Although the sun stayed away, 85 owners and guests enjoyed an al fresco feast, washed down with Pimm's and Sangria, whilst being entertained by local singer and pianist, Craig Elliot.

 

100 Years Young!

Boughton Hall apartment owner Stan Fielding celebrated his 100th birthday on Sunday, 30th July. This was a first for Boughton Hall and the occasion was marked in style. Not even the weather could put a damper on the wonderful afternoon had by all for the birthday party. Over 100 friends, family and Owners joined Stan on his special day.

There were speeches from friends, family and representatives from Stan's past employment, including Squadron Leader Oli Fleming from RAF Valley, Deputy Superintendent Eddie Thistlethwaite OBE, The Lord Mayor of Chester Razi Daniels, and Jeff and David, friends from Rotary.

Two birthday cakes were presented - one baked by Stan's daughter and the other donated by the local Co-Op Store. Glasses were raised and the cakes cut at 5pm while everyone sang Happy Birthday.

The afternoon was rounded off with a film of Stan's life, created by friend and fellow Apartment Owner John Young, which was shown in the Main Hall.

All at Boughton Hall and Enterprise Retirement Living offer Stan their congratulations on this milestone, and wish him continued health and happiness for years to come.

UK Shale Gas in Cheshire

On Tuesday, 25th July, Neil O'Brien - the son of Boughton Hall Apartment Owner Wendy O'Brien - presented a talk on fracking. Neil has been on two boards of UK oil and gas operators and has ten years' experience of the UK energy industry. It was a unique opportunity to hear about how fracking affects the local area and 35 Owners and guests attended this informative evening.

A total of £65.60 was raised in donations towards Blood Cancer Research.

Games Afternoon

Over 50 Boughton Hall owners and guests enjoyed a wonderful afternoon of outdoor games on Thursday, 6th July, and the rain stayed away! The games included Jenga, Knock-Down Cricket Stumps, Giant Dominos, Giant Connect 4, Golf Chipping, Netball, and Hit the Scarecrow. Those not taking part enjoyed Pimm's on the patio while watching the fun.

Many thanks go to Duty Manager Alan Griffiths for his superb organisation of the event.

A Pot Pourri of Entertainment

Boughton Hall apartment owners Stan Fielding and John Young entertained 35 of their neighbours in the village with a medley of outstanding photography and humour during a Pot Pourri evening on Wednesday, 5th July.

They presented four brilliant stories, punctuated by photography, English and Irish humour, and ghosts!

  • What is a Grandmother?
  • Do you remember your Mum’s clothesline?!
  • Do you believe in coincidences?
  • A message from Heaven.

Although free to attend, a total of £129 was donated, which will go towards creating an internal garden area adjacent to the stroke unit at the Countess of Chester Hospital.

Pimm's in the Restaurant!

Boughton Hall's regular start of summer event - Pimm's On The Patio - turned out to be Pimm's in the Restaurant, courtesy of the unpredictable weather! On the afternoon of Thursday, 29th June, 50 owners and guests abandoned the al-fresco option and gathered in the Garden Room Restaurant for Pimm's, canapés, and musical entertainment by Gaynor Williams.

With true British stoicism, no one let the weather spoil what was a wonderful afternoon enjoyed by all!

Farndon and District Brass Band Strawberry Tea

45 Boughton Hall apartment owners and guests enjoyed a selection of Ambient Summer Music from Farndon and District Brass Band Ensemble on Saturday, 3rd June.

A Strawberry Tea, consisting of strawberry scones, strawberry Victoria cake, and tea and coffee was served. Some people were also tempted by a glass of Pimm's.

The day was beautiful and sunny ... until 15 minutes after the band had begun playing! Displaying typical British stoicism, everybody upped sticks and reconvened in the front of the Hall where the band continued to play to the delight of everyone.

 

Christleton Wednesday Group

On Thursday, 27th April, the Christleton Wednesday Group, which meets once a month and organises charity events, held a coffee morning at Boughton Hall in aid of Reverse Rett, an amazing charity fighting to overcome Rett Syndrome. This post-natal neurological condition most often strikes previously healthy little girls between their first and second birthdays and leaves them with multiple disabilities and medical complexities for life.

Boughton Hall apartment owner Pam Evans, a member of the Christleton Wednesday Group, sang and played the ukulele, along with other members of the group (pictured).

About 65 people attended and a total of £527.50 from the sale of entry tickets and delicious home-made cakes was raised to help this very worthwhile cause.

 

Feast of St George

Bidden by very authentic-looking scroll invitations (pictured), 40 Boughton Hall apartment owners enjoyed an evening of music, food (lots and lots of food!), dancing and drinking at a Medieval Banquet in honour of St George on Sunday, 23rd April. The tables were laden with Vegetable Potage, Wild Boar and Apple Stew, Gala Pie, Artisan Breads, Roast Duck and Chicken Pieces, a Selection of Roast Sliced Meats, Root Vegetable and Butter Bean Cassoulet, Cheese Platters and Mead, Mixed Nuts, Pastries and Fresh Fruit. Washed down with flagons of wine and olde-fashioned beer, along with Meadmosa cocktails, the evening was a merry one.

Entertainment was provided by Maranella Medieval Minstrels and everyone had a wonderful time dancing until late.

 

Boules Ladder 2017

With the arrival of spring, the Boules Ladder 2017 has begun at Boughton Hall. There was an informal afternoon of play to remind or inform owners of the rules on Easter Saturday, 15th April, in which nine players took part.

There will now be a regular Boules for Fun afternoon every Friday at 2.00pm at the Boules Court. No experience needed!

Macmillan Cancer Support

Boughton Hall owners and staff baked cakes to sell at an Easter Bake Sale on Wednesday, 12th April. There was also an Easter bonnet competition for everyone to show off their artistic creations.

The very worthwhile cause Macmillan Cancer Support benefited from the proceeds of £238.85. Thank you to everyone who baked and bought!

Fayreplay Performs

On Thursday, 16th March, 25 owners enjoyed an afternoon of historic music, including Medieval, Tudor, Elizabethan, Victorian and Traditional Folk. Fayreplay took everyone on a light-hearted journey through 700 years of European folk and dance music played on a variety of period instruments. A talk about the instruments and music, with a few anecdotes thrown in for good measure, followed and refreshments were served.

 

The Mersey Gateway Project

Mersey Link visited Boughton Hall on Monday, 27th Febraury 2017 to present The Mersey Gateway Project.

35 owners enjoyed this thorough and very informative evening charting the journey, which is nearing its end, to achieving the second road crossing over the Mersey - a long-held aspiration of Halton Borough Council and its neighbouring local authorities. Work started on the Mersey Gateway Project on 7th May 2014. In autumn 2017, a new six-lane toll bridge over the Mersey between the towns of Runcorn and Widnes will open to relieve the congested and ageing Silver Jubilee Bridge.

 

 

Burns' Night Supper

40 owners and guests enjoyed the Burns' Night celebration at Boughton Hall on Sunday, 22nd January. Scottish apple cocktails were served in the bar before Dennis Robinson (pictured) piped the diners into The Garden Room Restaurant for the traditional Burns' supper.

In addition to the delicious menu, the evening contained all the customary elements, including the Selkirk Grace, addressing the haggis, toast to the lassies, and the reply. It culminated with a hearty rendition of Auld Lang Syne before everyone retired to the lounge and library to relax with a wee dram, coffee and home-made fudge.

 

Wirral Community Narrowboat Trust

Wirral Community Narrowboat Trust celebrated 30 years of operation in 2014. Originally known as the Wirral Narrowboat Association, the Trust has made positive progress having commissioned two new boats built for specific requirements, considering the needs of a wide range of passengers. Over The Rainbow (shown) and Pot of Gold both have full wheelchair access throughout with lifts and ramps, and benefit from central heating.

A talk on the work of the Trust was given by David Braithwaite in Boughton Hall's library on Wednesday, 18th January. Refreshments were served during the interval and over 20 apartment owners attended the very interesting and enjoyable evening.

New Year Celebrations

Boughton Hall apartment owners saw out the old year and welcomed the new year in style. On New Year's Eve, the bar was open from 9pm offering a special New Year Cocktail called "Sorren Sparkle" and there was music, singing and laughter into the night. At midnight, 2017 was heralded with a champagne toast.

The celebrations continued on New Year's Day with Bellini Cocktails in the bar and a full house of owners and their guests in the Garden Room Restaurant for a superb Italian feast prepared by in-house chefs, John and Adam.

 

Christmas at Boughton Hall

35 apartment owners and their guests enjoyed pre-lunch drinks in the bar at Boughton Hall, then sat down in the Garden Room Restaurant for a delicious four-course meal, including all the traditional dishes, on Christmas Day. This was followed by games in the library, a walk in the grounds for the energetic, or a snooze in the lounge for those less so. A good time was had by all.

On Boxing Day, a lazy brunch was served in the restaurant. Commencing with Bucks Fizz, fruit juice and buffet-style starters, there was a choice of Christmas Day turkey or honey-glazed ham with bubble and squeak and a free-range fried or poached egg, or a lightly toasted muffin with oak-smoked salmon, buttered spinach and a poached egg.

After the excesses and excitment of Christmas Day, 45 owners and guests took advantage of the lighter fare and laid-back format of the day.

 

Christmas Eve Who's Who

More than 30 owners joined Alan and Alex in the lounge on Christmas Eve for an evening of fun and laughter. Owners had previously provided photos of themselves aged 5 to 21 years and A "Guess Who Picture Quiz" was played. There were over 50 photos to guess everyone's identity from and it caused much hilarity.

Spiced Apple Pie Martini Cocktails, Black Forest Gateau Liqueurs and Christmas Cobble Cocktails were available to enjoy with plenty of nibbles.

Farndon and District Brass Band

A small ensemble from Farndon and District Brass Band visited Boughton Hall on Wednesday, 21st December, and entertained 40 owners and guests with carols and Christmas music interspersed with humorous readings.

The musicians didn't make a charge, only asking for donations to help with further development of the training band and a total of £181 was raised.

Mince pies, stollen cake and mulled cider were served during the interval and everyone attending had a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

Christmas Songs

It is always a pleasure to see and hear the children from Cherry Grove Primary School who come every year to Boughton Hall to entertain the owners with modern and traditional Christmas songs. On Monday, 19th December, 30 owners enjoyed the children's concert, after which mince pies, stollen cake and mulled cider was served.

 

Festive Music Evening

Boughton Hall welcomed back the Chester Bach Singers on Friday, 16th December. The audience had a wonderful evening listening to their beautiful music, which comprised festive songs old and new, while sipping sherry and nibbling canapés.

Black Tie Dinners

The ever-popular Black Tie Christmas Dinners were held on Sunday, 11th December, and Monday, 12th December, and both were well attended.

There was a choice of two starters, followed by roast partridge or fillet of sea bream, both accompanied by a selection of vegetables, with white chocolate and cranberry bread and butter pudding, served with a satsuma suzette, or cheese and biscuits for dessert.

To round off dinner, coffee, tea and truffles were served in the lounge and library after dinner, where musical entertainment and dancing continued throughout the evening.

Most of the festive party-goers wended their short way home well after midnight.

The Yukon and Klondike Gold Rush

On Wednesday, 19th October, Boughton Hall apartment owner, Stan Fielding, gave a talk and narrated a film about the Yukon and Klondike Gold Rush which took place in the late 1800s, based on a brief history of how the gold field was discovered and developed, and the colossal loss of life which ensued.

The film depicts the construction of what is known as The railway built of gold - the White Pass and Yukon route. It also encompasses the points of interest on the line, its connection with the gold rush origins, the train and the snow plough - a journey through some of the world's most rugged and beautiful terrain.

Twenty-five apartment owners enjoyed this interesting evening and, as Stan gave his services free, a collection raised £95 which will be donated to Rotary charities.

Charity Coffee Morning

A coffee morning held on Monday, 17th October, was a huge success with over forty apartment owners attending. There were lots of delicious cakes to go with the tea and coffee, and there were calendars, Christmas cards and small gifts on sale.

The picture shows Carol and John Young who won one of the three hampers offered as prizes in a raffle.

A total of £509.43 was raised for the Hospice of the Good Shepherd.

An Amazing Journey

On Thursday, 13th October, Boughton Hall welcomed Frances Langman from the Guide Dogs for the Blind to tell the story of the amazing journey dogs take from birth and their training to become a qualified guide dog. New guide dog owners travel no less a winding path and the talk also coverered some of the challenges they face to be able to lead an independent life.

A wonderful time was had by all the apartment owners who attended the event and a total of £174.70 was raised for this very worthwhile charity.

RNLI Coffee Morning

On Wednesday, 5th October, there was an RNLI sale featuring Christmas cards, calendars and small gifts at the owners' coffee morning. The event was well attended and the RNLI is grateful for everyone's generosity - the grand sum of £300 was raised for the charity.

The Sounds of Brass

On Saturday, 30th July, 45 Boughton Hall apartment owners spent a beautiful sunny afternoon being entertained by a selection of modern and classical music performed in the pergola by Farndon & District Brass Band. Tea and cakes were served in the interval and an enjoyable time was had by all.

 

99 Years Young

Boughton Hall's oldest apartment owner, Stan Fielding, celebrated his 99th birthday on 26th July 2016. All of Stan's neighbours at Boughton Hall were invited for drinks in the lounge and John Smith, another apartment owner, gave a toast. Everyone attending enjoyed helping Stan to make this momentous birthday a memorable one.

Summer Barbecue

Boughton Hall's popular annual summer event - the barbecue - was held this year on Sunday, 24th July, on the lawn in the lovely grounds. Fortunately, the rain held off and 80 apartment owners and their friends and families enjoyed the delicious food prepared by in-house chefs, John and Adam. The Pimm's and Sangria flowed well and the musical entertainment was provided by Kyle Harris, covering songs from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr and other swing legends, such as Tony Bennett and Michael Bublé.

In The Footsteps of Darwin

A recent journey to The Galapagos Islands captured in photographs was presented by Ernie and Jean Bennett on Thursday, 21st July, in Boughton Hall's Garden Room Restaurant. 20 apartment owners enjoyed the 45-minute interesting and informative talk, followed by tea, coffee and cakes served in the lounge.

Many thanks to Ernie and Jean for sharing their exciting adventure.

Owner Publishes First Book

Boughton Hall apartment owner Alan Gibbins has had his first book published. Called Mongollen and Other Stories, it comprises six short stories relating to a three-part saga of the country Mongollen and the three problems it faces.

Inspired by the history of the Welsh colony in Patagonia, Mongollen is a small country founded by the O'Gollens of Irish extraction in the 1800s. Now well-established, bordering China and south of Inner Mongolia, it was for some years a Kingdom with an O'Gollen Royal family.

Alan signed copies of his books at a recent coffee morning and all money raised - a total of £360 - was sent to Severn Hospice in Shrewsbury in memory of Alan's dearest wife Kathleen.

Spanish Fiesta

An evening of Spanish music and dancing, provided by Deva Flamenco, was held at Boughton Hall on Sunday, 3rd July.

Over 30 apartment owners enjoyed the typically Spanish menu which included white bean, cabbage greens and potato soup, a variety of delicious tapas, and a main course of mixed seafood and chicken paella. The dessert of summer berry salad with marjoram vinaigrette was followed by coffee and Spanish doughnuts.

It was a fun and lively evening.

National Cupcake Day

Thursday, 16th June, was National Cupcake Day, which, this year, was in aid of the Alzheimer's Society to help raise funds for people affected by dementia.

Julie, one of Boughton Hall's in-house chefs, baked an array of cupcakes which were decorated by Alison, a General Assistant on the staffing team. General Assistants Jane and Amanda also made some cupcakes, and a total of £195 was raised throughout the day for this very worthy cause.

A Right Royal Coffee Morning

In celebration of the Queen's 90th Birthday, 45 apartment owners joined in toasting Her Majesty during a special coffee morning held on Monday, 6th June.

Cakes, tea and coffee were served in the Garden Room Restaurant resplendently decked out with balloons and decorations.

Pimm's On The Patio

Seventy apartment owners and their friends and families gathered for Boughton Hall's regular start of summer event - Pimm's On The Patio - which was held this year on a glorious sunny afternoon on Thursday, 2nd June.

The jugs of Pimm's were flowing, the canapés devoured and all enjoyed the smooth sound of jazz guitar and vocals performed by Vernon Fuller.

Animal Welfare Talk

Penny Rudd, one of the Senior Animal Management Team at Chester Zoo, visited Boughton Hall on Wednesday, 18th May, and gave an interesting talk about the challenges of national and international zoo transfers, which are a vital animal management tool to ensure that breeding programmes for endangered species can be successful in zoos.

"I arrange to import and export animals from and to all over the world," said Penny, "and sometimes the logistics involved in moving large species physically, such as elephants, rhinos and giraffes, can be challenging to say the least, and the paperwork issues for even the tiniest creatures can be nigh on impossible. A calm approach with a good sense of humour, and several Plan B's up your sleeve, are critical!"

Penny has worked at Chester Zoo for the past 35 years in various capacities. Driven by a massive love of animals and a first-hand knowledge of some of the perils they face in the wild, having been born and brought up within the Indian sub-continent for her first 22 years, Penny has dedicated her working life to promoting excellent animal welfare within zoos and to making Chester Zoo successful enough to be one of the world's leading players in conserving animals, both in captivity and in the wild.

Refreshments were served during the break and the appreciative 25-strong audience of apartment owners are looking forward to another talk later in the year.

St George's Day Feast

Over 30 Boughton Hall apartment owners celebrated St George's Day with a Medieval Feast on 24th April. Platters of wild boar, duck, paté, cheese and vegetables, prepared by in-house chef John Crawley, adorned the tables dressed with ivy and candelabras.

Flagons of wine and olde-fashioned beer were flowing as the owners enjoyed the entertainment by Maranella Medieval Minstrels, including story telling and dancing into the evening.

Everyone who attended commented on how wonderful the event was.

Trip to the Catalyst Science Discovery Centre

One of Boughton Hall's Duty Managers accompanied a group of 15 apartment owners to the Catalyst Science Discovery Centre in Widnes on Thursday, 21st April. Once at this spectacular interactive science centre and museum, all enjoyed a Mersey Gateway talk, followed by light refreshments, and a visit to the Mersey Gateway Exhibition. Ending the trip by viewing the bridge from the Observatory, which has a glass-walled gallery, everyone returned home having spent an rewarding and informative day.

For more information about the Catalyst Science Discovery Centre, visit www.catalyst.org.uk.

A Dutch Tale

Along with the research project into Boughton Hall's fireplace tiles referred to below, Alan Gibbins has written a humorous Dutch Story based on his interpretation of the history of those tiles. With tile illustrations by his fellow researcher, John Young, Alan has recorded his story onto DVD.

Boughton Hall's Historic Tiles

Apartment owners John Young and Alan Gibbins have carried out research into the tiles on Boughton Hall's original 1655 fireplace. The project aimed to identify the date of the tiles, their country of origin and their biblical relevance, where appropriate.

John and Alan presented their findings on Tuesday, 5th April, to an audience of other apartment owners and guests by showing each tile on screen via DVD, enlarged to show both blemishes and the artists' craftsmanship.

A number of the tiles have been restored photographically to represent their original state and members of the audience were asked to caption the non-captioned biblical tiles. Full-size printed copies of all the tiles were also available to view.

St Patrick's Day

Boughton Hall celebrated St Patrick's Day on 17th March with an Irish inspired lunch menu:

  • Chef's Homemade Carrot and Parsnip Soup with a warm roll and butter
  • Smoked Salmon on Brown Soda Bread with a lemon, caper and dill garnish
  • Back Loin of Bacon with parsley sauce, leeks and colcannon
  • Traditional Irish Stew made with lamb and served with creamy mashed potato
  • Bailey's Cream Bread and Butter Pudding with warm cinnamon custard

35 apartment owners enjoyed the delicious meal prepared by Irish-born Julie, one of Boughton Hall's own chefs, and the convivial atmosphere in the Garden Room Restaurant.

 

St David's Day

Lunch in the Garden Room Restaurant at Boughton Hall was busy on Tuesday, 1st March, when around 40 apartment owners enjoyed a wonderful Welsh menu to mark St David's Day.

The George Formby Story

John Walley visited Boughton Hall on Thursday, 18th February, to present his 50-minute one-man show telling the story of George Formby, one of Britain's most endearing entertainers. More than 20 apartment owners attended and thoroughly enjoyed it.

John brought along items from his collection of Formby memorabilia, including the wooden ukulele which George used when he sang The Window Cleaner in the film Keep Your Seats, Please.

Such was the success of John's show that he has been asked to return for a repeat performance for those who missed it this time ... and those who'd like to see it again. 

Burns' Night Celebration

Boughton Hall marked Burns' Night on Sunday, 24th January. This popular event attracted 41 apartment owners to a three-course traditional dinner, during which the haggis was ceremoniously piped in and addressed with a recitation of Burns' famous poem written to celebrate his appreciation of the dish. The ritual toasts to Burns' Immortal Memory and the Lassies followed, ending with a gusty rendition of Auld Lang Syne, before everyone retired to the lounge for a wee dram, coffee and fudge.

Inner Wheel Raises Money for Parkinson's

Ladies from the local Inner Wheel hosted Afternoon Tea and Cakes at Boughton Hall on Thursday, 14th January, with proceeds going to the Parkinson's Charity. A number of apartment owners attended to support this very worthwhile cause and a total of £350 was raised.

Poppies: Weeping Window

Weeping Window is a cascade of several thousand hand-made ceramic poppies seen pouring from a high window to the ground below. The sculpture, created by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tim Piper, commissioned to mark the centenary of the outbreak of war, was brought to Liverpool as part of the 14-18 NOW programme.

24 apartment owners and Duty Manager Melissa Barritt went along to see this spectacular sight on 13th January, and also visited the library, museum and art gallery.

Author Talk

Roger Atkinson OBE, now 87, was a teenager during World War 2 who lived through the blackout and the seven subsequent difficult years. Roger visited Boughton Hall on Thursday, 7th January, to talk about his book Blackout, Austerity and Pride: Life in the 1940s, which documents this period of his life.

Many of Boughton Hall's apartment owners enjoyed and empathised with Roger's nostalgic recollections and swapped their own memories over refreshments.

 

Ged Scott Entertains

Singer and pianist Ged Scott paid a welcome return visit to Boughton Hall on 23rd December to entertain apartment owners with his amazing voice and musical talent. An audience of over 30 enjoyed a wonderful afternoon as Ged performed all styles of music from his vast and varied repertoire going back to the 1920s.

Black-Tie Dinners

Such is the popularity of Boughton Hall's annual Black-Tie Dinner that this is the second year that two such events have had to be held to accommodate everyone. Held this year on 13th and 20th December, tickets for both events were sold out.

Apartment owners and their invited family members and guests enjoyed a sumptuous three-course dinner in the beautiful Garden Room Restaurant. Entertainment was provided by Des Piercy on the first evening and Gayna Williams on the second, followed by dancing into the small hours.

Pictured are apartment owners Jean and Eddie in their finery.

Santa Visits Boughton Hall

Apartment owners at Boughton Hall gathered in the lounge on 19th December for a very enjoyable evening of Christmas cocktails and festive fun. There was a gift for everyone from Santa's sack and a good time was had by all.

Pictured are Santa Tom and Margaret - is there a piece of mistletoe above them that we can't see?!

The Bach Singers

An evening of entertainment was provided at Boughton Hall on 16th December by The Bach Singers, who performed a selection of classical and Christmas songs for apartment owners' enjoyment. Mulled wine and mince pies were served to complete the festive atmosphere.

Cherry Grove Primary School

40 children from local Cherry Grove Primary School delighted apartment owners and staff at Boughton Hall on Monday, 14th December, with their performance of a selection of Christmas songs.

Mulled wine (soft drinks for the children!) and mince pies rounded off a very enjoyable festive afternoon.

Farndon and District Brass Band

A small ensemble from Farndon and District Brass Band came to Boughton Hall on Monday, 7th December, to play a selection of carols and Christmas music for apartment owners' enjoyment.

Stollen cake and mulled cider were served during the interval and, although the Band did not make a charge for their appearance, donations collected towards the purchase of music and repair of instruments totalled over £200.

LAST APARTMENT SOLD

With the sale of the last apartment at Boughton Hall the opportunity to join this vibrant happy community will now only come from the re-sales which arise from time to time. Any such properties will appear on this website in the “Re-sales” section under “Availability and plans”. If you are interested in living at Boughton Hall, check regularly, or register your interest with our Sales Team on 01244 322785 to receive details of any apartments that come on to the market in future.

An Afternoon of Wine Tasting

Nearly 30 owners and guests attended an afternoon of wine tasting courtesy of Tanners Wines, who are located just over the road from Boughton Hall, on Wednesday, 18th November. A selection of fine red, white and sparkling wines were sampled, accompanied by suitable canapés.

Chester's Ghosts

Corinne Loison was the guest speaker at Boughton Hall on Thursday, 22nd October, when she gave a talk on Chester's ghosts. Around 25 apartment owners enjoyed an evening finding out more about Chester's dark secrets. Refreshments took the form of spooky cupcakes with tea and coffee.

Macmillan Big Coffee Morning

The Rotary Club of Chester hosted a coffee morning at Boughton Hall on Friday, 25th September, in aid of Macmillan Nurses.

Attended by more than 60 people, including many Boughton Hall apartment owners, a delicious array of homemade cakes served with tea and coffee helped to raise a healthy £460 for this worthy cause.

Thanks go to Heather Oldham, Chester Rotary Club's organiser, for doing such a great fund-raising job and for arranging the raffle.

Pampered Chef Demonstration

A popular favourite at Boughton Hall, another Pampered Chef Demonstration was held in the Garden Room Restaurant on Saturday, 19th September, at 4pm.

Twelve apartment owners attended the event and sampled tasty treats such as hot Yorkshire pudding with shipped cream and chocolote, and smoked salmon and cream cheese tartlets prepared by Pampered Chef's Sally Walker. With liberal amounts of Boughton Hall wine also on offer, a good time was had by all.

Some of the audience ordered Pampered Chef equipment to enhance their own culinary skills and Sally kindly donated a Hot Stone for the Macmillan Coffee Morning (see separate news item above).

Lifestyle Event

Due to popular demand, Boughton Hall hosted another Lifestyle Event on Tuesday, 8th September, from 3pm.

Around 50 apartment owners and guests came along to meet invited professionals from the world of health and well-being. Much advice and information circulated, with attendees also being signposted to other services to assist in maintaining the lifestyle they wish for.

Everyone was given a Boughton Hall goody bag containing related literature and tasty offerings. The free prize draw for Afternoon Tea for Two in the Garden Room Restaurant was won by apartment owner, June Byrne.

Barnardo's Fund Raising - Running Total

Various events and fund-raising schemes (see other items in this "News" section) contribute to the ever-growing total raised for Barnardo's, Boughton Hall's chosen charity.

TOTAL TO DATE: £8,196.

 

Updated: 14 September 2015

The perfect barbecue.

Summer Barbecue

One of Boughton Hall's most popular annual events - the summer barbecue - was held this year on Sunday, 9th August, from 1pm.

Despite the unpredictable summer weather this year, the sun decided to shine and around 90 apartment owners and their friends and families enjoyed an afternoon of good music, provided by Kyle Harris, delicious food and ample liquid refreshment in the lovely grounds.

A prize raffle was held raising £145 for Barnardo's and the Hospice of the Good Shepherd.

The Sarah Smith Trio.

White-Tie Summer Dinner

One of Boughton Hall's most eagerly anticipated events is the Black-Tie Dinner held in December. In fact, it is so popular that two are held to accommodate everyone who wants to attend.

This success  prompted Boughton Hall's management to put on a similar event with a summer influence and the first White-Tie Dinner was held on Monday, 13th July.

All 40 tickets were sold to apartment owners, who enjoyed a fine dining experience of four-courses prepared by Boughton Hall's in-house chefs and served in the stunning Garden Room Restaurant. Entertainment in the form of gypsy jazz music was provided both before and after dinner by the Sarah Smith Trio of violin, guitar and bass.

 

Some of Boughton Hall's apartment owners enjoying Pimm's in the sunshine.

Pimm's on the Patio

Boughton Hall traditionally celebrates the early summer with Pimm's on the Patio and this year was no different - the event was held on 25th June, starting at 4pm.

50 apartment owners and their guests enjoyed glasses of the ubiquitous summer tipple and a selection of delicious canapés on the patio of Boughton Hall, accompanied by the warming sounds of Irene Martin singing a blend of jazz standards, latin classics, blues and contemporary soul.

Easter Coffee Morning raises funds for charity

35 apartments owners attended a coffee morning on Easter Monday, 6th April, at which a selection of cakes, tea and coffee was served. A raffle was also held and apartment owner Gill Rowley (pictured) won the first prize of a giant Easter Egg.

A total of £122 was raised for The Stroke Association and Boughton Hall's management would like to thank everyone who helped achieve this.

Kartchner Caverns, Arizona

On 23rd February, apartment owners were invited to join Stan Fielding as he gave a foreword and presented a 40-minute film of the finding and development of the Kartchner Caverns State Park in Arizona. There are 92 caves listed by the National Caves Association and Kartchner is recognised as one of the best in the world.

Long hidden from view, the caverns were discovered in 1974 when cavers found a narrow crack in the bottom of a sinkhole and followed the source of warm, moist air towards what ended up being more than 2.5 miles of pristine cave passages. Hoping to protect the site from vandalism, they kept the location a secret for fourteen years, deciding that the best way to preserve the cavern, which was near a freeway, was to develop it as a tour cave.

After gaining the co-operation of the Kartchner family and working with them for ten years, it was decided to approach Arizona State Parks to help them achieve their goal of protecting and developing the caverns as a tourist attraction.

Since the discovery was finally made public in 1988, when the landowners sold the area to the State for development as a park, $28 million has been spent on high-tech air-lock doors, misting machines and other gadgetry designed to preserve the caverns and passages for future generations.

All those attending found this event both interesting and enjoyable.

Chester's MP Visits Boughton Hall

Stephen Mosley, MP for the City of Chester, visited Boughton Hall on 16th February to address apartment owners and guests in the run up to the General Election. Mr Mosley was first elected to Parliament in May 2010 and won the constituency for the Conservative Party with a majority of 2,583.

There was a very large turnout of apartment owners for this event, which was arranged by John Smith. Mr Mosley spent some time answering questions and discussing his role as a Member of Parliament for the City of Chester.

(Photo shows Stephen Mosley - second from the right - on a previous visit to Boughton Hall. Also pictured are, from the left, Jim Pegg of Barnardo Developments, Neil Davison of Enterprise Retirement Living and, on the right, Peter Martin of Colley Hill Marketing.)

Typical 1 bedroom apartment.

Last Three Remaining

There are only three apartments left for sale at Boughton Hall:

  • Apartment 55: £380,000
  • Apartment 60: £270,000
  • Apartment 71: £270,000

These all include floor-to-ceiling fitted wardrobes, and curtains and blinds by interior designer Nikki Spence.

For further details of these properties, see the availability pages or call 01244 322785. 

Boughton Hall welcomes Ged Scott

On Tuesday, 16th December, Boughton Hall welcomed singer-pianist Ged Scott. Ged played a specially tailored set of well-known songs for the apartment owners' enjoyment.

Classically trained with an amazing voice, Ged is a stylish and versatile entertainer with a vast and varied repertoire going back to the 1920s, ensuring that there was something to suit everyone in his large and appreciative audience.

Black Tie Dinner a sell-out!

One of the most popular annual events at Boughton Hall is the Black Tie Dinner. In fact, it is now Black Tie Dinners, as two have to be held to accommodate everyone wishing to attend.

So, on two Sundays in December - the 7th and the 14th - the apartment owners and other guests donned their finery for a glamorous evening being wined, dined and entertained in the main Hall.

A superb three-course dinner was followed by musical entertainment and dancing and a great time was had by all.

Christmas Market a huge success

For the second year, a Christmas Market was held at Boughton Hall. On Thursday, 4th December, the reception hall was filled with shoppers browsing amongst the many stalls and choosing from a vast array of gifts, confectionery, wines and decorations.

This is an excellent way to start the Christmas shopping and the market is destined to become an annual event.

A Christmas Carol

Following the switch on of the Christmas lights on Monday, 1st December, Boughton Hall hosted travelling theatre company Northeast Producers, who performed their adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol.

This was the start of a plethora of Christmas activities and got the festive season off to an entertaining start for the more than 30 apartment owners who attended.

Who Wore The Trousers?

On Thursday, 20th November, a number of Boughton Hall apartments owners and their guests enjoyed a talk called Who Wore the Trousers given by the Chester Civil War Tour Company. The talk examined the sometimes strained relationship between husband and wife and, using case studies, provided an insight into the rights of married women and what happened if a woman stepped out of line, women who broke the mould, and what the options were if it all went wrong.

For further details of Chester Civil War Tours, call 07877 247335 / 07564 255870, email info@chestercivilwartours.com or visit their website at www.chestercivilwartours.com.

Rotary Charity Sale

Chester Deva and Ribblesdale Rotary Clubs held at charity sale at Boughton Hall on Monday, 17th November, raising £610 for the benefit of the various charities they support. One generous apartment owner made a donation of £50, a lovely gesture for which the Rotary organisers were very grateful.

RNLI Charity Event

On Wednesday, 12th November, the RNLI visited Boughton Hall to sell Christmas cards in aid of their very worthwhile cause. Sales of cards raised £187.90, with an additional £13.48 from donations.

Neighbourhood Policing

PC4728 Malone and PSCO20345 Karen Dennis met with some of the Boughton Hall apartment owners on Friday, 7th November, to offer home security and personal safety advice.

Topical Talks

At Boughton Hall, regular talks are held on subjects of potential interest to apartment owners, and these continued on Thursday, 2nd October, with a presentation on the history behind the Rotary Club.

Shortly afterwards, on Tuesday, 7th October, Diabetes UK held a meeting to bring together anyone suffering from diabetes, or who lives with this debilitating condition in any way, with the idea of forming a mutual support group through regular social meetings and the sharing of experiences.

Both events were well attended by those living at Boughton Hall.

Summer Barbecue

One of Boughton Hall's most popular annual events - the summer barbecue - was held on Sunday, 31st August, in glorious sunshine. As it had rained solidly for the previous three weeks, the organisers and guests shared huge relief over the turn in the weather!

Over 90 apartment owners and their friends and families enjoyed a fabulous barbecue feast prepared by in-house chefs John and Julie and served to tables set out on the lawn in Boughton Hall's beautiful grounds. Entertainment was provided by singer/guitarist Natasha Peto who performed a vast repertoire of popular music including show songs, war-time favourites, ballads and chart hits from a period spanning 100 years.

A charity raffle saw apartment owners Mr and Mrs Holland take the first prize hamper, with a further hamper going to Mrs Rowley, who also lives at Boughton Hall, as second prize. Many others found themselves the proud owners of various wines, spirits, chocolates and biscuits, all kindly donated by apartment owners as additional prizes.

Humour in Old Age

Stan Fielding, one of Boughton Hall's apartment owners, amused and entertained an appreciative audience with a talk called "Humour in Old Age". Using quotes, jokes, stories, poems and even a song, Stan covered the varous problems and experiences of the older generation in his unique style.

Adjourning to the bar afterwards, an enjoyable evening was had by all.

Driver Awareness Presentation

Around 12 Boughton Hall apartment owners attended a driver awareness presentation on Thursday, 21st August, aimed at older drivers and the changing road rules and legislation. Many of the participants are going on to take follow-up one-hour practical sessions to assess their skills.

Happy 85th Birthday

Apartment owner Bert Guttman recently celebrated his 85th birthday at a party held in the grounds of Boughton Hall. Around 90 guests enjoyed the afternoon sunshine listening to the Sarah Smith Trio playing a lovely mix of jazz music from under the pergola.

There was plenty of tasty food (including a chocolate birthday cake), Pimm's and fruit punch, followed by a birthday toast to Bert, who was accompanied by his family and friends, with chilled fizz.

Bert's daughter gave an affectionate speech, to which Bert responded with equal sentiments, saying how happy he was to celebrate his birthday in such style with new friends at Boughton Hall, where, he added, he considered himself very fortunate to be enjoying his retirement.

Pimm's on the Patio

Pimm's on the Patio - one of Boughton Hall's annual events - was held this year on 17th July in wonderful weather.

Around 40 apartments owners and their friends and families enjoyed canapés and liberal quantities of Pimm's as they relaxed to the summer sounds of Jay, a local singer/guitarist duo, in Boughton Hall's beautiful grounds. Reluctant to waste the warm evening and convivial company, many stayed chatting on the lawn until late.

Games Day at Boughton Hall

More than twenty owners of apartments at Boughton Hall enjoyed an outdoor games day on what turned out to be a glorious day on 12th June. The scorching sun resulted in the players sporting an impressive array of hats of varying style.

Boules was played on the boules court, and the beautiful oval lawn behind the Hall was the setting for various matches of croquet, mini-golf, bowling and hoopla.

Everyone kept their own scores and thoroughly enjoyed the competition, camaraderie and lovely weather - and the copious amounts of fruit punch, Pimm's and Sangria that such a hot day called for!

£341 Raised for Cancer Charity

Clatterbridge Cancer Charity is based in the Wirral and, with a satellite radiotherapy centre in Aintree and a network of chemotherapy units in local hospitals across the region, is dedicated to providing outstanding cancer care to around 27,000 patients each year.

A coffee morning in aid of the charity was held at Boughton Hall on Saturday, 26th April, attended by around 50 apartment owners and guests. A total of £341 was raised from the sale of tea, coffee and homemade cakes and the prize raffle. First prize in the raffle of a hamper containing delicious wines, chocolates and delicacies, all of which were donated by apartment owners, was won by Mr and Mrs Guttman (pictured). Another six prizes of champagne, chocolates and cheeses went to other owners attending.

It was a lovely morning, spent in good company for a good cause, and Clatterbridge's fundraiser, Jade Barrett, gratefully collected the proceeds.

Author Event

On Thursday, 20th February, John Paschal Rodgers visited Boughton Hall and gave a lively and very enjoyable reading of selected passages from his two best-selling novels, For The Love Of My Mother and Eggshells And Broken Dreams. He also gave a brief outline of his eventful life and his mother's time in the Magdalene Laundry in Galway City.

Irish-born John Paschal spent his childhood first in a children's home and subsequently with foster parents, after his mother, Bridie, was imprisoned in the Magdalene Laundry for the perceived sins of being abandoned as a toddler and forced into begging, and being sexually assaulted in a workhouse as a teenager and falling pregnant. Aged 16, John Paschal sought work in England, to where his mother also fled after eventually escaping from the laundry. They were briefly reunited until John Paschal emigrated to Austrialia aged 23. They re-established contact on John's return, by which time Bridie was married and living happily in England.

John Paschal is married to Julie and they have three children. His first book, For The Love Of My Mother, is the story of Bridie's ordeal in the Magdalene Laundry. It was first self-published in Ireland in 2005 and subsequently by Hodder Headline London, who purchased the rights to the book, after a frantic bidding auction, in 2006.

Eggshells And Broken Dreams, John Paschal's second book, published in 2010, is set in Williamstown, County Galway, where he lived with his farming foster family for ten years.

Around 40 Boughton Hall apartment owners, staff and guests attended the event, joining in the question and answer session at the end and taking the opportunity to purchase signed copies of John Paschal's books.

Dinner is served.

Orient Express Gourmet Experience

On 19 January, Boughton Hall's Garden Room Restaurant took on the guise of a dining car of the Orient Express and, after a welcome reception on the platform, 36 apartment owners and other guests enjoyed a gourmet meal to the sights and sounds of a virtual trip on this world-famous train.

Served by Duty Manager Bob Jones, members of the Orient Express's Northern Belle and some of Boughton Hall's own staff, the following exquisite menu was prepared by in-house chef John Crawley:

Amuse Bouche

Crab

Butternut et noix de coco Veloute – mousse de lait de noix de coco

Butternut and Coconut Veloute – Coconut Milk Froth

Accueil guéri saumon, caillé de chèvre, poché oeufs de poules

Home Cured Salmon, Goats Curd, Poached Hens Eggs

Canard colvert, céleri-rave, purée de carotte, Apple marinée et noyer

Mallard, Celeriac, Carrot Puree, Pickled Apple and Walnut

Biscuits, Parkin et chariot de fromage local

Local Cheese Trolley, Parkin and Biscuits

Amer tarte au chocolat - confit de fenouil

Bitter Chocolate Tart - Candied Fennel

Café et truffes

Coffee and Truffles

Bob, an ex-Orient Express Train Manager, conducted the itinerary and also recounted some real-life stores of his many pevious trips.

The event was extremely well-received and everyone said they had had a wonderful evening.

Cherry Grove Schoolchildren Entertain

On Friday, 13 December, 40 children from local Cherry Grove Primary School again visited Boughton Hall to entertain everyone with festive songs from their annual Christmas Concert and extracts from their nativity play, accompanied on guitar by one of their teachers.

Mulled wine and mince pies were served to warm the winter morning and add to the festive spirit and the event was a lovely traditional start to the Christmas celebrations.

Black Tie Dinners

Now that numbers are swelling at Boughton Hall, the ever-popular Black Tie Dinner was held on two consecutive nights (8th and 9th December), to make sure everyone who wanted to had the opportunity to attend.

Thirty-eight party-goers on each evening were served a delicious three-course meal, prepared by Boughton Hall's in-house chef, followed by musical entertainment. Debbie Wilson returned from last year's dinner to sing for everyone on the Sunday evening, and Melanie Baines, who proved very popular at her first visit to Boughton Hall in the summer, performed on the Monday.

Both evenings were a huge success, as usual, with many guests not going home until the wee hours, which is just one of the advantages of home being only a few steps away.

First Christmas Market a huge success!

Boughton Hall held its first Christmas Market on Tuesday, 19th November. There were 18 traders selling all manner of wares as diverse as cashmere pashminas to Blackforest liqueur. Jewellery, jams, chutneys, Christmas cakes and other seasonal goods, including bespoke crackers and fir and holly wreaths, all sold well.

Around 100 people attended, enjoying the shopping to a background of Christmas songs playing through the PA system, and the mulled wine and home-made mince pies which were served in the Garden Room Restaurant throughout the afternoon went down well.

General Manager June Callaghan said, "This was a lovely sociable start to the festive calendar at Boughton Hall and we will certainly make this an annual event."

What the owners say

June and Norman Eades (pictured) had lived in their home in Willington, near Tarporley, for 32 years before moving to Boughton Hall earlier this year. Retired since 1991, they saw Boughton Hall advertised in the Chester Chronicle and decided to choose to move and enjoy the rest of their retirement, instead of potentially being forced to move at a later stage, maybe to somewhere they didn’t want to be, should their personal circumstances change.

Having made the decision to downsize and move somewhere less remote, June and Norman looked at many apartments in and around Chester, but ultimately preferred the village atmosphere and ambience of Boughton Hall.

“The sales and management staff were very welcoming,” said June, “and the beautiful grounds very impressive.” “We looked at several of the existing apartments and those under construction at the time,” added Norman, “but when planning approval was granted for the additional two penthouses, we realised the size of these was ideal for us and reserved one off plan even before they were completed.”

June and Norman didn’t want the hassle and stress of trying to sell their existing home, so took advantage of Boughton Hall’s part-exchange scheme, which made the process very quick and efficient and worked well for them. They also used Boughton Hall’s preferred removal company, Prestige Removals, who packed, unpacked and de-cluttered for them, moving a quantity of belongings into storage so June and Norman could sort through it at their leisure … a process they are still engaged in! “The staff at Prestige are lovely friendly people and we would highly recommend their services,” is June and Norman’s joint opinion.

Despite downsizing, June and Norman managed to keep most of their furniture, including their baby grand piano which sits perfectly in the hallway of their new apartment. Their only concern was the availability of only one parking space, but with a parade of local amenities nearby, they have since also downsized to one car, which they find is quite sufficient. There is a bus stop right outside the gates of Boughton Hall and they say that walking to the newsagents, butchers, post office, banking facilities and medical centre is a “good excuse to get out for a stroll.”

As keen members of several of Boughton Hall’s interest groups, which include walking, history and music, after seven months, June and Norman are happily settled and enjoying life at Boughton Hall. “We particularly enjoy the film nights and there is a good range of clubs and social activities on offer if you wish to be involved,” said June.

They have made lots of new friends in the village and find they have much in common with many of the other apartment owners. They are both looking forward to the future and agree that, “Boughton Hall has lived up to our expectations.”

Our thanks go to June and Norman for sharing their experience and views in this second in a series of articles looking at moving to and living at Boughton Hall from the perspective of existing apartment owners.

Left to right: The Lady Mayoress, Mrs Rachel Walker; The Lord Mayor of Chester, Councillor Jill Houlbrook; Jim Pegg, Managing Director of Barnardo Developments; Neil Davison, Managing Director of Enterprise Retirement Living

Completion Celebration

The completion of award-winning Boughton Hall Retirement Village, in Filkins Lane, Chester, was celebrated on 9 October 2013. Over 100 people attended and The Lord Mayor of Chester, Councillor Jill Houlbrook, and The Lady Mayoress, Mrs Rachel Walker, unveiled a sun dial installed in the grounds, gifted by joint developer Barnardo Developments.

Enterprise Retirement Living and Barnardo Developments joined forces to bring the 17th century Hall, which has over the years been a gentleman’s residence, a Barnardo’s children’s home and offices for Cheshire Social Services, back to life.

In his welcoming speech, Jim Pegg, Managing Director of Barnardo Developments, reaffirmed Barnardo’s continued commitment to creating retirement communities from properties no longer required by the charity, in pursuance of their mission statement, thereby both providing these much needed new properties for older people and preserving the nation’s historic buildings for the future.

“The redevelopment of Boughton Hall has been an extremely satisfying project,” said Neil Davison, Managing Director of Enterprise Retirement Living, “and to see so many people here today to help us celebrate the vision the team had for it come to fruition is very gratifying. We hope that many long and happy retirements will be spent here.”

Meet the team

This is the team of friendly staff at Boughton Hall. The 21-strong group comprises General Manager June Callaghan (front row in the picture, third from the right), Duty Managers, General Assistants, a Groundsman, two Chefs and two Sales Consultants, although some are not pictured as they weren't present.

"Each and every member of the staff goes the extra mile for Boughton Hall and those living here," says General Manager June Callaghan. "They're a very caring and conscientious bunch with a positive attitude. Some days are very challenging, but none of them flinch from it and I'm very proud of them."

 

Bonus Ball Boost for Barnardo's

The total amount raised to date for Barnardo's (see separate item in this "News" section) includes more than £2,000 raised by a weekly game masterminded by apartment owner John Dalton. In "Bonus Ball", forty-nine numbers are allocated to individual apartment owners and staff, who each pay £1 per number. The winner is the holder of the number that matches the bonus ball drawn in the national Wednesday night main lottery game. £30 goes to the winner and the balance of £19 is accumulated for the Barnardo's fund.

Well done, John, and thank you for your sterling efforts.

Lifestyle Event

Following the success and popularity of the one held last year, Boughton Hall hosted another Lifestyle Event, focusing on health and wellbeing, on 17th September, which was equally well received.

A plethora of specialist service providers, including various health professionals, personal presentation stylist, beautician, hairdresser, finance-related advisers, and social and care experts, were on hand to assist those of retirement age and provide advice. Representatives from Age UK and the WI were also present.

Many of Boughton Hall's existing apartment owners, along with other invited guests, took advantage of the advice and expertise on offer. With complimentary refreshments served, it was also a socially enjoyable afternoon. The event is likely to be repeated next year.

What the owners say

Sandra Gavin (pictured) moved into a one-bedroom apartment in Halston building in December 2012, after looking for well over a year for a retirement apartment that she felt would cover her changing needs in the future.

Sandra’s quest took her to other places in Cheshire, then on to Yorkshire and beyond – as far as the East Coast. Shropshire was going to be her next port of call, as she couldn’t find anything that matched what she was looking for. Then her niece came across Boughton Hall through a Google search.

On her first visit to Boughton Hall, Sandra knew it was the best in every way. “The Hall greets you differently – it has a real country-house hotel feel about it,” Sandra explained. “Although it’s very traditional, the approach in terms of the décor is quite modern, and there is no doubt that the finishes are excellent.”

When asked how she finds life at Boughton Hall, Sandra replied, “Perfect.” She loves entertaining her guests using the communal areas – Sunday lunch in the stunning oak-framed Garden Room Restaurant, followed by coffee in the lounge or back in her own apartment – and makes full use of all Boughton Hall has to offer. “Every day’s like a weekend, and every weekend’s like a holiday,” is Sandra’s description of her retirement.

As is often the case at retirement, Sandra downsized into her one-bedroom apartment from a larger property. “You have to be serious and vicious,” she said of how to do this. But Sandra didn’t stop at just reducing her possessions … she sold all her old furniture and bought new to complement the apartment – a totally fresh start to fully embrace her new lifestyle at Boughton Hall.

“Yes, indeed,” Sandra answered when asked if she found purchasing an apartment at Boughton Hall easy. “After making the initial decision to downsize and relocate, the staff at Boughton Hall were nothing but helpful. This made the process so much easier.”

On the day she moved in, Sandra was offered accommodation in the guest suite, so she didn’t have to worry about getting the bed made up and unpacking everything straight away. “I spent three nights there, which was like an introduction to life at Boughton Hall,” said Sandra, “and all the staff made me feel very relaxed and welcome.”

The only one to struggle with the move to Boughton Hall was Sandra’s cat, Dala. Six months on, though, Dala is happily settled in her new home. She has even found herself a tomcat called Alex and started Boughton Hall’s first feline romance!

This is the first in a new series of articles designed to give an insight into moving to and living at Boughton Hall from the perspective of existing apartment owners, and our thanks go to Sandra for sharing her views with everybody.

Pimm's on the Patio

A popular annual event at Boughton Hall, Pimm's on the patio this year was held on Wednesday, 28th August, in lovely weather. A number of apartment owners and guests enjoyed the afternoon with the Pimm's flowing well and a selection of tasty canapés prepared by Andrea, one of Boughton Hall's in-house chefs.

The entertainment was provided by Melanie Baines (www.melaniesings.co.uk) singing a selection of well-known songs familiar to most people. Melanie added some jokes and entertaining stores to her repertoire and she was so well received, the apartment owners have asked for her return over the Christmas period.

Summer Barbecue

After a long spell of beautiful summer weather, the day of this year's Summer Barbecue (held on 4th August) dawned dull and wet. Despite this, 70 people - apartment owners, their friends and family, and other guests - gathered together and, braving the weather during breaks in the rain, enjoyed chef John's delicious barbecue and salads, followed by fellow chef Andrea's jam scones, fresh fruit salad and Victoria sandwich cake. This was all washed down with (apart from the rain!) jugs of Pimm's and Sangria and drinks from the bar. Dunkirk spirit was also being served by the bucketful to get everyone through!

A raffle, for which all the prizes were donated by the apartment owners and sales team, raised £157 for Barnardo's. Torsdag, playing a selection of classical music, provided the entertainment.

As can be seen from the picture, the weather never deters the stoic, although much of the afternoon was spent inside in the Garden Room Restaurant.

5-Star Food Hygiene Rating

Boughton Hall has been awarded a 5-Star rating by the Food Standards Agency. Run by local authorities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in partnership with the Food Standards Agency, the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme inspects how hygienically food is handled, the condition of the buildings in which the food is prepared and how a business manages and records what it does to make sure food is safe.

The restaurant and kitchen staff at Boughton Hall are justifiably proud of having achieved and maintained this top rating over the last two years of operation and congratulations go to them all on their accomplishment.

For more information on the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme, see www.food.gov.uk.

Wine-tasting a great success

Boughton Hall hosted a wine-tasting by Brothers Wines on Thursday, 16th May, attended by around 20 people.

Brothers Wines are a relatively new business, based in Shropshire and Cheshire, whose professional wine-tasting events have been a great success. Importing top quality wines with the highest distinction from all over Europe and further afield, their cellars hold 92 different wines from 13 countries. For more information, see www.brotherswines.co.uk.

The would-be connoisseurs at the wine-tasting had the opportunity to sample six totally different wines from various countries and each tasting was accompanied by a detailed description of the wine's origin, region and other details. Everyone made their own notes and the majority, impressed by what they had been given, placed orders for the wine(s) of their choice.

The event was so popular that it is hoped to hold something similar nearer Christmas, tasting ports and liqueurs.

Steve Pinder visits Boughton Hall

Local TV and theatre actor Steve Pinder visited Boughton Hall on Thursday, 21st March, to talk about his long and varied career.

Steve's many television appearances include Doctors, Casualty, The Bill and Emmerdale. As Roy Lambert, he was a regular in two series of the iconic Crossroads and later played Max Farnham in Channel 4's Brookside from 1991 to the conclusion of the series in 2003. His theatre credits include many traditional pantomimes and comedic and satirical plays, together with more serious roles in productions such as The Diary of Anne Frank, Dead Certain and Macbeth.

An audience of around 30 enjoyed Steve's recollections of how he first got into acting, having been inspired by Charles Lawton, and tales of the time he spent in Crossroads and Brookside. He also talked about how much the television industry has changed, prompting a lot of participation from those present as a discussion ensued on whether television, technical considerations aside, is actually better now.

Steve stayed on after his presentation for refreshments and to chat to people individually. Everyone agreed that the afternoon had been an interesting one and they were all impressed by Steve's charm and down-to-earth manner.

Boughton Hall community pulls together

Living in a retirement community has many advantages, but none more important, perhaps, than having help and support at hand when it’s needed.

As everyone knows, the bad weather hit Chester in January, just as it did much of the country, but those living at Boughton Hall hardly noticed, thanks to the stalwart efforts of all the staff. General Manager June Callaghan sums it up:

“When I got to work after the first heavy snowfall of several inches overnight, it was obvious that it was going to take some time to clear all the pathways to make them safe for people living here. With the clearing and gritting process started, we visited every apartment to explain what we were doing, took orders for lunch – either in the restaurant or for delivery – and collected shopping lists from those who were short of supplies but didn’t want to go out. We also offered assistance to make the trip over to the Hall from the various apartment buildings for those who felt a little unsteady but didn’t want to be isolated due to the weather.

“There was real Dunkirk spirit shown by all the staff and apartment owners alike and, whilst the rest of the population struggled to cope, life at Boughton Hall over the following days went pretty smoothly. The quiz night and cocktail evening went ahead, with a ‘pick-up’ service available to anyone who requested it. Prescriptions were collected and further shopping brought in whenever necessary. Saturday brunch and Sunday lunch were well attended and no one was inconvenienced.

“It was good ‘disaster training’ for the staff, who all did a brilliant job, and the appreciation shown by the apartment owners was very gratifying. It’s at times like these that Boughton Hall really comes into its own and lives up to its remit.”

The Children's Air Ambulance Presentation

The Children's Air Ambulance (TACC) is an emergency transfer service for critically ill children and babies, which flies some of the sickest children in England and Wales to specialist centres that can provide them with the treatment they urgently need in order to have the best chance of survival and recovery.

TACC receives no Government or National Lottery funding, and relies solely on donations from members of the public, fundraising events, and corporate supporters, in order to raise the vital money needed. Each month, £134,000 is required to keep the service flying.

On 12th February, David Reeves (fundraising manager for the North West) and Liz Weston (a volunteer co-ordinator) visited Boughton Hall and gave a 30-minute presentation explaining all about this new and unique charity. The 50 apartment owners and guests who attended had a very enjoyable afternoon and gave the speakers some very good feedback.

It being Shrove Tuesday, the refreshments which were served afterwards included a selection of home-cooked pancakes. A raffle was also held to raise money for the charity, with prizes which included a £25 Marks & Spencer voucher, hampers, Sunday lunch for two in Boughton Hall's Garden Room Restaurant, wine and chocolates.

Black Tie Dinner

The ever popular Black Tie Dinner at Boughton Hall, now in its third year, was held on the evening of Monday, 17th December, to kick off the festive season. The event was a sell-out with a full house of 52 apartment owners and guests attending.

After a delicious three-course dinner prepared by Boughton Hall's chef, John Crawley, and his staff, the party-goers were entertained with music from Debbie Wilson (pictured) and danced the night away.

The gentlemen really entered into the spirit of the occasion with their tuxedos, but were, of course, outshone by the ladies in their glamorous evening dresses.

It was a roaring sucess again and everyone said how much they enjoyed the evening, adding that they wished one could be held every month!

Talk by Author, Ray O'Brien

Following the tremendous success of Ray O'Brien's talk on his book Street Stars (see item further down in this "News" section), Ray was invited back by popular demand to share more of his life experiences on Tuesday, 4th December.

He gave a brilliant and humorous account of his 25 years' experience working as a Probation Officer in and around the Liverpool area, including several years working in Walton Prison. His anecdotes were often rich in Liverpool humour, whilst others were extremely sad, but all were delivered in his unique, entertaining style.

The audience of around 20 really enjoyed the afternoon, which was rounded off with refreshments and general socialising.

Left to right: Neil Davison and Jim Pegg.

Developers' vision soon to be realised

Neil Davison of Enterprise Retirement Living and Jim Pegg of Barnardo Developments, the joint developers of Boughton Hall retirement village, recently visited the development to check on progress.

Following the tasteful refurbishment of the Grade II Listed Hall to provide 8 luxury apartments and to house the extensive communal areas, which form the hub of this blossoming retirement community, three more new buildings in the grounds are under construction alongside those built in the first phase of the development. Beeston, Halston and Rhode buildings will offer a further choice of 30 high quality one and two bedroom apartments, including two spacious penthouses.

Judging by their smiles, Neil and Jim are pleased with how things are coming along. "With the first part of the development complete and almost fully occupied, we're delighted that that the additional properties will soon be ready and our vision for Boughton Hall will be fulfilled," said Neil. "To bring this beautiful building and its grounds to life in this way is very satisfying."

Phase 2 progress

Phase 2 at Boughton Hall, comprising three further buildings in the lovely grounds of the historic Grade II Listed Hall, is well underway. An additional 30 luxury one and two bedroom apartments, including two spacious penthouses, will be provided by Beeston, Halston and Rhode buildings.

Beeston - The structural brick and block work is now complete, and also the roof carcass. Roof coverings are in progress and should be complete within the next couple of weeks. The metal stud walls are well underway and the electrical first fix will take place shortly.

Halston - The roof coverings are now complete and external rendering will commence soon. Internally, the ground floor apartments are ready to plaster imminently.

Rhode - The first floor joists are on, with the superstructure being carried out from first floor to second.

Call 01244 322785 for further details of these new properties.

Support for Independent Living

Boughton Hall is a purpose-built retirement village offering its apartment owners a safe and secure but independent way to live their retirement. Everyone needs a little help or advice at some stage, though, and to this end a Support for Independent Living event was held on the afternoon of Thursday, 4th October.

A number of those already living at Boughton Hall took advantage of the opportunity to speak to the two professionals in this field who attended for the afternoon.

  • Sarah Rugg of Vi-Va Support Services: Sarah's hand-picked, specialist assistants cover a huge spectrum of support services, such as shopping (grocery or other), errand-running, companionship, escorting to appointments or on outings, de-cluttering, organising of belongings and paperwork, internet research, ordering goods online, dog-walking, and holiday booking (and this list is by no means exhaustive). Tel: 01244 350341; Email: hello@vi-va.co.uk; Website: www.vi-va.co.uk.
  • Liz Bruce of The Independent Social Work Partnership: Liz is an experienced, independent social worker from the Chester area. Most people wish to maintain their independence for as long as possible, but sometimes there comes a point when daily activities become more challenging and independence is not as easy to manage or maintain. At this stage, Liz can give advice on the best way forward. Tel: 0844 822 5761; Email: partners@iswp.co.uk; Website: www.iswp.co.uk.

Sarah and Liz both had drop-in visits from or made appointments for those interested in their services and are already following up a number of issues raised.

The success of the afternoon and the help it offered those who needed it certainly means the event will be repeated next year, probably in conjunction with the equally successful Lifestyle Event in June (see separate item in this news section).

Author event proves to be a hit!

Freelance writer Ray O'Brien visited Boughton Hall on Thursday, 6th September, to talk about his most recent book, Street Stars.

The Liverpool Daily Post and Echo newspaper commissioned the book when the city was selected as the Capital for Culture and the resulting Street Stars charts the background of eighty entertainers from Merseyside, including Ken Dodd, Arthur Askey, Leonard Rossiter, Patricia Routledge, and many more.

Ray's hugely popular talk, laced with amusing anecdotes, concentrated on around twelve of these well-known characters, revealing where they were brought up, educated and worked before they became famous. The 40-strong audience howled with laughter throughout and were left wanting more.

Originally from Liverpool, Ray went to school with Paul McCartney and George Harrison and was a member of Liverpool's famous Cavern Club in the early 1960s. Ray has also worked as both a prison officer and a probation officer and will be returning to Boughton Hall on Tuesday, 4th December, to talk about this area of his life (see "Events" on this website).

After the talk, Ray joined what appears to be a new fan club for refreshments and to sign copies of his book.

Summer Barbecue

Tuesday, 14th August, brought some of the long-awaited summer weather and it was just in time for Boughton Hall's summer barbecue. Around 60 people - apartment owners, friends, family and guests - enjoyed the sun in the beautiful landscaped grounds and joined in vintage games and croquet on the lawn. Chris Fletcher, a Chester-based professional singer and guitarist, provided the musical entertainment and Boughton Hall's in-house chefs, John and Andrea, served up a sumptuous barbecue made from fresh, local produce, followed by fresh cream cup-cakes, fruit tarts and other delicious desserts.

Donations and a raffle raised £190 for Boughton Hall's chosen charity, Barnardo's. First prize of a £50 Marks & Spencer voucher went to a guest - Mr Stewart - whilst second and third prizes of champagne and a designer handbag respectively were won by apartment owners Angela Cattell and Sally Guttman.

Later in the day, some of the apartment owners brought out their own bowls for a game or two, and many sat out sipping coffee and wine until dusk, reluctant to bring such an enjoyable day to an end.

Computer generated visualisation of Halston, one of the new buildings in Phase 2.

Phase 2 commenced

Work has begun on Phase 2 of Boughton Hall.

Three new buildings in the grounds of the historic Grade II Listed Hall will offer a further choice of 28 high quality one and two bedroom apartments, alongside those in the existing new buildings which formed Phase 1.

Phase 1 also saw the tasteful refurbishment of the Hall itself to provide 8 luxury apartments and to house the extensive communal areas which form the hub of this blossoming retirement village community.

An exhibition of Phase 2 was held on Friday and Saturday, 22 and 23 June, and was well attended by those interested in living at Boughton Hall. This will continue as a static display throughout the coming months to provide further opportunities to view the plans, elevations and specification details, read testimonials about Boughton Hall from existing owners, and reserve an apartment off plan.

Something for everyone at lifestyle event

A number of lifestyle providers, including a physiotherapist, audiologist and occupational therapist, as well as staff from Boughton Hall's own salon and treatment room, welcomed a total of 35 apartment owners and guests on 21 June to an afternoon that held something for everyone.

Free advice and vouchers were on offer, a raffle raised £15 for Barnardo's and a free draw provided six lucky winners with a voucher for dinner for two in Boughton Hall's Garden Room Restaurant.

Well-known organisations U3A, Age UK and the WI all gained some conscripts, and Verve, a gymnasium conveniently located next to the retirement village, promised to host some exercise classes geared to Boughton Hall's population in the near future. Verve also held a free draw for a selection of exercise classes and treatments, all of which were won by apartment owners.

Everyone enjoyed the friendly and positive atmosphere (almost as much as the refreshments!) and the success of the afternoon has ensured that similar events will feature in the village's diary again in the future.

Cheese & Wine

The sun shone on Boughton Hall's first Cheese & Wine afternoon held on Thursday, 24th May, and a total of forty-four apartment owners and other guests enjoyed the warm weather on the patio.

In honour of Her Majesty the Queen's imminent Diamond Jubilee celebrations, the wines and cheeses served came from all over the United Kingdom - England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland - accompanied by a selection of cheese biscuits, fruit and chutneys.

Musical entertainment was provided by John Chatterton on the guitar, who was later joined by James Martin, one of Boughton Hall's duty managers, also playing the guitar and singing.

Change to Sales Office Opening Hours

Sadly, we are losing a valued member of our Sales Team, as Sharon Hindley is relocating to South Wales. Whilst she will be sorely missed, everyone at Boughton Hall does, of course, wish Sharon and her family all the very best and every happiness in the future.

As a result of the reduction in the Sales Team staff, with effect from Monday, 14th May, the Sales Office opening hours will be:

  • Tuesday - Friday        10am - 5pm
  • Saturday                     10am - 4pm
  • Sunday and Monday   Closed

Pampered Chef Returns to Boughton Hall

Following the success of two similar events held last year, Pampered Chef again visited Boughton Hall to give a cookery demonstration on Thursday, 12th April.

A total of 20 people (a mixture of apartment owners and guests) witnessed chef Sarah Bayley cooking Mediterranean Tartlets and Lemon Shortbread using innovative new stoneware. Some of the audience were so impressed with the results that they bought some of the stoneware range for themselves.

Everyone enjoyed the demonstration, which was followed by an opportunity to sample the culinary creations accompanied by a refreshing glass of wine.

Pretty Perfect Pancakes

Boughton Hall's chef, John Crawley, delighted a gathering of around 30 apartment owners and visitors with a superb selection of pancakes on Shrove Tuesday. Amongst the vareity to choose from were cheese & leek, duck, strawberries & cream and the traditional lemon & sugar.

In excess of £160 was raised for Barnardo's, which, at £1 per pancake, gives you some idea of just how many (on average) each person ate - they were that delicious!

Joan with her champagne and lunch voucher.

Winning Words

At a focus group held recently to canvass Boughton Hall apartment owners' thoughts and opinions on the development's sales and marketing strategy, including what first attracted them to the development and to subsequently purchase a property, participants were also asked to describe Boughton Hall in one sentence.

All responses received were very positive, but Joan Wishart won a bottle of champagne and a voucher for Sunday lunch for two in the village's superb Garden Room Restaurant for: "Life begins at Boughton Hall. Take the first step to a new life."

Memories of a Liverpool Lad

Following last year's successful series of afternoon talks, which included subjects such as photography and volunteer work in Africa, the talks programme for 2012 started off on Tuesday, 31st January, with Carl Menkin, a gentleman who has enjoyed a rich and varied life, sharing some of his memories.

A 30-strong audience enjoyed Carl's reminiscences of growing up in Liverpool when money was tight and hearing tales from his sea-faring days after he joined the Royal Navy at 17 and travelled extensively. Peppering his talk with his own poetry inspired by his experiences over the years, Carl also came armed with a suitcase full of old photos and other memorabilia gathered throughout his very interesting life.

The afternoon was rounded off with a chance to mingle and chat over light refreshments, including a tempting array of sandwiches and home-baked cakes.

Details of similar talks which are planned to be held in 2012 will appear in the "Events" section of this website.

Boughton Hall featured in retirement village article

An article highlighting the benefits of retirement villages, a relatively new concept in the retirement property market, appeared in the supplement accompanying the Sunday Telegraph on 29th January and featured Boughton Hall in its opening paragraphs.

Headed "Why settle for anything less?", the article succinctly summed up what the over-55s can now look forward to when considering where to spend their retirement years. It said:

"Today's retirement homes go beyond the idea of small and functional. From stately homes to wildflower meadows, there's something to suit the tastes of even the most discerning retiree.

"To the uninitated, a 'retirement community' conjures up images of identical homes lacking character and individuality. To those in the know, however, it means quite the reverse - and they point to new schemes coming out in the next few months to prove their case.

"Boughton Hall shows that these communities are often brilliantly located in some of the most sought-after areas, with this one just a mile from Chester city centre and sitting on its own four acres of grounds. The original Grade II-listed house, which is a former Barnardo's children's home, has been restored and extended by developer Enterprise Retirement Living to host a restaurant, beauty salon, gym, bar, lounge and library. Some apartments are in this building, but most - including 28 being added this year - are in the grounds."

Source: Get Up and Go, February 2012, distributed with the Sunday Telegraph

Ladies get New Year off to a good start

Following two similar events held in 2011 which proved enormously popular, Boughton Hall started its new calendar of social activities with another Pamper Day on Wednesday, 18th January.

All the treatment slots were fully booked by the ladies of Boughton Hall - both residents and guests - all eager to banish the stresses and excesses of the festive period with a little pampering. Treatments included hand and arm massage with a manicure, Reiki, and Reflex Zone Therapy (a form of foot massage).

Everyone had a Bucks Fizz, and chocolates, on arrival, followed by brunch in the Garden Room Restaurant after enjoying the treatments.

Keep an eye on the "events" section on this website for details for future pamper days.

School Children Provide Christmas Entertainment

On the afternoon of 15th December, the seasonal festivities continued when the children from Year 2 at the local Cherry Grove Primary School came to Boughton Hall to entertain residents, guests and staff with a selection of Christmas carols from their nativity play. The appreciative audience enjoyed mulled wine and mince pies following the delightful performance, while the children each received chocolates from the beautifully decorated Christmas tree, washed down with fruit juice.

Boughton Hall's staff and management would like to thank the children and teachers of the school who so generously gave of their time to share their music at this special time of year.

Black Tie Candlelit Dinner

The success of last year's pre-Christmas black tie candlelit dinner prompted the management of Boughton Hall to re-stage the event this year. As it proved to be another hit, its future is, no doubt, secured as an annual highlight of the Christmas season.

Open only to residents of Boughton Hall and their guests, the dinner was held on the evening of Monday, 12th December, in the stunning Garden Room Restaurant. A delicious three-course dinner, prepared by Boughton Hall's dedicated chefs, was served and the party-goers enjoyed live entertainment by a talented female singer.

Such a good time was had by those attending that many missed their midnight carriages!

Samantha Howarth of Barnardo's receiving the cheque from Enterprise Retirement Living's Neil Davison

Three Reasons to Celebrate!

At a Christmas carvery lunch on Thursday, 1st December, there was plenty to celebrate in advance of the forthcoming seasonal festivities. Neil Davison, managing director of Enterprise Retirement Living, presented Samantha Howarth of Barnardo's with a cheque for £1,400, representing the profits of Boughton Hall's second annual fête in September. During the presentation, Neil offered "a big thank you to June [Boughton Hall's general manager], all the staff involved, Samantha from Barnardo's and all the owners and their families who gave up their time and put so much energy into making the day a success."

Another presentation saw John Dalton, one of the apartment owners, receiving a vote of thanks and a bottle of champagne for masterminding a scheme to further benefit Barnardo's. Called "Lotto Bonus Ball", forty-nine numbers are allocated to individual resident owners and members of staff, who each pay £1 per number. The winner is the holder of the number that matches the bonus ball drawn in the national Wednesday night main lottery game. £30 goes to the winner and the balance of £19 is accumulated each week to be donated to Barnardo's.

Finally, handing a framed certificate to June Callaghan, general manager at Boughton Hall, Neil was pleased to announce: "Aside from our already prestigious Gold Award from the Elderly Accommodation Counsel, I am very proud that we achieved 'Highly Commended' at the UK Property Awards, run by Google and Bloomberg. Previously sponsored by the Daily Mail, entries from fifty retirement villages nationally were made, of which only two received this level of award."

This ceremonious occasion, which commenced in the reception lounge with drinks and canapés, was well attended by the resident owners, nearly all of whom were there. After the various presentations, everyone enjoyed the wonderful festive feast laid on by Boughton Hall's chefs, John and Andrea, and the event carried on well into the afternoon.

National Garden Scheme Visits Boughton Hall

John Hinde, head of the National Garden Scheme for Cheshire and the Wirral, gave a talk at Boughton Hall on Tuesday, 15th November, based on the history of the NGS. The 20-strong audience, a mixture of Boughton Hall residents and guests, were also shown slides of some of the fabulous gardens which are part of the scheme.

Most gardens in the NGS are privately-owned and all money raised (including from the sale of teas and plants) goes to the NGS, which supports various nursing, caring and gardening charities, including McMillan Nurses and Marie Curie. As most of the work is done by volunteers, more than 80p in every pound goes directly to the Scheme's beneficiaries and, last year, a total of £2.6 million was raised nationally.

The participants in the afternoon, which was rounded off with light refreshments, thoroughly enjoyed the talk and there were lots of suggestions of gardens that can be visited locally.

Coffee Morning for Breast Cancer

A coffee morning was held on Saturday, 29th October, in aid of breast cancer research. A delicious selection of home-made cakes - all beautifully decorated in pink - were for sale, along with some hand-crafted jewellery displayed in pink boxes. The raffle continued the pink theme with prizes including pink champagne, pink toiletries, a hot water bottle with pink knitted cover and a pink umbrella, amongst others.

The event was attended by many of Boughton Hall's residents and their guests, raising a total of £130 for the charity.

Receiving the Highly Commended Certificate (left to right): Peter Martin of Colley Hill Marketing, responsible for the marketing of the project;Helen Morrell of Kingsdale Group, who manage the development; Jim Pegg of Barnardo Developments, joint developer; June Callaghan, General Manager of Boughton Hall; Neil Davison of Enterprise Retirement Living, joint developer.

Second Award for Boughton Hall

Boughton Hall has been highly commended by the judges of the Best Retirement Development category of the prestigious UK Property Awards 2011. The contest is one of the most important on the property calendar with winners receiving national, and international, recognition.

Boughton Hall has already scooped gold in a national award ceremony. It was named Best UK Housing With Care Scheme of its size at the National Housing for Older People Awards, run by the Elderly Accommodation Counsel (EAC) earlier this year.

All winners of the UK Property Awards were announced at a glittering ceremony at The Lancaster London on 28th October.

Neil Davison of Enterprise Retirement Living said: "We were thrilled to reach the final of the UK Property Awards and gratified to be highly commended. When we started work on the conversion of Boughton Hall into a retirement village, our aim was to provide our residents with beautiful homes, varied social facilities and the option to live the life they choose in comfort and luxury. Reaching the finals of the UK Property Awards, and receiving the judges' commendation, is testament to the fact that that's what we've delivered."

Cookery Demonstration raises funds for Cancer Research UK

Boughton Hall hosted another Pampered Chef show on Friday, 7th October. Angela Huntriss, who is a Pampered Chef consultant, prepared some mini goats cheese tartlets and waffle berry pudding, which the ten-strong audience were able to sample. There was also the opportunity to purchase kitchenware and cookery equiment from Pampered Chef's extensive range.

Pampered Chef has teamed up with Cancer Research UK's Help Whip Cancer campaign to raise awareness of breast cancer and, since the campaign's launch in 2007, the company's consultants and customers have contributed more than £300,000 to the charity's funds.

To further this worthwhile cause, a small charge was made for attendance and the Pink Fizz that was served in pink rose-adorned champagne glasses, along with a pink non-alcoholic fruit purch, pink cupcakes and smoked salmon canapés. A percentage of the sales of kitchen goods at the event and £1 from each sale of some exclusive pink products also went into the pot, which will be further boosted by donations and a raffle being held at the forthcoming Coffee Morning on 29th October.

Boughton Hall ladies reveal their true colours!

On Wednesday, 14th September, Colour Me Beautiful visited Boughton Hall to give a demonstration. Ruth, one of the company's trained consultants and a professional beauty therapist, showed how the the use of certain colours can totally change one's look or image and Angela Cattell, who lives at Boughton Hall, had a complete make-over.

Colour Me Beautiful was established in 1983 and are now the recognised leaders in personal and corporate image consulting. Over a million women and men have turned to them for advice on how to achieve the image they really deserve. Their consultants help people of all shapes, sizes, ages and colourings to understand why certain colours and styles suit them whilst others don't, and give expert advice so individuals can develop their own personal style.

23 eager ladies - residents of Boughton Hall, their friends and other guests - enjoyed the afternoon immensely and stayed chatting long after the demonstration had ended. Light refreshments were served and a free raffle for a £50 Colour Me Beautiful consultation, donated by the company, was won by Boughton Hall resident Dorothy Avery.

Second Successful Annual Fête

Sunday, 11th September, saw Boughton Hall hosting its second annual fête in the grounds. The weather, which had threatened to put a damper (literally) on proceedings, was kind and the afternoon stayed dry and fine.

The event was opened by local MP Stephen Mosley - pictured with Samantha Howarth of Barnardo's (left) and June Callaghan, General Manager of Boughton Hall (right) - and some 440 people joined in the fun of the afternoon. There was something for everyone with stalls that included Tombola, Bric-a-Brac, Books/CDs/DVDs, Home Produce, Name the Barnardo's Bear, Coconut Shy, Children's Face Painting, and many more.

Refreshments, including the "Boughton Burger" and cream teas, were available throughout and a guitarist provided some musical entertainment in the Garden Room Restaurant. The afternoon culminated in the Grand Raffle, for which over 40 prizes, donated by local businesses and associates of Boughton Hall, were on offer. The first prize was a weekend for two at Carden Park.

A total of approximately £1,400 was raised for Barnardo's, which used to own a children's home on the site of Boughton Hall.

The developers and the management and staff of Boughton Hall would like to thank everyone involved in organising and running the fête for all their hard work. They would also like to thank all the local businesses and associates who generously donated prizes, and, finally, all the residents of Boughton Hall, their friends and families, and the wider local community, for their support of the event.

 

Chester Amateur Photographic Society

Roger Brace of Chester Amateur Photographic Society visited Boughton Hall on Thursday, 11th August, to share some of his expertise in photography and covered the following areas:

  • What do we like to photograph?
  • What cameras do we use?
  • What do we do with the images (prints, photo frame, screen saver, DVD)?
  • Sharing our pictures (email, flickr, Facebook)
  • Digital darkroom - enhacing images using computer software
  • Steps towards better pictures
  • Common problems
  • Photography as an outlet for your artistic talent

Fifteen Boughton Hall residents and other guests attended the presentation on this fascinating and popular hobby. The afternoon concluded with time to chat and ask questions over light refreshments.

Retirement Seminar

A Retirement Seminar was held on Tuesday 19th July from 2pm to 4pm, at which various speakers provided a range of advice and information on issues that affect many people in later life.

HBFS Equity Release Limited - specialist financial advisors to the retiree - talked about State benefits and financial options available in retirement, whilst Bloomsbury Home Care outlined the support and assistance they can provide for older people living in their own homes. The free Will review offered by McKenzie Jones Solicitors proved to be a useful service for a number of the audience.

Light refreshments were served during what was both an enjoyable and educational afternoon for the Boughton Hall apartment owners and guests who attended.

 

Pimms in the Library!!

Unfortunately, the distinctly un-summery weather on Saturday, 16th July, forced our Pimms on the Patio to be relocated to the Library! Nevertheless, approximately twenty Boughton Hall apartment owners and other guests spent a pleasurable afternoon socialising and chatting, and enjoying the live music supplied by John Chatterton - a local artiste - who played some beautiful acoustic guitar pieces.

To go with the Pimms, a selection of delicious canapés was served, including smoked salmon, avocado and prawn bruschetta, mini Welsh rarebit muffins, mozzarella and sun-dried tomatoes, vichyssoise, meringues, and chocolate-coated strawberries.

For details of other social events at Boughton Hall, visit the events section of the website.

Pleached limes - just some of the planting

An Insight into the Gardens at Boughton Hall

On a lovely dry June evening, around fifteen resident owners and other guests learned about Boughton Hall's beautiful gardens. John Burgess from Environmental Associates, the company who planned and project-managed the landscaping, commenced by showing the interested audience the original plans and planting schedule of Phase I of the Boughton Hall development, now complete, and projected views of Phase II of the gardens. He also explained Environmental Associates' history, other UK projects they have undertaken and some of their beautiful work in the Caribbean.

After viewing the plans, the assembled group navigated the gardens with John explaining which plants were which, identifying their Latin names, and giving an idea of how they will appear when they are further established. The evening was rounded off in the stunning Garden Room Restaurant with wine and canapés and more informal discussion about the grounds and gardens.

John kindly left the plans with Boughton Hall's management and they will be kept in an artist-type portfolio for everyone to see in the future.

Boughton Hall's residents and management would like to thank John for giving his time and sharing his expertise during a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

Strawberries & Cream Tea

What better way to spend a summer afternoon than relaxing in beautiful surroundings, enjoying that quintessential English treat - strawberries and cream? That's exactly what some 40 Boughton Hall resident owners and guests did on a gloriously warm day on 14th June, gathered on the patio behind Boughton Hall's restaurant with the sunshades up.

The traditional bowls of strawberries and cream were accompanied by some amazing strawberry cup cakes, fresh cream scones and a giant Victoria sandwich made by Nicola Crawley, one of the Duty Managers. A good time was had by all and not a crumb or a berry was left!

 

Cookery Demonstration

Boughton Hall hosted a Pampered Chef show on Friday, 3rd June. Angela Huntriss, who is a Pampered Chef consultant, prepared two dishes - one savoury and one sweet - with help from the audience, who were then able to sample the fare. There was also the opportunity to purchase kitchenware and cookery equiment from Pampered Chef's extensive range.

A small charge for attendance was made to raise funds for Barnardo's, who also received the proceeds of raffling a Pampered Chef product donated by the company and a 10% commission on all sales of kitchen goods. The total amount raised has yet to be confirmed.

A similar event is being held on Friday, 7th October, when Pampered Chef will have some pink products available, £1 from each sale of which will go to Cancer Research UK.

Some of the delicious local produce available to buy

First Craft Fair a Success

Boughton Hall hosted its first Craft Fair on Saturday, 14th May, with a variety of stalls including jewellery, glass-making, walking stick carving, patchwork quilting, silk wall hangings, greetings cards, portrait artist, Christmas decorations, and local produce. The event was well attended by resident owners, their families and friends, and other visitors.

The success of the venture means it is likely to become an annual event.

Children at the local school, some more interested in the camera than their class-mates singing at the front!

Talk by VSO Africa

The third in our series of afternoon talks took place on Friday, 6th May, when Margaret Pridding of Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) Africa provided an insight into the charity's work.

VSO is the world’s leading independent international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries. Their high-impact approach involves bringing people together to share skills, build capabilities, promote international understanding and action, and change lives to make the world a fairer place for all.

Margaret started by outlining to the 20-strong audience how she came to be involved with VSO - she was encouraged by her son to become a volunteer when she expressed a desire to spend some time in South Africa following her retirement. A slide show of photos taken when Margaret took part in a project in South Africa followed. The images included colourful local street markets, a Zulu tribe Margaret visited, a traditional wedding procession, a Sangoma (healer), a local school, to which many of the children have to walk miles to attend, and a co-operative where the women weave their own cloth and make clothes to sell.

The afternoon was rounded off with home-made cakes and tea.

Check our events section regularly for details of future afternoon talks during the year.

Intrepid Easter egg hunters following the clues while others look on

Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, 23rd April, dawned bright and sunny and provided a perfect day for our Easter Egg Hunt. Well attended by residents, their friends and families, and other visitors, great fun was had by all.

A raffle held in aid of Barnardo's raised £200 and the first prize of a hamper went to young Ross Atkinson, who gave it to his mummy! The champagne second prize was won by Hanna Asanger, a local neighbour who brought her two young daughters to the hunt. Most of the other prizes of wine, chocolates, an Easter Bunny soft toy and Jamie Oliver's Jamie's 30 Minute Meals went to lucky Boughton Hall residents.

Mothers' Day Pampering

The second of our Mother & Daughter Pamper Days was held on 2nd April, just before Mothers' Day. The event was another success, with several mums and daughters enjoying a complimentary manicure, or foot reflexology which was also on offer this time.

Keep an eye on the forthcoming events section for dates of future pamper days.

June Callaghan receiving the certificate and cheque from Jim Pegg

Pancakes, Presentations and Posies

Tuesday, 8th March 2011, was a special day at Boughton Hall. Not only was it Pancake Day, it was also full of surprises.

Boughton Hall's chef John Crawley surpassed himself by creating some fabulous savoury pancakes with various fillings, including duck salad, cheese, leek, and ham. The customary sweet pancakes, served with lemon and sugar (or home-made chocolate sauce), were also available, but the pièce de résistance was a pancake stack stuffed with cream and fresh fruit.

Around 40 people tucked into this delicious fare and raised £110 for Barnardo's.

During the proceedings, Neil Davison of Enterprise Retirement Living and Jim Pegg of Barnardo Developments presented a certificate and cheque for £250 to June Callaghan, General Manager at Boughton Hall. The certificate represented the gold award Boughton Hall recently won for the Best UK Scheme 60-99 Units in the EAC Housing-with-Care Awards (see separate news item below).

The £250, which was the prize accompanying the award, will be used to fund an event or outing for the resident owners of Boughton Hall, whose responses to questionnaires about their retirement village resulted in the award being won.

Mary Lunt, an apartment owner at Boughton Hall who co-ordinated the award entry questionnaires, was presented with a bouquet of flowers.

Flowers also went to Angela Cattell, another apartment owner, who stars in the video recently added to this website, which is also available on DVD.

Talk Given by Age UK and Local Solicitors, Oliver & Co

At this, the second in our planned series of talks by a variety of guest speakers, Age UK (previously Age Concern and Help the Aged) provided the audience with information about this national charity and the vital direct services it provides to people in later life.

Then solicitors Oliver & Co explained the Lifetime Power of Attorney, a legal mechanism to safeguard the conduct of one's affairs in the event of unforeseen illness or incapacity.

The event was very well attended by existing owners at Boughton Hall and other guests, whose useful and informative afternoon was rounded off with tea and cakes and the chance to chat to each other and representatives of Age UK and Oliver & Co.

Please revisit this website regularly to find out dates and themes of further talks.

Jim Pegg of Barnardo Developments (left) and Neil Davison of Enterprise Retirement Living receiving the Gold Award Certificate.

Boughton Hall Wins Gold!

Boughton Hall has scooped a gold award at a national award ceremony recognising the best in retirement living. Run by the Elderly Accommodation Counsel (EAC), a national charity which aims to help older people make informed choices about housing and care needs, the EAC National Housing for Older People Awards recognise specialist housing schemes which are the best in their field. The awards differ from many others in that entrants are nominated by residents of retirement villages and homes nationwide, who score their community in a number of areas, including the standard of facilities and the services received. The award to Boughton Hall was made in the Best UK Housing-with-Care Scheme 60-99 Units category.

Boughton Hall's prize-winner testimonial said: "Boughton Hall offers an independent, elegant lifestyle ... Owners make life as relaxed or active as they want ..."

At a gala event held at Ascot on 3rd February, BBC News anchorman Nicholas Owen presented a certificate marking the win to Neil Davison, managing director of Enterprise Retirement Living. Neil said: "We are delighted to have received this accolade from an organisation that works so hard to help raise the standards of housing for older paople. When designing Boughton Hall, our aim was to provide our owners with beautiful homes and the security of a community with ongoing support when they needed it. To have received this award is testament to the fact that we have delivered on that promise."

A prize of £250 was also awarded, which Boughton Hall intends to use to hold a little celebration for the owners at Boughton Hall by way of a thank-you.

First Afternoon Talk a Resounding Success

The first of a planned series of talks by a variety of guest speakers was held on Wednesday, 2nd February.

The audience was introduced to the work of the U3A by Chairman Jenny Carley and committee member Sheila Young, and the vast spectrum of interest groups that members can join. U3A stands for the University of the Third Age, which is a self-help organisation for people no longer in full-time employment providing educational, creative and leisure opportunities in a friendly environment. It comprises local U3As all over the country, which are run entirely by volunteers, and which draw upon the knowledge, experience and skills of their own members to organise and provide the various subject groups in accordance with the wishes of the membership.

Many thanks to the U3A for taking the time to come and introduce their organisation to us.

 

Meet the Team

The staff at Boughton Hall are on hand to ensure the smooth running of Boughton Hall and to help the residents in any way they can. They are always ready to welcome visitors to the village - call 01244 322785 - and would be happy to show you round the properties and facillities available.

Pictured left to right are: (back row) Alan Griffiths, John Crawley, Bob Jones; (middle row) Julie Harris, Kath Roberts, Katie Jones, Dee Hall, Sharon Hindley; (front row) Lyndsay Hinchliffe, Nicola Crawley, June Callaghan, Sam Evans.

Pamper Perfect

We held the first of our Mother & Daughter Pamper Days on 27th January and it was a huge success. Several ladies of both generations took advantage of a relaxing complimentary manicure and hand massage, and enjoyed Bucks Fizz and brunch. For details of further similar events, please look at the forthcoming events section of this website.

Burns' Night Celebrations

A three course table d’hôte menu, featuring the traditional dishes, was served to residents and guests to celebrate the Scottish poet's birthday on Tuesday, 25th January. The meal was followed by a light-hearted "old photograph" quiz in the lounge.

Festive Season Round-Up

Christmas and New Year at Boughton Hall were full of enjoyment for the residents, their families and staff alike. Christmas Day was very relaxed and started at 12:30 with aperitifs in the lounge bar, followed by a delicious four-course traditional meal in the Garden Room Restaurant. An afternoon of board games and sharing amusing anecdotes followed, with homemade Christmas cake for anyone who started to get hungry again!

A buffet was served on Boxing Day, after which everyone settled down in the comfortable reception area to watch a film together.

On New Year's Eve, duty manager Nicola Crawley hosted an evening of bubbles and canapés for residents and their guests, with a sparkling Prosecco served at midnight to see Boughton Hall into the New Year in style. The last of the party-goers were in bed by 1:30am and a thoroughly good time was had by all.

No doubt attracted by all the excitement, a mysterious temporary guest (pictured) moved in and stayed for the entire holiday period ... then he just disappeared without trace and didn't even say goodbye!

Left to right: Jim Pegg (Barnardo Developments), Neil Davison (Enterprise Retirement Living), Stephen Mosley, Peter Martin (Colley Hill Marketing)

Chester MP gives Boughton Hall stamp of approval

Chester MP Stephen Mosley has praised the ‘excellent facilities and friendly atmosphere’ at Boughton Hall. Mr Mosley made the comments during a visit on Friday, 10 December, when he chatted to staff, took a tour of the four acre village and enjoyed afternoon tea with the residents.

“It was a pleasure to visit Boughton Hall and witness for myself the excellent facilities on offer and friendly atmosphere within,” said Mr Mosley. “Seeing it at work really brings the retirement village concept to life, and it was immediately obvious the benefits it brings to its residents and society alike.”

Mr Mosley also spent time discussing local political matters with residents – his constituents – and said he hoped to return in the future.

Boughton Hall is in the heart of Mr Mosley’s constituency and represents the kind of continuing care retirement community (CCRC) which successive governments have been keen to see develop – enabling residents to remain in their own homes with support and care available when needed.

Mr Mosley was a guest of Boughton Hall’s developers Barnardo Developments and Enterprise Retirement Living. 

Enterprise Retirement Living managing director Neil Davison said: “We appreciated the opportunity to explain to Mr Mosley the concept of retirement villages as one of the solutions to the changing demographic profile of the UK. Boughton Hall, and other developments like it, offer independence in a community of like-minded people seeking security, companionship and choice.”

Black Tie Dinner

Residents and guests enjoyed a black tie candlelit dinner which was held on Thursday, 2nd December, in our stunning Garden Room Restaurant. With the Christmas lights and decorations already in situ, a delicious dinner and musical entertainment provided by a live pianist, this event put everyone in the festive mood.

 

Deck the Halls!

Christmas officially came to Boughton Hall when the tree and decorations went up on Monday, 22nd November. Call us on 012444 322785 to take the opportunity to visit the Hall in all its festive glory.

A Winter Warmer

On 9th November, a number of residents and guests gathered in The Garden Room Restaurant for a very pleasant and sociable afternoon, sharing news and views and warming up for winter and the forthcoming festive season with some mulled wine and nibbles.

Retirement Living Open Day Well Attended

On Monday, 11th October, Boughton Hall opened its doors to potential new residents with an event designed to show the benefits of living at Boughton Hall, and how simple and worry-free the process can be.

A variety of professionals, including the developers, Hamro plc (through whom part-exchange is available), Boughton Hall’s management, financial advisers, solicitors, our preferred removal company and a popular interior designer (who has already transformed the communal areas and helped several residents furnish their own properties), talked to guests about their relevant areas of expertise and answered their questions.

A buffet lunch was served, making this informative and helpful forum a relaxed and sociable occasion enjoyed by all those attending.

For more information about Boughton Hall, part-exchanging your own property, or the services of any of our associates, please call us on 01244 322785.

Annual Fête

On Sunday,  12th September 2010, over 470 people enjoyed the first Annual Fête at Boughton Hall on what, thankfully, turned out to be a breezy but sunny afternoon. The event was opened by Becky Bainbridge, Barnardo’s Regional Community Fundraising Manager, and two recently reunited ex-Barnardo boys (see article below). A total of £1,500 was raised for Barnardo’s, thanks to the hard work of General Manager June Callaghan, Boughton Hall’s Duty Managers and Sales Team, numerous volunteers, and the generosity of many associated companies and local businesses who donated prizes.

First prize of more than 30 in total in the raffle – dinner, bed and breakfast at Carden Park – was won by Richard Whitehurst. Other stalls and attractions included: books, tombola, local produce, portrait painter, hook-a-duck, lollipop lottery and, always a children’s favourite, face-painting.

On behalf of the Friends of Boughton Hall and Barnardo’s, we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who donated a prize and/or gave their time in support of this worthwhile cause. Thanks too, of course, to everyone who came along to participate in the afternoon, without whom the event would not have been the undoubted success it was.

Diamond Celebration

Boughton Hall residents Olive and Arthur Gould celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary with a lunch in the Garden Restaurant on Thursday, 9th September. A total of 22 family and friends gathered for the occasion and to watch them cut the cake, made by Duty Manager Nicola Crawley and well-doused with brandy over several weeks!

Olive and Arthur received a very special missive - a telegram from the Queen - and, in his speech, Arthur spoke of a marriage that had endured 60 years of life's ups and downs.

 

Everyone at Boughton Hall offers their congratulations to the happy couple on what is a momentous achievement.

Residents' Vegetable Garden

Boughton Hall now has its own vegetable garden, comprising three raised beds in a fenced-in area, which gets full sunlight in the middle of the day. There is also a shed for tools, water butt and composter, providing everything needed for any keen gardeners amongst the residents.

Some part-time assistance is being arranged to help maintain the garden and the residents are in the course of deciding what to grow. Herbs, fruit bushes and asparagus beds are just some of the ideas being considered, as well as sweet peas and winter lettuce.

John Smurthwaite (left) & Klaus Armstrong-Braun

History Group Reunites Barnardo's Old Boys

A new group established to research the history of Boughton Hall resulted in two of its former residents being reunited after more than half a century. John Smurthwaite and Klaus Armstrong-Braun both lived at Boughton Hall in the 1950s, when it was a children’s home run by Barnardo’s, and became very good friends.

Mr Smurthwaite spotted an advertisement for Boughton Hall as a new retirement community and, after telephoning the sales staff, was invited to visit. When Klaus Armstrong-Braun also visited Boughton Hall from his home just a few miles away, staff mentioned John Smurthwaite. Their unusual names meant they each recognised the other’s immediately, and they were invited to stage their reunion at the inaugural meeting of the History Group set up by the new residents of Boughton Hall.

John left Boughton Hall when he was 11 and was fostered by a couple in Birkenhead, where he still lives. Klaus remained at the home until he was 16 and went on to build a successful career, first as a professional engineer and then as an environmental scientist. Both have nothing but happy memories of their time at Barnardo’s, which they were able to share with each other – over 50 years on – and the assembled founding members of the History Group.

The History Group meets at Boughton Hall once a month and is keen to hear from anyone else who has lived or worked at Boughton Hall over the years. Boughton Hall can be contacted on 01244 322785.

Pimm's on the Patio

The weather was moderately kind to us on the afternoon of Saturday, 19th June, when nearly 30 people gathered at Boughton Hall for a glass of Pimm's and nibbles on the patio, or, for those who felt the breeze more keenly, in the beautiful Garden Room Restaurant. A game of croquet - with the brand new mallets and hoops just acquired - was enjoyed by Boughton Hall residents, Mr and Mrs Moore.

Coffee Morning Raises Money for Barnardo's

A coffee morning held at Boughton Hall on Saturday, 15th May, raised £252 for Barnardo's. There was a lovely selection of biscuits and cakes on offer for sale, and a number of fabulous prizes were raffled. The event was well attended and enjoyed by everyone involved.

Wine Tasting Evening

On Thursday 13th May, Boughton Hall hosted a wine tasting evening. The selection of wines available to taste ranged from everyday drinking to fine wines and came from all parts of the wine producing world.

The event was open to both residents and guests; if you didn't attend, but would be interested in coming to any similar events, please call us on 01244 322785.

Easter Open Day

On Easter Saturday, 3rd April, we welcomed a number of visitors to Boughton Hall and shared with them a variety of complimentary refreshments, including hot cross buns.

April also saw the release of a range of new incentives. If you weren't able to make the open day or are interested in finding out about any current offers, please call the sales team on 01244 322785.

Open Weekend

A general open weekend was held on 20th and 21st March, during which visitors had the opportunity to view The Hall, Eaton and Tatton.

Visitors also had the opportunity to take advantage of the offer available at that time - one year's free service charge for reservations agreed before 31st March. Please call our sales office on 01244 322785 for details of any current offers.

Mother's Day

To celebrate Mother's Day, we hosted afternoon tea at Boughton Hall on Saturday, 13th March. Several mothers and their families joined us for what was a very pleasant and enjoyable occasion.

And the winner is ...

In December 2009, we launched a competition to find a title for the Boughton Hall newsletter. It now has a name thanks to Mr Wisbey from Chester, whose entry, The Boughton Beacon, was the winner. Mr Wisbey attended one of our regular monthly lunches and was presented with a bottle of Champagne for his efforts.

Friends and Family Weekend

We realise how important friends and family are when making the decision to move, which is why the weekend of 7th and 8th November was dedicated to our potential residents and their loved ones. Further such weekends will be held over the course of time, but please bring friends and family at any time; they will always be made welcome.

Official Launch Weekend

Our official launch, held over the weekend of 26th and 27th September 2009, was a huge success. There was a superb turnout and the feedback received from all the visitors on the communal facilities and apartments was fantastic.

His Worship the Deputy Lord Mayor of Chester Councillor Neil Richie marked the occasion by planting a tree in the grounds. Visitors were given a tour of the newly opened facilities and then invited to the Garden Room Restaurant for refreshments.

If you didn't join us and would like to see the facilities and properties available, please call the Sales Office on 01244 322785.