History pop up a success at Brewery Square

History pop up a success at Brewery Square

Brewery Square played host to Tomorrow’s Museum for Dorset at the outset of its tour around the county while its High Street premises is undergoing renovation works.

Tomorrow’s Museum for Dorset arrived at the Square on October 19 2018, until June 1 2019, and welcomed almost 10,000 visitors during its eight month tenure. With a year on year comparison, the footfall is a six per cent rise compared to the 2016/17 season, and a 17 per cent increase during the off season of October to March.

The Museum showcased a selection of its collection at the Square, including historical pieces from Eldridge Pope Brewery, and hosted a variety of workshop events including Christmas cards, Easter decorations, and the town’s annual lantern parade.

Jon Murden, director at the Museum, commented: “We have engaged a much wider and diverse audience during our stay at Brewery Square with entrance and activities completely free, a new accessible and welcoming exterior, and re-imagined visitor experience.

“We have held specific events for community groups including Museum Makers, a group of participants with learning disabilities, and Dorchester Family Partnership Zone, for vulnerable families.”

Charlotte Spracklen, centre manager at Brewery Square, added: “The Museum has been a fantastic addition to the Square since October, and while we are sorry to see it go, we would like to wish them the best of luck with the remaining renovation works, and its tour around the county.”

Tomorrow’s Museum for Dorset is currently touring schools across the county with a spectacular inflatable replica of the Museum, equipped with real artefacts from their collections children can learn about topics such as the Romans in Dorset within a vibrant and immersive learning environment.

Visit https://dorsetcountymuseum.org for more information about upcoming tour venues and the latest news and progress creating Tomorrow’s Museum for Dorset.

Revolutionary dementia experience now available at Fairmile Grange care home

Revolutionary dementia experience now available at Fairmile Grange care home

Fairmile Grange care home is now offering a revolutionary dementia awareness programme, The Dementia Champions Training, to local healthcare professionals.

The fully immersive experience was initially launched at Great Oaks care home in Bournemouth, which is also managed by Encore care homes, last year. Due to the programme being so well received at Great Oaks, Encore has extended this opportunity to healthcare professionals in Christchurch.

The purpose of the training is to enable people to experience and increase their understanding of the behaviours of those with dementia; helping them to communicate and connect better with them. During the session, each person is fitted with a full jumpsuit, which has been designed to make the participant experience the physical and sensory hindrances of older age.  In its ambition to become a dementia resource for the community, Fairmile Grange aims to offer this free training to the local community in upcoming sessions.

Rachel Dryden, chief executive officer of Encore, said: “The response we have had from those who attended The Dementia Champions Training at Great Oaks has been fantastic.

“We held our first session at Fairmile Grange earlier this month and were joined by a range of healthcare professionals, who found the course incredibly insightful and valuable. As a care provider, we see it as our obligation to discover new ways to raise awareness of dementia and the impact it has on a person’s life and their loved ones. Ultimately, the only way to comprehend the effects of dementia is to experience it first-hand.”

The Dementia Champions Training is a complimentary programme and run by Informed Dementia Care. Rachel added: “We hope healthcare professionals, as well as the local community in future training sessions, continue to utilise this opportunity and we look forward to welcoming attendees to our forthcoming sessions.”

Fairmile Grange is an 80-bed care home, which is managed by Encore Care Homes. Situated in the grounds of Christchurch Hospital, Fairmile Grange has state-of-the-art facilities, a stunning landscape garden and expertly trained staff who are supportive and provide excellent care to the residents.

For more information about Fairmile Grange and The Dementia Champions Training please call 01202 082722 to speak to a member of the team.

International Nurses Day marked at Encore Care Homes

International Nurses Day marked at Encore Care Homes

To mark International Nurses Day, Encore Care Homes celebrated the hard work, commitment and dedication its nursing staff provides across its three care homes in Dorset and Hampshire.

Encore manages Fairmile Grange on the grounds of Christchurch Hospital, Great Oaks in Bournemouth and Hamble Heights in Fareham. Across all three sites, each nurse was presented with a goodie bag, containing a bottle of prosecco and a box of chocolates. The day was also celebrated with hot drinks and a selection of snacks and sweet treats.

Fairmile Grange’s management team invited the community nurses from Christchurch Hospital to join in with the celebrations at the care home. At Great Oaks, various activities were organised for the carers and residents to enjoy, including crosswords and quizzes, all of which were themed around the nurses. There was also an opportunity for the nurses to plant some forget-me-not seeds in the gardens of the care home.

Rachel Dryden, chief executive officer of Encore, said: “It was lovely to honour all of our hard- working nurses, who provide such fantastic care around the clock. The commitment and devotion they show to our residents is exceptional and truly appreciated.

“Celebrating days like this gives us an immense sense of satisfaction and we were so pleased to be able to give something back to them and show how much they are valued.”

International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world every year to commemorate Florence Nightingale’s legacy and the contributions made by nurses to the health and wellbeing of those they care for.

For more information about Encore Care Homes please visit www.encorecarehomes.co.uk or call 01202 476960 to speak to a member of the team.



The UK’s number one family theme park, Paultons Park – home of Peppa Pig World, is preparing to unlock the mysteries of the animal world with the launch of an all-new stage show, Jungle Adventure.

The live action show, which launches on Saturday, May 25 on the Paultons Show Stage, creates an exciting voyage of discovery for children of all ages as they join Charlie, Harry, Bruce and Shelly on the Isle of Awimowe. The team respond to a mayday call on the island and as they investigate the distress signal encounter lots of exciting animals such as spiders, lizards, meerkats and snakes.

The educational and enjoyable show provides the opportunity for children to learn all about the exotic creatures which make their home in jungles across the world. Pint-sized adventurers can get up close and personal with a selection of critters under the careful supervision of the animal handlers.

James Mancey, Operations Director at Paultons Park, said: “We are delighted to bring the new Jungle Adventure live action summer show to Paultons Park. The stage show combines musical numbers and engaging storylines with a strong conservation and environmental message, helping children learn about the importance of conserving wildlife in its natural habitat.

“Jungle Adventure offers fantastic entertainment for the whole family and will be a great addition to the range of over 70 rides and attractions on offer this year at Paultons Park.”

Paultons Park is home to four themed worlds, including Peppa Pig World and the Jurassic-themed attraction, Lost Kingdom.  Jungle Adventure performances will take place at Paultons Park every weekend from Saturday, May 25 to Sunday, September 15 and daily during the school summer holiday period (Hampshire term dates).

Tickets are on sale now and start from £30.50 when purchased online and in advance, with children under one metre in height receiving free entry.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.paultonspark.co.uk


Fairmile Grange care home receives ‘good’ rating from the Care Quality Commission

Fairmile Grange care home receives ‘good’ rating from the Care Quality Commission

Fairmile Grange is celebrating after being awarded a ‘good’ overall rating from the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The specialist residential, nursing and dementia care home in Christchurch, which is managed by Encore Care Homes, was praised for its safe, effective, responsive, caring and well-led service; with all five key areas receiving a ‘good’ rating across the board, following an inspection in March.

To celebrate this recognition, Fairmile Grange organised a party for its team to say thank you for their dedication and hard work. The report stated that the inspectors ‘observed people receiving kind, compassionate care and having their privacy, dignity and independence respected’ by the expertly trained staff.

Rachel Dryden, Chief Executive Officer of Encore Care Homes, said: “This is a great achievement and something we are very proud of. We are committed to providing the highest standards of care and making sure our residents feel safe, comfortable and happy at all times.

“One of the most pleasing things to read in this report was finding out how delighted residents and their relatives are with the service we provide. This fantastic report is a testament to our staff and reinforces how brilliant and hardworking they truly are.”

Situated in the peaceful grounds of Christchurch Hospital, Fairmile Grange is an 80-bed care home, which has a unique partnership with the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch NHS Foundation Trust. Encore is the only care provider in the UK to have this unique partnership with the NHS, which allowed Encore to give back to the community by supporting the RBCH NHS Foundation Trust, to provide advanced new services at the Christchurch Hospital site. Since opening its doors in 2017, the partnership has delivered a range of new and improved hospital services and facilities, including a new GP surgery and hospital pharmacy.

Richard Renaut, Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS trust Chief Operating Officer, commented: “Delivering first class care has always been the passion and driver and it’s wonderful to see this being recognised by the regulatory body. This of course isn’t possible without the wonderful staff with the support of not just their families, but also the residents’ families too. Our hearty congratulations to everyone.”

For more information about Fairmile Grange please visit www.fairmilegrange.co.uk or call 01202 082 722 to speak to a member of the team.