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Care home farm visit brings back memories for residents

PUBLISHED: 10:30 28 March 2018 | UPDATED: 10:43 28 March 2018

Downham Grange residents enjoying a visit to Church Farm Rare Breeds Centre. Picture: Kingsley Healthcare

Downham Grange residents enjoying a visit to Church Farm Rare Breeds Centre. Picture: Kingsley Healthcare

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A farm visit to see new-born lambs brought memories flooding back for residents of a Downham Market care home.

Downham Grange resident Mary Overman feeding a lamb at the Church Farm Rare Breeds Centre. Picture: Kingsley HealthcareDownham Grange resident Mary Overman feeding a lamb at the Church Farm Rare Breeds Centre. Picture: Kingsley Healthcare

Five residents from Downham Grange were accompanied by family members and staff on a trip to Church Farm Rare Breeds Centre, in Stow Bardolph.

There was an opportunity for close-up encounters with a number of animals including pigs and goats and they were also able to feed the lambs.

The home’s activities coordinator Frankie Chandler said: “Many of our residents have lived most of their life in the countryside and some lived on farms.

“During the farm visit, it was clear that it was an environment they were very comfortable in and it brought back memories for many of our residents.

“Two of our residents, Mary Overman and Bert Layman, loved the chance to feed the lambs.”

Home manager Jane Petit said: “It’s really important for our residents to get out into their community and we have plans for lots of other local visits.”

She said the home also welcomed community involvement and they were currently seeking support from local keen gardeners to work with residents and staff on a garden project.

The home would be taking part in this year’s Downham in Bloom competition.


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