Nine Oaks is once again supporting the Boxes of Hope Shoebox Campaign by donating items to go into Shoeboxes to be sent to Romania. Trustee Nicola Steadman has been involved for a number of years, and residents always like to offer their support by buying items such as pens, notebooks, toys etc to go in the boxes.
And, of course, our Knit and Natter group knit hats and blankets for the charity!
This is the beautiful blanket which will go to a good home in November when the boxes are sent over to Romania.
Our news seems to be all about the gardens at the moment, but why not – they’re beautiful!
And we’re now also growing some of our own vegetables!
Knit and Natter has also started up again – thank you to Su who takes this on a weekly basis. Only residents are welcome at the moment due to the risk to residents, but it’s nice to have everyone together again to raise their spirits.
Don’t forget, if you know someone who has suffered lockdown loneliness from living on their own, why not see if they want to join our community here at Nine Oaks. We have Knit and Natter and also a weekly coffee morning. We do have vacancies at the moment, so give us a call: 015394 44436.
We are so pleased that our residents are now able to take meals in the dining room to build up the community spirit once again. Thank you to all our staff for their hard work in ensuring that our residents are kept safe and well. You’re stars!
We now have raised beds in the gardens, growing our own salad and vegetables! Our residents are really looking forward to trying it all!
Well, May flew by didn’t it?!
We’re actually quite pleased that the rain has arrived as it has made our garden come to life! But the sunshine can come back now! Here are a few photos from the Nine Oaks gardens.
Here is Janet with her special VE Day celebratory tea. Thanks to the staff for this thoughtful tea to celebrate.
One of our residents Jane asked if Hayes Garden World would donate some plants for our gardens – here’s what they sent! Thank you so much to Hayes for brightening up our gardens!
More gifts, postcards and paintings are arriving every day – here are some beautiful hearts sent by Garth Brow! Thank you!
We had a wonderful entertainer come to Nine Oaks to sing to our Residents – thank you very much to Mark Wenlock – everyone had a great time as you can see!
We’re closer to summer, so our residents are enjoying the sunshine at Nine Oaks in the gardens, social distancing of course!
And our gardens are still looking bright!
We appealed for postcards/photos/paintings to brighten up Nine Oaks during lockdown – and people didn’t disappoint! Thank you so much!
This is George, one of our residents with his dog Tilly.
Here are some amazing photos of our gardens, taken by resident Jane. Our residents are in isolation but can continue to walk around the gardens as their safe haven for their daily exercise.
In the current climate, we are asking those who have been poorly recently to avoid visiting Nine Oaks. All visitors will be asked to wash their hands and sanitise when entering the buildings.
We have taken the decision to serve meals to individuals in their own room, rather than gathering to eat in the lounge. This is a temporary measure to protect our residents as much as we can.
All social activities will cease for the foreseeable future. Please do contact Lynn if you have any concerns.
We hope this will all blow over soon, but in the meantime, we want to keep our residents and staff safe. Thank you for your understanding.
In the meantime, here’s a lovely spring photo:
Thanks to Dennis, one of our volunteers, who has tidied up the hedge along the roadside on Phoenix Way. Assisted by resident John and Trustee Nicola, we can finally see the boundary wall!
Happy New Year everyone! Here’s to a Happy and Healthy 2020!
Don’t forget, if you have any ideas for events this year, give us a call. We’re always happy to consider them.
If your New Year Resolution is to give something back to Society, please consider being a volunteer at Nine Oaks. If you are able to start a new craft club, help with the gardening, are good with a paintbrush or anything else, we’d love to hear from you.
Once again our Christmas celebrations were amazing – thanks again to our wonderful staff who do such a great job.
Over 10,000 shoeboxes are on their way to Romania with Boxes of Hope! The team below will hand them out in December.
Once again, Nine Oaks supported the Boxes of Hope shoebox appeal. Thank you to everyone who donated!
It seems we’re still waiting for summer!
We’re looking forward to welcoming 2 new residents next month.
With only a handful of studios remaining, if you’d like to come and have a look round, then please give us a call as soon as possible.
We’ve had a fairly quiet June, but things continue to move on here at Nine Oaks. We’ve had some great weather and welcome Jane who has moved in to the Nine Oaks house. She’s been doing some great work in the pots at the front door, so thank you Jane!
Our AGM was held towards the end of June with Brian Whittaker now acting as Chair of Trustees. Nicola Steadman continues to be a Trustee but stood down from Chair after 3 years in the role.
We’re hoping the weather warms up this month to enable our residents to sit out in our lovely gardens. The pots and hanging baskets are starting to look colourful and we have a new bench in the garden. This was brought along by one of our new residents and he chose the location of the bench to fully enjoy the peace and quiet of our gardens.
We have limited spaces available at Nine Oaks now as we welcome yet another resident from 1st June. Please give us a call to come and have a look around if you are interested.
Our AGM is to be on Tuesday 25th June at 4pm. All friends and family are welcome to attend. All Trustees will be there to ask any questions you may have about Nine Oaks, the way it is run or offer your suggestions for improvement.
We’re very much looking forward to welcoming 3 new residents to Nine Oaks next month.
Our gardens are looking lovely in the spring sunshine too!
This month, we’ll celebrate St George’s Day with a special lunch – if you’d like to join us, please give us a call.
Our Easter Weekend was a lovely one – with Lynn and staff putting on a great meal for residents and guests. Here’s some of the home baking on offer:
We’re also welcoming ‘Westmorland Homecare’ to Nine Oaks – they are using our facilities free of charge for meetings/staff appraisals, and are also hoping to host some afternoon teas at Nine Oaks in the future.
Welcome to Spring 2019!
We’ve had so much interest lately, that we hope to have more studios filled soon. Please remember, you are welcome to stay in our guest room before committing to moving in, to see whether you like Nine Oaks and feel like you’ll fit in.
Our gardens are looking lovely and the pots which are dotted around the gardens have some lovely colour in them.
Eventually January is over and we can begin to look forward to Spring!
We’ve had a lot of interest in the last month or so but still have Studios and Apartments available to rent. This Studio has an introductory rent of £775 and this includes all bills and meals!
Happy New Year to all of our residents, staff, supporters and volunteers. Here’s to a happy, healthy 2019!
Our gardens are going to get a makeover in the next couple of months so please do visit us to have a look and see the difference!
We celebrated Burns Night in style, with Lynn and Karen offering a toast to the Haggis!
December started off with a bang with our Christmas Party Lunch on 12th December. St Mary’s Mother’s Union sang carols and Residents opened their little gifts. Karen, our Deputy Manager, even got dressed up for the occasion as Santa’s Little Helper!
Our Christmas lunch was on Sunday 23rd December as residents arrange to visit family and friends on Christmas Day. Friends and family attended and Lynn, Karen and Christian served up a beautiful 4 course Christmas lunch.
We had our first Nine Oaks Facebook competition this month! Facebook users had the chance to win 2 bottles of wine by liking the Nine Oaks page and sharing the post with their friends. Well done to Andy Lisk, the winner of the competition and look out for another competition towards Easter!
All Staff, Trustees, Residents and Friends of Nine Oaks wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy 2019.
November is a fairly quiet month, although we did have a wonderful Remembrance Sunday lunch, prepared by Lynn and Christian. Tables were decorated beautifully and there was time to reflect.
The Boxes of Hope Shoeboxes have gone to Romania! The residents kindly donated many items towards the campaign and they have now been sent over. Nicola, one of our Trustees, is heading to Romania in December to hand out the boxes so more photos will appear once she returns.
October started with a bang, with both the Kendal Oral History Society doing a talk for us on Tuesday 2nd and then St John’s Hospice holding their Coffee Morning on Wednesday 3rd.
The Harvest Lunch is on Thursday 25th October if you would like to join us. Please contact Lynn or Karen to book your place, on 015394 44436 at a cost of £10.
Look who we found in our gardens helping us to keep on top of the gardening…
John Nettleton, one of our residents, has been credited with being a volunteer at over 100 Park Runs! Well done John!
This month sees a quiet month before a hectic October!
We have a talk from the Kendal Oral History Society on Tuesday 2nd October – 2pm. All welcome.
We also have the St John’s Hospice, first ever Windermere Coffee Morning at Nine Oaks on Wednesday 3rd October at 9.30am. There’s a raffle, bric a brac and a cake stall! Again, all welcome.
There’s our annual Harvest Lunch on Thursday 25th October at 12.30pm with the support of St Mary’s Church. Please ring to reserve your place if you’d like to join us!
We have an on-going collection for Boxes of Hope, Cumbria, the Shoebox Appeal. Nicola, our Chair of Trustees collects the donations and makes up shoeboxes to send over to Romania. Any contribution greatly received.
Watch out for our newsletter which is to be released this month. Giving residents and families an update as to what is happening at Nine Oaks, it will hopefully prove popular! If you have a joke or story you wish to share, please contact John Nettleton!
Don’t forget we still have vacancies if your loved ones want to move in before the nights start creeping in. Give us a call!
We have Nicola, our Chair of Trustees, giving a presentation on the Shoebox Appeal, Boxes of Hope. She will talk about the Appeal, where the boxes go and how the partner Charity People to People work in Romania to make the lives of those in poverty slightly better. All welcome – 6.45pm on Wednesday 22nd August. Nicola is going out to Romania to hand out the boxes in December so will do another presentation in January following the trip.
We welcomed Westmorland Red Squirrel Society this month to hold their meeting at Nine Oaks. If you wish to use our lounge free of charge for events, please contact us and we will try to accommodate you!
Have you seen our advert in the Westmorland Gazette in the NHS feature? We wanted to advertise what a fantastic place Nine Oaks is and spread the word! Hopefully this will bring in new residents, as well as the two new ones we welcome this month, to our fantastic supportive community. We offer long term lets, as well as respite care and recuperation stays. If you want to have a look around, with no obligation, please call us on 015394 44436 between 8.30am and 1.30pm.
Date for your diary: Wednesday 3rd October – Nine Oaks is hosting the St John’s Hospice coffee morning. Keen to support other charities in the area, we offered our kitchen and lounge to SJH and they’re hosting their coffee morning with us. More details will follow but put a note in your diary now!
Our AGM went really well this year once again. Nicola, our chair of Trustees welcomed visitors, residents and prospective residents to the meeting and gave a recap of the year. She said that the staff had put on some fantastic events this year for residents and thanked them for their hard work. Chris Gardner from our Auditors attended and confirmed the financial position at Nine Oaks. Following the meeting, we had refreshments including home made biscuits and a beautiful fresh cream Victoria sponge!
Thanks must go to Nancy, one of our residents, who has been getting the gardens ready for summer. We have a lovely array of pots and hanging baskets for everyone to enjoy in the summer sunshine – thank you Nancy!
We’ve enjoyed some brilliant weather this month and residents have been out enjoying the gardens and quiet surroundings at Nine Oaks. There have been numerous comments on the gardens which is brilliant and makes us feel proud!
FORMAL NOTICE: Our AGM will be held on Thursday 28th June at 2.30pm. All welcome – friends, residents, family and anyone interested in finding out more about Nine Oaks.
May sees not just one important wedding, but two! Karen, our deputy manager, gets married on the same day as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Congratulations Karen – we hope you have a wonderful day!
Our Open Day on Sunday 15th April from 2pm – 4pm went really well. We showed a number of people around and were delighted that they enjoyed their tour of the building. If you couldn’t make it, please give us a call and we’d be delighted to show you around another time.
Easter 2018 was another colourful occasion at Nine Oaks – we had lovely table decorations, a beautiful meal and the most wonderful Easter Tree. We’re lucky to have such special staff who go the extra mile to make sure our residents have the best time.
We’re also delighted to welcome a new Trustee on board in April. Retired Solicitor Brian Whittaker, formerly of Thomson Hayton Winkley in Windermere, is joining the Board of Trustees. If you’d like to know more about volunteering here at Nine Oaks, please get in touch!
ADVANCE NOTICE: We’re having another OPEN DAY on SUNDAY 15th APRIL from 2pm – 4pm at Nine Oaks. Come along, have a tour, meet our manager and enjoy some free refreshments! All welcome.
We had a beautiful Mother’s Day meal at Thornton House with all of the residents together for the day. Many went out with their children but those who didn’t enjoyed roast chicken with all the trimmings! As well as a starter and dessert! Well done to all involved.
Don’t forget our coffee morning each Thursday at 10.30am. All welcome! These are some of the treats you might get – and they’re all homemade!
We’re looking forward to lots of visitors this month. Remember we do have a guest room and guest suite so your family can visit for a very reasonable fee and you can explore the Lake District and surrounding areas.
We’ve shown lots of people around this last month as people decide that they don’t want to spend another long winter on their own. If you want to come and have a look around, there is no obligation, and you can ask as many questions as you like! Contact us on 015394 44436 between 8.30am and 1.30pm each day.
Happy New Year to one and all!
If your New Year Resolution is to volunteer, we’d be delighted to hear from you. We are always on the lookout for help with our gardens, maintenance, painting etc, so please do let us know if you can help us out!
January is usually a quiet month, but we’ve been tidying up after some storm damage and getting our gardens ready for spring.
Merry Christmas everyone! We hope you’ve had a restful and peaceful Christmas and thank you for your support during 2017. Here’s to a Happy Healthy New Year!
Our Nine Oaks Christmas Party went incredibly well – Lynn, Karen, Julie and Tracey all took part to make sure our residents had a very festive time. A three course lunch, gifts, carols and fancy dress meant everyone had a great time!
It’s getting festive at Nine Oaks! Here are Karen (Deputy Manager) and Tracey putting up the Christmas tree!
Our Christmas Party is on 13th December so please contact us if you wish to join us! Non-residents welcome for a small fee.
We’ve also decided that this year, Christmas lunch will be exclusively for residents and their immediate family. We trust you will understand this as we wish to make Christmas special for those who are remaining at Nine Oaks and our new residents who are just settling in with us.
Staff and residents took part in fundraising for Children in Need raising £55 – thank you everyone and in particular to Karen for organising!
We had our Remembrance Day Sunday lunch on Sunday 12th November with many guests joining us. Lynn and her staff put on another incredible meal and we thank them for all of their hard work and beautiful food!
We even had a recital from Chloe, see our Facebook page for the video!
Thank you to everyone who has donated to the Boxes of Hope, Cumbria Shoebox Appeal. We had a donations box at Nine Oaks and this enabled many boxes to be prepared! They head over to Romania on Monday 20th November to meet the team of volunteers who head out in early December!
Join us for Remembrance Day here at Nine Oaks on Sunday 12th November at 1pm. 3 course Sunday lunch, with wine, £10.
We had a fantastic recital from Chloe, who is one of our Chefs, Christians’ daughter. She played the residents numerous songs and it was a great way to end Sunday Lunch. Thank you and well done Chloe!
Remember we still have Studios available if you want to move in before Christmas. Please enquire about availability. We do also offer 2 adjacent rooms for a reduced fee if you wanted separate living and sleeping areas.
Our Open Day went very well, with lots of new faces coming to have a look around. Thanks to all who made it a great day. The weather wasn’t kind to us, but the tea and coffee (and cake) kept us all warmed through.
Many thanks to Dennis Steadman who came and pressure washed some of the front of Nine Oaks at the weekend. He made a great job clearing out the drains, and pressure washing the front door. If anyone else would like to volunteer at Nine Oaks, we’d be delighted to hear from you.
Reminder about our events taking place over the course of the next month or so:
Sheltered Accommodation Open Day – Nine Oaks. Sunday 1st October 1pm – 4pm. All welcome, complimentary refreshments and guided tours.
Our Harvest Lunch took place on Wednesday 27th September at 12.30pm. The staff created a fantastic array of choices, with fresh scones and a fantastic display. Residents had a great time and it was great to welcome new faces to the celebration. Thanks to Rev. Gillespie for taking the service.
One of our guests took this stunning picture from the guest room window this weekend. We love showing off our gardens and welcome keen gardeners to help!
Sheltered Accommodation Open Day – Nine Oaks. Sunday 1st October 1pm – 4pm. All welcome, complimentary refreshments and guided tours.
Harvest Lunch – Wednesday 27th September 12.30pm. Non residents welcome to attend, £7. Please book your space by 21st September on 015394 44436. Revered Gillespe will be attending to bless the food.
Karen one of our chefs made a fabulous plum flan this month with plums from our garden! We can confirm it tasted as good as it looked!
Our residents have the opportunity to attend the various events at the Marchesi Centre in Windermere, from the Alzheimer’s Society events on Tuesdays, to Bridge Club on a Wednesday to Art Class on a Friday. There is so much going on in Windermere, you can’t possibly get bored!
Our new residents are settling in nicely and enjoying the gorgeous gardens. The flowers look lovely in the sunshine.
Over the next couple of months, our hardworking staff will be enjoying their holidays – well deserved! We welcome Duncan into the kitchen to cook up some of his delicious meals and entertain the residents with his good humour and banter! Thanks for helping us out Duncan!
Our AGM was on Thursday 15th June at 2.30pm. We welcomed an increased number of residents and guests from last year and welcomed our accountant Chris who gave us a positive report on Nine Oaks. The Trustees thanked everyone for their hard work and support over the last year or so. With spaces filling up rapidly, Nine Oaks is going from strength to strength!
The famous ‘Strawberry Tea’ was held on Sunday 25th June at 3pm – just LOOK at the cakes on offer. Everyone had a great time and all complimented Lynn and staff for the amazing effort put into making the day a success.
The glorious summer weather has enabled residents to sit outside in the sunshine this month, enjoying the new awning over the patio!
Many thanks to Rob and his team who have helped our gardens get back to where they deserve to be. After 2 days, the compost heap was full and residents can now see the benefit. With plenty of spaces to sit out, including under our new awning, let’s hope the weather is kind to us as well!
A reminder that our AGM is on Thursday 15th June 2017 at 2.30pm. All welcome.
We’ve recently had an advert in North West Evening Mail which allows us to spread the word about Nine Oaks far and wide!
Next month we welcome two new residents into Thornton House – we’re filling up nicely, so if you would like to come and join us, don’t leave it too late! We don’t have many vacancies left!
St George’s Day was also celebrated at Nine Oaks, with residents of both houses joining together for lunch and St George’s Day themed food. Lynn and her staff provided a fantastic lunch once again and the room was decorated with St George flags.
Easter Lunch was a fabulous show – with flowers on the table and the sun shining, the residents had a great time!
Spring is well and truly upon us, and Lynn, our manager, has some wonderful plans for Easter weekend. If you’d like to join us, get in touch – 015394 44436.
Our gardens are starting to look as fantastic as always. But our volunteer gardener has had to retire – do you have any spare time each week/month to help us out please? We’d love to hear from you if so, as we pride ourselves on our wonderful gardens. This could be from mowing the lawns, to pruning to weeding. We’d be ever so grateful!
We’ve had a pretty quiet month this month but the usual events have been taking place – Knit and Natter, Coffee Mornings and Chair-Based Exercises. We have however welcomed new tenants into The Lodge, and welcome another new tenant on 1st March. We hope you settle in nicely and enjoy your new home. Maureen is off on her holidays – have a great time! If you have any ideas for Easter celebrations, please speak to Lynn!
Happy New Year to all of our residents, supporters and staff. We look forward to another great year at Nine Oaks Housing Trust.
The shoeboxes from Boxes of Hope Cumbria arrived in December in Romania – thank you once again to all residents who supported the charity by donating items, knitting and money.
Christmas was once again a busy affair at Nine Oaks. A huge thank you to the staff for making such a great effort.
Nine Oaks held a Christmas Coffee Morning on Thursday 8th December at 10am to which everyone was invited. The Trustees joined residents with some fabulous homemade cakes and caught up with everyone.
Residents this month have enjoyed a Remembrance Sunday meal and took time to reflect.
This month, residents have been fully supportive of Boxes of Hope, Cumbria, filling shoeboxes and donating items to be able to fill shoeboxes to send to Romania. Here’s a picture from the distribution trip in 2014 that our Trustee Nicola Steadman went on.
Residents enjoyed a fantastic Harvest Lunch courtesy of our super staff. Everyone commented on how fabulous it was.
From this month onwards we are opening up our Sunday lunches to non-residents. You can get a three course meal, followed by coffee and mints (and perhaps even a sherry!) for £12.50. Booking is to be made by Wednesday and spaces are limited. Please call 015394 44436 to book your place with Lynn.
August sees the launch of Boxes of Hope Shoebox appeal. Based in Cumbria, and fully staffed by volunteers only, BoH sends shoeboxes full of goodies to children in Romania. Last year, tenants of Nine Oaks and Thornton House donated many items and knitted for the appeal. For more information, see the leaflets at Nine Oaks or ask Nicola!
The Summer Gala was a fantastic success – we had the Women’s Institute cake stall, a Tombola, Bric-a-Brac and sunshine! Lynn and the team did a fantastic job keeping everyone in cakes, tea and hot dogs. The children loved it, playing skittles, having a go at welly wanging and guessing how many sweets were in the jar. Many thanks to everyone who supported us, whether it be helping or turning up on the day, donating raffle prizes or whatever. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!
Our Summer Gala is on SATURDAY 30TH JULY at Nine Oaks. We have a Bottle Tombola, Afternoon Tea, Guess the birthday of the Tiger, Bric-a-Brac stall and lots more. Please come along and support us. Open 2pm – 4.30pm.
Another busy month at Nine Oaks! We had yet another birthday… so Happy Birthday Mary! We love celebrating here at Nine Oaks!
Our AGM took place on Thursday 23rd June, the same day as the European Referendum. Everything ran smoothly and all four Trustees were present. If you wish to speak to our Chair about the meeting then please do so.
The tenants took the opportunity to pass on their thanks to Roy for the work he has done in preparing the gardens and hanging baskets for Summer. They look fabulous, watch this space for photos!
Happy 80th Birthday to one of our tenants – what a fabulous lunch and super cake! And to top it off, the sun is shining. Very happy birthday!
Just a reminder that our AGM is on Thursday 23rd June at 2.30pm.
Our tenants have been enjoying the sunshine over the last few weeks and our gardens are doing superbly! Many thanks to Roy White for his hard work in keeping the garden free of weeds!
Watch this space for news of our Gala Day in July. We need to keep our fingers crossed that this sunshine lasts!
Formal Notice is hereby given that the Eighth Annual General Meeting for Nine Oaks Housing Trust will be held on THURSDAY 23RD JUNE at 2.30pm. Agenda and Minutes from the last meeting are available from Maureen at Nine Oaks, and will be distributed to tenants shortly.
The tenants celebrated the Queen’s 90th Birthday this month with a fabulous afternoon tea, British style! The room was decorated beautifully and tenants had a great time! Just LOOK at those cakes!
Also this month, one of our tenants, John Nettleton, gave a talk on the life and works of William Wordsworth which brought to life someone that everyone thought they knew, but actually didn’t! Many thanks to John for this entertaining and informative talk.
On Easter Sunday, tenants were treat to the most fabulous lunch from Lynn and her team. The tables were set in uplifting yellows and everyone commented on what a fantastic time they had, with a super lunch and quiz to follow.
We welcomed the leader of the Liberal Democrats and local MP Tim Farron for lunch in March so that he could meet the tenants and promote the charity in the local area. Thanks goes to Tim for raising the profile of Nine Oaks.
Mother’s Day lunch was celebrated in style at Nine Oaks once again in 2016. The tables were set beautifully and the food was as brilliant as ever.
A very Happy Birthday to our manager Lynn!
As always, pancake day was well received by our tenants, with them enjoying sugar, lemon, bananas and all sorts on their pancakes!
Christmas is a time for celebration at Nine Oaks. Here are our tenants enjoying a fantastic lunch.
A lovely Christmas atmosphere was created in December 2015, with a tree and decorations. The carol service was fantastic.
In November, our tenants were supportive of Boxes of Hope, Cumbria and gave knitted items, toys and donations to fill shoeboxes for deprived children in Romania. Nicola Steadman, one of our Trustees came and gave a presentation on the charity and showed us pictures of the visit to Romania she went on last year to distribute the boxes.
EARLIER IN 2015
Our Harvest Festival held in the autumn was a great event, with a service and lovely meal to celebrate the festival.
During the summer, tenants enjoyed the rare sunshine days in the garden on the benches which are strategically placed in both the sunshine and the shade.