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Fernhill House’s own home grown veg used in cookery masterclass
Vegetables grown from seed in Fernhill House’s own potting shed and planted in its sensory garden were used to help create a delicious pan-fried seabass dish as part of a cookery masterclass hosted by award winning chef Chris Williams.   

Hospitality manager Chris, who has worked with Marco Pierre White and Heston Blumenthal in the past, demonstrated how to create a simple yet stunning main course at a lunchtime demonstration in the grounds this week.   

An organic and home grown produce enthusiast Chris, who grew the vegetables himself from seed, wanted to incorporate as much of Fernhill House’s own produce as possible in the dish – with many of the other ingredients grown nearby.   

Although being the Midlands made sourcing the seabass locally a geographical impossibility of course!   Fernhill House’s own home grown produce included courgettes and courgette flowers, peas and pea shoots, while among the locally sourced ingredients were potatoes and tomatoes.   

Chris completed the masterclass with his own take on Eton Mess. The twist in his variant, ‘Fernhill Mess’, is that is contained honey infused artisan gin. 

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Gervaise Phinn and polar explorer are among guest speakers at Fernhill House
Author and broadcaster Gervaise Phinn and the first Welsh woman to conquer Everest are among a selection of guest speakers booked to entertain and enlighten family, friends and residents of new luxury care home Fernhill House over the coming months.   

The free talks are open to the wider public and drinks and nibbles are offered for added appeal!   Tori James, who at 25 became the youngest British woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest, will be talking on Thursday June 15th from 6 til 8pm.   

She was also part of the first ever women’s team to tackle a 360 mile race to the magnetic north pole, some of which was through polar bear territory, and has cycled the length of New Zealand.   

Novelist and writer Prof Phinn, who is most well known for his autobiographical memoirs set in the Yorkshire Dales, will be recounting humorous tales of his life working in education when he visits on Thursday July 27th between 6 and 8pm.   

Other speakers poised to grace the rather splendid interior of Fernhill House in Fernhill Heath over the coming months include Wimbledon reporter Garry Richardson, Rob Smith who twice overcame cancer and skied to both the North and South Poles, and former footballer and stadium design expert Paul Fletcher.    

To book any of these free events and find out about future talks, contact info@fernhillhouse.co.uk or call 01905 679300.

Cookery demonstrations, cupcakes and fascinating speakers lined up for June
June sees an exciting line of guest speakers and activities open to the public at Fernhill House. 

Head chef Chris Williams, who has worked with Heston Blumenthal and Marco Pierre White, will be hosting two cookery demonstrations. 

On Tuesday June 6th at 11am the focus is on starters, while on Tuesday June 13th he looks at main courses and desserts. Both events are free. 

Two activities are taking place on Thursday June 15th. Chris’ homemade cakes and a delicious range of teas and coffees will be available in the beautifully designed bistro on The Alzheimer's Society Cupcake Day between 2pm and 4pm. 

Just pop in and help us raise money to fight dementia. Staff will also be bringing in home-made cupcakes to support the day. 

In the evening, between 6 and 8pm, Tori James, who at 25 became the youngest British woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest, will talk about her many extreme adventures in sub zero temperatures. 

Tori was part of the first ever women’s team to tackle a 360 mile race to the magnetic north pole, some of which was through polar bear territory, and has cycled the length of New Zealand. The free talk is accompanied by drinks and nibbles. 

Finally, on Thursday June 29th, former Yorkshire solicitor Ian Shuttleworth gives an observational comedy talk on life in general. Again, the event is free and accompanied by drinks and nibbles. 

Book your places for any of these free events (with the exception of the cupcake day, which is a pop in activity) at info@fernhillhouse.co.uk or on 01905 679300.

Fernhill House welcomes its first residents
Fernhill House's first resident, Claude Bronckaerts, plans to spend some time every day in the home's own pub! 

A Belgian who speaks eight languages, Claude is enjoying a range of Belgian beers bought in especially for him as well as a range of traditional pub meals prepared by the home’s award winning chef Chris Williams, who has worked with Heston Blumenthal and Marco Pierre White.  

The pub is one of the unusual features of Fernhill House’s dementia community village, which also has a 1950s style shop and an indoor potting shed. A beautifully equipped babies’ nursery offers powerful and moving doll therapy which can be very effective in helping people with dementia.   

Staff dress in 1950s and 60s clothes and offer a range of specialist activities harking back to the residents’ younger days.   Manager Peta Mandleberg explained: “We wanted to create a place full of vibrancy – somewhere that didn’t scream ‘care home’, but which was a fun and interesting place to live, but at the same time which had highly experienced staff – and people who have passion for their work. So, as well as our team of nurses we have wellbeing ambassadors chosen for their enthusiasm and vivacity. 

Instead of a TV room we have an art deco style cinema complete with popcorn cart. Our shop isn’t just a place in which to buy things –indeed there is no need to buy anything as everything is included in the fees – but an amazing destination, offering a trip down memory lane for those living with dementia. The pub is exactly like a real pub – the entire dementia floor is more like a themed village than a care home.   

“We’re also acutely aware of how difficult it can be families to think about their loved ones moving to a home. The daughter of one of our first residents here had been looking at a number of places and was very dispirited – until she came to see us and really felt the passion and fun here. It’s very, very different. And our open door policy means families are welcome whenever they wish.”   She added: “We have events and activities going on every day -  gym sessions, arts and crafts, gardening, tea dances, choir therapy, string quartet recitals, bubbles and blinis evenings and morning sherry every day!     

“Residents are actively encouraged to invite friends and family to dine with them or share cocktails, tea and cakes as often as they like at no extra charge, as there is a single fee to cover absolutely everything.” 

• Claude Bronckaerts is the first resident to move into the luxurious and trailblazing Fernhill House near Worcester