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Luxury Worcestershire care home welcomes BBC sports presenter 
One of the BBC’s best known sports presenters is taking to the stage at luxury Worcestershire care home Fernhill House in the autumn – to entertain residents and members of the public free of charge.   

Garry Richardson, who has a 40 year pedigree with the Beeb, including a regular slot on Radio 4’s Today programme and Five Live’s Sportsweek, has reported on seven Olympic Games and interviewed some of the world’s most famous names including Nelson Mandela, Bill Clinton, Muhammad Ali, David Beckham, Tiger Woods, John McEnroe, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Eddie Murphy.   

He has also shared an after dinner speaking platform with legendary showbiz  names such as Steven Fry, Dame Diana Rigg, Bob Monkhouse and Ken Dodd, has been on stage with Jasper Carrot and Alistair McGowan and appeared in a comedy show with Miranda Hart and Alan Carr. 

He will be speaking on Thursday September 21st between 6pm and 8pm – with the added lure of free drinks and nibbles for all guests.   Garry is one of the regular celebrities and special guests invited to speak at the home to encourage a greater link between the home’s residents, friends and family and the wider community.   

On Thursday July 27th author and broadcaster Gervaise Phinn, best known for his autobiographical memoirs set in the Yorkshire Dales, will be recounting humorous tales of his life working in education.   

And on Thursday August 17th former Irish hotelier Frank Flaherty talks about his world travels with a comic approach.           To book a free place at any of the events contact or call 01905 679300.

Foster care and jewellery provide contrasting subject matter for evening events
Life as a foster carer is the topic of the next popular evening event open to the public at Fernhill House.   

Local resident Meg Farmer will be talking about how looking after ‘101 children’ has been rewarding both for her – and for the young people who have shared her home over the years.   

The talk is the latest in an eclectic mix of free evening events open to the public at Fernhill House. Meg will be talking on Monday July 10th between 7pm and 8.30pm – and all guests will be offered wine and nibbles.   

The following evening, July 11th,  sees a complete contrast in subject matter – with a local jewellery specialist talking about her international travels on the hunt for unusual stones.   

The evening also includes a display of end of line boutique clothes – with bubbles and blinis on offer too.   The fun kicks off at 6pm and runs until 8pm.   To book a free place at either or both events contact or call 01905 679300.

Nursing guru and Gervaise Phinn are latest speaking stars
Author and broadcaster Gervaise Phinn and the co-founder of a national charity aimed at improving patient care are among a selection of guest speakers booked to entertain and enlighten family, friends and residents of Fernhill House over the coming months.   

The free talks are open to the wider public and drinks and nibbles are offered for added appeal!   As well as helping set up Kissing it Better, which harnesses the specialist skills of local community groups to make a difference to patients, nurse Jill Fraser has written a comic novel about life in “muddle England.”   

She will be revealing the inspiration behind More tea less vicar at the talk which runs from 6pm until 8pm on Thursday July 13th.   Jill trained at the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing at St Thomas' Hospital in London, was awarded a scholarship by The Kings Fund to work in America and for  the last 20 years she has presented health features for many TV and radio programmes including Woman’s Hour, Newsround and BBC Breakfast Time.   

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 or call 01905 679300.   

* Jill Fraser is one of the line up of guest speakers at Fernhill House  

Craft gin club offers chance to sample specialist beverages – and puds!
The finely stocked bar at Fernhill House will enjoy an extra bit of pizzazz every month – thanks to its membership of a craft gin club. 

Residents can enjoy sampling a specialist gin every month – and carrying on testing it until stocks are depleted.   But never fear – there’ll be another one along soon!   

And creative hospitality manager, award winning chef Chris Williams, used this month’s mystery consignment – Honeybee gin  - to create a mouth-watering take on the traditional Eton mess - Fernhill mess, the recipe for which is below.   

The ethos behind the gin club is to enable members to sample small batch, rare gins from around the world which would not be available anywhere else  – least of all in the supermarket!   

With Fernhill House’s all inclusive price policy, residents can not only quaff as much gin as they like – but meals, wine, tea and cakes for themselves, family and friends whenever they fancy – without paying a penny on top of their monthly fee.   

Friends and family are positively welcomed to join their relative for a cocktail, craft gin, three course dinner or afternoon tea and cake whenever they fancy.    

Recipe for Fernhill mess (makes six)   
Six ready-made meringues,  570 ml double cream,  450g raspberries,  75ml honeybee go   1 x tablespoon of sugar    

Begin by mixing the raspberries, gin and sugar together so the raspberries are covered and slightly macerated. Next whisk the cream until it is firm. Fold the raspberry mix through the cream and then crush the meringues into the mix and give it a final stir.  Finish with finely grated lime zest and voila!!    

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.