Latest News from Barnes Lodge, Tonbridge

Margaret with one of the pupils

School Children Join Care Home Residents for Remembrance Day Activities

Children of Bishop Chavasse Primary School in Tonbridge made their fortnightly visit to the nearby Barnes Lodge Residential Care Home, to join the residents for some Remembrance Day activities.

Jack with his pumpkin

Haunting Halloween Fun at Barnes Lodge

Barnes Lodge Residential Care Home residents enjoyed a day of frighteningly fun themed activities in celebration of Halloween.

Peter and Heather with their displays

Halloween is Frightfully fun at Tonbridge Care Home

Residents of Barnes Lodge Residential Care Home in Tudeley Lane, Tonbridge spent Halloween arranging some spooky floral boo-quets in pumpkins.

Tonbridge Residents Reminisce with Museum Activity

Activity staff of Barnes Lodge Residential Care Home hosted a museum afternoon, inviting residents to share memories of their past and reminisce together.

Ready, Steady, Bake at Barnes Lodge

Inspired by the Great British Bake Off, residents of Barnes Lodge Residential Care Home have been getting stuck into weekly baking sessions.

Green Fingered Residents Enjoy Autumn Gardening

Summer may seem like a distant memory now, but that didn’t stop residents of Barnes Lodge Residential Care Home from sprucing up their garden.

Tonbridge Residents Brighten up Autumn With Flower Displays

With the arrival of the slightly fresher mornings, residents of Barnes Lodge Residential Care Home decided to brighten up a grey day with some beautiful flower displays.

School Children Join Care Home Residents for Swashbucklin’ fun at Pirate Party

A pirate party brought the old and young together at Barnes Lodge Residential Care Home in Tonbridge last week, when residents and year 1 pupils paired up for some adventures.

Barnes Lodge Residents Meet Furry Friends

Firm believers of the benefits of interaction with animals, Barnes Lodge Residential Care Home welcomed some furry friends to their home this week.

Barnes Lodge Residents Celebrate Start of Season With Autumnal Activities

With the leaves turning red and a chill in the air, residents of Barnes Lodge Residential Care Home in Tonbridge hosted an autumnal day of activities to mark the start of the season.

World Alzheimer’s Month: Nicole and Cheryl’s Stories

To mark World Alzheimer’s Month, Rapport Housing & Care is speaking to those working and living in our care homes about their experiences. Cheryl Poyner-Weeks and Nicole Mercer, who work at Barnes Lodge in Tonbridge, shared their stories of working in such a challenging role.

World Alzheimer’s Month: Lindsay’s Story

To mark World Alzheimer’s Month, Rapport Housing & Care is speaking to those working and living in our care homes about their experiences. Lindsay Reece, whose mum, Doreen Embling, lives at Barnes Lodge in Tonbridge, kindly shared her story of choosing a care home for her mum.

Barnes Lodge Residents Dive into Beach day

Summer may be almost over but that didn’t stop residents of Barnes Lodge Residential Care Home spending a day at the seaside, without even needing to leave their home!

Green Fingered Residents Visit Garden Centre

Making the most of the long summer days, residents of Barnes Lodge Residential Care Home in Tonbridge enjoyed a day out at a nearby Garden Centre.

Baking Boosts Wellbeing for Barnes Lodge Residents

The smell of freshly made pies filled the corridors at Barnes Lodge Residential Care Home last week, when residents enjoyed a spot of baking.

Residents Relish Doggy Day Care at Barnes Lodge

Amidst the dog days of summer, residents of Barnes Lodge Residential Care Home in Tonbridge were visited by their furry friend, the local PAT dog.

Barnes Lodge Residents Create Coastal Canvases

Embracing the heatwave, residents of Barnes Lodge Residential Care Home spent some time trying their hand at contemporary art and making their own beach inspired collage canvases.

Barnes Lodge Residents Grab a Pizza the Action

Residents of Barnes Lodge Residential Care Home enjoyed an activity that couldn’t be topped last week, when staff assisted them to create own pizzas.

Life's a Beach at Barnes Lodge

Along with the sunshine, a taste of the seaside came to Barnes Lodge Residential Care Home this week, when residents enjoyed a seafood taster activity.

Barnes Lodge Residents Relish Dog Days

Residents of Barnes Lodge Residential Care Home in Tonbridge welcomed man’s best friend last week, when the Canine Performers dropped in.

Tonbridge Residents Enjoy all the fun of the Fair

Residents of Barnes Lodge Residential Care Home in Tonbridge made the most of the spring heatwave and enjoyed all the fun of the fair, in the comfort of their own garden.

School Children Join Barnes Lodge Residents for Royal Wedding fun

With the Royal Wedding just days away, pupils of Bishop Chavasse Primary School visited residents of Barnes Lodge Care Home in Tonbridge to celebrate the special occasion and prepare for the big day.

Barnes Lodge Residents Welcome Spring

A spot of seasonal flower arranging and rare glimpse of sunshine gave Barnes Lodge Residential Care Home residents a spring in their step this week.

Tonbridge Residents Enjoy Animal Therapy

Residents of Barnes Lodge Residential Care Home in Tonbridge enjoyed a spring day out at the Rare Breeds Centre in Ashford.

Tonbridge Residents Enjoy Cracking Easter Visit From Local School

Following the success of their recent visit to Barnes Lodge Residential Care Home, pupils of Bishop Chavasse Primary School dropped in again this week to create some Easter bonnets with the residents.

Tonbridge Residents Welcome Spring With Beaver Group

Residents of Barnes Lodge Residential Care Home in Tonbridge welcomed the 1st West Malling Beaver Group to help them plant some spring flowers.

Children Deliver Daffodils to Residents for Mother’s Day

Residents of Barnes Lodge Residential Care Home in Tonbridge enjoyed a visit from children at a local school in celebration of Mother’s Day.

Tonbridge Care Home Residents Welcome Chinese New Year

Artistic residents at Barnes Lodge Residential Care Home in Tonbridge rang in the Chinese New Year last week, with a morning of oriental themed crafting.

Residents Enjoy Game of Special Edition Local Monopoly

Residents of Barnes Lodge Residential Care Home in Tonbridge spent an afternoon getting stuck in to the Tunbridge Wells edition of Monopoly.

Burns Night Brings Taste of Scotland to Barnes Lodge

Residents of Barnes Lodge Residential Care Home in Tonbridge gave a toast to the Haggis this Burns Night, enjoying a day of Scottish themed fun.

Beauty Students Pamper Care Home Residents

Beauty students from West Kent College have been spending time at Barnes Lodge Residential Care Home, pampering the residents and improving their skills.

Tonbridge Care Worker Saves Baby’s Life Whilst Shopping

A routine shopping trip took a rather unexpected turn for Natasha Page, a carer at Barnes Lodge Residential Care Home in Tonbridge, when she noticed a baby had stopped breathing.

It’s a Traditional Christmas for Tonbridge Residents

Residents of Barnes Lodge Residential Care Home enjoyed a traditional Christmas Carol Service with a twist, as Baby Jesus dropped in!

Barnes Lodge Residents Have Cupcake Fun

Staff and residents at Barnes Lodge Residential Care Home have been having fun in the kitchen, baking and decorating cupcakes together.

Tonbridge Residents Make Poppies to Remember

Residents of Barnes Lodge Residential Care Home in Tudeley Lane Tonbridge, honoured Remembrance Day last week by making their own poppies.

Green Fingered Residents Visit Broadview Gardens

As the summer ends, residents of Barnes Lodge Residential Care Home made the most of the final warm days by taking a trip to the nearby Broadview Gardens.

Bad Weather Won't Rain on our Parade!

Despite the torrential rain, residents of Barnes Lodge Residential Care Home enjoyed all the fun of the fair, when they got together to celebrate the home’s first birthday on 30th August.

Pampering and Preening is Bliss for Tonbridge Residents

On a rainy Saturday afternoon, staff of Barnes Lodge Residential Care Home decided to treat their residents to a spot of pampering and relaxation.

Tonbridge Residents Branch out for Flower Arranging

With summer in full bloom, residents of Barnes Lodge Residential Care Home spent an afternoon embracing a seasonal activity of flower arranging.

Tonbridge Resident Celebrates 90th Birthday

Barnes Lodge resident, Doreen Hardy, celebrated her 90th birthday on Saturday at the new Tudeley Lane residential care home.

Choir Sings for Tonbridge Residents

Residents at Barnes Lodge Residential Care Home were treated to a special performance by Rochester Choral Society Chamber Choir and Friends.

Care Home's Cupcake Day Raises Cash for Alzheimer's Society

Staff at Barnes Lodge Residential Care Home baked their way to raising £50 for the Alzheimer’s Society, by getting involved with National Cupcake Day.

Tonbridge Residents Welcome Kitten to the Family

They may already have a coop full of chickens in the garden but residents of Barnes Lodge Residential Care Home recently welcomed a new pet to their family.

Barnes Lodge Marks 50th Anniversary

From humble beginnings in Kingswood Road, Gillingham, The Abbeyfield Kent Society has grown to become the biggest independent Abbeyfield in the world. This week, it celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Barnes Lodge Residents Make Feathered Friends

For residents of Barnes Lodge Residential Care Home, Easter was all about a different kind of egg this year, as they welcomed some adorable little chicks to their family.

Tonbridge Residents Enjoy Spring Visit to Manor Park

Residents of Barnes Lodge Care Home welcomed the sunny spring weather and spent an afternoon at Manor Park Country Park in West Malling.

Lord Lieutenant of Kent Officially Opens New Tonbridge Care Home

Together with The Abbeyfield Kent Society’s former Chairman, Bobby Barnes, after whom Barnes Lodge was named, The Viscount Lord De L’Isle officially declared the flagship care home open on 31st March.

Tonbridge Residents Step Into Spring With Flower Arranging

With the sun finally shining and spring looking like it’s on its way, residents of Barnes Lodge Care Home in Tonbridge enjoyed a seasonal activity of flower arranging.

Tonbridge Residents Visit Dame Kelly Holmes’ Cafe

A storm may have been raging outside but that didn’t stop residents of Barnes Lodge Care Home from nipping out to enjoy a cup of tea and slice of cake.

Afternoon of Baking is Icing on Cake for Tonbridge Residents

An exciting afternoon of baking and decorating cupcakes was on the menu for residents of Barnes Lodge Care Home in Tonbridge last week.

Tonbridge Resident Celebrates 100th Birthday With Family and Friends

One hundred year old Gladys Joyce, who has lived with The Abbeyfield Kent Society for 13 years, celebrated her centenary birthday surrounded by her friends at family at Barnes Lodge.

Barnes Lodge Residents Boost Wellbeing With Reminiscence

Residents of Barnes Lodge enjoyed a morning of memory boosting reminiscence, using a variety of tools, including sounds and images.

Manicures and Makeovers at Barnes Lodge

With the frosty weather well and truly underway, residents at Barnes Lodge were treated to an afternoon of pampering in the home’s salon and therapy room.

Tonbridge Residents Dine on Cheese and Wine

Whilst many others are starting their new year diet regime, residents at Barnes Lodge in Tonbridge have been spending the cold and dark afternoons enjoying a little indulgence.

Santa’s Reindeer Visit New Tonbridge Care Home

Christmas spirit was in the air at Barnes Lodge today, when Santa’s reindeer and elves flew in to visit the residents of the new Tonbridge care home.

Local School Choir Joins Residents for Carols

Christmas spirit was in the air at Barnes Lodge this week, when residents of the home were treated to an afternoon of carol singing by pupils of a nearby school.

Meet Santa's Reindeer at Barnes Lodge!

Joined by their elves, Santa's reindeer will be flying into Barnes Lodge on Wednesday 21st December, from 12-4pm.

Barnes Lodge Residents Have Flower Power

Using flowers kindly donated by their local Sainsbury’s store, residents of Barnes Lodge, the Society’s new care home in Tonbridge, brightened up a grey autumn day with a spot of flower arranging.

Former Chairman Visits new Care Home Named in his Honour

The Abbeyfield Kent Society Trustee, Bobby Barnes, who chaired the Society for 17 years, visited the charity’s new care home named in his honour, Barnes Lodge.

Barnes Lodge Residents Take Autumnal Trip to Knole Park

Residents of Barnes Lodge Care Home in Tonbridge embraced the sunny autumnal weather and took a trip to the beautiful Knole Park in Sevenoaks.

Barnes Lodge Resident Reunited With Sister After 16 Years Apart

Jack Angus, a resident at The Abbeyfield Kent Society’s new Tonbridge care home, Barnes Lodge, was reunited with his sister last week, after over a decade apart.

Barnes Lodge's Oldest Resident Celebrates 101st Birthday at 101 bed Care Home

Ivy Busey, a resident at Abbeyfield Kent’s new care home in Tonbridge, celebrated her 101st birthday on Sunday 28th August in her new home, Barnes Lodge.

New Tonbridge Care Home Barnes Lodge Welcomes First Residents

The Abbeyfield Kent Society’s new residential home for older people officially opened this week, welcoming its first residents on 15th August.