What a fantastically warm welcome we received this year when we visited our friends at Henwick Grange Care Home to perform our annual Christmas Carol Concert.
This year I couldn’t help thinking the event was tinged with a little sadness. As the Postcode Anywhere team sang heartily to the elderly residents at the local home, which is literally down the road, it was a time for us to reflect on the many happy times we have spent in the Hallow community.
In the early part of 2013 Postcode Anywhere is moving into state-of-the-art premises in Diglis Basin and saying goodbye to our Hallow postcode. The move is part of the company’s expansion plans to grow the business significantly. The expansive new building will give us the space to fulfil our ambitious growth objectives.
Each year our team of tuneful technologists entertain the elderly with a repertoire of traditional carols and Christmas songs. It has also become a custom to take gifts of chocolates to the annual event, but this year it was particularly poignant as we prepare for our mass exodus across the River Severn.
Postcode Anywhere’s managing director Guy Mucklow said: “It is a little sad that we are leaving Hallow as we have made a lot of friends in the community especially the residents at Henwick Grange, but we’ll only be moving across the water in the geographical sense. I am sure we’ll stay in touch with Dan Vickers, the home’s manager and his dedicated team.”
Part of the Bondcare Group portfolio, Henwick Grange Care Home provides residential, nursing and dementia care for a wide range of elderly needs as well as for people with physical disabilities. The management prides itself on delivering the highest levels of care to its 53 residents which includes an extensive and diverse programme of social activities.
For us as a team we love visiting our friends at Henwick Grange and always have so much fun singing our songs and making merry. This year with so many new recruits it was a fantastically rewarding experience as we know our simple gesture is very much appreciated.
This year it turned out to be a bit of a family occasion for our Operations Director Rachael as her daughter Lottie bravely sang the first verse of Silent Night which was beautiful, reaching all the really high notes with perfect ease.
Rachael and her husband Adrian stood by as very proud parents and I noticed one or two people reaching for their hankies, as she looked and sounded divinely Angelic.
Talking of which we were also treated to a lovely solo by our HR manager Christine who was Good King Wenceslas’s trusty page yet again this year and also has a lovely, pure voice.
There were big surprises from our male chorus as newcomers Mike Young, Mark Hunaban and Neil Majhu added a welcome dimension of volume, which was great as we did miss our MD’s belting voice this year and they certainly compensated.
Neil also rather magnanimously dressed up as Father Christmas and was supported by Tom Gurney who was his little helper – quite tall for an Elf, but nevertheless a very competent assistant and helped Santa give out all the chocolates
After our performance, which was thirsty work, we were treated to mulled wine and mince pies. A wonderful time was had by all.
Henwick Grange’s manager Dan Vickers said: “We naturally wish Guy and his team lots of luck as they embark on their exciting new journey to Diglis. Worcester is a very close community where we all help and support each other and it’s gratifying to see businesses such as Postcode Anywhere continue to thrive in this difficult climate.
“Coming along to visit and entertain us makes such a difference to our residents as they love singing and they love company. The gifts of chocolates from Father Christmas and his little helper were also very well received.
“I can’t thank Guy and his team enough for all of the support that they have given us over the last few years. The kindness of all of the team at Postcode Anywhere is truly admirable. I do hope that we can all keep in touch and perhaps arrange a get together in 2013.”