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Exciting new facilities for residents of Emsworth House

Wednesday, 13 Augusts 2014

Hampshire County Council Chairman, Cllr Colin Davidovitz and the Mayor of Havant, Cllr Mrs Marjorie Smallcorn, opened two new summerhouses in the grounds of Emsworth House, one of the County Council's residential and nursing homes, this week.

Housed within the two summerhouses are The Emsworth Arms pub and the Wodehouse Tearoom - a reference to PG Wodehouse who stayed at Emsworth House early in his career. Both new facilities will enable residents to socialise within the grounds with their relatives and visitors.

Funding for the two summerhouses came from the Friends of Emsworth Community Care and Hampshire County Council as part of its dementia work across the county. Staff at Emsworth House also held a car boot sale and a sponsored run to raise funds to put the finishing touches to the new buildings.

Melanie Brodison, Manager of Emsworth House said, "I'm delighted that with the financial support from the Friends of Emsworth Community Care and the County Council as well as the resourcefulness of our staff in fundraising, that we have these two new buildings where residents can take refreshments. We hope to provide occasional 'restaurant meals' to give the feeling of going out for a meal, something which residents and their relatives had said they would like."

Hampshire County Council Chairman, Cllr Davidovitz, opened the Wodehouse Tea Room and said: "I am sure the residents of Emsworth House will benefit from having both the new tea room and the pub within the grounds here as they are all about getting people together and socialising. I hope that Emsworth House residents and their relatives enjoy many happy hours in the Emsworth Arms and the Wodehouse Tea Rooms."

Some of the County Council's other residential homes have pubs or bars already and the feedback from residents and their relatives has been encouraging, both in terms of social interaction and encouraging residents to drink and thereby helping with hydration.

As part of its programme to make Hampshire Dementia Friendly, the council is looking at all its homes to ensure they offer the very best environments for people with dementia.

In the community the Council has been working with businesses to establish dementia friendly high streets and has appointed 11 dementia ambassadors across Hampshire. It is rolling out awareness training across all Hampshire libraries and starting to go into country parks. All this is in order to raise awareness of dementia, calling on individuals and businesses to embrace the need for more understanding of how to support people with the condition.

The Mayor of Havant, Cllr Mrs Marjorie Smallcorn, opened the Emsworth Arms pub and spoke in praise of the support of the community in bringing the new buildings to realisation.

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