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A Journey of Tastes

A Journey of TastesA Journey of Tastes

Our top chef John Kelly took us on a journey of tastes through the delights of sampling seven different homemade pies on the evening of Friday 13th October. Each guest was served with a small portion of each pie with condiments to match. The photo featured is a sausage, egg and bacon pie with homemade tomato sauce. Nearly everyone managed to taste all seven! We finished with coffee and chocolates.

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QH Umbrellas

QH UmbrellasQH Umbrellas

Our own umbrellas, complete with the Quebec Hall logo, are available to anyone. A great form of advertising! Cost £10 each with proceeds going towards meeting the cost of the lift.

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Bar–B-Q Friday

Bar–B-Q Friday100thBar–B-Q Friday

Bar–B-Q Friday 15th September 4pm. What an amazing time we all had, even though we had to be in the dining room due to the weather being wet and cold. Over 40 folk had some close fellowship and enjoyed eating hotdogs; chicken drumsticks and kebabs with all the condiments followed by various gateaux’s. Our thanks to our chef John and bungalow resident Peter Clay who both did the bar b q for us.

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100th birthday

100th birthday100th birthday

Miss Kay Bidewell, one of our residents, celebrated her 100th birthday on 8th September 2017 with a card from the Queen and as you can see from the photos, an amazing 100th birthday cake and lots of flowers! Kay received over 100 cards and her picture was in the Eastern Daily Press, the Dereham News and the Norwich Evening News. What an inspiration Kay is to us all.

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Three's Company

Three's CompanyThree's Company

Saturday 2nd September. Once again we were entertained by Penny, her husband and friend known as Three’s Company. Many popular music hall songs were sung and soloist pieces by Penny and the cellist. A lovely relaxing Saturday afternoon

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Themed Evening Meal - Scotland

Themed Evening Meal - ScotlandThemed Evening Meal - Scotland

What an amazing time we had at our Themed Evening Meal this year. A trip to Scotland for the evening was enjoyed by 32 very happy guests.

It was a very memorable evening especially as we had a Scott’s piper in full regalia. You will see from some of the photos how good it was. Please see our website for more photos.

Our thanks to our chef John Kelly, his wife Lynne, sister Kath and all the team who helped make it such a special occasion on the evening.

  

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Lift project

Lift projectLift project

The final chapter has been written in a 16-month construction saga to update an 18th century castle with a 21st century access facility for today’s retirement home residents.

The mayor of Dereham, Hilary Bushell, was joined by her deputy Thomas Monument and Breckland District councillor and Cabinet member Alison Webb, to cut a ribbon marking the opening of a new £180,000 lift at the town’s Quebec Hall complex.

Before taking a ceremonial ride in the lift Miss Bushell, acknowledged that progress of the project had been fraught with “ups and downs” due to the technical difficulties of marrying a modern lift tower to a listed building.  

The four-storey Quebec Hall, or Quebec Castle as it was once known, is a landmark country house constructed in 1759 by a wealthy brewing family. It was established as a home for retired Christians in 1960 and now has 21 residents, plus an associated complex of 43 retirement bungalows.

Welcoming civic guests, residents, staff, architect Kevin Garnham and representatives of Iceni Lifts, Colin Wooden, chairman of the management trustees, said there were times when he wondered whether the project would ever be completed. Reading a Psalm of praise he thanked God that the plans had come to fruition – and that the necessary finance had been found.

Gifts from other charities, churches and individual well-wishers had been added to by a variety of fundraising initiatives by staff and residents – including photographic calendars, a book of poetry and sales of paintings produced by the home’s own art group.

The event concluded with a cream tea, during which Mr Wooden was presented with a framed photograph of the hall and gardening vouchers to mark his retirement from the Board of Trustees after 13 years service – a retirement he had delayed to see the lift project through to its conclusion.

The presentation was made by Mr Wooden’s successor as chairman, Mr Martin Boyce.

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Themed Evening Meal - Scotland

Themed Evening Meal - ScotlandThemed Evening Meal - Scotland

What an amazing time we had at our Themed Evening Meal this year. A trip to Scotland for the evening was enjoyed by 32 very happy guests.

It was a very memorable evening especially as we had a Scott’s piper in full regalia. You will see from some of the photos how good it was. Please see our website for more photos.

Our thanks to our chef John Kelly, his wife Lynne, sister Kath and all the team who helped make it such a special occasion on the evening.

  

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Cream Tea

Cream TeaCream Tea

We enjoyed our fist Cream Tea of the year and what a delight it was. We were blessed with some exceptionally good weather and enough scones to feed an army!

As you can see from the photos everyone enjoyed the afternoon. A very big thank you to our chef John Kelly and staff member Margaret Seekings who made all the home made scones. Thank you also to Rebecca Woods, Karen, Lynne and staff who worked on the afternoon to help make it such a success.

  

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Indoor Bowls

Indoor BowlsIndoor Bowls

We enjoyed a first at Quebec Hall on Wednesday 17th May with an indoor bowls and fruit tasting afternoon.

Two teams came together to battle it out and the winning team was the Yellow Team which our Deputy Head of Care Lynne Kelly was part of.

Our Head of Care Karen Vertigan was unfortunately on the losing team – Blue Team. Great fun was had by all and all enjoyed the fruit tasting.

We are thankful to Carrah from our local Tesco store for organising this for us.

  

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Gt. British Pudding

Gt. British PuddingGt. British Pudding

What an amazing evening we had on Friday 28th April, sampling the delights cooked by our very own chef, John Kelly.

The “Gt. British Pudding Night” was a first for Quebec Hall and what a delight it was for those who came along.

There were 10 puddings to sample and all bar one was home made by John. Everyone enjoyed being able to sample the very tasty puddings, you can see some in the photo.

7 folk managed to sample all 10 puddings helped with plenty of tea throughout the night. There was also a chef’s quiz to see who could guess the chef’s top 10 puddings in order but unfortunately no one came close.

Everyone received a chocolate to finish the evening. The Gt. British Pie Night is on 6th October!

  

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St.Withburga Ringers

St.Withburga RingersSt.Withburga Ringers

We were privileged to have with us again this year the St.Withburga Ringers. There were nine in the group and they played many well-known hymns and tunes and were very well received.

There was also time for some of the audience to have a go too! Refreshments were served afterwards.

  

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Quiz Night With Fish & Chips

Quiz Night with fish & chipsQuiz Night with fish & chips

We enjoyed our first Quiz Night with fish & chips of the year on Friday March 17th 2017.

It was, as always great fun and the fish & chips were very tasty! The wining team was “The Tuttlers” who have won now for the second time in a row.

Well done “The Tuttlers”! As always the team that comes last receive consolation prizes and would you believe that our manager Mark Woodgett, was again on the team that came last!! That is now the fourth time he has either been on the wining team or the team that came last! He obviously likes the prizes. He says it was not by the design, we believe him!

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Art Exhibition

Art ExhibitionArt Exhibition

A lot of hard work went into preparing for our Art Exhibition and our thanks to trustee Philip Parfitt, staff members Margaret Seekings and John Kelly for helping to put this show on.

You will see from the photo our chef John helping with the chees tasting, he also carved a couple or pears into mice!

We raised over £130.00 on the afternoon and our thanks too to the many exhibits from those in our Art Club.

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Sprowston Bell Plate Ringer

Sprowston Bell Plate RingerSprowston Bell Plate Ringer

We were very privileged to have with us for the very last time the Sprowston Bell Plate Ringers. The group are disbanding due to the organisers of the group moving away to be closer to family. Their repertoire had again increased significantly since last year and included some amazing quartet singing; anecdotes, humorous readings set to character, and of course the Bell Plate Ringing! Everyone who came along enjoyed listening to the group. Refreshments were enjoyed afterwards.

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“Three’s Company”

Three’s Company“Three’s Company”

We were entertained by a new group to play at Quebec Hall, “Three’s Company” who consist of a key board player; a cellist and a singer. They played many Roger’s & Hammerstein numbers as well as many popular songs from well-known musicals. They were very well received and we look forward to them coming back to play to us in September. 

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Cowper cub Pack

Cowper cub PackCowper cub Pack

A visit from the William Cowper cub Pack. They entertained all with carols, recorder, ukulele, guitar and piano recitals.

Also dance, jokes and a martial arts demonstration! The young people numbered nearly 30 and they were unafraid to show off their talents. After welcoming refreshments the cubs spent a long time talking with residents and friends alike which was very much enjoyed. We thank them for coming along each year.

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Salvation Army Singers

Salvation Army SingersSalvation Army Singers

Everyone present enjoyed being entertained by the Salvation Army Singers when they visited Quebec Hall on 8th December last.

Meeting in the main lounge, it was good preparation for us all to remember the reason for the joyous season of Christmas. We pass on thanks to all from the Salvation Army who do much to help us present the Good News of the coming into the world of God’s Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Victorian Carols

Victorian CarolsVictorian Carols

A lovely time of listening to Billy J Wells play the obo to some favourite tunes and carols. As you can see from one of the photos; Richard Lee, Eileen Parfitt and Graham Lewis all dressed for the Victorian experience.

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Quiz night with fish & chips

Quiz night with fish & chipsQuiz night with fish & chips

What an amazing evening we had with our second quiz night of the year on Friday 21st October. The fish & chips were very tasty! Seven teams battled for the accolade of Top Team and “The Tuttlers” won that accolade. Well done to Ted, one of our bungalow residents, and his team as pictured. Amazingly, Karen and Mark, Head of Care and General Manager, were on the team that came last, “The Guzzlers” and this is the 4th time now that Mark has won a prize!! It was truly a fun evening!

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Coffee Morning 2016

Coffee Morning 2016Coffee Morning 2016

Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Care held on 1st October 2016. We enjoyed a lovely time of fellowship and eating a great many cakes in aid of Macmillan Cancer Care. We were welcomed by one of our Trustees Martin Boyce who thanked our staff for making the cakes and gave thanks to God. We raised £325.00 for the Macmillan charity.

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Open Day 2016

Open Day 2016Open Day 2016

We celebrated our Open Day on Saturday September 17th and gave thanks to God for all the many blessings He pours out on us here at Quebec Hall. We enjoyed hearing reports from Karen Vertigan, Head of Care and Mark Woodgett, General Manager as well as a report from Martin Boyce, one of our Trustees. We enjoyed fellowship, friendship and God’s Word from speaker Reverend John Rose.

Many folk were able to look around Quebec Hall and look in four various bungalows that were open for viewing. We thank all those who opened their bungalows and all the staff who worked on the day to help our residents. Our thanks go to Lynne and John Kelly and Kath Crammer for providing such a wonderful spread of food. We thank Kate Bush, one of our supervisors who baked the wonderful cake which was on display and tasted very good too.

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Second Cream Tea Wednesday 20th July

Second Cream Tea Wednesday 20th JulySecond Cream Tea Wednesday 20th July

We had our second Cream Tea of the year on Wednesday July 20th at 3pm. We were blessed this time with a very warm day and plenty of sunshine. We had to have the parasols up and many of our residents; bungalow residents, friends and family enjoyed a lovely afternoon with those delicious scones!

Our thanks to the team of staff who made the afternoon such a success

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Cream Tea Wednesday 29th June

Cream Tea Wednesday 29th JuneCream Tea Wednesday 29th June

What a fantastic time we had celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday with a party in the afternoon of the 12th June alongside many thousands of others up and down the country. As you can see from the photos we decorated the lounge and many folk enjoyed the tea and cake.

One of our bungalow residents, Dick Lee provided back ground music for us and towards the end of the afternoon we sang Land of Hope & Glory and God Save the Queen. Our thanks to Margaret and staff who helped decorate the lounge and provide all the lovely cakes.

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Queen’s 90th birthday

Queen’s 90th birthdayQueen’s 90th birthday

What a fantastic time we had celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday with a party in the afternoon of the 12th June alongside many thousands of others up and down the country. As you can see from the photos we decorated the lounge and many folk enjoyed the tea and cake.

One of our bungalow residents, Dick Lee provided back ground music for us and towards the end of the afternoon we sang Land of Hope & Glory and God Save the Queen. Our thanks to Margaret and staff who helped decorate the lounge and provide all the lovely cakes.

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Themed Evening meal

Themed Evening mealThemed Evening meal

This time we went to Finland. A very big THANK YOU to Soili & Peter Clay who put so much into helping the event go so well. Soili is originally from Finland and helped our cook Johanne choose; prepare and cook the food that was served on the evening. 34 guests were treated to a wonderful evening of canapés in the lounge and a sumptuous sit down meal in our dining room.

As you can see from our photos the evening was a great success. Well done Soili and Joe.

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Sprowston Bell plate Ringers

Sprowston Bell plate RingersSprowston Bell plate Ringers

We were entertained by the Sprowston Bell plate Ringers on Friday 15th April in the dining room. Their repertoire has increased significantly over the years they have been visiting Quebec Hall and now includes some amazing trio singing; anecdotes, humorous readings set to character and of course the Bell Plate Ringing! Everyone who came along enjoyed their selves, especially Graham and Raymond (two of our bungalow folk) who took part and made it look so easy!!  Well done to all. Refreshments were served afterwards.

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Quiz with Fish and Chips

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We held our Art Exhibition in our newly furnished dining room and you can see from the photos there was a very high standard of various paintings for sale. Proceeds going to our lift fund. You can see Trustee Philip Parfitt and staff member Margaret Seekings who helped to put on the Art Exhibition and sale. They also run our Art Club each month.

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Art Exhibition 2016

Art Exhibition 2016Art Exhibition 2016

We held our Art Exhibition in our newly furnished dining room and you can see from the photos there was a very high standard of various paintings for sale. Proceeds going to our lift fund. You can see Trustee Philip Parfitt and staff member Margaret Seekings who helped to put on the Art Exhibition and sale. They also run our Art Club each month.

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1st William Cowper Cub Packs on Monday 14th December

1st William Cowper Cub Packs on Monday 14th December1st William Cowper Cub Packs on Monday 14th December

We were privileged to have two Cub Packs entertain us with carols; poems, songs and piano recitals. They were very brave as some had volunteered to read a poem and play the recorder and sing on their own! They spent some time afterwards talking to our residents while enjoying some refreshments.

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Salvation Army Band on Thursday 10th December

Salvation Army Band on Thursday 10th DecemberSalvation Army Band on Thursday 10th December

We very much enjoyed being entertained by the Salvation Army Band again this year. This time in the main lounge! It was a very joyous occasion.

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St. Withburga Ringers on Monday 7th December

St. Withburga Ringers on Monday 7th DecemberSt. Withburga Ringers on Monday 7th December

We were entertained again this year by the St.Withburga Ringers who played a very festive programme for us. They were with us at the beginning of the year in March.

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Victorian Carols on Tuesday 1st December

Victorian Carols on Tuesday 1st DecemberVictorian Carols on Tuesday 1st December

Just look at these amazing photos of some of the folk who dressed up for our Victorian Carols. It was a great afternoon singing carols to the accompaniment of obo player Billy J Wells.

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Quiz Night with Fish & Chips Friday 9th October

Quiz Night with Fish & Chips Friday 9th OctoberQuiz Night with Fish & Chips Friday 9th October

What a fantastic time we had at our last Quiz Night of the year. We had an amazing 45 folk split into 7 teams. This was the first time we had to turn folk away as so many people wanted to join in. The fish & chips were very tasty.

The team called “Sparklers” won some lovely prizes of chocolate. Would you believe the team that came last had some consolation prizes and our General Manager Mark happened to be on this team! That’s the third time he has been on a team and won something, the first two times on the winning teams! 

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Summer Bar-B-Q

Summer Bar-B-QSummer Bar-B-Q

We decided to have our Summer Bar-B-Q earlier this year as the last couple of years had not been to go weather wise. It paid off! God provided some excellent weather and many folks enjoyed sausages, chicken drum sticks and kebabs with all the usual condiments and salads. As you can see from one of the photos one of our residents showed us all how to eat a kebab!

We hired a marquee for just over a week to ensure all the events – Family Day Afternoon, Cream Tea and Bar-B-q could be held outside whatever the weather.  Our thanks and appreciation go to all who made these events possible in the preparation, the wonderful food and the clearing down. A lot of hard work was put into it and as always it was well worth the effort. All enjoyed the summer programme of events. Please look at our Gallery section of our website for more photos.

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Lynne Kelly

Lynne KellyLynne Kelly

We have pleasure in announcing that one of our staff, Mrs Lynne Kelly, has celebrated working 25 years at Quebec Hall on 2nd August. She started on 2nd August 1990!! Lynne started as a carer and covered some night shifts before working her way up to become a full time supervisor and then Deputy Care Manager.

All of us here at Quebec Hall extend our heartfelt thanks and appreciation for all she does here at Quebec Hall and always going that extra mile to ensure our residents and staff are well looked after. You can see from the photos that Lynne enjoyed her day celebrating with staff.

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Cream Tea

Cream TeaCream Tea

Our second Cream Tea of the year took place on the 15th July and this time we were blessed with some fine weather to be able to have everyone outside. It was a great time of fellowship and seeing who could eat the most amount of scones. We think Bob Caldwell lead the field this time!.

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Family Day Afternoon

Family Day AfternoonFamily Day Afternoon

Our first ever Family Day Afternoon took place on Saturday 11th July from 2.30pm onwards. As you can see from the photos we had a bouncy castle which was great fun for the children. Some adults played on it later but do not tell anyone! The children also had face painting, a paddling pool and enjoyed jelly, biscuits and ice cream. The adults enjoyed watching the children have fun and also enjoyed a wonderful hog roast.

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Themed Evening Meal on 1st May

Themed Evening Meal on 1st MayThemed Evening Meal on 1st May

Our 5th Themed Evening Meal was held on Friday 1st May starting at 7pm. This year we went to Thailand. You will see from the photos that it did indeed look very much like a Thai restaurant. Please see all the photos on our website gallery. We served 32 guests with some sumptuous authentic Thai cuisine, all cooked by staff member Joanne Fletcher. The evening was a great success and all thanks to the staff team who made the night such a special occasion. Our special thanks to Aline and Jo.

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First Cream Tea of the year

First Cream Tea of the year First Cream Tea of the year

We had our first Cream Tea of the year on Wednesday 10th June at 3pm. It was long awaited by our manager Mark Woodgett who simply can’t wait for them. The afternoon was dedicated to Mervyn Hodkinson who is a resident of Quebec Hall but unable to attend the afternoon in person.

A tray with scones, butter, jam, cream and strawberries were taken up to Mervyn and his wife Beryl. Mervyn and Mark still hold the record of how many scones eaten at our Cream Teas. We sang Happy Birthday to one of our residents Mary Howe’s and had a bookstall from our local Christian bookshop Green Pastures.

Audrey Juby and Marion Strudwick, two of our bungalow residents, also had a stall selling goods for our Lift Fund.  Oh! We also enjoyed a fabulous afternoon with guests of around 42 people eating our way through many scones!

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Sprowston Bell Plate Ringers

Sprowston Bell Plate Ringers Sprowston Bell Plate Ringers

We were privileged to have the Sprowston Bell Plate Ringers with us again on Friday the 24th April. They entertained us with their bell plate ringing; singing quartet, bible readings, poems and prayers. All enjoyed a wonderful evening.

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Quiz night with fish & chips

Quiz night with fish & chips Quiz night with fish & chips

Quiz night with fish & chips We enjoyed our first Quiz Night of the year on Friday 27th March when 45 folks battled through eight rounds to see who would be the winners. The team “Progressives” came first. It was good to see quite a few new folks for the first time. Well done Eric, Ruth, Ted and his son and daughter in law in winning the first prize. Karen and Lynne did well on their team in winning consolation prizes for coming last, again! Still, Mark’s team was only one point behind them!

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St.Withburga Ringers

A St.Withburga Ringers St.Withburga Ringers

We were entertained once again by the St.Withburga Ringers on 3rd March with around 22 people attending. There was also time set aside during the afternoon for folk in the audience to take part. It was a very enjoyable afternoon’s entertainment with refreshments which followed. Can you spot who one of the bell ringers were from the audience?

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Art Exhibition and sale

Art Exhibition and sale Art Exhibition and sale

We enjoyed a lovely afternoon on Wednesday 18th February looking at the amazing art collection put together by the Quebec Hall Art Class. We raised £100 for our new lift fund and our thanks to the organisers – Philip, Christine & Anabel Parfitt, Bob Caldwell and Margaret Seekings. Please see more photos on the gallery section of our website.

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Christmas Day!

Christmas Day with happy residents Christmas Day 2014

As you can see from the lovely photo, many of our residents and bungalow residents enjoyed a wonderful Christmas Day roast Turkey with all the trimmings. We thank the cook on the day, Lisa Horne and all the staff for their hard work in making it such a lovely day.

We even had the real Father Christmas in before he finished for the day to give out presents to all our residents in the Hall! Two of our residents organised Carol singing in the afternoon and with a wonderful Christmas tea with that amazing Christmas cake, rounded off a very special day where we all rejoiced and remembered the real reason for this Season – The Lord Jesus Christ.

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Christmas Cake

Christmas Cake Victorian Carols

One of our cooks, Kate Bush, designed and made our Christmas cake which was very well received by all. Very tasty it was too!

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Victorian Carols

Victorian Carols Victorian Carols

We enjoyed a wonderful afternoon with a Victorian theme on Tuesday 16th December. We were entertained by Billy J Wells playing a clarinet with backing music. Most of the time was spent singing carols along with some arrangements Billy had put together especially for the afternoon. We said next year perhaps everyone can dress up in Victorian attire!

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William Cowper Cub Pack

William Cowper Cub Pack

We were entertained again this festive season by the Cub Pack who put on a puppet show of the Nativity. Many of our residents and bungalow residents enjoyed the evening, especially when the cubs sang the carols.

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Salvation Army Cameo Singers Salvation Army visit

The dining room was packed to bursting on the afternoon of the visit from the Salvation Army Cameo Singers. Many bungalow residents came to join our home residents for a very merry gathering, several familiar carols were enjoyed by all, followed by tea and mince pies

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Quiz night of the year

Quiz night of the year Quiz night of the year

We held our second Quiz night of the year with fish & chips on 10th October with 5 teams battling it out for the accolade of “Winning Team” To our amazement our manager Mark Woodgett was again on the winning team!

They called themselves “Grass Roots” It was in fact a closely fought evening with much merriment and the fish & chips were good too! Our Head of Care Karen Vertigan was on the team that got consolation prizes for coming last. Both Karen & Mark one prizes!

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Marion Coleman 100th Birthday

Marion Coleman 100th Birthday Marion Coleman 100th Birthday

Quebec Hall helped one of their residents, Marion Coleman, to celebrate her 100th Birthday with family on Monday 8th September 2014.

Marion is pictured with her birthday cake, a card from the Queen and family. From Left to right; Molly (great granddaughter), Jo (granddaughter) Lottie (great granddaughter – twin), Jenny (daughter), Karen (Head of Care at Quebec Hall), Clare (granddaughter), Annie (great granddaughter – twin). Marion enjoyed a wonderful afternoon celebrating her 100th birthday by having afternoon tea with her family and received many cards and flowers.

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Summer Bar-B-Q

Summer Bar-B-Q Summer Bar-B-Q

We had our Summer Bar-B-Q on Saturday 30th August. Many or our Quebec Hall and Bungalow residents came along with family and friends.

The weather was unfortunately a bit overcast so we served folk in our patio garden and also in our dining room. Our thanks to staff member Jo Fletcher and bungalow resident Peter Clay for cooking the food for us

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Hog Roast 19.07.14

Hog Roast 19.07.14 Hog Roast

We enjoyed our very first Hog Roast at Quebec Hall on Saturday 19th July, one week after our very successful Open Day. It was allot to do, three events in just one week, but the hog roast fished the week perfectly. Another beautiful evening where around 52 folk enjoyed a perfectly cooked hog with apple sauce, rice dish and salads. There were also two different trifles and strawberries and cream for pudding. What more could anyone want!

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Cream Tea 16.07.14

Cream Tea 16.07.14 Cream Tea 16.07.14

What a fantastic day to have a Cream Tea! The Lord blessed us with a bright sunny day. Around 45 folk enjoyed some wonderful scones with jam, cream and strawberries. Looks like the manager Mark still holds the record of how many can be eaten in one afternoon!

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What an amazing afternoon!

What an amazing afternoon! What an amazing afternoon!

What an amazing afternoon we had celebrating our Open Day on 12th July 2014. Around 170 folk came to celebrate at a Thanksgiving Service held by Quebec Hall. We were blessed with a sunny afternoon which enabled us to have tea in the picturesque garden and in the marquee. Our Chairman of Trustees Colin Wooden led the Thanksgiving Service. Reports were given by General Manager Mark Woodgett and Head of Care Karen Vertigan.

Our speaker for the day was David Honeyball. You will see a cake made especially for the day by staff member Kate. The food was exceptional and provided by staff member Lynne, her husband John, and staff member Kathy. Many staff helped on the day to ensure all went well.

All details of the day will be on our next Newsletter. These photos are a sneak preview. Please see more on our Gallery section of our web site.

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First Cream Tea of the year – Wednesday 11th June 2014

First Cream Tea of the year First Cream Tea of the year

We enjoyed a wonderful afternoon celebrating our first cream tea of the season with glorious weather. We had to put a couple of parasols up for those who wanted to sit in the shade.

Around 40 folk tucked into some amazing scones with jam, cream and strawberries and all helped down with endless cups of tea. Thanks to all the staff who helped to make it a great success – Karen; Margaret, Aline, Annabel, Jo and Sammy.”

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CQC unannounced visit

Salvation Army Singers CQC unannounced visit

Quebec Hall had an unannounced visit from the Care Quality Commission(CQC) on 7th April 2014. This visit lasted a whole day and you can see the findings from the Inspection Report.

We are pleased that CQC found we are looking after our residents very well and met all the necessary standards. We have addressed the Requirements relating to workers by making sure no new staff start at Quebec Hall without having two satisfactory references first.

Please download here the inspection full report

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South Africa trip

South Africa trip South Africa trip

We enjoyed a fabulous evening on Friday May 2nd when we took a trip to South Africa! It was our 4th annual Themed Evening Meal and this time the turn of South Africa.

As you can see by the photos, our team of staff and helpers did an amazing job of decorating the Hall so it looked like we were in fact there in South Africa.

A very big thank you to all who came and enjoyed the evening and an even bigger thank you to our team who made the evening possible: Jo, John, Lynne, Alini and her family, Laurie, Karen and Mark. Please look at more of the photos taken on the evening on the gallery section of our website.

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Sprowston Bell Plate Ringers

Sprowston Bell Plate Ringers Sprowston Bell Plate Ringers

We were entertained by the Sprowston Bell Plate Ringers on 25th April 2014. They played a wonderful programme with the bell plates and sang some lovely songs as part of a quartet too! You will see that some or our residents took part too!

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Quiz Night with fish & chips

Hall of Art Quiz Night

We enjoyed our first Quiz Night with fish & chips on Friday 4th April. Everyone enjoyed a great evening, much laughter and the fish & chips were good too! Six teams battled it out and the winning team was “The Diners Club” Amazingly Karen, Lynne and Mark were all on the winning team! It is the first time for eight years that this has happened. Well done to all those who took part and we look forward to the next one in October.

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CQC approval

Hall of Art Residents new room

Our two new rooms were given CQC approval on the 18th March 2014. We converted bungalow 44 which was a two bedroom bungalow and divided it up into two new rooms with ensuites. One of the rooms is big enough to have as a double room. We have also made one of the small rooms into a resident’s toilet which now gives us two residents’ toilets on the ground floor. We have refurbished all the rooms with new paint and decor plus new carpets and all new furniture with new hospital style beds.

We have linked the corridor of the two new rooms via a new purpose built passageway to the ground floor lounge of the Hall. We would like to thank all the tradesman who helped on this project which took a little over three months to complete. Our new residents came into their new rooms on 22nd March 2014

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Open Day

Open Day Open Day flyer

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Hall of Art

Hall of Art Residents and visitors viewing the work

Quebec Hall, a Christian retirement home here in Dereham, held its first exhibition of art by residents on Wednesday. Residents of the Hall and surrounding bungalows, encouraged by staff and trustees, meet regularly once a month and engage in water colour, and acrylic painting, drawing and encaustic art. Some have been able to pursue their chosen art form throughout their lives and are very happy to be able to continue with this at the home.

Others have never had the opportunity or inclination to do so but have been surprised at their achievements with just a little help. It is a very happy group of a dozen or so people who are relaxing, sharing and learning with each other. Materials and refreshments are provided by the home and the results of the past years work were on display for other residents and friends to enjoy.

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December 9th – Salvation Army Band

December 9th – Salvation Army Band Salvation Army Band

We were privileged to have the Cameo Singers from the Salvation Army entertain us with the story of Jesus told through bible verses and carols and traditional Army hymns accompanied by tambourines. 14 of our 19 Hall residents were able to join in as were many of our bungalow residents and guests.

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December 16th – Cub Pack visit

December 16th – Cub Pack visit Cub Pack

Our residents were entertained by the 1st Dereham Cub Pack on 16th December. They sung Carols and told of how they got to accomplish their favourite badges. They enjoyed talking to our residents afterwards and our residents very much enjoyed talking to them.

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New Trustees – David Harley & Philip Parfitt

We are very pleased to announce that we have two new Trustees; David Harley and Philip Parfitt. This will bring the team up to 6. Praise God for His provision. We pray that all of our Trustees will know Gods leading and guiding in all they do for Quebec Hall.

New Trustees – David Harley & Philip Parfitt David Harley New Trustees – David Harley & Philip Parfitt Philip Parfitt

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November 8th – Fireworks with soup & hot dogs

November 8th – Fireworks with soup & hot dogs Bottle tops for charity

Our Ladies knitting group were busy knitting all these bottle tops for charity. Well done to all who knitted these bottle tops.

What a fantastic time we had! A fantastic firework display split in two halves with hot soup and hotdogs. It rained all evening but did not stop our manager Mark Woodgett and his wife Clare from giving us a wonderful display. Mark did get very wet! Clare had an umbrella!

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Biggest Ever Coffee Morning

We had a very successful morning in raising lots of money for Macmillan Cancer Care and were able to sample some delicious cakes too! £250.67 was raised. A very big thank you to all who gave so generously.

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Quiz Night with fish & chips

Quiz Night with fish & chips Quiz Night with fish & chips Quiz Night with fish & chips Quiz Night with fish & chips

The team “The Methodites” won and as you can see from the photos a good time was had by all. Much fun and laughter from all who played and enjoyed a great time of fellowship. There were 7 teams and 45 playing. Our manager and Deputy Head of care were on the team that came third! They have in the past come further down the field and even been last.

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Planning Permission

Quebec Hall is seeking planning permission to convert one of our two bedroom bungalows into two rooms with ensuites and attach to the hall via the down stairs lounge. This will give us a further two rooms on the ground floor.

We are also seeking planning permission for a new lift. This would be built on the back of the hall adjacent to the current one which is very old and in need of replacement. We look to God to provide all that we need.

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Kairos Care S.A.

Kairos Care S.A. Kairos Care Kairos Care S.A. Kairos Care Kairos Care S.A. Kairos Care

Two of our staff members, Aline Santos and Johanne Fletcher, have joined the Kairos Care South Africa charity, which helps to look after those in need. They are busy fund raising for the charity and started by having a Tea Party on Saturday 20th July. The founder of the charity will be speaking at Quebec Hall on Monday 9th September.

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Bar-b-q. Saturday 24th August

Bar-b-q BBQ Bar-b-q BBQ Bar-b-q BBQ

For the second year running we had to come inside for the Bar-b-q held on Saturday 24th August. It did not stop us having a great time with over 50 residents and guests in the dining room, 7 in the gazebo and a further 4 in the summer house! We had two top chefs bar-b-q the food for 66 residents and guests. Peter Clay, (bungalow resident), Johanne Fletcher, (Quebec Hall cook). Karen Vertigan, Lynne Kelly, Aline Santos and Mark Woodgett helped to serve everyone at their tables.

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Cream Tea. Wed. June 17th

Cream Tea Cream Tea Cream Tea Cream Tea

Our second Cream Tea of the year was held on a glorious sunny summer’s afternoon. Parasols were up and around 50 residents and guests enjoyed wonderful freshly homemade scones with fresh cream and strawberries. Just look at table laid out with all those lovely scones ready to eat!

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Cream Tea. Wed. June 12th

Cream Tea Cream Tea Cream Tea Cream Tea

Our first Cream Tea of the year was held on a rather windy day and we were not able to put the parasols up! Allot of freshly homemade scones with fresh cream and strawberries were eaten. The record we think is still held by Mervyn Hodkinson, one of our bungalow residents! Or is it our manager Mark woodgett?

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“Out & About” singing group. Mon. June 3rd

“Out & About” singing group Out & About

We enjoyed a sing along with the “out and About” singing group on Monday June 3rd. Over 20 folk entertained residents in the dining room for over an hour. Many of the well known songs were sung by everyone as song sheets were provided.

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Coffee morning for Hearing dogs. Saturday. 20th April

Coffee morning Coffee morning

Quebec Hall now host’s a second Coffee Morning each year, this time for Hearing dogs. As you can see from the photo, there were many tasty cakes to eat. Mr Holmes continues to carry on from his late wife and has helped to raise well over £2000.

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CQC unannounced visit

Salvation Army Singers CQC unannounced visit

We received an unannounced CQC (Care Quality Commission) visit on 16th May and we have been told that all the Care Standards that were reviewed were meeting all of these standards.

Please download here the inspection full report

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Greek Evening Meal

Greek Evening Meal Greek Evening Greek Evening Meal Culinary delights Greek Evening Meal Culinary delights

We held our third “Themed Evening Meal” on Friday 3rd May. 30 guests had a fabulous evening being wined and dined in Greek style. As you can see from the photo’s, there was culinary delights fit for a king”.

We have already been talking about where to go next year!

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Quiz Night

Quiz Night Residents in Quiz Night Quiz Night Residents in Quiz Night

As already mentioned we had to reschedule our Quiz Night with fish & chips to Friday 5th April.

A good time was had by all. The winning team was “The Rebels” Well done to them and well done to all those who took part.

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Salvation Army Singers

Salvation Army Singers Salvation Army Singers choir

Dec. 3rd A packed dining room listened to the Salvation Army Singers Christmas programme. This included much delight when they played a couple of songs with tambourines. Refreshments and mince pies were very welcome afterwards.

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William Cowper Cub Pack

William Cowper Cub Pack William Cowper Cub Pack choir

We were entertained by the William Cowper Cub Pack on Dec. 10th. There was much laughter especially when they sang some of their camp fire songs. The Cub Pack also sang some carols and told the story of the birth of Jesus through a puppet show.

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Christmas Displays

Christmas Displays Christmas tree
Christmas Displays Christmas tree

Pictures of our Christmas displays in the stairwell and in the lounge. We thank Margaret Seekings for all her hard work in dressing the trees and making the doves which were hand painted.

Harry Squirrell Birthday Christmas cake

Our Christmas cake was made by our top chefs, Kathy Crammer and Johanne Fletcher. A lot of time and effort was put into this and Johanne decorated the cake.

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Art Class

Art Class Art Class session

Quebec Hall has its very own Art Class which was started by the Rev’d. Phillip Parfitt. They meet once a month now. We look to hold a Gallery Viewing some time later this year.

Quebec Hall Art Club Quebec Hall Art Club

The Quebec Hall Art Club has increased in number and as you can see from this photo. We look to have a Gallery showing later in the year.

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Harry Squirrell Birthday

Harry Squirrell Birthday Harry’s Birthday cake

This was the cake that one of our residents – Harry Squirrell, was given on his birthday. Harry is an artist and one of our cook’s, Kate Bush, thought of the themed cake, which she made and decorated.

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NEW TRUSTEE

New Trustee Mr Andrew Bash

We welcome to the board of trustees, Mr Andrew Bash.  Andy is married to Karen, has three adult children and lives at Mattishall. He has been actively involved in Christian service for 35 years, an elder at Mattishall Evangelical Church, and a freelance journalist by occupation. His experience will add greatly to the work at Quebec Hall and valued by other trustees.

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WEB PAGE ADDITION

Our website has been updated with a Donation button for all that may wish to donate to the work of Quebec Hall. Just click on the “Donate now” button and you will be taken to a link under Give.Net which is powered by Stewardship.

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FIREWORKS 2012

>FIREWORKS 2012Fireworks

Our biggest attendance, around 80 people, enjoyed a fantastic display of fireworks with soup and hotdogs on Friday 2nd Nov. Praise the Lord for providing good weather!

>FIREWORKS 2012Fireworks

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QUIZ & CHIPS

QUIZ & CHIPS Quiz & Chips

Our popular quiz night with fish & chips was held on the night of 12th October. As you can see from our photo, many teams battled it out, but there can only be one team winner. The team “ This happy breed” came 1st. Well done!

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COFFEE & CAKE

COFFEE & CAKE Coffee & Cake

September 22nd saw us host “The Biggest Ever Coffee Morning” in aid of Macmillan Cancer Care. As always some amazingly tasty cakes were enjoyed.

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LADIES KNITTING GROUP

LADIES KNITTING GROUPLadies knitting group

Tuesday 5th Sept saw the Ladies Knitting Group celebrate their 5th birthday of craft fellowship. Wendy Nash, pictured with cake, writes: “We have knitted outfits for still born babies; trauma teddies for children involved in accidents & fires & teddies for children hospitalised in Botswana. Sacks of clothes & blankets have been made going to children around the world with Smile International. Each Autumn around 25 shoe boxes are sent abroad with Smile to children who otherwise would have no Christmas present.

LADIES KNITTING GROUPLadies knitting group

Money is raised selling cards, unwanted gifts & through our own weight watchers club! As a result we have been able to pay for many children to have hair lip operations through Smile Train. In the new year we plan to sponsor 2 children through their education in the Gambia.”

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“OUT & ABOUT”

OUT & ABOUTLadies knitting group

On 3rd September a group of singers, some of whom have Alzheimer’s and Dementia, entertained us with some favourite war time songs. The occasion was enjoyed by all and we look forward to them returning some time soon.

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UNSEASONABLE WEATHER!

Our Barbecue on August 25th was thoroughly enjoyed by all despite the cooking having to be done in a garage! Thanks to the feverish cooking of our two chefs, John Kelly and Terry Vertigan, a packed Dining Room and Lounge enjoyed a marvellous selection of food. Our special thanks to John for all the preparation that went into making the day such a great success.

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Care Quality Commission

Care Quality Commission visit Care Quality Commission

We received an unannounced CQC visit on 19th July and for the second time now have been told that all the Care Standards that were reviewed, we were meeting all of these standards.

Some of the comments that were given to the Inspectors from our residents were: “I’m treated with both dignity and respect” “The staff are absolutely brilliant, they always make me feel welcome and they are very attentive to my friend” “Meal times are enjoyable” “I feel very safe here, the staff are very kind to me” “I have no concerns here but if I had I would speak to staff and I am confident they will help me”

You will be able to read a full report as published at: Care Quality Commission

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New Chair of Trustees

Mr. Colin Wooden has become the new Chairman of the Board of Trustees Mr. Colin Wooden

We are pleased to report that Mr Colin Wooden has become the new Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Colin has been involved and has had an active interest in the work at Quebec Hall for many years. He has many attributes and experience to bring to his new role. We wish him well in the task he has undertaken.

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New Supervisor

New supervisor Aline Santos Aline Santos

Aline Santos has been promoted to position of Supervisor.

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Ann Stancombe

Ann Stancombe Ann Stancombe

We are saddened to hear of the death of Ann Stancombe.

Ann retired in May, after having worked at Quebec Hall for 15 years, 12 as supervisor. Her smiles and cheerfulness while carrying out her duties was an inspiration to all. Our deepest condolences go out to John and their family.

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EHO unannounced visit

We had an unannounced visit from the Environmental Health Office on 14th August. We were very pleased to retain our 5 star rating. Top marks! Our thanks to all our hard working cooks and Still Room staff in helping to maintain our 5 star rating.

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Open Day 2012 – Service of Thanksgiving

Jubilee 2012 Open Day - Service of Thanksgiving

Praise the Lord for his blessing upon our Open day on July 14th! The Lord blessed us with fine weather as 150 guests attended. We started with some hymn singing just before 3pm and then were welcomed by our new Chairman Colin Wooden. Prayers were said by Trevor Handel(Trustee) and a Trustees report was given by Martin Boyce.

Jubilee 2012 Open Day - Service of Thanksgiving Jubilee 2012 Open Day - Service of Thanksgiving

The General Manager Mark Woodgett gave his report and the speaker for the afternoon was Martin Baker.

Jubilee 2012 Open Day - Service of Thanksgiving

Mark Woodgett and Karen Vertigan presented recently retired Chairman of the Trustees and his wife Liz with a retirement gift and a bouquet of flowers.

Jubilee 2012 Open Day - Service of Thanksgiving

Phil has been a Trustee for 16 years and Chairman of the Trustees since 2006. All of us here at Quebec Hall will miss him.

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Quebec Hall Celebrated the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

Jubilee 2012 Jubilee night

Quebec Hall Celebrated the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee on 5th July with a Cream Tea Street Party.

Jubilee 2012 Jubilee night

Due to the weather we decided to have the Cream Tea in the dining room. 61 guests had some very close fellowship in the dining room and a further 10 were in the downstairs lounge. As you can see we all enjoyed the scones and the atmosphere.

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This time we decided to go to Brazil!

Brazil night Brazil night

Quebec Hall hosted the second of our Themed Evenings on Friday 4th May. This time we decided to go to Brazil! As you can see from the photos a lot of time and effort was put into the preparation for the evening. One of our staff, Aline Santos, comes from Brazil, along with her sister and mother, we were able to ensure that the meal was very authentic.

Brazil night Brazil night Brazil night Brazil night

Twenty six guests enjoyed snacks in our lounge with a non alcoholic cocktail local to Brazil, and then into our dining room for their main meal and desserts. You can see from the menu all the different foods that were on offer. We are very thankful to our cook, Johanne Fletcher and the waitresses pictures for making the evening a great success.

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Dutch Gospel Choir with us on Tuesday 1st May

Dutch Gospel Choir J-Unit Dutch Gospel Choir J-Unit

Quebec Hall was very privileged to have a Dutch Gospel Choir with us on Tuesday 1st May in the afternoon. They were on tour in the UK for one week only and spent an hour with us singing as a choir, a couple of solo pieces and some personal testimony before starting their official tour on that evening.

They were at five venues around the country. If you would like to catch up with them then please visit their web site:
www.j-unit.nl. J- Unit Choir are members of the Salvation Army.

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Quiz night!

Quiz night Quiz night

Our first Event of the year was held on the 24th February, the much awaited Quiz night with fish and chips. We had 44 players split into 8 teams. They battled it out for 8 rounds and the winning team was the “Has Beans”

It was very close as there was only 17 points in-between the winning team and the runners up. A great time was had by all!

Please look at our Events List for our next Event.

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A Caring Career

A Caring Career Olive Willis celebrated her 100th birthday on 9th January 2012

A Caring Career - that’s the title of an article that appeared in ‘Best of British – past and present’ magazine in 2007.
It concerns one of the residents, Mrs Olive Willis, at Quebec Hall, a Christian Residential Care Home in Dereham.

Olive is in every sense a local – being born in Wendling, close to Dereham. However she didn’t stay here for long! She excelled in her training as a nurse in Peterborough and followed this up with midwifery training in Queen Charlotte’s In London. From that time on it seems that she was hardly ever back in the United Kingdom.

Her first appointment was to take responsibility for a mission station hospital in the Belgian Congo. In spite of several bouts of malaria, she was there for four years. She was then called up into the navy. She served on a hospital ship that collected hundreds of prisoners of war and took them home to Australia and New Zealand. Many were in a poor state of health but were glad to get back home.

On her return home herself, the ship was rerouted to take on board internees from Japanese camps and transfer them to Hong Kong. Her ward of 30 beds was filled with 112 patients!

But her travels did not finish with the end of the war. She joined the medical staff on the large cruise liners of the day including the Queen Mary and the Queen Elizabeth, visiting New York and Canada. Her last trip involved taking emigrants to start a new life in Australia. On her return, she married and settled in Kent before eventually coming back to her roots in Dereham. Olive loves to relive those exciting days.

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Celebrating Christmas!

Celebrating Christmas Celebrating Christmas

Our programme started with a visit from the local Cub pack on Monday 12th December at 7pm. The Children sang Carols and read poems and then spent some time mingling with our residents.

Fireworks at QH Celebrating Christmas

In Thursday 15th December Quebec Hall had its traditional Carol Service starting at 7pm. Trustees and residents helped to tell the Nativity Story with Bible readings and Carols. It is always a Joy to everyone to acknowledge the real meaning of why we celebrate Christmas, our Lord Jesus Christ.

Who, leaving the privileges of Heaven, was born as a man, humbly obedient to God, Jesus the Messiah, The Saviour of mankind, born to take our sin upon Himself, and for all who believe, have eternal life. Read bible verse John 3:16

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Fireworks at QH

Fireworks at QH Fireworks at QH

Our fireworks evening on Friday 4th November was a great success.

Fireworks at QH Fireworks at QH

Over 60 people young and old celebrated a wonderful display of fireworks with soup and hot dogs.

Fireworks at QH Fireworks at QH

God provided a dry, still evening which was perfect for all those who came to watch.

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New Website launched

New website launched New website launched

We have just relaunched our website and really hope you enjoy browsing through it. Let us know what you think by contacting us from the contacts page.

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Quiz Night

Quebec Hall Quiz Night Quebec Hall quiz winners

We can now announce that the winning team on our Quiz night with fish & chip supper, held Friday 14th October, was “The VIPS” You can see some very happy faces of the winning team!

Our next event will be our Fireworks Evening held on Friday 4th November at 6.30pm.

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Care Quality Commission visit

Care Quality Commission visit Care Quality Commission logo

We have just received the latest report of the Care Quality Commission who visited us on 7th July of 2011. The Report advises us of their latest Inspection Report.

We have been told that the last Inspection indicated "No Requirements" and "No Recommendations"  This is a first for Quebec hall.

Download here the CQC latest Inspection Report.

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