Living life to the full...
There is always something going on at The Old Rectory. Whether outdoors in the beautiful grounds, off-site at places of interest, or in the cosy surrounds of the communal areas, a brimming social calendar is on offer throughout the year.
Relaxed and unforced, a rich and varied programme of activities, aimed at stimulating both mind and body, offers residents the opportunity to stay active and entertained, whilst building new friendships or simply having fun!
Amongst the regular activities on offer are film and documentary screenings, live entertainment, and ‘knit and natter’ afternoons. Flower arranging, art classes, and board games are also popular; whilst baking, gardening and craft sessions are a chance to be ‘hands on’ and get really involved.
But whether residents choose to indulge in all the activities on offer or none at all, everyone feels part of an indefinable sense of ‘community’ – one that exists where no-one is excluded, and a helping hand or friendly face is never far away. There are visits to places of interest or trips to cafés for afternoon tea, and we often welcome local community groups to join us in our beautiful grounds for annual events such as Bonfire Night, a Christmas fair, or charity luncheons on the lawn.
During seasonal highlights, or landmark occasions such as a royal wedding, Geoghegan family members are often to be found joining staff, residents and visitors alike in celebration.
Both residents and their relatives come to appreciate those ‘extra touches’ that typify the desire to provide a nurturing and fulfilling environment for all, and are part of what makes life at The Old Rectory so special.
An example of a typical monthly schedule of activities can be found here.
Whilst we minister to the physical and emotional requirements of our residents, we never forget to address their spiritual needs too.
Being situated adjacent to the Church of England parish church of St Peter and St Paul, it is possible to attend church, join regular services, or take advantage of monthly visits made by its resident Rector for Holy Communion.
There is also a local Baptist church just 500 metres from the home, and a Roman Catholic church only two miles away in nearby Cranleigh, both of which are similarly accessible to residents and from which visits are made to our home. In addition, residents of other faiths and denominations are encouraged to make their religious observances known so these may be taken into consideration.
The social life of The Old Rectory and the spiritual needs of its residents enjoy many opportunities for crossover throughout the course of the year. Easter and Christmas feature prominently on the calendar, when several of our most eagerly anticipated events take place.
There are special church services, and the scheduled visits from local nursery or infant school children to partake in our annual Easter egg hunt or to sing carols at Christmas are a delight to behold.
Just a quick email to say ” thank you ” for the most enjoyable fire work evening that Pat and I had last night at The Old Rectory.
Please pass on our sincere thanks to all the team who were involved with organising and running the most enjoyable event. The fireworks were spectacular and very well organised, it was a credit to you all. Sincere thanks to you all not only for last night but for looking after Mum so well.
Thank you so much for all you did to make Mrs Hayward’s 101st birthday such a lovely day. I know how much she enjoyed herself and so did we. Please thank all the staff for making it a truly memorable day.
My stay in room 14 was very pleasant and I was so very well looked after. I enjoyed meeting friends again from my previous stay and making new friends on this visit.
Thank you and your staff for all that was done to make my stay so happy and comfortable, I returned home feeling rested and refreshed.