On Thursday 22nd March, Rebecca, an outreach worker form the museum came along with a box of artefacts and presented an interactive and lively activity for our residents.

We started with a "Kanga"- a calico sarong printed with a political message from Kenya, then a selection of pressed butterflies from Africa, next out of the box was a Leopard skin, a large snake skin, a Rhino tooth, a bear skull and finally an Antelope skull complete with antlers!

The afternoon was filled with sounds of amazement and wonder at all the artefacts shown and handed around, our residents asked questions, gave their opinions and everyone participated.

Rebecca gave us lots of interesting information in a relaxed fun manner, including facts about the exhibits and how they came to be part of the museums collection and how they care for the items to ensure they are in good condition, we also heard about the life of Powell-Cotton and how he himself survived a Python attack.
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Sarah SteedJuly, 2017

“I would like to comment on this wonderful home on behalf of my family.
My dear brother was admitted to the home in May suffering with terminal cancer. Obviously a very sad, difficult time for everyone but from the day he arrived he settled in and relaxed. He was treated with kindness and understanding and all the staff, nursing and care assistants were wonderful.
My brother had severe learning disabilities and so wasn't able to communicate fully with the staff but they went out of their way to get to know him and to understand his needs. They respected his dignity and privacy at all times and made sure he was comfortable and cared for.
As the family, we were always made so very welcome, anytime day or night.
The home itself is a beautiful building which has been well looked after and is clean and welcoming. The rooms are lovely, with character and very good facilities.
The gardens are beautiful.
Thank you to everyone who helped and cared for my dear brother so well.”

Daphne TilbeeSeptember, 2017

“I placed the most precious person to me in your care my mother. I was so worried no one could look after her like me! you all proved me wrong, the care you all provided was the best any one could wish for to me your all angels I just cannot thank you all enough for what you did at the time when my mother needed the special tender care at the end of her life.[. BLESS YOU, ALL.]
WHAT A FANTASTIC TEAM YOU ALL ARE”

John WilliamsonMay, 2019

“The support and care that my mother has been provided over a 5 month period has been amazing. The friendship of the staff provided was second to none as was their patience with my calls checking up on Mum. The consideration given to medical and palliative support was always well informed. I never had any doubts that Mum was being looked after professionally in a well-provided environment.

I have marked the section 'Management' as 'Good' - the ward supervision, alerts of health deterioration, and administration of care, food, drink, cleaning and activities was excellent, but in my 5 months association with St Michaels, I had no contact to assess the home's 'Management', perhaps because the NHS was the funding provider. So neither can I rate 'Value for Money'.

I would want to thank many by name but this site asks me not to do so. The personal service Mum and my family received made the end of her life calm, enjoyable, pain-free, and dignified in every way that was possible.”