Artwork at home event

Coun Ray Butler and home manager Irene Wallis, middle right, with staff, residents and guests. Picture by Paul Stephenson
Coun Ray Butler and home manager Irene Wallis, middle right, with staff, residents and guests. Picture by Paul Stephenson

A south east Northumberland care home put its community’s creativity to the test when it opened its doors to the local public for a fun-filled open day.

Bridge View, in Stakeford, operated by Akari Care, invited residents, guests and family members to take part in an artistic competition.

This comprised three categories – children, adults between 20 and 40, and over 40s.

All guests had to submit their most prized piece of artwork, which were then judged by Coun Ray Butler, of Choppington Parish Council.

Prior to the competition, staff held art masterclasses for the residents, which paid dividends for Doris Beaney, 88, who was awarded the over 40s prize for her tapestry design of a lady in red holding a candelabrum.

Home manager Irene Wallis said: “We are always looking at ways to provide our residents with further enjoyable activities and the art classes were well received.”

“It was great to get the entire community on board for the initiative, which produced some very impressive works of art.

“I would like to thank everyone who came along to our open day and for participating in the competition.

“Also, a big congratulations to all the winners, including Doris for her excellent tapestry creation, who have provided some fantastic artwork that we can keep on display in our art gallery.”

Based in Ashington Drive, Bridge View provides specialist care for 61 elderly residents.