Windrush Day

Windrush Day takes place on the 22 June and is an opportunity to celebrate the contribution of the Windrush generation and their descendants. Many left their homes in the Caribbean in 1948 to board the ‘Empire Windrush’ to help fill the post-war labour shortage in the UK. They were followed by others from Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados and other islands, who made the journey throughout the 1950s and 60s as they sought a better life for their families with an enhanced prospect of employment here in Britain.

Chiswick residents will celebrate the day with a special tea which will include a slice of Jamaican ginger cake. There will also be a special dramatization event – where residents will be able to learn more about the Windrush generation and their experiences in the UK though a series of acting / singing and musical episodes.

The event offers a chance to discuss Windrush and its history. It will also serve as an opportunity to talk of faraway places and for residents to recall and speak of their own heritage.

Moving Waves

We are just reaching the end of a series of performing arts-based workshops called ‘Moving Waves’. These have combined dance, storytelling and music.

Who knew that there is such hidden talent within the centre that has now come to light? Residents have been inspired and energised, carefully listening, observing and then following the movements of the activities co-ordinator.  They have all gained benefit, even from the smallest of movements. Together with the music and storytelling, the sessions have provided an immersive experience that everyone has really enjoyed – so much so that we are currently working on the return of the dance workshops. 

Let There Not Be Dragons

The red and white of St George will be out to celebrate England’s National Day on 23rd April but it may surprise some to learn that St. George was not English and that he never even visited our shores. In fact, he was born in the 3rd century AD in what is now Turkey. 

We share St George with a number of other countries.

There are a few more myths to dispel about St George. He was never a knight on a white charger slaying a dragon. He was more likely an officer in the Roman army under the Emperor Diocletian. 

George’s reputation spread across continents and he became popular among the Plantagenet kings, including Edward 1, who had banners made bearing a red cross on a white background. This emblem became a symbol for the Crusades and English knights.

In 1352, the College of St George was established at Windsor with six chorister boys. The school continues to play an important role in Windsor ceremonies and celebrations. 

Whilst St George was honoured and admired, a feast day or national holiday did not come about until around 1415, most likely after the Battle of Agincourt.

The myth of the dragon seems to have started about 500 years after George’s death. The story says that a dragon built its nest by a fresh water spring. Villagers who came to the spring for water would distract the dragon by offering a sheep. When there were no more sheep left, the villagers drew lots to sacrifice a maiden and the unlucky victim was the monarch’s daughter. Fortunately, George came riding by on his white horse, slew the dragon, saved the princess.

Whatever the truth behind the real St George, he will certainly be remembered at The Chiswick on 23 April when there will be afternoon tea and cakes and an old fashioned English sing-song.

Great Eggspectations

Easter is fast approaching and everyone is getting very excited about what the weekend might bring.

Colourful decorations are already in evidence and chef, John, and his team are busy preparing some tasty goodies. 

Residents are looking forward to seeing family and friends and, no doubt, an Easter egg or two has been tucked away by grannies and granddads to give to their younger relatives.  They will be rewarded with shrieks of delight, smiles and laughter but we have a suspicion that a little extra sweet treat might be coming the way of the givers to make their Easter weekend that extra bit special.

Coronavirus (COVID 19) – our guidance to service users and families – update

Information for relatives and Next of Kin / Friends:

I am pleased to advise and confirm that following an enforced period of closure to new admissions and to visitors to the Nursing Centre; we will recommence visits from Wednesday September 2nd 2020 onwards.

Visits to those of our Residents who are able to mobilise to the Garden area (assisted or alone) will commence on Mondays to Fridays (incl) from Wednesday 2nd September.

Visits will need to be pre booked in advance and this can be achieved by telephoning our reception team on:   0208 222 7800  between 8am and 8pm Monday-Friday.

Visiting sessions are between the hours of 11.00am and 12.30pm  or 2pm – 4pm on Mondays to Fridays (incl) – We regret that we are not yet able to support weekend visits

Some reminders please:

  • In line with guidance issued by LB Hammersmith and Fulham Public Health Dept – Each Resident is permitted to have up to 1 x visitor at any one time.
  • Visitors are not able to enter the building / nursing centre. As such, we regret that there are no facilities for Toilet use or for refreshments to be provided.
  • Ideally – visitors should be the ‘same’ visitors as consistently as possible. Having 1 or 2 consistent visitors further reduces the risk of spread of infection.
  • Children under 12 years of age are NOT permitted to visit the Nursing Centre at this time.
  • Please do not attend without having booked a visit – as we will be required to turn you away.

Visits at this time are garden based – under cover of rain but may be cancelled at short notice if the weather is too poor to enable visits to proceed.

Please refer to the Visitor Policy which is reproduced in full, below.

Finally – I would like to thank all of you who assisted in achieving this position, by writing to our Local MP. We are currently working on a protocol that will enable visits to continue as and when the autumn weather arrives, and for those residents whose health is such that they cannot leave their bedrooms.

Steve Winter

Centre Director

The Chiswick Nursing Centre


Visiting Times are Monday – Friday 11.00am – 12.30pm and 2.00pm – 4 pm.  

  • Visitor Protocol based on PHE advice Published 22/6/20  
  • Only 1 visitor is allowed per visit.
  • In order to facilitate as many visits for residents as possible, we may have to restrict visits to once a week. 
  • Visits must take place outside and at a social distance of 2 metres using the furniture provided and as already set in place.
  • Visits are subject to suitable weather conditions.
  • Visitors must have been asymptomatic for COVID-19 for the past 7 days (no fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell) and will be required to complete an F2063, Visitors Confirmation on Being “Safe to Visit” Disclaimer Form
  • Visitors are prohibited if they are a contact of a COVID-19 case (during their 14 day isolation).   
  • Visitors will be required to wear a face mask which will be provided. 
  • Visitors should not bring food and drink into the Centre and any gifts should be left with a member of staff.  
  • Visitors requesting to visit those in the shielding category will be subject to an individual risk assessment.  
  • Visitors will be required to have their temperature checked on entry to the Centre, if a reading of 37.9ºC is recorded visiting will not be permitted.    

Visits will be by appointment only to ensure that sufficient social distance measures can be maintained and a letter with instructions of how to keep safe and how to keep our staff and residents safe will be issued beforehand.  

The inside facilities will not be accessible, we are sorry that we cannot provide refreshments or the use of toilet facilities. 

The exceptional visiting rights to enable one family member or representative to attend in the case of a resident nearing the end of their life remains in place. In such cases permission will be granted following agreement with the Centre Director. 

Sonnets at The Chiswick

Chiswick Nursing Centre residents recently enjoyed a visit from The Hammersmith Sonnet Group who entertained them with a selection of sonnets.

The word sonnet, literally means ‘little song’ and is a 14-line poem first introduced to Britain in the 16th century. It was heart-warming to see this tradition being carried on by so many young people in the Hammersmith Sonnet Group and the Chiswick audience certainly enjoyed and appreciated the occasion.

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