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FEBRUARY 14 2021

Spreading the love

Spreading the love on Valentine's day with a tiple or two!!

We spent the lead up to valentine's day making decorations, sharing stories of those we love and making biscuits, although the one in the picture was made by our amazing chef.

Did you know valentine's day origins trace as far back as the 6th century B.C. Started by Christians as an effort to replace the pagan fertility festival Lupercalia. 

Also, every year Verona, Italy receives thousands of love letters addressed to Juliet. Letters re answered by the volunteers of the Juliet Club. The most touching letter is awarded "Cara Giulietta"prize. 

NOVEMBER 26 2020

Compliment for Stroud from Patient Transport

We received a lovely compliment from a member of the Patient Ambulance Crew. It was so nice of the lady to take the time to contact us, a compliment goes a long way. 

"I work for Medisec who provide a patient transport service. Myself and my crew mate dropped a patient to Stroud House location last night.

I wanted to let you know how amazing the two ladies were that greeted us. The patient was very frightened, and I had a challenge to keep her calm during the journey. As soon as she saw your employees, her face lit up and she was so pleased to be back in their care. One of the ladies made a comment on how the patents teeth will need a clean, I thought that was really reassuring that the patient is in a caring and safe place. 

The whole experience made me smile to see such wonderful hard workers and I'd really like the credit to be passed on to them."

The team at Stroud were very greatful for the compliment. Thanks Jenny. 


Remember, Remember the 5th of November

Remember, Remember the 5th of November, The gunpowder treason and plot. I know of no reason why the gunpowder treason ,should ever be forgot!

The words we all know so well! The poem written to remind us of the plot to blow up the house of lords in 1605. 

We wont remember the events of the day leading to our yearly celebrations, but we will have the memories of our own celebrations. A bonfire, festival, family gathering and of course the bang, wizz, pop of a firework or two. 

As usual we had a small fireworks display in both our homes, which is always popular with residents and staff, sadly this year no visitors. 

There is many a tall tail that comes with yearly events such as this. The feelings, sounds, smells invoke memories as we reminisce of times gone by.

Some stories from this year, a memory of a father baking potatoes in the bonfire, some ended a little black. A dog that was really frightened of the loud bangs, they would sit and cuddle to feel safe. The muddy boots in the kitchen from the husband who set of the fireworks. Even the big fireworks display a family member was involved with organising. 

This years memory for us will be the bright colours of the fireworks through the safety of the window shared with friends and a cup of coco. 

JUNE 17 2020

A well deserved rest after 24 years service

Sad to say goodbye to our well loved friend and fellow carer Shelia. 

Shelia has taken care of us for 24 years!!! Now after that impressive commitment to our family at Stroud House she has decided it's time for retirement.

We will miss all the enlightening, friendly and helpful corridor converstaions that Shelia provided us with and her hard work making our jobs a little easier. 

We hope that she will return for a cuppa but maybe after some well deserved rest. 

JUNE 17 2020

Happy 105th!!! Birthday Dolly

On Thursday we celebrated the 105th birthday of our lovely Dolly. She is a warm, happy and lively memeber of our Stroud House family, its no suprise to us that she took on her role as the life and sole of the party ( especially after a sherry!!) 

We hosted a what has become know as a lockdown party for the lovely Dolly. We enjoyed an afternoon of Songs, Sherry and Sinatra and Dolly did it her way..

DECEMBER 17 2018

Elf Day 2018

We teamed up with the Alzheimer's Society for this year's Elf Day campaign. We included this as part of our homes annual Christmas party. Our parties are always extremely popular with residents, families and staff alike. The Alzheimer's Society named December the 7th as Elf day, however ours was on 17th December. Families were welcomed to join us for the day to enjoy some Christmas fun with a Jack and the Bean stalk Panto and some delicious home cooked food. Our staff join in the festivities dressing as Elf's or in Christmas attire. 

We raised £255.20 for the Alzheimer's Society, to find out more about Elf day and how the money could be used click here

This year we even had some of Santa's little helpers join us for 25 days. Elf on the shelf was present at South Downs Care, we also heard about all the mischief  his friends had been causing around Petersfield. They were swinging on the decorations at Stroud House and sliding down the banister at Downs House! Take a look at our Elf on the Shelf photos on our Facebook page here


OCTOBER 11 2018

Stroud visit the Zoo

After some residents had been talking about wild animals, Stroud House decided to take a step outside of Petersfield and visit Marwell Zoo in Winchester. There was quite a bit to see and do and a lot of walking for our lovely staff, who enjoyed the visit as much as the residents.


The Penguins where popular, it was interesting to see them swimming under water and watching them dive from the edge. A couple of residents were surprised by the great stature of the Giraffes, they spent quite a bit of time admiring them.

After stopping for a well-deserved coffee by Tigers they continued round stopping for photo opportunities and even staging some of their own, see the Shark attack!

At South Downs Care we are always looking for new and interesting places to visit, we will definitely visit Marwell again. 


Fruits of our labour

Our Petersfield in Bloom award winning gardening club at Downs House pulled their carrots out today. They were delighted with how well they had grown. 

JUNE 13 2018

Grow your Own

Thats what we are doing - our gardening club are growing all sorts Potatoes, Strawberries, Runner Beans and Herbs to name a few. This is our first little green tomato. 

JUNE 6 2018

Petersfield Heath

We enjoyed a lovely afternoon at the Heath Pond 

JUNE 1 2018

Slithers & Wriggles

Slithers & Wriggles popped in with some friends and not the fury kind!

MAY 23 2018

A breath taking view at the Spinnaker Tower

MAY 19 2018

Celebrating the Royal Wedding in Style!

We had a lovely day celebrating the Royal Wedding. The ceremony was wonderful, the homes were at a stand still, everyone glued to the screen as the happy couple took their vowles. Residents & staff celebrated wearing home made fascinators & holding flags, this was followed by a delightful lunch  and a traditinal cream tea.



MAY 8 2018

Today's Dessert yum!

Freshly made by our wounderful Chef Lawrence. 

APRIL 1 2018

Happy Easter

Happy Easter from everyone at South Downs Care 

MARCH 9 2018


FEBRUARY 28 2018

Alpaca's Visit

Dunreyth Alpacas vist South Downs Care 


JANUARY 9 2018


Cupa anyone

DECEMBER 25 2017

Santa Claus Came to Town

DECEMBER 17 2017

Dec the Halls!

We had a festive time on the run up to Christmas making decorations. 


NOVEMBER 14 2017

Quick step

Residents and Staff at Stroud House enjoy a dance 

OCTOBER 31 2017

Happy Halloween

Residents and staff had a spooky time carving pumpkins for Halloween. 

OCTOBER 6 2017

Summer Party Puppet Show

After a delicious lunch we were delighted to welcome Carousel Theatre Productions back to our homes today. They put on a very funny puppet show which was enjoyed by all.  



Summer BBQ

" What a terrific party you all laid on for the residents and their families today. It was a really happy event and great to see everyone enjoying themselves. The food was excellent and so was the very professional entertainment enjoyed by every generation!"

" I just wanted to say how much we enjoyed Saturdays summer party. It was lovely to be able to sit out on the new patio in the sun, eating a delicious barbeque lunch with a glass of wine- it felt like a very happy and relaxed occasion."


JULY 26 2017

Dementia friendly Petersfield

We are delighted to be a part of Dementia friendly Petersfield. Dementia Friends is building the knowledge of our community to help support people living with Dementia. The Alzheimer's Society is spreading 5 key messages -

1- Dementia is not a natural part of aging.

2-Dementia is caused by diseases of the brain.

3- Dementia is not just about losing your memory-it can affect thinking, communication and doing everyday tasks. 

4- It's possible to live well with Dementia.

5- There's more to a person than the dementia. 

click here to find out more about Dementia Friendly Petersfiled or for information, support and advice about Dementia call the National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 1122.

You can find local services at  


FEBRUARY 14 2017

Valentines Day

Valentines Day 2017

Happy Valantines Day 

JANUARY 28 2017

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

Cock-a-doodle-doo!2017 is the year of the Rooster. 

We celebrated this week with themed activites including arts and crafts ( see one of our dragons made by some of our residents), chiniese music and movment and readings of Chinese stories and legends to name a few. We finished the week with a Chinese dinner party.  

DECEMBER 30 2016

Charity Christmas Raffle

Well done to all the residents and staff, we raised £165 for Cancer Research UK with our Christmas raffle.  

MAY 19 2016

Building the future - construction at Downs House

Building the future

The last year has been an exciting one that has largely been focussed on the planning and construction of the new wing at Downs House. This is a fantastic addition to the main house and has been a wonderful opportunity to improve the excellent facilities we already offer to our residents. The building has been designed with our residents needs at the forefront of our minds, ensuring that we continue to offer the highest possible standard of care and maintaining compliance with the Quality Care Commission (CQC).

The new facilities, which are due for completion in Summer 2016, include:

  • 12 new bedrooms, over two floors, all with ensuite wetrooms. Many of the ground floor rooms open out on to new patio areas.
  • A beautiful new dining room and coffee shop for residents and guests to enjoy.
  • New commercial grade kitchen and office administration space.
  • An inspiring new terrace and woodland walk. The garden has been designed to be fully accessible to all residents including wheelchair users, including raised, accessible flower beds to encourage them to take part in outdoor activities.

The biggest challenge has been to carry out the building work with minimal disruption to our residents and we hope that we have managed to achieve this as much as possible. 

We are planning on holding a garden party to celebrate and officially open the new wing, we are hopeful that we may also have a local celebrity come along to do the honours too so watch this space!

APRIL 29 2016

Digital dynamism!

South Downs Care New Responsive Website

We are delighted to announce the launch of our brand new website.

At South Downs Care we are continually striving to ensure that we provide the most up to date and best possible service and care for our residents and their families. This commitment to ongoing improvement drives our planned long term programme of development which, to date, has been rolled out across many areas of our operation including the development of our new website and the construction of the new wing at Downs House.

The new expanded website has been designed to be as accessible, easy to use, attractive and informative as possible for all users. The site includes more information about our homes, our ethos and what we offer and we have endeavoured to offer answers to as many questions as we can.

However, we always value feedback so if you have any comment about the site or would like to see additional information added, perhaps in the form of extra FAQs please do let us know. You can contact us using the contact form on the website or by emailing us here.

We very much hope you like the site and enjoy using it, happy surfing!

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