Stonehaven care home celebrates

Residents and staff at Edenholme care home in Stonehaven hosted a weekend of festivities to celebrate 60 years since the home opened.

Edenholme was opened by the Viscount and Viscountess Arbuthnott on July 30 1952. The home still has the first ‘register of occupants’ and it records the first resident as a Mrs Eliza Jane Silver of Laurencekirk.

The 60th Birthday is likely to be one of the last celebrated at Edenholme as it will be closing when residents move in to the newly built care home in School Road, Stonehaven.

To celebrate the anniversary they held a summer BBQ in the quadrangle garden on Saturday.

On the day of the anniversary was an anniversary lunch for residents and their friends and family in the home followed by some musical entertainment. In the evening was is a programme of popular Scottish Folk Songs.

The Friends of Edenholme organised a bottle stall, raffle, lucky dip and cake and candy stall.

The Friends are a group of volunteers which was formed 42 years ago and they are still involved in the daily life of the home today. They hold knitting groups, coffee mornings, reading groups, weekly bingo as well as organising entertainments and a weekly in house shop.

Councillor Karen Clark, Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Social Work & Housing Committee said: “I hope all the residents and staff had a wonderful weekend celebrating Edenholme’s 60th Birthday.

“It was a chance to celebrate and thank everyone who has worked at the home over the last 60 years as well as the Friends Of Edenholme who have done a superb job providing a valuable service for the residents.”

Work on the new 60 bed care home is due for completion soon and it is hoped residents will start to move in there before the end of the year. The new home will double the number of existing residential care places, as well as providing a 21st Century environment for delivering care to older people.

Councillor Alisan Norrie, Vice Chair of Social Work and Housing Committee added: “I would like to add my congratulations on the 60th birthday. I am sure residents and staff will be excited about moving to the new home and they will have fond memories of their time at the current Edenholme care home.”