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WHCT Christmas Fair Committee Members 2018  

Chair:  Kate Paterson 

Elly Crossman  

Viki Freear

Cookie Knott

Jenny Knott

Amy Matthews  

Lesley McCaig

Sarah Oddie

Elizabeth Parker  

Marylu Sheehan

Gemma Wade 

Bobby Wylie 


About WHCT

Watlington and District Nursing Home would not exist were it not for WHCT.  When the Community hospital closed in 2000, WHCT was formed and after enormous effort by the Trustees and the generosity of local people nearly £2,000,000 was raised to purchase the site. WHCT appointed Sanctuary Care to build and run a nursing home, which opened in 2004: ten years ago this year.  The Trustees also leased land to the GPs to build the Chiltern Surgery.

There are 60 en-suite rooms providing a wide range of care:  15 beds for NHS Intermediate Care (patients discharged from hospital who need rehabilitation);  15 beds for general nursing;  and 30 beds on the ground floor for those with memory loss, who require specialist care and nursing.  The majority of those admitted are publicly funded, and come from Watlington and its neighbourhood.

The Trustees are responsible for overseeing the care provided through formal and regular meetings with Sanctuary at the Nursing Home.  They make an annual grant towards the cost of one bed, and they contribute towards residents’ amenities such as provision of TV in rooms and garden facilities for disabled people.  They also provide the Minibus for the use of the Nursing Home and Surgery.  They maintain the fields and grounds, and recently provided a new car park. They are also responsible for third party insurance of the grounds and access.  Recently, Sanctuary have built a new day room or Orangery for the ground floor, for which the Trustees gave a grant for furnishings and for the surrounding garden. Further plans are underway for the provision of a space for artistic activities.  It is also hoped to get permission for more staff flats for nurses and carers.  It is very hard to find suitable and affordable accommodation for staff nearby.