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Margaret is Leaving

Today we sadly said goodbye to one of our key volunteers at Rockdale House, Margaret Lee. For nearly ten years Margaret and her partner in crime Penny have manned the Rockdale Shop for our residents offering them the opportunity to personally purchase that extra little something they fancy or need.

For our residents who find it more difficult to get to the shops the weekly visit of the Rockdale Shop, on Wednesdays, has proved invaluable and the time they spend at both Rockdale House amongst residents, as well as on their frequent trips to the supermarkets to stock up, is greatly appreciated.

On the other hand, we are delighted to announce that long term Rockdale friends Maggie Collins will be taking over Margaret’s role working alongside Penny. Maggie worked in Rockdale House for 12 years and, therefore, for some residents will be a welcome and familiar face behind the tills and the chocolate bars!

Folkestone Trip

On a very blustery Wednesday a group of residents set off on a trip to Folkestone. We were lunching at the Grand Hotel on the Victorian “Leas” but first we visited the Battle of Britain Memorial perched along the white cliffs on the Dover Road. This was a wonderful place to wander around workhorses of WW2; The Spitfire and The Hurricane.

One could almost imagine them taking off from the cliff top and flying into the distance across the sea towards France. Unfortunately we could not see across to France due to the weather. After coffee we boarded the coach and headed towards Folkestone town. The dining room was certainly grand with large crystal chandeliers sparkling down onto white table linen.

After lunch some of us braved the elements and were blown along the promenade, enjoying the sea air. We were looked after so well by the staff of the hotel and the cheerful coach driver. A truly lovely day out.

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