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To find out about the latest goings-on here in our beautiful care home near Chesham, keep an eye on this news page. Our articles offer insight into daily life in our residential care home in Buckinghamshire, with a wide variety of events, activities and entertainment taking place each week for those living here in Chartridge for residential care, respite care and day care. Keep an eye on our Facebook page too for regular updates!

COVID-19 Latest Update

The health, safety and wellbeing of our residents and colleagues are always our top priorities. We have therefore taken comprehensive action to prepare for, and respond to, the growing coronavirus outbreak in the UK.
 
This page will continuously update with the latest advice from Berkley Care Group about the steps we are taking at our homes. This information is intended for Berkley Care Group residents, colleagues and any visitors to our homes only.
 
For comprehensive information about coronavirus itself, please visit either the gov.uk or NHS websites, or if you are concerned you or someone you are in contact with has coronavirus, call 111.

Visiting Portobello Place
 
For Portobello Place, the health and safety of our residents and colleagues is our top priority. As such, we have made the decision to stop all non-essential visitors to our home until further notice.

We have not taken this decision lightly, but we know our visitors, including relatives and loved ones, would want us to do everything possible to keep the residents in our care safe and well.

Non-essential visits include routine visits from relatives and loved ones, visits from individuals such as hairdressers and entertainers, and from professionals and contractors carrying out non-essential services.

If you can delay your visit or achieve its purpose via another method (i.e. through a phone call or video call), please do so. We are in the process of setting up a Skype video calling facility for our residents and we will update you as soon as this is in place with details of how to contact your loved ones.

Requests for essential visits where exceptional circumstances arise will be considered. Please contact the General Manager directly on 01494 937200 to discuss and arrange this.

If an essential visit is granted, we ask that a number of steps are taken to limit any potential risk - these are outlined in the next section.

Please do not attempt to arrange a visit to Portobello Place for any reason if you currently feel unwell, particularly if you have a cough, a fever or high temperature, or have shortness of breath, or if you have been in contact with someone who may have coronavirus.

How to safely visit Portobello Place

If an essential visit to Portobello Place has been agreed, it is important that you do so safely and in a way that minimises the risk of infection to our residents and colleagues. Therefore, before visiting and whilst on site, please consider the following:

- Handwashing. It is important that you wash your hands thoroughly before you visit Portobello Place, and regularly whilst you are at the home. Please make sure you wash your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds, using either hot water and soap or 60% alcohol sanitiser gel that we have provided throughout the home. The NHS has a video guide to effective handwashing here.

- Coughs and sneezes. We understand there are many reasons why someone may cough or sneeze, however, if on an essential visit, please make sure you have a tissue on you at all times so that you can catch a cough or sneeze. Please then immediately dispose of the tissue in the bin and wash your hands.
 
Protecting our residents and colleagues

Please be assured that Berkley Care Group is treating this matter with the utmost seriousness and comprehensive contingency plans are in place in the event of a coronavirus outbreak at a home. We will, of course, update you should this be the case and outline what additional measures we will be taking.

In response to the growing UK coronavirus outbreak, we have created a dedicated steering group. Led by Jenny Fuller, our Operations Director, this group comprises our senior leaders from across the business who are now meeting regularly via conference call to review and further develop our plans, reflecting the evolving situation. The group is monitoring and reacting to the latest guidance issued by the UK Government, the NHS and public health bodies.
 
The steering group has already taken action, including working to secure the medical supplies we may need in the event of an outbreak in a home, and developing and implementing the policies and protocols needed to make sure Berkley Care Group can continue to provide high-quality care during this time.

All home General Managers and colleagues have been informed of the steps we are taking and how they can help prevent the spread of infection. This includes establishing handwashing stations in the reception areas of all homes, installing additional prominent signage about handwashing, and completing the infection control training modules through our digital learning platform.

The homepage on our website www.portobelloplace.com will have a link that will be updated regularly to reflect the latest information and advice regarding any additional steps we are taking to safeguard the health of our residents and colleagues. Please continue to refer to this for all further communication on the COVID-19 outbreak.

For anyone connected to Portobello Place who has further questions about our response to the coronavirus, please call the General Manager on 01494 937200.

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Baking Cheese Scones

We held our first ever baking session with residents in our amazing Cookery School Kitchen! We did have a recipe to go from, but as cheese scones are a family favourite, they had their own recipes and everyone chose to put their own stamp on it. The results were extremely delicious, so it obviously worked and we all enjoyed them with lashings of butter! What do you think we'll be baking next?

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Our Wonderful Wildflower Garden

We made Portobello Place history today in the garden! We went outside and scattered an incredible assortment of wildflower seeds in an undeveloped area of the garden. Hopefully in time, we'll start to see the beautiful flowers grow and attract all sorts of wildlife, including bees and butterflies! It'll be such a lovely part of the garden to sit and read by, or look out on from inside. Thank you to the residents who scattered the seeds - they'll be part of a cherished wildflower garden before we know it (hopefully!).

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March Events at Portobello Place

We have three fantastic events lined up here at Portobello Place this March, starting with Race Night on Thursday 12th! Come and join us as we try and raise as much money as possible for this thoroughly deserving cause.

On Thursday 19th March, we're delighted to announce that Ruby & Ed will be here to perform for us. This unique and exciting duo will be a huge success in the future, no doubt about it. Come and see them here at Portobello Place before they hit the big time! 

Our monthly quiz night is taking place on Thursday 26th March, and we really hope you can join us. With a prize available for the winning team, it's all to play for!

Please RSVP to events@portobelloplace.com or 01494 937200 to let us know you’re coming. As always, our events are completely free of charge and include complimentary refreshments! Food options are subject to change.

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February Events at Portobello Place

We have four fabulous events lined up for you here this February, and we really hope you can come and join us.

We're starting things off with Chinese New Year celebrations on 6th February! There will be lots of delicious Chinese food, as well as dancing, traditional Chinese dress, beautiful Chinese decorations and much more. Please join us as we ring in the Year of the Rat!

A week later on 13th February, we're celebrating the month of love with a visit from Aiden Kent, London's 'singing cabbie'. You may recognise Aiden from the TV! Come and join in the fun as Aiden serenades us with our favourite Rat Pack hits.

On Thursday 20th February, Sylar the magician will be here at Portobello Place, and we can't wait to see what tricks he has up his sleeve! 

Rounding off the month, our event on Thursday 27th February is Quiz Night! It was so successful last night that we're making it a regular fixture in the Portobello Place calendar on the last Thursday of every month. It's all to play for!

If you can make it to any of our February events, please email events@portobelloplace.com or call 01494 937200 to let us know you're coming.

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January Events at Portobello Place

We're kicking off 2020 in style with five fabulous events this January, and we'd love for you to join us.

Our first event is taking place on Thursday 2nd January and we're delighted to be hosting a professional harpist performance! Jane Coulcher will be joining us, and we're in for a real treat. Jane's performances have been broadcast on the TV and radio around the world and venues include Southwark Cathedral, the Royal Albert Hall, the O2 Arena and Royal Festival Hall. Please come along from 6.30pm - 8.30pm and enjoy what's sure to be a unique and exquisite event.

Our second event of the month will be on Thursday 9th January with John Knowles. John is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, with an eclectic and extensive repertoire - you'll have to come along to find out just how good he is. Join us from 6.30pm and enjoy a cold buffet on us while you enjoy the music!

We're turning Portobello Place into a Fun Casino on Thursday 16th January, with Roulette and Blackjack tables right here in our home! We'll be serving canapés throughout the evening too, so please do come along from 6.30pm for what's set to be a great evening.

On Thursday 23rd January, we're holding an ABBA Tribute Night! The ABBA Duettes will be here to sing our favourite ABBA songs - and they really do look and sound the part. We'll be serving Swedish-inspired food too to get us all in the spirit of the night!

We're rounding off the month with a Quiz Night on Thursday 30th January, so be sure to brush up on your general knowledge ahead of the event as it's all to play for! Battle it out in teams of up to six people to take home the title, and enjoy a fish supper while you're here.

All our events are completely free of charge and include refreshments too, but please remember to RSVP to let us know you're coming by emailing events@portobelloplace.com or calling 01494 937200. Let's see what we have in store!

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Recipe of the Week - Malteser Christmas Pudding

INGREDIENTS

125g chopped butter
180ml of milk
200g of brown sugar (firmly packed)
65g cocoa powder
3 lightly whisked eggs
300g icing sugar mixture
65g self raising flour
65g cup plain flour
96g malted milk powder
465g pack of Maltesers

Place the Egg Whites into a large bowl and use an electric mixer to whisk to soft peaks. Add in a quarter of the sugar and whisk for a few seconds, add another quarter of the sugar and mix until you have stiff shiny peaks. Set to one side

In another bowl place the butter and the rest of the sugar and using the hand whisk mix together until light and fluffy.

Pour in the malt extract and the vanilla and mix thoroughly. Add the egg yolks and whisk together until completely combined.

Place the flour and salt into a sieve and sift onto the egg and butter mixture, gently fold into the batter until fully incorporated. Now add half the egg white mixture and start to mix in and then add the remaining egg whites and gently fold together until just mixed.

Divide the mixture between the 2 hemisphere pans that you have greased and floured, level the tops and place into a preheated oven for 50 -55 minutes until cooked through and golden brown. You can test to see if the cakes are cooked by gentle inserting a skewer into the middle of the cake and it should come out clean.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes and then trim the top of the spheres so they are nice and level. Now turn the cakes out onto a cooling rack and allow to cool completely.

Once the cakes have cooled, use some cooled ganache to sandwich the cakes together to form a ball. Place back into the fridge for an hour or so to set up.  When you are ready to decorate the cake, gently warm your ganache a little so that you can pour it over the cakes.

I placed two long skewers through the bottom half of the cake just to make it easier to move the cake onto my presentation plate once I had coated it in Ganache.

Pour the Ganache over the cake and allow to completely cover the sides. Once the ganache has stopped dripping move the cake to your presentation plate.

Place the cake into the fridge to allow the ganache to slightly thicken before you then place the Maltesers all around the cake. I started at the base as I found this worked well.

Place the cake back into the fridge to set up and you can make your ‘carton custard’ and Holly leaves and berries with the modelling chocolate. Before you are ready to serve place the custard, leaves and berries in place and you will have a fantastic Malteser cake – Christmas Style.


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Our rich local history, shown off in style at Amersham Museum

At Portobello Place, we’re incredibly interested in hearing local stories – but that doesn’t just mean current news. We also mean the history of our local area, and one brilliant place to find that out is Amersham Museum.

You’ll find the museum on Amersham’s High Street, under five miles away from our luxury care home in Chartridge. With just a 15-minute car journey to get there – and with wheelchair access – we have no excuse not to visit on a regular basis!

Amersham Museum as you see it now only actually opened in summer 2017, following a major refurbishment. The museum is a charity and is run almost entirely by a team of hardworking volunteers, which is another reason why we’re proud to support it with regular visits.

The museum offers the opportunity to explore the history of Amersham in 1580 and 1775, as well as snapshots from 1892, 1939 and 1964.

Additionally, the museum has loan boxes – themes include the 1960s, traditional toys, a night out in the 1950s, shopping and working lives. These boxes offer a great opportunity to transport people back to old times. Staff at the museum can facilitate sessions with these loan boxes, or you can borrow a box and run a session yourself; this is something we are incredibly interested in doing some time at Portobello Place. These sessions make for great reminiscence work, keeping memories alive, and they’re fantastic for our residents’ wellbeing.

So, when will you next be visiting Amersham Museum? We’re sure it won’t be long until we’re there! And if you’re nearby, why not pop in and see us at Portobello Place in Chartridge? Our brand-new home is now open and you’re more than welcome to come and have a look around.

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2020

2019

December

30th January Events at Portobello Place 20th Recipe of the Week - Malteser Christmas Pudding 16th Our rich local history, shown off in style at Amersham Museum 9th Inspired and Stimulating Events at Portobello Place 6th Recipe of the Week - Spiced Lebkuchen 2nd A visit from Amersham Rock Choir

November

29th Recipe of the Week - French Onion Soup 26th A wonderful view from Portobello Place care home near Chesham 22nd Recipe of the Week - Cocktail Time 15th Recipe of the Week - Chicken Chasseur 8th Recipe of the Week - Beef Bourguignon 1st Recipe of the Week - Mille-Feuille

October

28th Lovely lunches close to home at Chartridge Lodge 25th Recipe of the Week - Paella Valenciana 18th Recipe of the Week - Spanish Omelette 14th Wondrous wildlife accessible to all 11th Recipe of the Week - Sweet and Sour Chicken 4th Recipe of the Week - Sesame Prawn Toast 1st Walter Rothschild's legacy, right near our Chartridge care home

September

27th Recipe of the Week - La Boqueria 20th Recipe of the Week - Classic Caesar Salad 13th Recipe of the Week - Berry Delight Dessert 10th Inspired and stimulating events at Portobello Place 6th Recipe of the Week - Portobello Mushrooms on Toast

August

18th Some of the best Chilterns countryside near our home

July

30th A trip to the world's oldest original model village 17th Practically perfect performances right on our doorstep

June

28th Proud to sponsor Chess Vale Bowls Club in Chesham 19th A stunning National Trust park just a stone’s throw from Portobello Place

May

16th Welcome to Portobello Place care home in Chartridge!