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Celebrating VE Day at Fairfield

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Tuesday 8 May 1945 was Victory in Europe (VE) Day, and it marked the formal conclusion of Hitler’s war. With it came the end of six years of misery, suffering, courage and endurance across the world.

The Germans surrender

After the suicide of Hitler on 30 April 1945, it was left to Grand Admiral Donitz, who had been President of the Third Reich for a week, to surrender. Donitz travelled to General Eisenhower’s HQ at Reims in France, and, in the presence of senior officers from Britain, America, Russia and France, surrendered unconditionally to the Western and Russian demands on 7 May 1945.

The British rejoice

The war-weary British began to rejoice straight away rather than waiting for the official day of celebration on the 8th. There had been years of austerity and rationing: five inches of water for a bath, few eggs, no bananas and the motto ‘make do and mend’. Half a million homes had been destroyed, thousands of civilians had been killed and many millions of lives disrupted. And although the casualty lists from the battlefields were lower than in World War One, they were still terrible.

All across the nation people turned on the wireless to find out more. People were out on the streets, hanging bunting and banners and dancing. The famous World War Two diarist Nella Last recorded the scene in her diary:

‘…All the shops had got their rosettes and tri-coloured button-holes in the windows and men putting up lengths of little pennants and flags. Till at three o’clock, the Germans announced it was all over. As if by magic, long ladders appeared, for putting up flags and streamers. A complete stranger to the situation could have felt the tenseness and feeling of expectation. Like myself, Steve [Howson, a wartime friend] has a real fear of Russia. He thinks in, say, 20 years or so, when Nazism has finally gone, Germany and not Russia will be our Allies.’

‘This is your victory!’

Huge crowds gathered in London on the following day. At 3pm Churchill made a radio broadcast. In Trafalgar Square, as his voice was relayed over loudspeakers, an eye-witness noted that ‘there was an extraordinary hush over the assembled multitude’.

King George VI and the Queen appeared eight times on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, while the two Princesses – Margaret and Elizabeth (now Her Majesty the Queen) – mingled with the crowds. Churchill later gave an impromptu speech on the balcony of the Ministry of Health, telling the crowds, ‘This is your victory!’



‘Fun Day’ at Fairfield Success

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015


We are really pleased to announce that we have raised £425 on Friday 17th for Maisie’s Parachute Jump in aid of Parkinson’s. Thank you to all those who came along to support the event, it was a great success!


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Help raise money for Parkinson’s!

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

On Friday the 17th April 2-4pm, we will be having a Cake Sale, Tombola, Entertainment and much more, in an attempt to help raise money for Parkinson’s!

Our very own Maisie Rattenbury is doing a skydive to help raise money for Parkinson’s UK! The jump will take place at 10am on the 24th April.

Money can be donated via the front desk at Fairfield House to April, or via the JustGiving page (Link below)

Please contribute as generously as you can for such a worthy cause.

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.


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Red Nose Day success!

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Red Nose Day was a huge success! We are really pleased to announce that we have raised £82.62. Thank you to all those who came along to support the event, it was a great success! If you would like to view more photos, please visit our Facebook page!


Owl Visitors

Friday, February 20th, 2015

On the 19th February, we had two Beautiful Owls come visit from the New Forest Owl Studio. Meet Twany Owl (Beebo – Left) and Black Barn Owl (Nibbly – Right).

‘Beebo’ became friends with our eldest resident in an instant! However, come home time, ‘Beebo’ didn’t want to leave her side. The immediate bond was amazing to see.



Get ready to put on your nose!

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Red Nose Day is back again on Friday 13th March and once again, the nation is gearing up to put on their noses! So join us at Fairfield House to help pull out all the stops, and fundraise!

Red rose day

New Feature: Head Chef Paul’s Recipes

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

At Fairfield House, its safe to say we are very passionate about the food we serve our residents.  We use locally sourced ingredients. Our meals are fresh, nutritious and varied and we cater for a variety of dietary needs.

Should you not fancy something on the menu our kitchen team are always more than happy to prepare you anything you fancy.

We will be sharing a few “Fairfield Favourites” to get your taste buds tingling!

Check out the latest recipes here.lancashirehotpot_84238_16x9

Or Scroll down to see all the wholesome ingredients that go into making our residents favourite accompaniment to morning coffee or afternoon tea . . .

Pauls Lemon Shortbread squares, the home’s favourite, one slice is never enough!

For the Shortbread

125g unsalted butter
2 tbsp icing sugar
55g white granulated sugarlemon shortbread
180g plain flour

For the Lemon Curd

2 Tbsp finely minced lemon zest (about 2 medium lemons)
2 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
3 large whole eggs, lightly beaten
113g unsalted butter, melted
150g cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 2-3 medium lemons)


Fish and Chip Friday at Fairfield House

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Our Head Chef Paul Fenner, before joining Fairfield House in 2008 successfully ran his own bistro. Paul’s specialty is seafood, hence fish and chip Friday is not only immensely popular with our residents but also tends to be a busy day for visitors who enjoy Paul’s delicious fish and chips.

Freshly caught fish from Lyme Bay encased in a bubbly but crisp batter served simply with thick cut chips and a slice of lemon is the perfect end to the week.

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Enid, Joan and Margery tuck in to their delicious fish and chips. Henry a member of the team helps out.

Singing For Memories in Association with Age UK Dorchester

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

We are please to announce that we are now holding fortnightly “singing for fun” at Fairfield House. Singing for fun is a great way to meet new people and make friends in a relaxed and friendly environment. Carers and Family Members welcome, call 01297 443513 for more information.

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Fairfield House Celebrates another Top Rating from Food Standards Agency

Monday, September 8th, 2014

We are proud to announce that following a recent inspection by the FSA(Food Standards Agency) we have once again been awarded the highest 5 star rating.

At Fairfield House we are always very passionate about the fresh food we prepare for our residents.  Our restaurant style dining is full of nutrition and variety and we use locally sourced ingredients where possible.

This certificate is a great acknowledgement of all the hard work our kitchen staff have contributed.

We look forward to maintaining this exceptional rating and continuing to serve delicious food all year round.

Fairfield House Celebrates Top FSA Rating

Fairfield House Celebrates Top FSA Rating