Lavender Hills resident researches the history of her care home

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After researching the homes origin as ’The Cliffe’, a Manor House for a local mill owner, she studied the last 170 years, speaking to locals and The Ramsbottom Heritage Society

Brenda Flavell, a resident at Lavender Hills Care Home has produced a book based around the history of the home and its first origin.
Lavender Hills in based in Ramsbottom and part of the Millennium Care group, an award-winning care provider with five homes across Greater Manchester and Lancashire.
Over the past three months, Activity Coordinator Abi Dawson supported Brenda to cultivate an extra special homage to the home.
After researching the homes origin as ’The Cliffe’, a Manor House for a local mill owner, she studied the last 170 years, speaking to locals and The Ramsbottom Heritage Society. Brenda covered to the present day by adding what life is like at Lavender Hills Care Home.
Brenda explained:
“I like this house; I think it’s beautiful and the history of it became very interesting to me. I love the grounds, inside and out and I wanted to learn as much as I could about the history and how it’s developed into the home it is today.
“The more you put in, the more excited you got! We got lots of photographs together and we had the perfect amount to fill the 50-page book.
“I’m quite proud that I’ve done something that’s worked out as a success. I never intended it to be much more than a bit of text and a picture of Lavender Hills so people would be interested in the house, and it really has turned out successful and that amazed me.
“The pictures are so good; I’m pleased with how it turned out and I really enjoyed doing it.”
Abi Dawson, Activity Coordinator at Lavender Hills, said:
“Working on this project with Brenda has been so much fun. We set aside time each week to sit with each other planning, researching, and collating and seeing Brenda getting so passionate and excited when we found new things was a joy.”
The home was so impressed that they will be producing replicas for current and future residents to enjoy.

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