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Shipston Lodge is a vibrant home and there’s always something going on here – whether it’s an outing somewhere beautiful or interesting, visiting entertainers or creative activities, there’s so much to do and see.

Find out about some of our latest goings-on below and be sure to follow us on facebook to find out about our upcoming events.

Find out about some of our latest goings-on below and be sure to follow us on facebook to find out about our upcoming events.

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Shipston Lodge is a Pinders Award Finalist!

We are delighted to announce that Shipston Lodge Nursing Home has been selected as a finalist at the 2020 Pinders Healthcare Design Awards.

Shipston Lodge is a purpose-built nursing home that only opened in 2019, and its unique horseshoe design lends itself ideally to care, providing a haven for all those who call it home.

When Shipston Lodge was announced as a finalist, it was said that:

"The standard of entries has continued to rise, and we have been faced with the very difficult task of choosing three finalists in each category from a selection of outstanding designs”.

We are incredibly proud to have been recognised as one of the top three homes in the Best New Care Home (lower development budget) category.

In early 2020, a team of judges from the Healthcare Design Awards will be visiting Shipston Lodge to look around our home. The winners will be announced on Wednesday 11th March at The Royal Lancaster London Hotel.

The judges are looking for style with substance, innovation and attention to detail inside, and great design of external spaces – including gardens, terraces and balconies – and how these are made readily available to those living in the home.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to Shipston Lodge so far and made it the wonderful home we see today. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and keep checking our news page to find out how we get on in March!

In the meantime, if you’d like to find out a little more about Shipston Lodge Nursing Home and the expert nursing, long-term and respite care we provide, please do get in touch. Simply call 01608 698 836, email info@shipstonlodge.co.uk or just pop in next time you’re passing by – you’ll find us just off Tilemans Lane. We’d love to meet you and show you around our home and gardens.

18th December

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Shipston-on-Stour's museum has a new home!

Since the 1970s, Shipston-on-Stour has had its very own museum right in the centre of town, founded by Mike Ashley and Dick Burge. The museum is run by the Shipston-on-Stour and District Local History Society and is packed full of memorabilia centred on the town’s rich history, with interesting artefacts, antiquities and curios in abundance.

In addition to photographs, the museum also houses documents, household goods, tools, coins, machinery and books, remains of the horse-drawn tramway, items relating to Shipston-on-Stour’s wool heritage and even objects from WWI and WWII.

Earlier this year, it was thought that Shipston Museum may have to close its doors following the sad passing of Mike Ashley, but town councillors have stepped in to save it, offering a new permanent home for the attraction at Old Clark House on West Street.

Bekki Hillman, from the History Society, said: “This is great news, there’s a lot of excitement locally about it and it’s opened up a lot of interest in the museum. It’s great that the Town Council have stepped in to help and hopefully we can get the mayor there for our grand reopening.”

Cllr Shelagh Saunders said: “The museum has been housed in Mike’s home so now it does have to be moved. It is currently opening on a part-time basis at Old Clark House on a Thursday and Friday 1-4pm and on Saturdays 11am-4pm. After Christmas it will close for redecoration before a grand reopening at Easter. It’s a great setting and it’s accessible. The museum will house a large collection of farming and veterinary equipment displays about Shipston’s wool industry and the Royal British Legion will also be showing some of their items.”

Here at Shipston Lodge, we’re delighted to hear that the museum has found new premises and we can’t wait to take our residents from Shipston Lodge along for a look around. With so many old photos in the museum, it wouldn’t be surprising if somebody spotted a relative or two!

If you’d like to stay in the loop with all our goings-on here at Shipston Lodge Nursing Home in Shipston-on-Stour, be sure to follow us on Facebook! To find out more about our all-inclusive nursing, long-term and respite care, contact the team or pop in next time you’re passing by. We hope to see you very soon.

9th December

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Festive Open Day at Shipston Lodge | Saturday 14th December from 10am – 3pm

Christmas is just around the corner and will be here before we know it! That’s why we’d like to take this opportunity to invite you and your family along to our Festive Open Day on Saturday 14th December.

Our doors will be open to all from 10am until 3pm for you to come and have a look around our beautiful new home, meet Father Christmas in his Grotto and enjoy some delicious complimentary refreshments and snacks in the true spirit of Christmas. It’s also the ideal time to meet our wonderful team and those who already call Shipston Lodge their home.

Take the chance to have a mooch around our fantastic facilities while you’re here, including our cinema room, library, café, activities room, pub, fine dining room, lovely lounges, glorious gardens (if the sun is shining!) and luxurious en-suite bedrooms. We’d be more than happy to show you around and help you to get a real feel for this brand-new, luxury, all-inclusive nursing home.

Please do join us for our festive open day here at Shipston Lodge – we’re sure you’ll like what you see as soon as you walk through our doors. Let’s spread a little Christmas cheer at Shipston Lodge.

You’ll find our family-run home on Tilemans Lane, just opposite Shipston Primary School, only a short walk from Shipston-on-Stour town centre. Please do get in touch if you require any further information. We hope to see you on 14th!

22nd November

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The Shipston Lodge Dementia Café

Dementia is an incredibly cruel disease and living with it – or watching a friend or family member live with it – can be very difficult. That’s why we’re holding a Dementia Café here at Shipston Lodge twice a month, to give those living near our home in Shipston-on-Stour a safe place where dementia’s welcomed with open arms.

Every second and fourth Wednesday of the month from 2pm – 4pm, the Dementia Café takes place here at Shipston Lodge, and it’s completely free of charge to all those living with dementia, along with their carers.

After opening our doors in September, we didn’t hang about and started our Dementia Café in October. The first few meet-ups have been a huge success, taking place on Wednesday 9th October, Wednesday 23rd October and Wednesday 6th November, and our next session is taking place on Wednesday 20th November from 2pm – 4pm.

If you can’t make it, the following session will take place on Wednesday 4th December. You’re always welcome whenever you’d like to come along and we really hope you can join us in the near future at our Dementia Café. We have created the café to act as a source of comfort and support to all those whose lives are affected by dementia, somewhere to freely discuss experiences and concerns, to make new friends and most importantly, to know that you’re not alone.

If you’d like to learn more about our Dementia Café before joining us, please do get in touch by email or telephone, or feel free to pop in next time you’re passing Shipston Lodge on Tilemans Lane.

18th November

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A star is born near Shipston-on-Stour – The Royal Oak in Whatcote

Just outside Shipston-on-Stour in the tiny village of Whatcote, there’s a lovely independent pub called The Royal Oak. Recently, this picture-perfect pub has found out that it has been promoted from a Michelin Plate to a prestigious Michelin Star in the Michelin Guide 2020 – what a fantastic achievement!

A typical quintessential English pub on the surface run by a husband-and-wife team, The Royal Oak has been causing a stir since it opened, with food and drink critic Tom Parker Bowles writing this in his December 2018 Daily Mail feature on ‘The 100 cosiest pubs in Britain’:

Very much a local pub, albeit a rather smart one. But chef owner Richard Craven is one hell of a chef. Expect game in season, from roe deer tartare to pheasant with snails. Homemade bread comes with dripping butter, and there’s excellent fish too.

Just a stone’s throw from the stunning Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and just under 10 minutes away from Shipston Lodge Nursing Home, The Royal Oak is in a great location. Simply head out of Shipston-on-Stour towards the villages of Honington and Idlicote and you’ll find Whatcote before you reach Oxhill. It’s a lovely short drive through beautiful Warwickshire countryside with an idyllic destination at the end.

We’re grateful and excited to have such an innovative, forward-thinking pub so close by to our nursing home in Shipston-on-Stour and hope to pay The Royal Oak a visit very soon!

29th October

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Award-winning whisky and gin in Shipston Lodge’s Lamb Inn

Did you know that Shipston Lodge has its very own pub? It’s called the Lamb Inn and it’s on our first floor above the library. Our pub has a proper bar serving all sorts of drinks, and our residents love it. It’s particularly great when friends and family members come to visit as it’s a wonderful spot to catch up over a beer or glass of wine.

We love to support local businesses whenever and wherever we can here at Shipston Lodge, and that extends to the beverages we stock in our bar. In addition to the old favourites, we stock a selection of local beers, and we also have local whisky and gin.

We’re incredibly lucky here at Shipston Lodge to have a renowned distillery so close by – Cotswold Distillery is the first full-scale distillery in the Cotswolds and it can be found just outside Shipston in Stourton. They started their story in 2014 and just five years later, the company makes award-winning whisky and gin, as well as a wide range of other outstanding natural spirits.

If you’re heading to Shipston-on-Stour soon, no visit is complete without a trip to the Cotswold Distillery. The amazing visitor centre is a popular destination for Cotswold holidaymakers, boasting a shop and café serving lovely lunches, snacks and drinks, along with beautiful countryside views. In fact, the distillery welcomes around 30,000 visitors per year for its award-winning Tour and Tasting, which runs three times a day, seven days a week. They also offer Gin and Whisky Blending Masterclasses in the distillery and in their shop in nearby Broadway, giving enthusiasts an opportunity to learn more about the award-winning spirits – and even make their own!

With a TripAdvisor rating of 5/5 from 1,889 reviews* and a Google rating of 4.7/5 from 71 reviews*, the distillery’s popularity is undeniable – and its success is only going from strength to strength, as the distillery has just launched its long-awaited Peated Cask Single Malt Whisky, made with 100% locally-grown barley. It boasts a wonderfully balanced rich and fruity taste with subtle notes of peat smoke so if you appreciate the odd dram or two, it might be worth giving it a try.

We’re pleased and proud to stock the Cotswold Distillery’s award-winning gin and whisky in the Lamb Inn here at Shipston Lodge. Our very own in-house pub is a great space that’s loved by our residents, their friends and family members, and we hope you’ll love it too.

*Correct on 30th September 2019.

9th October

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Shipston Lodge is a Pinders Award Finalist!

We are delighted to announce that Shipston Lodge Nursing Home has been selected as a finalist at the 2020 Pinders Healthcare Design Awards.

Shipston Lodge is a purpose-built nursing home that only opened in 2019, and its unique horseshoe design lends itself ideally to care, providing a haven for all those who call it home.

When Shipston Lodge was announced as a finalist, it was said that:

"The standard of entries has continued to rise, and we have been faced with the very difficult task of choosing three finalists in each category from a selection of outstanding designs”.

We are incredibly proud to have been recognised as one of the top three homes in the Best New Care Home (lower development budget) category.

In early 2020, a team of judges from the Healthcare Design Awards will be visiting Shipston Lodge to look around our home. The winners will be announced on Wednesday 11th March at The Royal Lancaster London Hotel.

The judges are looking for style with substance, innovation and attention to detail inside, and great design of external spaces – including gardens, terraces and balconies – and how these are made readily available to those living in the home.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to Shipston Lodge so far and made it the wonderful home we see today. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and keep checking our news page to find out how we get on in March!

In the meantime, if you’d like to find out a little more about Shipston Lodge Nursing Home and the expert nursing, long-term and respite care we provide, please do get in touch. Simply call 01608 698 836, email info@shipstonlodge.co.uk or just pop in next time you’re passing by – you’ll find us just off Tilemans Lane. We’d love to meet you and show you around our home and gardens.

18th December

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Shipston-on-Stour's museum has a new home!

Since the 1970s, Shipston-on-Stour has had its very own museum right in the centre of town, founded by Mike Ashley and Dick Burge. The museum is run by the Shipston-on-Stour and District Local History Society and is packed full of memorabilia centred on the town’s rich history, with interesting artefacts, antiquities and curios in abundance.

In addition to photographs, the museum also houses documents, household goods, tools, coins, machinery and books, remains of the horse-drawn tramway, items relating to Shipston-on-Stour’s wool heritage and even objects from WWI and WWII.

Earlier this year, it was thought that Shipston Museum may have to close its doors following the sad passing of Mike Ashley, but town councillors have stepped in to save it, offering a new permanent home for the attraction at Old Clark House on West Street.

Bekki Hillman, from the History Society, said: “This is great news, there’s a lot of excitement locally about it and it’s opened up a lot of interest in the museum. It’s great that the Town Council have stepped in to help and hopefully we can get the mayor there for our grand reopening.”

Cllr Shelagh Saunders said: “The museum has been housed in Mike’s home so now it does have to be moved. It is currently opening on a part-time basis at Old Clark House on a Thursday and Friday 1-4pm and on Saturdays 11am-4pm. After Christmas it will close for redecoration before a grand reopening at Easter. It’s a great setting and it’s accessible. The museum will house a large collection of farming and veterinary equipment displays about Shipston’s wool industry and the Royal British Legion will also be showing some of their items.”

Here at Shipston Lodge, we’re delighted to hear that the museum has found new premises and we can’t wait to take our residents from Shipston Lodge along for a look around. With so many old photos in the museum, it wouldn’t be surprising if somebody spotted a relative or two!

If you’d like to stay in the loop with all our goings-on here at Shipston Lodge Nursing Home in Shipston-on-Stour, be sure to follow us on Facebook! To find out more about our all-inclusive nursing, long-term and respite care, contact the team or pop in next time you’re passing by. We hope to see you very soon.

9th December

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Festive Open Day at Shipston Lodge | Saturday 14th December from 10am – 3pm

Christmas is just around the corner and will be here before we know it! That’s why we’d like to take this opportunity to invite you and your family along to our Festive Open Day on Saturday 14th December.

Our doors will be open to all from 10am until 3pm for you to come and have a look around our beautiful new home, meet Father Christmas in his Grotto and enjoy some delicious complimentary refreshments and snacks in the true spirit of Christmas. It’s also the ideal time to meet our wonderful team and those who already call Shipston Lodge their home.

Take the chance to have a mooch around our fantastic facilities while you’re here, including our cinema room, library, café, activities room, pub, fine dining room, lovely lounges, glorious gardens (if the sun is shining!) and luxurious en-suite bedrooms. We’d be more than happy to show you around and help you to get a real feel for this brand-new, luxury, all-inclusive nursing home.

Please do join us for our festive open day here at Shipston Lodge – we’re sure you’ll like what you see as soon as you walk through our doors. Let’s spread a little Christmas cheer at Shipston Lodge.

You’ll find our family-run home on Tilemans Lane, just opposite Shipston Primary School, only a short walk from Shipston-on-Stour town centre. Please do get in touch if you require any further information. We hope to see you on 14th!

22nd November

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The Shipston Lodge Dementia Café

Dementia is an incredibly cruel disease and living with it – or watching a friend or family member live with it – can be very difficult. That’s why we’re holding a Dementia Café here at Shipston Lodge twice a month, to give those living near our home in Shipston-on-Stour a safe place where dementia’s welcomed with open arms.

Every second and fourth Wednesday of the month from 2pm – 4pm, the Dementia Café takes place here at Shipston Lodge, and it’s completely free of charge to all those living with dementia, along with their carers.

After opening our doors in September, we didn’t hang about and started our Dementia Café in October. The first few meet-ups have been a huge success, taking place on Wednesday 9th October, Wednesday 23rd October and Wednesday 6th November, and our next session is taking place on Wednesday 20th November from 2pm – 4pm.

If you can’t make it, the following session will take place on Wednesday 4th December. You’re always welcome whenever you’d like to come along and we really hope you can join us in the near future at our Dementia Café. We have created the café to act as a source of comfort and support to all those whose lives are affected by dementia, somewhere to freely discuss experiences and concerns, to make new friends and most importantly, to know that you’re not alone.

If you’d like to learn more about our Dementia Café before joining us, please do get in touch by email or telephone, or feel free to pop in next time you’re passing Shipston Lodge on Tilemans Lane.

18th November

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A star is born near Shipston-on-Stour – The Royal Oak in Whatcote

Just outside Shipston-on-Stour in the tiny village of Whatcote, there’s a lovely independent pub called The Royal Oak. Recently, this picture-perfect pub has found out that it has been promoted from a Michelin Plate to a prestigious Michelin Star in the Michelin Guide 2020 – what a fantastic achievement!

A typical quintessential English pub on the surface run by a husband-and-wife team, The Royal Oak has been causing a stir since it opened, with food and drink critic Tom Parker Bowles writing this in his December 2018 Daily Mail feature on ‘The 100 cosiest pubs in Britain’:

Very much a local pub, albeit a rather smart one. But chef owner Richard Craven is one hell of a chef. Expect game in season, from roe deer tartare to pheasant with snails. Homemade bread comes with dripping butter, and there’s excellent fish too.

Just a stone’s throw from the stunning Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and just under 10 minutes away from Shipston Lodge Nursing Home, The Royal Oak is in a great location. Simply head out of Shipston-on-Stour towards the villages of Honington and Idlicote and you’ll find Whatcote before you reach Oxhill. It’s a lovely short drive through beautiful Warwickshire countryside with an idyllic destination at the end.

We’re grateful and excited to have such an innovative, forward-thinking pub so close by to our nursing home in Shipston-on-Stour and hope to pay The Royal Oak a visit very soon!

29th October

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Award-winning whisky and gin in Shipston Lodge’s Lamb Inn

Did you know that Shipston Lodge has its very own pub? It’s called the Lamb Inn and it’s on our first floor above the library. Our pub has a proper bar serving all sorts of drinks, and our residents love it. It’s particularly great when friends and family members come to visit as it’s a wonderful spot to catch up over a beer or glass of wine.

We love to support local businesses whenever and wherever we can here at Shipston Lodge, and that extends to the beverages we stock in our bar. In addition to the old favourites, we stock a selection of local beers, and we also have local whisky and gin.

We’re incredibly lucky here at Shipston Lodge to have a renowned distillery so close by – Cotswold Distillery is the first full-scale distillery in the Cotswolds and it can be found just outside Shipston in Stourton. They started their story in 2014 and just five years later, the company makes award-winning whisky and gin, as well as a wide range of other outstanding natural spirits.

If you’re heading to Shipston-on-Stour soon, no visit is complete without a trip to the Cotswold Distillery. The amazing visitor centre is a popular destination for Cotswold holidaymakers, boasting a shop and café serving lovely lunches, snacks and drinks, along with beautiful countryside views. In fact, the distillery welcomes around 30,000 visitors per year for its award-winning Tour and Tasting, which runs three times a day, seven days a week. They also offer Gin and Whisky Blending Masterclasses in the distillery and in their shop in nearby Broadway, giving enthusiasts an opportunity to learn more about the award-winning spirits – and even make their own!

With a TripAdvisor rating of 5/5 from 1,889 reviews* and a Google rating of 4.7/5 from 71 reviews*, the distillery’s popularity is undeniable – and its success is only going from strength to strength, as the distillery has just launched its long-awaited Peated Cask Single Malt Whisky, made with 100% locally-grown barley. It boasts a wonderfully balanced rich and fruity taste with subtle notes of peat smoke so if you appreciate the odd dram or two, it might be worth giving it a try.

We’re pleased and proud to stock the Cotswold Distillery’s award-winning gin and whisky in the Lamb Inn here at Shipston Lodge. Our very own in-house pub is a great space that’s loved by our residents, their friends and family members, and we hope you’ll love it too.

*Correct on 30th September 2019.

9th October

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Shipston Lodge is a Pinders Award Finalist!

We are delighted to announce that Shipston Lodge Nursing Home has been selected as a finalist at the 2020 Pinders Healthcare Design Awards.

Shipston Lodge is a purpose-built nursing home that only opened in 2019, and its unique horseshoe design lends itself ideally to care, providing a haven for all those who call it home.

When Shipston Lodge was announced as a finalist, it was said that:

"The standard of entries has continued to rise, and we have been faced with the very difficult task of choosing three finalists in each category from a selection of outstanding designs”.

We are incredibly proud to have been recognised as one of the top three homes in the Best New Care Home (lower development budget) category.

In early 2020, a team of judges from the Healthcare Design Awards will be visiting Shipston Lodge to look around our home. The winners will be announced on Wednesday 11th March at The Royal Lancaster London Hotel.

The judges are looking for style with substance, innovation and attention to detail inside, and great design of external spaces – including gardens, terraces and balconies – and how these are made readily available to those living in the home.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to Shipston Lodge so far and made it the wonderful home we see today. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and keep checking our news page to find out how we get on in March!

In the meantime, if you’d like to find out a little more about Shipston Lodge Nursing Home and the expert nursing, long-term and respite care we provide, please do get in touch. Simply call 01608 698 836, email info@shipstonlodge.co.uk or just pop in next time you’re passing by – you’ll find us just off Tilemans Lane. We’d love to meet you and show you around our home and gardens.

18th December

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Shipston-on-Stour's museum has a new home!

Since the 1970s, Shipston-on-Stour has had its very own museum right in the centre of town, founded by Mike Ashley and Dick Burge. The museum is run by the Shipston-on-Stour and District Local History Society and is packed full of memorabilia centred on the town’s rich history, with interesting artefacts, antiquities and curios in abundance.

In addition to photographs, the museum also houses documents, household goods, tools, coins, machinery and books, remains of the horse-drawn tramway, items relating to Shipston-on-Stour’s wool heritage and even objects from WWI and WWII.

Earlier this year, it was thought that Shipston Museum may have to close its doors following the sad passing of Mike Ashley, but town councillors have stepped in to save it, offering a new permanent home for the attraction at Old Clark House on West Street.

Bekki Hillman, from the History Society, said: “This is great news, there’s a lot of excitement locally about it and it’s opened up a lot of interest in the museum. It’s great that the Town Council have stepped in to help and hopefully we can get the mayor there for our grand reopening.”

Cllr Shelagh Saunders said: “The museum has been housed in Mike’s home so now it does have to be moved. It is currently opening on a part-time basis at Old Clark House on a Thursday and Friday 1-4pm and on Saturdays 11am-4pm. After Christmas it will close for redecoration before a grand reopening at Easter. It’s a great setting and it’s accessible. The museum will house a large collection of farming and veterinary equipment displays about Shipston’s wool industry and the Royal British Legion will also be showing some of their items.”

Here at Shipston Lodge, we’re delighted to hear that the museum has found new premises and we can’t wait to take our residents from Shipston Lodge along for a look around. With so many old photos in the museum, it wouldn’t be surprising if somebody spotted a relative or two!

If you’d like to stay in the loop with all our goings-on here at Shipston Lodge Nursing Home in Shipston-on-Stour, be sure to follow us on Facebook! To find out more about our all-inclusive nursing, long-term and respite care, contact the team or pop in next time you’re passing by. We hope to see you very soon.

9th December

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Festive Open Day at Shipston Lodge | Saturday 14th December from 10am – 3pm

Christmas is just around the corner and will be here before we know it! That’s why we’d like to take this opportunity to invite you and your family along to our Festive Open Day on Saturday 14th December.

Our doors will be open to all from 10am until 3pm for you to come and have a look around our beautiful new home, meet Father Christmas in his Grotto and enjoy some delicious complimentary refreshments and snacks in the true spirit of Christmas. It’s also the ideal time to meet our wonderful team and those who already call Shipston Lodge their home.

Take the chance to have a mooch around our fantastic facilities while you’re here, including our cinema room, library, café, activities room, pub, fine dining room, lovely lounges, glorious gardens (if the sun is shining!) and luxurious en-suite bedrooms. We’d be more than happy to show you around and help you to get a real feel for this brand-new, luxury, all-inclusive nursing home.

Please do join us for our festive open day here at Shipston Lodge – we’re sure you’ll like what you see as soon as you walk through our doors. Let’s spread a little Christmas cheer at Shipston Lodge.

You’ll find our family-run home on Tilemans Lane, just opposite Shipston Primary School, only a short walk from Shipston-on-Stour town centre. Please do get in touch if you require any further information. We hope to see you on 14th!

22nd November

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The Shipston Lodge Dementia Café

Dementia is an incredibly cruel disease and living with it – or watching a friend or family member live with it – can be very difficult. That’s why we’re holding a Dementia Café here at Shipston Lodge twice a month, to give those living near our home in Shipston-on-Stour a safe place where dementia’s welcomed with open arms.

Every second and fourth Wednesday of the month from 2pm – 4pm, the Dementia Café takes place here at Shipston Lodge, and it’s completely free of charge to all those living with dementia, along with their carers.

After opening our doors in September, we didn’t hang about and started our Dementia Café in October. The first few meet-ups have been a huge success, taking place on Wednesday 9th October, Wednesday 23rd October and Wednesday 6th November, and our next session is taking place on Wednesday 20th November from 2pm – 4pm.

If you can’t make it, the following session will take place on Wednesday 4th December. You’re always welcome whenever you’d like to come along and we really hope you can join us in the near future at our Dementia Café. We have created the café to act as a source of comfort and support to all those whose lives are affected by dementia, somewhere to freely discuss experiences and concerns, to make new friends and most importantly, to know that you’re not alone.

If you’d like to learn more about our Dementia Café before joining us, please do get in touch by email or telephone, or feel free to pop in next time you’re passing Shipston Lodge on Tilemans Lane.

18th November

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A star is born near Shipston-on-Stour – The Royal Oak in Whatcote

Just outside Shipston-on-Stour in the tiny village of Whatcote, there’s a lovely independent pub called The Royal Oak. Recently, this picture-perfect pub has found out that it has been promoted from a Michelin Plate to a prestigious Michelin Star in the Michelin Guide 2020 – what a fantastic achievement!

A typical quintessential English pub on the surface run by a husband-and-wife team, The Royal Oak has been causing a stir since it opened, with food and drink critic Tom Parker Bowles writing this in his December 2018 Daily Mail feature on ‘The 100 cosiest pubs in Britain’:

Very much a local pub, albeit a rather smart one. But chef owner Richard Craven is one hell of a chef. Expect game in season, from roe deer tartare to pheasant with snails. Homemade bread comes with dripping butter, and there’s excellent fish too.

Just a stone’s throw from the stunning Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and just under 10 minutes away from Shipston Lodge Nursing Home, The Royal Oak is in a great location. Simply head out of Shipston-on-Stour towards the villages of Honington and Idlicote and you’ll find Whatcote before you reach Oxhill. It’s a lovely short drive through beautiful Warwickshire countryside with an idyllic destination at the end.

We’re grateful and excited to have such an innovative, forward-thinking pub so close by to our nursing home in Shipston-on-Stour and hope to pay The Royal Oak a visit very soon!

29th October

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Award-winning whisky and gin in Shipston Lodge’s Lamb Inn

Did you know that Shipston Lodge has its very own pub? It’s called the Lamb Inn and it’s on our first floor above the library. Our pub has a proper bar serving all sorts of drinks, and our residents love it. It’s particularly great when friends and family members come to visit as it’s a wonderful spot to catch up over a beer or glass of wine.

We love to support local businesses whenever and wherever we can here at Shipston Lodge, and that extends to the beverages we stock in our bar. In addition to the old favourites, we stock a selection of local beers, and we also have local whisky and gin.

We’re incredibly lucky here at Shipston Lodge to have a renowned distillery so close by – Cotswold Distillery is the first full-scale distillery in the Cotswolds and it can be found just outside Shipston in Stourton. They started their story in 2014 and just five years later, the company makes award-winning whisky and gin, as well as a wide range of other outstanding natural spirits.

If you’re heading to Shipston-on-Stour soon, no visit is complete without a trip to the Cotswold Distillery. The amazing visitor centre is a popular destination for Cotswold holidaymakers, boasting a shop and café serving lovely lunches, snacks and drinks, along with beautiful countryside views. In fact, the distillery welcomes around 30,000 visitors per year for its award-winning Tour and Tasting, which runs three times a day, seven days a week. They also offer Gin and Whisky Blending Masterclasses in the distillery and in their shop in nearby Broadway, giving enthusiasts an opportunity to learn more about the award-winning spirits – and even make their own!

With a TripAdvisor rating of 5/5 from 1,889 reviews* and a Google rating of 4.7/5 from 71 reviews*, the distillery’s popularity is undeniable – and its success is only going from strength to strength, as the distillery has just launched its long-awaited Peated Cask Single Malt Whisky, made with 100% locally-grown barley. It boasts a wonderfully balanced rich and fruity taste with subtle notes of peat smoke so if you appreciate the odd dram or two, it might be worth giving it a try.

We’re pleased and proud to stock the Cotswold Distillery’s award-winning gin and whisky in the Lamb Inn here at Shipston Lodge. Our very own in-house pub is a great space that’s loved by our residents, their friends and family members, and we hope you’ll love it too.

*Correct on 30th September 2019.

9th October