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A section of a Bishop's Stortford care home has been officially rebranded to the delight of the children and elderly residents who regularly meet there.

Such is the success of the monthly gatherings between Raleigh Beavers (1st Thorley Scouts) and Hazel End Care Home residents that staff invited the youngsters to come up with a name for an entire floor of the building at St Michael's Hurst.

Town mayor Cllr Keith Warnell cut a ribbon as part of a dedication ceremony and a plaque heralding 'Beaver Burrow' floor was unveiled.

Hazel End Care Home, Bishop's Stortford. Raleigh Beavers (1st St James Thorley) have been visiting residents over the past few months. They have named a floor of the home and officially opened it with the heklp of the Mayor. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (56298429)
Hazel End Care Home, Bishop's Stortford. Raleigh Beavers (1st St James Thorley) have been visiting residents over the past few months. They have named a floor of the home and officially opened it with the heklp of the Mayor. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (56298429)

Beavers section leader Paula Mothersole said the visits were extremely popular with the boys and girls, aged five to eight, who looked forward to playing games, craft activities and gardening with the old folk, who were always equally delighted to see them.

"As we built up our relationship with Hazel End we were asked if we'd like to name one of the floors, and we were delighted and honoured to be able to do that," said Paula.

"The Beavers voted on their favourite name and then chose the first floor because that's where a lot of our visits have been.

Hazel End Care Home, Bishop's Stortford. Raleigh Beavers (1st St James Thorley) have been visiting residents over the past few months. They have named a floor of the home and officially opened it with the help of the Mayor. Ellie Chetlan-Poole (Lifestyle co-ord) with the Raleigh Beavers watering the plants at the home. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (56298368)
Hazel End Care Home, Bishop's Stortford. Raleigh Beavers (1st St James Thorley) have been visiting residents over the past few months. They have named a floor of the home and officially opened it with the help of the Mayor. Ellie Chetlan-Poole (Lifestyle co-ord) with the Raleigh Beavers watering the plants at the home. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (56298368)

"Every month we go in and do various activities, from gardening and singing to arts and crafts and playing games like carpet bowls.

"The children are beaming the whole time they're there and residents love the interaction with them. Many used to do Guides or were teachers and absolutely love it when the children come in.

"The children have no pre-conceived ideas and just take it all in their stride. Nothing fazes them and they talk to them on the same level. It's really lovely to see."

The Beavers have historically visited care homes in Stortford, but Covid put a stop to this. Paula said the children recorded songs at Christmas to send into the homes instead.

Residents of Hazel End Care Home enjoy their visits from the Raleigh Beavers (56304964)
Residents of Hazel End Care Home enjoy their visits from the Raleigh Beavers (56304964)

"We had such a positive response from Hazel End, who said they'd like us to be more involved once restrictions eased, so we followed that up in February and were allowed to go in.

"The response from parents has also been amazing. Some children haven't got grandparents around or living close by, so parents were keen to have their children involved so they had some sort of older role model in their life."

The Beavers have created a special commemorative badge, combining elements of the children's designs to celebrate their work with the elderly at Hazel End. They also each compiled their own profile for a scrapbook. "They've all contributed in some way," said Paula.

Hazel End Care Home, Bishop's Stortford. Raleigh Beavers (1st St James Thorley) have been visiting residents over the past few months. They have named a floor of the home and officially opened it with the heklp of the Mayor. Alice, Samuel and Charlie show off the specially designed camp blanket badge. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (56298415)
Hazel End Care Home, Bishop's Stortford. Raleigh Beavers (1st St James Thorley) have been visiting residents over the past few months. They have named a floor of the home and officially opened it with the heklp of the Mayor. Alice, Samuel and Charlie show off the specially designed camp blanket badge. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (56298415)

Next up for the Beavers is a Queen's Platinum Jubilee party with residents on Sunday June 5.

Hazel End's lifestyle co-ordinator Ellie Chetland-Poole, who has been overseeing the meet-ups, said: "Every time we see them we have had an absolute blast.

Residents of Hazel End Care Home enjoy their visits from the Raleigh Beavers (56304967)
Residents of Hazel End Care Home enjoy their visits from the Raleigh Beavers (56304967)

"Paula and her helpful volunteers work so hard alongside us to ensure everything runs smoothly and I'm so grateful for their support.

"Since our friendship first began we've introduced a shared scrapbook for our memories together: we planted sunflower seeds, held ducklings and we've played an intense game of bowls!

"It's so lovely to hear how positive the residents are after our visitors have come for the day. We all enjoy their company – every time they leave we're instantly planning for a bigger and better afternoon."

Hazel End Care Home, Bishop's Stortford. Raleigh Beavers (1st St James Thorley) have been visiting residents over the past few months. They have named a floor of the home and officially opened it with the heklp of the Mayor. Paula Mothersole (beaver Section Leader) and Ellie Chetlan-Poole (Lifestyle co-ord) unveil the plaque. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (56298426)
Hazel End Care Home, Bishop's Stortford. Raleigh Beavers (1st St James Thorley) have been visiting residents over the past few months. They have named a floor of the home and officially opened it with the heklp of the Mayor. Paula Mothersole (beaver Section Leader) and Ellie Chetlan-Poole (Lifestyle co-ord) unveil the plaque. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (56298426)

Ellie thanked the Beavers for gifting the plaque and the mayor for attending the event.

"Even without the plaque, our time spent with the Raleigh Beavers is more than a gift to us – we always cherish our time with them."

Scout group chairman Colin Nicholls and Group Scout Leader Nigel Reed also attended the opening ceremony on April 18.

Hazel End Care Home, Bishop's Stortford. Raleigh Beavers (1st St James Thorley) have been visiting residents over the past few months. They have named a floor of the home and officially opened it with the heklp of the Mayor. .Ellie Chetlan-Poole (HCH Activities and Lifestyle co-ordinator) with the Raleigh Beavers with Easter egg gifts from the home. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (56298309)
Hazel End Care Home, Bishop's Stortford. Raleigh Beavers (1st St James Thorley) have been visiting residents over the past few months. They have named a floor of the home and officially opened it with the heklp of the Mayor. .Ellie Chetlan-Poole (HCH Activities and Lifestyle co-ordinator) with the Raleigh Beavers with Easter egg gifts from the home. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (56298309)
Hazel End Care Home, Bishop's Stortford. Raleigh Beavers (1st St James Thorley) have been visiting residents over the past few months. They have named a floor of the home and officially opened it with the heklp of the Mayor. .The Beavers meet the Care Home ducklings. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (56298315)
Hazel End Care Home, Bishop's Stortford. Raleigh Beavers (1st St James Thorley) have been visiting residents over the past few months. They have named a floor of the home and officially opened it with the heklp of the Mayor. .The Beavers meet the Care Home ducklings. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (56298315)
Hazel End Care Home, Bishop's Stortford. Raleigh Beavers (1st St James Thorley) have been visiting residents over the past few months. They have named a floor of the home and officially opened it with the heklp of the Mayor. .The Beavers meet the Care Home ducklings. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (56298324)
Hazel End Care Home, Bishop's Stortford. Raleigh Beavers (1st St James Thorley) have been visiting residents over the past few months. They have named a floor of the home and officially opened it with the heklp of the Mayor. .The Beavers meet the Care Home ducklings. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (56298324)
Hazel End Care Home, Bishop's Stortford. Raleigh Beavers (1st St James Thorley) have been visiting residents over the past few months. They have named a floor of the home and officially opened it with the heklp of the Mayor. Cllr Keith Warnell meets Dill the Duck. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (56298333)
Hazel End Care Home, Bishop's Stortford. Raleigh Beavers (1st St James Thorley) have been visiting residents over the past few months. They have named a floor of the home and officially opened it with the heklp of the Mayor. Cllr Keith Warnell meets Dill the Duck. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (56298333)
Hazel End Care Home, Bishop's Stortford. Raleigh Beavers (1st St James Thorley) have been visiting residents over the past few months. They have named a floor of the home and officially opened it with the heklp of the Mayor. Cllr Keith Warnell meets Dill the Duck. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (56298327)
Hazel End Care Home, Bishop's Stortford. Raleigh Beavers (1st St James Thorley) have been visiting residents over the past few months. They have named a floor of the home and officially opened it with the heklp of the Mayor. Cllr Keith Warnell meets Dill the Duck. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (56298327)
Hazel End Care Home, Bishop's Stortford. Raleigh Beavers (1st St James Thorley) have been visiting residents over the past few months. They have named a floor of the home and officially opened it with the heklp of the Mayor. .The Beavers meet the Care Home ducklings. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (56298312)
Hazel End Care Home, Bishop's Stortford. Raleigh Beavers (1st St James Thorley) have been visiting residents over the past few months. They have named a floor of the home and officially opened it with the heklp of the Mayor. .The Beavers meet the Care Home ducklings. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (56298312)
Hazel End Care Home, Bishop's Stortford. Raleigh Beavers (1st St James Thorley) have been visiting residents over the past few months. They have named a floor of the home and officially opened it with the heklp of the Mayor. .The Beavers meet the Care Home ducklings. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (56298318)
Hazel End Care Home, Bishop's Stortford. Raleigh Beavers (1st St James Thorley) have been visiting residents over the past few months. They have named a floor of the home and officially opened it with the heklp of the Mayor. .The Beavers meet the Care Home ducklings. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (56298318)
Hazel End Care Home, Bishop's Stortford. Raleigh Beavers (1st St James Thorley) have been visiting residents over the past few months. They have named a floor of the home and officially opened it with the help of the Mayor. Ellie Chetlan-Poole (Lifestyle co-ord) with the Raleigh Beavers watering the plants at the home. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (56298412)
Hazel End Care Home, Bishop's Stortford. Raleigh Beavers (1st St James Thorley) have been visiting residents over the past few months. They have named a floor of the home and officially opened it with the help of the Mayor. Ellie Chetlan-Poole (Lifestyle co-ord) with the Raleigh Beavers watering the plants at the home. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (56298412)
Hazel End Care Home, Bishop's Stortford. Raleigh Beavers (1st St James Thorley) have been visiting residents over the past few months. They have named a floor of the home and officially opened it with the help of the Mayor. Ellie Chetlan-Poole (Lifestyle co-ord) with the Raleigh Beavers watering the plants at the home. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (56298387)
Hazel End Care Home, Bishop's Stortford. Raleigh Beavers (1st St James Thorley) have been visiting residents over the past few months. They have named a floor of the home and officially opened it with the help of the Mayor. Ellie Chetlan-Poole (Lifestyle co-ord) with the Raleigh Beavers watering the plants at the home. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (56298387)
Hazel End Care Home, Bishop's Stortford. Raleigh Beavers (1st St James Thorley) have been visiting residents over the past few months. They have named a floor of the home and officially opened it with the heklp of the Mayor. Specially designed Camp blanket badges marking the occasion, .Pic: Vikki Lince. (56298362)
Hazel End Care Home, Bishop's Stortford. Raleigh Beavers (1st St James Thorley) have been visiting residents over the past few months. They have named a floor of the home and officially opened it with the heklp of the Mayor. Specially designed Camp blanket badges marking the occasion, .Pic: Vikki Lince. (56298362)
Hazel End Care Home, Bishop's Stortford. Raleigh Beavers (1st St James Thorley) have been visiting residents over the past few months. They have named a floor of the home and officially opened it with the heklp of the Mayor. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (56298423)
Hazel End Care Home, Bishop's Stortford. Raleigh Beavers (1st St James Thorley) have been visiting residents over the past few months. They have named a floor of the home and officially opened it with the heklp of the Mayor. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (56298423)
Residents of Hazel End Care Home enjoy their visits from the Raleigh Beavers (56304961)
Residents of Hazel End Care Home enjoy their visits from the Raleigh Beavers (56304961)


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