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Birds of prey at William Blake House

Some owl keepers visited us in April and gave our staff and residents close-up encounters with their fascinating birds.

  • Birds of prey visiting William Blake House
  • Birds of prey visiting William Blake House
  • Birds of prey visiting William Blake House
  • Birds of prey visiting William Blake House
  • Birds of prey visiting William Blake House
  • Birds of prey visiting William Blake House
  • Birds of prey visiting William Blake House
  • Birds of prey visiting William Blake House
  • Birds of prey visiting William Blake House
  • Birds of prey visiting William Blake House
  • Birds of prey visiting William Blake House

Our new fundraising page at Just Giving

We now have a page on the Just Giving website via which one-off or regular donations can be made towards our ongoing projects such as our garden and our sensory room.

We'll keep you updated as we move towards the completion of these exciting new developments.

Here is the link to our Just Giving page:

https://www.justgiving.com/williamblake-house

Spring at William Blake House

Spring flowers, first blossom, sprouting beans, and watercolour paintings - some of the signs that spring is here!

  • Signs of Spring around our homes
  • Signs of Spring around our homes
  • Signs of Spring around our homes
  • Signs of Spring around our homes
  • Signs of Spring around our homes
  • Signs of Spring around our homes
  • Signs of Spring around our homes
  • Signs of Spring around our homes

Robin Hood and the Archery Competition

Here our storyteller leads a group of residents and staff through a dramatic reenactment of one of Robin's most famous adventures.

  • Photos of a Robin Hood story
  • Photos of a Robin Hood story
  • Photos of a Robin Hood story
  • Photos of a Robin Hood story
  • Photos of a Robin Hood story
  • Photos of a Robin Hood story
  • Photos of a Robin Hood story
  • Photos of a Robin Hood story
  • Photos of a Robin Hood story
  • Photos of a Robin Hood story

Pancake Day 2017

We celebrated pancake day with an indoor sports session in which the prizes for each event were... pancakes!

  • Photos of our pancake day sports session
  • Photos of our pancake day sports session
  • Photos of our pancake day sports session
  • Photos of our pancake day sports session
  • Photos of our pancake day sports session
  • Photos of our pancake day sports session
  • Photos of our pancake day sports session

The Wednesday Music Club

We have monthly discos, relaxation music sessions, and folk dancing in our Wednesday Music Club, plus special events like our recent Valentine's Day dance, pictured here.

  • Photos from our monthly disco sessions
  • Photos from our monthly disco sessions
  • Photos from our monthly disco sessions
  • Photos from our monthly disco sessions
  • Photos from our monthly disco sessions
  • Photos from our monthly disco sessions

Indoor Sports at William Blake House

We have an indoor sports session every week.  Activities include football, throwing beanbags, passing games, relay races, ball rolling, and stretches.  It's good fun for all!

  • Indoor sports at William Blake House
  • Indoor sports at William Blake House
  • Indoor sports at William Blake House
  • Indoor sports at William Blake House
  • Indoor sports at William Blake House
  • Indoor sports at William Blake House
  • Indoor sports at William Blake House
  • Indoor sports at William Blake House
  • Indoor sports at William Blake House

Our houses, Autumn 2016

We've had some beautiful interior and exterior photographs taken of our three houses for a magazine feature. We thought we'd share some of them with you here.

  • Photos of our three homes
  • Photos of our three homes
  • Photos of our three homes
  • Photos of our three homes
  • Photos of our three homes
  • Photos of our three homes
  • Photos of our three homes
  • Photos of our three homes
  • Photos of the holiday to Stretton Lakes, May 2015, 2015
  • Photos of our three homes
  • Photos of our three homes
  • Photos of our three homes

Holiday in Wales, Summer 2016

Two male residents enjoyed a holiday in Nantmor, North Wales.

There were lots of outdoor activities including woodland walks and a scenic steam train ride.

  • Holiday in Wales, 2016
  • Holiday in Wales, 2016
  • Holiday in Wales, 2016
  • Holiday in Wales, 2016
  • Holiday in Wales, 2016
  • Holiday in Wales, 2016
  • Holiday in Wales, 2016
  • Holiday in Wales, 2016

Stretton Lakes Holiday 2015

Two male residents enjoyed a week's holiday at Stretton Lakes in May 2015.

Accompanied by a small group of staff and volunteers, they explored the surrounding area and took a trip on the Nene Valley Railway.

  • Photos of the holiday to Stretton Lakes, May 2015, 2015
  • Photos of the holiday to Stretton Lakes, May 2015, 2015
  • Photos of the holiday to Stretton Lakes, May 2015, 2015
  • Photos of the holiday to Stretton Lakes, May 2015, 2015
  • Photos of the holiday to Stretton Lakes, May 2015, 2015
  • Photos of the holiday to Stretton Lakes, May 2015, 2015
  • Photos of the holiday to Stretton Lakes, May 2015, 2015
  • Photos of the holiday to Stretton Lakes, May 2015, 2015
  • Photos of the holiday to Stretton Lakes, May 2015, 2015
  • Photos of the holiday to Stretton Lakes, May 2015, 2015
  • Photos of the holiday to Stretton Lakes, May 2015, 2015
  • Photos of the holiday to Stretton Lakes, May 2015, 2015

Getting out and about in spring

Fresh air and exercise are essential elements of the healthy lifestyle enjoyed at William Blake House.

Here are a few photos from our visit to a bluebell wood, a healthy walk, feeding geese, petting rabbits, our quails and chickens, walking with animals, and a morris dance in a nearby village.

  • Photos of our outdoor spring activities, 2015
  • Photos of our outdoor spring activities, 2015
  • Photos of our outdoor spring activities, 2015
  • Photos of our outdoor spring activities, 2015
  • Photos of our outdoor spring activities, 2015
  • Photos of our outdoor spring activities, 2015
  • Photos of our outdoor spring activities, 2015
  • Photos of our outdoor spring activities, 2015
  • Photos of our outdoor spring activities, 2015
  • Photos of our outdoor spring activities, 2015
  • Photos of our outdoor spring activities, 2015
  • Photos of our outdoor spring activities, 2015

The Gruffalo

As part of our Easter celebrations, we put on a performance of The Gruffalo.

This fun story was read, sung and acted by several of our staff and residents for the enjoyment of the whole community.

  • Photos of our Gruffalo performance, 2015
  • Photos of our Gruffalo performance, 2015
  • Photos of our Gruffalo performance, 2015
  • Photos of our Gruffalo performance, 2015
  • Photos of our Gruffalo performance, 2015
  • Photos of our Gruffalo performance, 2015
  • Photos of our Gruffalo performance, 2015
  • Photos of our Gruffalo performance, 2015

Easter 2015

With animal masks, home-baked cakes, and plenty of chocolate eggs, we all had a lovely morning in our local village hall to celebrate Easter this year.

  • Photos of our Easter celebrations, 2015
  • Photos of our Easter celebrations, 2015
  • Photos of our Easter celebrations, 2015
  • Photos of our Easter celebrations, 2015
  • Photos of our Easter celebrations, 2015
  • Photos of our Easter celebrations, 2015
  • Photos of our Easter celebrations, 2015
  • Photos of our Easter celebrations, 2015

Parsifal Performance, December 2014

Staff and residents worked hard for several months on this project - a dramatic performance of Parsifal, a mediaeval poem centred around an Arthurian knight's quest for the Grail.  It strongly features humility, compassion and sympathy, and is a story with great relevance to our Anthroposophical community.

The whole community came together to enjoy the impressive performance in our local village hall.

  • Photos from the performance of Parsifal, 2014
  • Photos from the performance of Parsifal, 2014
  • Photos from the performance of Parsifal, 2014
  • Photos from the performance of Parsifal, 2014
  • Photos from the performance of Parsifal, 2014
  • Photos from the performance of Parsifal, 2014
  • Photos from the performance of Parsifal, 2014
  • Photos from the performance of Parsifal, 2014

Center Parcs Holiday 2014

Fresh air, exercise, and fun on the water were the order of the day at this year's holiday at Center Parcs in Woburn Forest, Bedfordshire.

Four residents and a group of staff and volunteers had an exciting and active holiday together, and the good weather held out for them.

  • Photos from the Center Parcs holiday, 2014
  • Photos from the Center Parcs holiday, 2014
  • Photos from the Center Parcs holiday, 2014
  • Photos from the Center Parcs holiday, 2014
  • Photos from the Center Parcs holiday, 2014
  • Photos from the Center Parcs holiday, 2014
  • Photos from the Center Parcs holiday, 2014
  • Photos from the Center Parcs holiday, 2014
  • Photos from the Center Parcs holiday, 2014
  • Photos from the Center Parcs holiday, 2014
  • Photos from the Center Parcs holiday, 2014
  • Photos from the Center Parcs holiday, 2014

Community Activities 2014

Trampolining, folk dancing, and llama trekking are just a few of the regular activities enjoyed by the William Blake House community.

  • Photos of the WBH community, 2014
  • Photos of the WBH community, 2014
  • Photos of the WBH community, 2014
  • Photos of the WBH community, 2014

Nantmor Holiday 2014

Here are photos from another William Blake House community holiday at the Nantmor Mountain Centre in North Wales.

A group of residents, staff, and volunteers enjoyed a range of outdoor activities and beautiful scenery.

  • Photos from the Nantmor holiday, 2014
  • Photos from the Nantmor holiday, 2014
  • Photos from the Nantmor holiday, 2014
  • Photos from the Nantmor holiday, 2014
  • Photos from the Nantmor holiday, 2014
  • Photos from the Nantmor holiday, 2014
  • Photos from the Nantmor holiday, 2014
  • Photos from the Nantmor holiday, 2014
  • Photos from the Nantmor holiday, 2014
  • Photos from the Nantmor holiday, 2014
  • Photos from the Nantmor holiday, 2014
  • Photos from the Nantmor holiday, 2014

Stretton Lakes Holiday 2014

Two male residents enjoyed a holiday at Stretton Lakes near Rutland Water in May 2014.


Undeterred by the occassional grey sky, they had loads of fun along with a small group of staff and volunteers.

  • Photos from the Stretton Lakes holiday, 2014
  • Photos from the Stretton Lakes holiday, 2014
  • Photos from the Stretton Lakes holiday, 2014
  • Photos from the Stretton Lakes holiday, 2014
  • Photos from the Stretton Lakes holiday, 2014
  • Photos from the Stretton Lakes holiday, 2014
  • Photos from the Stretton Lakes holiday, 2014
  • Photos from the Stretton Lakes holiday, 2014

Hallowe'en 2013

The staff, volunteers, and residents of William Blake House celebrated Hallowe'en in style again this year!

We had a party in the local village hall with costumes, masks, fun and games, and plenty of laughter.

Marking annual festivals and seasonal events is a big part of life at William Blake House, and these parties always provide great opportunities for the whole community to get together and have a good time.

  • Photos from the Hallowe'en party, 2013
  • Photos from the Hallowe'en party, 2013
  • Photos from the Hallowe'en party, 2013
  • Photos from the Hallowe'en party, 2013
  • Photos from the Hallowe'en party, 2013
  • Photos from the Hallowe'en party, 2013
  • Photos from the Hallowe'en party, 2013
  • Photos from the Hallowe'en party, 2013

Nantmor Holiday 2013

Two male residents had a holiday at Nantmor Mountain Centre in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park in North Wales in October 2013.

They stayed in a comfortable cottage nestling in the mountains and enjoyed outings to a beach, a castle, a museum, and a steam railway.

  • Photos from the Nantmor Mountain Centre holiday, 2013
  • Photos from the Nantmor Mountain Centre holiday, 2013
  • Photos from the Nantmor Mountain Centre holiday, 2013
  • Photos from the Nantmor Mountain Centre holiday, 2013
  • Photos from the Nantmor Mountain Centre holiday, 2013
  • Photos from the Nantmor Mountain Centre holiday, 2013
  • Photos from the Nantmor Mountain Centre holiday, 2013
  • Photos from the Nantmor Mountain Centre holiday, 2013

Stretton Lakes Holiday 2013 (3)

We took another trip to Stretton Lakes in September 2013.

Holidays are an important part of life at William Blake House, and to make the experience as rich as possible, we take multiple holidays every year with just a few residents each time.

  • Photos from a Stretton Lakes holiday, 2013
  • Photos from a Stretton Lakes holiday, 2013
  • Photos from a Stretton Lakes holiday, 2013
  • Photos from a Stretton Lakes holiday, 2013
  • Photos from a Stretton Lakes holiday, 2013
  • Photos from a Stretton Lakes holiday, 2013
  • Photos from a Stretton Lakes holiday, 2013
  • Photos from a Stretton Lakes holiday, 2013

Stretton Lakes Holiday 2013 (2)

In July 2013, another two male residents enjoyed a holiday at Stretton Lakes near Rutland Water.

Stretton Lakes is a destination we use regularly for our residents' holidays as it offers a range of activities for all weathers and has wheelchair-accessible cabins and facilities.

  • Photos from a Stretton Lakes holiday, 2013
  • Photos from a Stretton Lakes holiday, 2013
  • Photos from a Stretton Lakes holiday, 2013
  • Photos from a Stretton Lakes holiday, 2013

Center Parcs Holiday 2013

In June 2013, several female residents went on holiday to Center Parcs in Suffolk.

They enjoyed their chalet accommodation, walks around the park, swimming, tenpin bowling, and getting close to the wildlife.

Have a look at these photos of various activities and bold animal visitors!

  • Photos from the Center Parcs holiday, 2013
  • Photos from the Center Parcs holiday, 2013
  • Photos from the Center Parcs holiday, 2013
  • Photos from the Center Parcs holiday, 2013
  • Photos from the Center Parcs holiday, 2013
  • Photos from the Center Parcs holiday, 2013
  • Photos from the Center Parcs holiday, 2013
  • Photos from the Center Parcs holiday, 2013

Stretton Lakes Holiday 2013 (1)

In May 2013, a group of male residents, staff and volunteers went on holiday to Stretton Lakes near Rutland Water.

As you'll see from these photographs, they had a lot of fun.

They were very lucky with the weather and were able to enjoy a lot of time outdoors, exploring nearby towns, shopping, visiting a preserved railway, and relaxing in the beautiful countryside.

  • Photos from a Stretton Lakes holiday, 2013
  • Photos from a Stretton Lakes holiday, 2013
  • Photos from a Stretton Lakes holiday, 2013
  • Photos from a Stretton Lakes holiday, 2013
  • Photos from a Stretton Lakes holiday, 2013
  • Photos from a Stretton Lakes holiday, 2013
  • Photos from a Stretton Lakes holiday, 2013
  • Photos from a Stretton Lakes holiday, 2013
  • Photos from a Stretton Lakes holiday, 2013
  • Photos from a Stretton Lakes holiday, 2013
  • Photos from a Stretton Lakes holiday, 2013
  • Photos from a Stretton Lakes holiday, 2013

Duxford Trip 2013

Six residents recently enjoyed a day out at The Imperial War Museum at Duxford, Cambridgeshire.

They found the collection of aircraft fascinating and enjoyed trying on flying jackets and aviation goggles for the interactive parts of the displays.

The staff and volunteers who accompanied them had a good time too!

  • Photos from our trip to Duxford
  • Photos from our trip to Duxford
  • Photos from our trip to Duxford
  • Photos from our trip to Duxford
  • Photos from our trip to Duxford
  • Photos from our trip to Duxford
  • Photos from our trip to Duxford
  • Photos from our trip to Duxford

Easter Celebrations 2013

This Easter (2013) we brightened the houses with spring-themed decorations and we painted eggs with all manner of faces, greetings, and patterns.

The dining table in Farm Cottage was set for a special Easter lunch which was enjoyed by a group of residents, staff, and volunteers.

The was an egg hunt in the garden and the residents enjoyed looking for brightly painted eggs among the trees and plants.

  • Photos from Easter 2013
  • Photos from Easter 2013
  • Photos from Easter 2013
  • Photos from Easter 2013
  • Photos from Easter 2013
  • Photos from Easter 2013
  • Photos from Easter 2013
  • Photos from Easter 2013

Hallowe'en Party 2012

To celebrate Hallowe'en (2012), we held a party in the Village Hall with monstrous make-up, creepy costumes, pumpkin lanterns, huge cobwebs, and a delicious Hallowe'en pumpkin cake made by the residents.

There was dancing, laughter, and plenty of screaming! Here are some terrifying photographs to show you what a frightful time we had.

  • Photos from the Hallowe'en party
  • Photos from the Hallowe'en party
  • Photos from the Hallowe'en party
  • Photos from the Hallowe'en party
  • Photos from the Hallowe'en party
  • Photos from the Hallowe'en party
  • Photos from the Hallowe'en party
  • Photos from the Hallowe'en party

Stretton Lakes Holiday 2012

In September 2012 two male residents went to stay in log cabins (specially equipped for wheelchairs) at Stretton Lakes near Rutland Water. The holiday included many activities and meals out as well as a trip to the Space Centre on the way home.

  • Photos from the Rutland holiday
  • Photos from the Rutland holiday
  • Photos from the Rutland holiday
  • Photos from the Rutland holiday

Olympic BBQ 2012

To celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, our volunteers and residents have been holding their own William Blake House Games in their Tuesday morning indoor sports sessions.

Sports have included throwing balls at targets, distance throwing tournaments, and relay races.

At a recent barbecue lunch, the residents were awarded their medals. The sun shone, good food was enjoyed by all, and we also used this special occasion to mark the 22nd birthday of our newest resident.

  • Photos from the Olympics BBQ
  • Photos from the Olympics BBQ
  • Photos from the Olympics BBQ
  • Photos from the Olympics BBQ
  • Photos from the Olympics BBQ
  • Photos from the Olympics BBQ
  • Photos from the Olympics BBQ
  • Photos from the Olympics BBQ

Pembrokeshire Holiday 2012

In August 2012 a group of four male residents went to stay in a National Trust centre called Stackpole in Pembrokeshire.  During their time there they visited a castle and also took a boat trip from Tenby to see the monastery on Caldey Island.

  • Photos from the Pembrokeshire Holiday
  • Photos from the Pembrokeshire Holiday
  • Photos from the Pembrokeshire Holiday
  • Photos from the Pembrokeshire Holiday
  • Photos from the Pembrokeshire Holiday
  • Photos from the Pembrokeshire Holiday
  • Photos from the Pembrokeshire Holiday
  • Photos from the Pembrokeshire Holiday

Center Parcs Holiday 2012

Three of our female residents went to stay in Center Parcs in Suffolk in May 2012. They enjoyed swimming and walking and meals out in Café Rouge as well as visits to the pancake house.

  • Photos from the Center Parcs holiday
  • Photos from the Center Parcs holiday
  • Photos from the Center Parcs holiday
  • Photos from the Center Parcs holiday

William Blake House 10th Anniversary 2011

In October 2011 we celebrated the 10th anniversary of William Blake House. Residents, staff, volunteers, managers, trustees, residents' parents and some of our therapists all came together on a beautifully sunny afternoon for an al fresco lunch at our house in Blakesley.

It was a great opportunity for everyone to enjoy the recently completed new garden layout which provided the perfect setting for this joyful and very special occassion.

  • Photos from our tenth anniversary
  • Photos from our tenth anniversary
  • Photos from our tenth anniversary
  • Photos from our tenth anniversary
  • Photos from our tenth anniversary
  • Photos from our tenth anniversary
  • Photos from our tenth anniversary
  • Photos from our tenth anniversary