Advent
As we reach the start of 2021 we, the Sisters at Boarbank, hope and pray that Christmastide will bring hope and joy to you all in what has been a dark and difficult year. We are very grateful for all the cards, gifts and good wishes that we have received. We shall miss all of our regular guests, especially during prayers and meals, and hope to hang your names (with photos if we can find them or you provide them) on the Christmas tree in Chapel, so that you will be with us symbolically whenever we pray.

The restrictions remain the same for the Guest House and, although people booked in, they were then unable to come due to their local tier level so we got excited on a few occasions looking forward to welcoming our friends again but it was not to be.

We hope that with the arrival of the vaccine that we will be able to open things up a little more, at least by spring. 

We are able to organise visitors to the Nursing Home in the Greenhouse and the Nook, and we are currently building an outside Log Cabin as a Visitor Centre for the Nursing Home, which will make visits by family and friends much easier and more comfortable. We hope the screens for this will have arrived by Christmas. The general arrangements for visiting remain the same. Rapid tests have arrived for visitors, but these will only be able to be introduced once all of the staff have undertaken the required training; these will be used for residents who are not able to go out to the Log Cabin, and to facilitate End-of-Life Care Visits in the Nursing Home.

We have had some nice moments to keep us going through the seemingly endless months of Covid:

  • Various Zoom meetings for different groups that we belong to.
  • The staff team and an individual member being interviewed as thay are finalists in the Great British Care Awards with results in March - No, we don't know so please don't try bribery to find out if we are winners!
  • An excellent retreat based on St Mark's Gospel by Fr Chris Thomas Zoomed in.
  • Regular film watching with each Sister choosing in turn which has produced a very enjoyable and varied programme - from Babette's Feast via 12 Angry Men to Paulie.
  • An Awards Day for all our staff when each one recieved a Hero of 2020 commemorative coin to thank them for playing their part in keeping us all Covid free and safe.
  • Winning a Champagne Hamper for the staff team from Towergate Insurers by telling them why the team deserved it
  • and we still have various things to look forward to including Flookburgh Band playing outside by the Christmas tree on 20th and Father Christmas coming to visit the patients on 23rd when the staff can wear their Christmas jumpers, elf suits or fairy costumes - we can't wait! And then , of course, we will still be celebrating Christmas as we pray for greater joy, deeper peace, fuller hope and lasting love for all our families, friends, staff, patients and benefactors. Phew! Finally...

WE WISH YOU A HAPPY, PEACEFUL CHRISTMAS AND EVERY BLESSING IN 2021 WHEN WE HOPE AND PRAY EVERYONE WILL ENJOY BETTER HEALTH AND GREATER FREEDOM"