Thomas Grocutt will be supporting the Welsh Rugby Team at the World Cup at Gibraltar Nursing Home.

The Rugby World Cup at Gibraltar Nursing Home

Gibraltar Nursing Home in Monmouth is gearing up to watch the Rugby World Cup.

The 2019 Rugby World Cup has started in Japan and millions of sport fans around the globe are watching, especially here in Wales where rugby is practically a religion. Gareth Edwards once famously said, “Rugby is part of the DNA of Welsh men and women across the globe, it is at the heart of our very essence, defining us as individuals and as a nation.”

That holds true in Gibraltar Nursing Home in Monmouth, where the matches will be closely watched by many of the ninety five “family members” who live there and want to support the national side. Where possible, the home’s care team will be watching too, as this year Wales briefly reached the number one spot in rugby’s world rankings and have been tipped as one of the favourites to win. 

One of the home’s most ardent rugby fans is Tommy Grocutt, who is 82 years young and grew up in Machen, near Newport. Tommy is the son of a miner and grew up to become fascinated by rugby and collecting fossils. He developed these interests further by going on to study geology at Swansea University where he also played for the university’s rugby team.

He married his wife, Marny in 1960 and became a teacher, working in a school in Yeovil at first, before moving back to teach in Wales at Cwmcarn Comprehensive School. He eventually retired when he reached 50.

When asked about his interest in sport he says: “I have always played and watched rugby, I played for Machen and for Swansea University, and for Yeovil when I lived in Somerset. I could tell you what happened in any of the Welsh International matches all through the seventies, and I used to be involved in the Rugby Club committee and the Welfare Committee.” Tommy’s love of rugby has even taken him to Australia, to watch Wales play over there.

“Until recently I loved reading, walking and gardening, too, but these days I live with dementia, which has affected the sort of things I enjoy doing. I rarely used to watch TV, but recently I do like watching news and sport so of course I will definitely be watching the World Cup”  If he is asked who his favourite rugby player is, he jokes that he is, typical of Tommy and his sense of humour.

When asked what he needs to make watching a game a perfect experience, he refuses the suggestion of a few pints of ale, preferring to watch it with friends who can crowd together and yell “Come on Wales!” at all the poignant moments.

The World Cup lasts from Friday, 20th September to Saturday, 2nd November. Wales are playing Georgia on the 23rd September, Australia on the 29th September, Fiji on the 9th October and Uruguay on the 13th October.

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Home Helps Former Nurse Celebrate International Nurses’ Day

Hospitals and care homes across the country celebrated International Nurses Day on 12th May but it is not just practicing nurses who joined in, but former nurses, too.

Gibraltar Nursing Home in Monmouth are delighted to have a retired SRN nurse living with them. Barbara Jones (nee Morgan) is 86-years-old and started her training to be a nurse in 1951 when she was just eighteen. She worked at the Royal Gwent hospital in 1952 before becoming a district nurse in the early 1960s, based at the Caer Mawr Road Surgery in Caldicot.

She was a nurse for 40 years until illness meant she had to retire in 1989. Her daughter, Ruth Bishop, said she was much loved by her colleagues and patients, many of whom still fondly remember her.

In 2016 Barbara moved to Gibraltar Nursing Home in Monmouth and immediately she felt the difference between a home from yesteryear and to the home of today. Gone were the days of an institution, and in came no uniforms, no set mealtimes, no lights out by ten, and fine décor as you would expect when walking into anyone’s home. You felt safe, comfortable and a sense of belonging as you walked around. The care is always person-centred and previous life histories are celebrated and the home puts choice and remaining independent for as long as possible at the forefront of everything.

When asked if this was very different to the type of care offered when she started nursing, Barbara nodded her agreement. The methods are certainly much better, now and it was a lot stricter when she started but she always tried to nurse with kindness.

There have been some huge advances in medicine since Barbara started her training. The amount of time spent in hospital recovering after operations has reduced hugely and diseases such as smallpox and polio have now disappeared in the UK. Barbara says the Care Team at the nursing home are excellent. High praise indeed, coming from somebody that knows more than most about health care.

The 12th May was chosen to celebrate Nurses Day as it is the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth, so perfect for celebrating the role of nurses everywhere. Most people agree that it’s a beautiful thing when a career and passion can come together. Claire Knight, Clinical Lead at Gibraltar Nursing Home, agrees. She said: “International Nurses Day presented us with the perfect opportunity to say thank you to Barbara because she dedicated her life to caring for others and as carers and nurses ourselves, we really wanted to help her celebrate.

Family Member Has a Boat Named After Him

One of Our Family Members has a Boat Named after Him

All of Gibraltar Nursing Home’s family members are loved and accepted for who they are, always treated with dignity and given as much independence as possible. And all are considered legends, but only one is a legend in the world of rowing and has recently had a boat named after him!

83-year-old, John Hartland has been living at Gibraltar for the last four years and has an astonishing life history. He was the Master In charge of rowing at Monmouth School for Boys' Rowing Club for nearly 30 years and formed the Monmouth School for Girls Rowing Club in 1990. He also led the Welsh rowing team to the 1986 Commonwealth Games and was chairman of Welsh Rowing for helping more than 30 Monmouth rowers go on to win GB caps, including Olympic medallists Colin Moynihan and Charlie Wiggin, double Olympic gold medal coach Robin Williams, and his own son, two-time world medallist, James Hartland.
John and his family decided he would move to Gibraltar after discovering he lived with Alzheimer’s which is a condition the home is excellent in providing care for. Gibraltar boasts a home from home feel with stylish décor, along with a hydrotherapy pool, cinema and restaurant, or private dining if preferred.

On Saturday 6th April 2019, a sleek, new racing 8 was named after him in a ceremony at Monmouth Boys School Rowing Club. At the naming were Olympic medallist Charlie Wiggin and former Cambridge Boat Race chief coach, Robin Williams, who guided the GB women's pair to two Olympic golds.
John’s wife, Ann Hartland, grandsons, Ben and Will, daughter, Kate Callaghan, the Head of Rowing at Monmouth School for Girls, and son, British veteran champion, Nick Hartland were there and watched proudly as Anne christened the boat with champagne, pleasing the large crowd of well-wishers that had assembled.
John Griffiths from Monmouth Boys' School said, “This is the first new empacher eight that has been bought by any club in Wales and it is fitting that it should be named after a man that did so much for Welsh rowing.”
Son, Nick Hartland said, "As a family, we’re all delighted with this honour for Dad and he will be touched when I tell him how many came to the naming of this fantastic new racing eight.”
He went on to say “There were some huge achievements for John; a first 8s appearance and race win at Henley Royal Regatta in the 1960s, a Henley semi-final in the 1980s, and a first-ever National Schools Championship title.”
“Although he couldn’t attend the ceremony, the sport and the River Wye flow through his veins and the fact that the rowing club has seen fit to name the boat after him, will take his link with the club into the future.”
A large portion of the sizable crowd at the ceremony were rowers and he concluded by saying “With Dad’s name on the bows, he will be there in spirit, rowing every single stroke with you.”

Jerry Short, from the home, attended the naming and said “ What he has done for, not just rowing, but for Wales, too, is truly remarkable and I know that every single member of the Gibraltar Care Team and all the other family members in the home, are very proud of him, and delighted, that he is living with us.”

We look forward to your visit!

We are taking part in National Care Home Open Day on Saturday 21st April and you’re invited!




This year’s theme to the National Care Home Open Day is ‘Linking Communities’ and it aims to connect care homes with their local community. Here at Gibraltar Nursing Home, our doors are of course always open to anyone who would like to visit, however this year we will be joining in with this nationally recognised celebration of community and care, on Saturday 21st April.

Throughout the day there will be refreshments, scrumptious home-make cakes, music and no doubt some dancing, a visit from ‘Pets as Therapy’ and a raffle full of prizes you won’t want to miss!

There will also be an opportunity to meet our team members who will be on hand to answer any of your questions and to proudly boast about our home. They will be able to take you on a tour, showing you all of the redecoration works we’ve completed over the past few months.

Our principal focus here at Gibraltar is well-being; ensuring everyone who lives with us has a sense of family and belonging at all times. Everyone at Gibraltar is treated as an individual and our care and support is tailored to that person—we are not one size fits all! We see the person, not the diagnosis.

To this end, we simply finish off by pledging “Gibraltar Nursing Home is a home, not just a care home” so please feel free to visit on the 21st or any other day if this date doesn’t suit.

Mothering Sunday

Happy Mother’s Day to everyone who recently celebrated Mothering Sunday!
We had a wonderful day here at Gibraltar Nursing Home. We had so many beautiful bunches of flowers delivered from friends and family that perhaps live further away or that just wanted to send something extra special – we had enough to open up as a local florist!
Everyone enjoyed a delicious Sunday Roast, and so many relatives and friends visited and celebrated with us. Our whole home was full of love!
Mum’s are so special, and it was a fabulous day celebrating them, together here at Gibraltar Nursing Home.

65 Year Anniversary Celebrations at Gibraltar Nursing Home!

Love was certainly in the air recently at Gibraltar Nursing Home, with Valentine’s Day celebrations for everybody, as well as a Valentine’s Wedding Anniversary!
Peter and Glenys, who moved into the nursing home together last month from their home in Hereford, celebrated their 65th Wedding Anniversary on Valentine’s Day. They enjoyed a romantic meal in the beautiful Home’s very own “Pillars Restaurant”, complete with red roses, chocolates and romantic live music.
Tanya Hannant, Home Manager at Gibraltar Nursing Home, commented: “It was an absolute pleasure for us to help Peter and Glenys celebrate 65 wonderful years of marriage, and on the most romantic day of year at that! We decorated every room here at Gibraltar and everyone was presented with roses and personalised Valentine’s Day cupcake; our home was full to the brim with love and celebrations.”
Bridget, who regularly visits Gibraltar to put on singing sessions and perform for everyone, was even presented with chocolates and a card from one of the gents living there.
Tanya continued: “We take every chance we can to put on special events and celebrations for our family members here, and this Valentine’s Day was one of the best we’ve ever had. Peter and Glenys have been together for an incredible 65 years; and we are delighted that they can continue their journey together here at Gibraltar.”

If you’d like to find out more about living or working at Gibraltar Nursing Home, then please call 01600 775 880 or email

Monmouth Care Home awarded Five Stars and commendation by MP

Gibraltar Nursing Home, a purpose-built care home located in Monmouth, has been awarded the maximum five stars in their latest food hygiene rating.

The nursing home is situated within the grounds of Gibraltar Care Village, comprising the 95-bedded care home and 36 independent living apartments.

Gibraltar Nursing Home’s Home Manager, Tanya Hannant, was bursting with pride when she told us: “achieving the five stars is an amazing achievement and a true testament to the continuous hard work of our culinary team. They ensure that everyone living with us enjoys their favourite home cooked meals as they would at their own home. Our trained chefs aim to make all meals nutritious and well presented, but also fun and exciting, using local produce where possible.”

The team at Gibraltar Nursing Home have innovated special meals for individuals who might have difficulty swallowing. To make pureed meals look more appetizing they often put pureed foods into specialised moulds, or pipe them into shapes to make them look as good as they taste; it’s possible to make mushy peas look like fresh peas straight from the pod.

Local MP, David Davies, visited the home recently, in order to meet its oldest family member. Ellen, who recently celebrated her 100th birthday, chatted to David about her life and living at the nursing home.

He told us: “it was great to meet Ellen and hear about her fascinating life. Gibraltar Nursing Home are doing a brilliant job providing great quality care, and their newest achievement of gaining the five star food hygiene rating is a shining example of this.”

£1m Training Budget for Care Home

Team members from the award winning Gibraltar Nursing Home have been given access to a £1m training budget to ensure the best possible support is on offer. The nursing and residential home which specialises in dementia care is part of the national Evolve Care Group.

The Care Quality Commission published its annual report on Thursday morning saying it was worried about the ‘emerging evidence of deterioration in quality’ of many care homes across the UK. Gibraltar Nursing Home is offering something very different by undertaking this £1 million journey to become an outstanding care home, part of which saw members of the care team travelling to London for a pioneering Empowerment Seminar.

Clinical Director, Eve Carder said “Unfortunately the Care Sector has suffered from significant under investment for many years. At Evolve Care Group we recognise the important of training and personal development. We are privileged to have this large budget which means all of our team members can get the very latest and the very best training possible with events like the Empowerment Seminar.”

Over 300 other care professionals from across England and Wales joined together to help people working in the sector to recognise and deliver outstanding care.

The day saw a number of speakers encouraging staff to be more empowered and come to work with a positive mindset. World-renowned Jo Davison spoke about her Blue Cow concept and the importance of positivity in the work-place. Jermaine Harris also shared the secrets of how he managed to turn his life around by taking control of his mind and body, and encouraged staff to do exactly the same. He even demonstrated walking on shards of glass was possible with the right mindset.

Hayley Brueford, Care Village Coordinator at Gibraltar Nursing Home, said “it was so motivational to see what the speakers had achieved in their lives thanks to their approach to work.  The day was so relevant to give us ideas of how to offer even better care to those that live with us.”

Gibraltar Nursing Home is an over 90 strong family community and is currently recruiting nurses and care workers to join its award winning team and benefit from the training opportunities.

Care group helps homeless!

Office workers who provide central support at the award winning Bristol based care home provider, Evolve Care Group, recently handed out over £500 of food supplies and sleeping bags to the homeless.

Commercial Director Sian Harris told us “we provide care for the elderly in our state of the art nursing homes. Unfortunately many older people in Bristol are not so lucky and are forced to sleep on the streets. As a socially responsible company we are delighted to try and help them”.
Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “My thanks go to everyone at Evolve Care Group involved in these donations for some of Bristol’s most vulnerable residents. This is a good example of the momentum and resource we can bring together across the city, working as a whole greater than the sum of its parts.”

Workers from Evolve Care Group are given an annual charity budget of £100,000 to support local causes. This winter they chose to spend some of their budget on food, blankets, socks and sleeping bags. Over twenty members of the Central Support team switched off their computers early and personally handed out the supplies to people on the streets.

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