HC-One’s Ashington Grange care home in Ashington, Northumberland has created a wonderful homage its local mining history with a Miners Life Station where Residents can go and reminisce about working down the mines.
Residents and team members at Ashington Grange agreed that it would be nice to have something in the home to remember the mining era and celebrate the local community that lived and worked down the mines.
Staff arranged for a local artist, Tom Biggs, to visit the home to paint a traditional pit scene of a miner and a pit pony working whilst the home’s Maintenance Operative created a sculpture using pipes, meters and pressure valves to display some of the equipment that the miners will have used.
The home received a generous donation of some coal statues which are also displayed in the Miners Life Station alongside some miner’s lamps and a replica industrial footlocker.
Everyone at Ashington Grange is delighted with the final result, some Residents living in the home worked in the mines and have said it is wonderful to have a space where they can reminisce and share their stories.
Heather Knowles-Sinclair, Home Manager at Ashington Grange said: “Mining was a very important part of life so many people living in our local community, that’s why we wanted to create a special place in the home where those people will always be remembered.”