Old-fashioned shop to conjure up sweet memories for care home residents

Handyman Ian Noble working on the Sweet shop at Field View Care Home
Handyman Ian Noble working on the Sweet shop at Field View Care Home

A CARE home is hoping to conjure up sweet memories from residents’ past.

Work is well underway on the creation of an old-fashioned sweet shop at Fieldview Care Home in Blackhall Colliery.

The home’s maintenance man Ian Noble has been hard at work and the new addition is due to open soon for residents and their families to pay a visit.

They will be able to take their pick and mix from shelves of sweet treats such as mint humbugs, liquorice, and pear drops.

A lounge, formerly used as a smoking room, is being turned into the shop.

The project is due to be completed and open within weeks.

Home manager Michelle Howarth, whose idea it was, said: “We are taking a step back in time and creating a vintage sweet shop for the enjoyments and reminiscence of our clients, families and staff.

“Ian Noble, our maintenance man, has spent many hours creating this.

“We have residents with dementia so hopefully it will appeal to them, as well as all our other residents.

“They are looking forward to it being open.”

It will also double as a an activities room.

Manager Michelle added: “Hopefully our sweet shop will be finished and officially opened at the end of January, watch this space.”