LIFE is sweet in one Herefordshire home as it plays host to a monthly pudding club.

Staff and residents at Barchester’s Ross Court Care Home in Ross-on-Wye recently held their monthly Pudding Club and everyone was welcome.

The idea behind the club is for everyone to come along for a cup of tea and a catch up while trying out different types of puddings.

Each month residents and staff get together to talk about their favourite puddings, past and present, and decide what they are going to serve the next month.

The home’s chef, Helena Jenkins, helps the residents to prepare the puddings, using both old-fashioned and new recipes, so everyone gets to try a range of different puds.

Family members, friends and members of the community are all invited to attend and bring puddings to share too, if they wish.

In May, the Pudding Club met for the fourth time and Ross Court was delighted to host special guests Councillor Louis Stark and dementia specialist Leah Edmonds.

General manager Agda-Claudia Vasilateanu said: “The Pudding Club is proving to be a huge success, our residents absolutely love it. We are so lucky to have Helena Jenkins, she is such a wonderful chef and helps us make all the delicious puddings.

"The club is going from strength to strength, we’re very much looking forward to the next session – everyone is welcome to join us, please check out our Facebook page for details.”

Ross Court is run by Barchester Healthcare, one of the UK’s largest care providers, which supports over 13,000 residents across 258 homes and hospitals, both for short breaksand long-term stays.

The care provider offers residential and nursing care, with expert dementia care on offer and homes featuring special facilities for those with dementia such as memory lane communities, a dedicated part of the home designed to support residents living with various stages of Alzheimer’s or dementia, to stay as independent and active as possible.

Barchester also has dedicated services that provide specialist care for those who require neuro rehabilitation, as well as care for those with Parkinson’s or Huntington’s disease.