Barking Hall Nursing Home, in Barking near Needham Market, has been ‘adopted’ by Stonham Barns in a kind gesture that will give residents free access to visit the owl sanctuary throughout the year.

Residents at the home have been regular visitors to the owl sanctuary since spring of last year. Visits to local attractions are a central part of the activities programme at the home, which is designed to provide residents with a variety of events and opportunities.

Staff at Stonham Barns noticed the regular visitors, and contacted the home to ask if they could ‘adopt’ the home and present residents with a year’s free pass.

On Tuesday 19th February, staff from the owl sanctuary took a young barn owl, ‘Bramble’, to see the residents and present them with their certificate of adoption and gifted passes. The home has also now adopted Bramble as part of the partnership.

Five of the home’s residents, Judith, Midge, Brenda, Betty and June, are particularly passionate about owls and were extremely keen to see the birds in their home environment.

Home Manager Sue Oates explains, “We’re so grateful to everyone at Stonham Barns for this extremely kind gesture.

“We are a community-minded home, and love to get our residents out and about in the local area. The Owl Sanctuary is a real favourite with many of our residents, so being ‘adopted’ by them, and being provided with free entry, really has been very special.

“We all enjoyed the visit from the beautiful owls this week, and we’re looking forward to planning our next visit to Stonham Barns.”