Interactive Care Home Tool Launched

A new tool from Caring Homes, a UK care home provider, has revealed interesting data about the levels of care provided in England.

The key feature of the tool allows users to quickly and accurately find out how many care homes in each of the England’s forty-eight counties have passed Care Quality Commission (CQC) standards.

The CQC are the regulator responsible for checking quality of public health and social care provided in England.

Interactive map

The key elements of the tool are three interactive maps. These measure the following in each county:

  • Quality of care
  • Life expectancy
  • Average salary
  • Quality of care in Surrey

Out of nearly seven hundred hundred care homes in Surrey, five hundred and eighty-nine have passed the CQC tests.

Surrey ranks as the thirtieth highest county for care, beating neighbouring counties, Hampshire and West Sussex. However, Middlesex ranked at eighteenth highest and Berkshire at nineteenth.


Image courtesy of Caring Homes

Surrey’s care facilities have been stressed in the press recently.

The closure of Redwood Care Centre in Guildford, and plans to build a ninety-two bed care home in Camberley town centre, have highlighted the changes in care provision the county is making.


Image courtesy of Get Surrey

Surrey life expectancy and average wage

The Caring Homes tool also allows users to quickly compare annual earnings and life expectancy across England.

In the case of Surrey, where the average wage is £39,497, life expectancy for males is 81.2 years and for females is 84.5 years.


Image courtesy of Caring Homes

When likened to adjoining counties, Surrey scored comparatively well, with male life expectancy higher than any of the bordering counties and female life expectancy almost matching figures in Berkshire.


Average Salary (£)

Life Expectancy: Male (years)

Life Expectancy: Female (years)













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Sharing results


Image courtesy of Caring Homes

Results can be shared quickly with the interactive table feature.

This enables users to search for a county and find out its care home percentage fail rate. The results can then be shared on Twitter or Facebook.

The findings can also be emailed. This is particularly useful for those sharing responsibility of placing a loved one in care. For example, siblings organising care for their mother.

It is hoped this tool will simplify the process of monitoring and researching levels of care across the country.

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A special charity evening at So Asia Camberley in Support of Macmillan Cancer Support

So Asia Camberley - Macmillan

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80’s Themed Christmas Parties at Pine Ridge Golf Club

Photo 17-06-2014 09 01 38Wipe the dust off your leg warmers, dig the hairspray out & get ready to go back to the eighties with our electric eighties themed Christmas Parties.

At this celebration of all things eighties you can enjoy a fabulous three course dinner, eighties themed novelties and a great dance party featuring some  of those memorable floor fillers from one of the most well-loved decades in music. This is sure to be an evening you will never forget so why not dress to impress & celebrate the festive season with friends & colleagues in true eighties fashion.

Download this brochure for full details and available dates: 80’s Themed Christmas Party Nights at Pine Ridge Golf Club 2014

Pine Ridge Golf Club Old Bisley Road, Frimley, Camberley, Surrey GU16 9NX
Call 01276 675444 (ext 213) NOW or email

Here is a small selection of images from the Rock & Roll Themed Christmas parties at Pine Ridge Golf Club last year.


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October 2014 @InsideChobham – Photo blog

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Motown & Soul Night at Pine Ridge Golf Club – Video blog

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Description: This is why Pine Ridge Golf Club is the best entertainment venue in Surrey Heath.

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#Chalk Paint™ Play Day @InsideChobham – Saturday 4th October 2014


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The Big Curry 2014 – Video blog

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Description: The Army were out in force on Park Street Camberley for the Big Curry.

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Rare machine gun event at the National Shooting Centre – Video blog

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Description: A very rare event where some historic machine guns are fired at the National Shooting Centre in Bisley. Video with thanks National Rifle Association.


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Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning – Photo blog

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Fundraising breakfast at Frankie & Benny’s in support of the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice – Podcast

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Vibrant Mosaic depicting Council Ward Heritage set for launch

SHBCA special community-produced mosaic depicting Surrey Heath Borough Council’s 16 electoral wards will be launched on Thursday 16 October 2014 on the front lawn outside the council’s main entrance at 11.30am.

The mosaic has been inspired by local councillors’ love of their area and was created by Dave Bowers of Mosaic Madness. Four local schools were also involved in its production including Carwarden House Community School, Frimley Church of England School, Mytchett Primary School and Crawley Ridge Junior School.

Featuring a vibrant collection of tiles each depicting an important part of a specific ward’s history, the mosaic is a joint-funded project by Surrey County Council, Friends of Surrey Heath Museum, Surrey Heath Residents Network and a private donor.

As part of Local Democracy Week, two of the schools who helped to create the mosaic will be attending local democracy workshops at Surrey Heath Museum to explore the area’s local history, as guests of the Mayor of Surrey Heath, Cllr Bob Paton. They will also visit the Council Chamber to understand how local democracy works.

 This event forms part of Surrey Heath Borough Council’s 40th anniversary celebrations, following the council’s creation in 1974 with the mosaic as a constant tribute.

For more information, call Gill Barnes-riding on (01276) 707284 (Wed to Fri) or 07598 193223; or email

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The Heritage Gallery welcomes its 10,000th visitor

The Heritage Gallery   3The Heritage Gallery reached another pinnacle in its success story by welcoming Mrs Ann
Cherry, a local resident, as the 10,000th visitor to The Gallery since it reopened in Obelisk
Way in January 2013.
We were honoured by the presence of our Mayor, Cllr Bob Paton who had very kindly
accepted our invitation to present a gift shopping voucher to Mrs Cherry which had been
generously donated by the Mall Management.
The Mayor made reference and gave thanks to the Mall Management for providing the gift
voucher and for their community spirit in providing the facilities for the Gallery. He also
praised the regular dedicated team of volunteers who operate the Gallery in support of The
Surrey Heath Museum.
Images with thanks by Alan Meeks, Carol Drew and Graeme Parker from the Windlesham and Camberley Camera Club


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