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In the good books - Halstead care home residents welcome special guest

April 7th 2021

A care home in Halstead was delighted to welcome a special guest for a virtual read-along.

Residents at Care UK’s Colne View, on Dame Mary Walk, were thrilled to be joined by local author, Paul Joynson, for a reading of his book, The Mingoes and their Amazing Adventures.

Colne View virtual reading session_0A collection of funny poems and illustrations, Paul was inspired to write the book for his granddaughter, who was only interested in the Mr Men books. After releasing his story on a small scale, Paul decided to publish his work more widely in memory of his son, Olly, who passed away in August 2020 aged 42 from motor neurone disease.

With all proceeds from the book going to the Motor Neurone Disease Association, residents at Colne View were keen to support Paul’s efforts, and were delighted when he joined them for a virtual read-along, to test out some of his new material.

Razvan Stanbeca, Home Manager at Colne View, said: “Here at Colne View, we strive to support members of our local community, which is why we were so keen to get involved with Paul’s fantastic initiative.

“We had a wonderful time listening to a live reading of The Mingoes, and were honoured to be chosen to listen to some of Paul’s new material too! We’ll certainly be getting our hands on a copy as soon as the next book is released.”

Colne View is a care home designed to deliver the very best standards of care, and to enable residents to live active and fulfilled lives. The home offers a range of services including residential care, specialist dementia care and respite care.

For more information about Colne View, please contact Senior Customer Relations Manager, Kim Richardson, 01787 389474 or email

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Colne View care home has a lively but relaxed atmosphere, including a ‘village green’ with its own coffee shop and cinema. Beautifully furnished lounges around the care home offer cosy spaces where residents can chat with friends and family, or join in with the many activities taking place.

Colne View
Dame Mary Walk
Colchester Road
CO9 2FF (For sat nav, please use post code CO9 2HD)

0333 434 3019

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