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Shirley Eyles

Shirley Eyles

Home Manager

After becoming a Registered Nurse in 1983, Shirley worked for a family-run firm of two nursing homes for 23 years, working her way up to become the Registered Manager of both homes.

During family and personal health issues, she became a part-time Registered Nurse in Polegate before joining a Lewes nursing home as Registered Nurse Manager in 2014.

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Under Shirley’s management, the home achieved a Good CQC rating, improving from a Requirements Needed.

Shirley joined Alfriston Court in 2020 and is working diligently on ongoing compliance, policy and procedures, high-quality staff training and supporting new staff through The Care Certificate, while continuing to navigate and manage this year’s incredible challenges.

Anita Message

Anita Message

Head of Care

Local girl through and through, Anita Message qualified as a Registered General Nurse (RGN) in 1986 before going on to midwifery training and qualifying in 1989.

After having her own three daughters and working in a primary school for 20 years, specifically on a one-to-one basis with Special Education Needs children, Anita applied for the

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post of Nurse at Alfriston Court in 2018. She then secured the top job of Head of Care at the beginning of 2020.

Anita says: “I once heard that, if you found a job you love, then you would never have to work again. If that’s the case, I can honestly say I haven’t worked a single day since September 2018!”

“Alfriston is one of my all-time favourite villages. The setting of Alfriston Court it quite exquisite. I feel that this really is my dream job. Love every second of it.”

Adam Hards

Adam Hards

Head Chef

Following his initial training as a chef in a BUPA care home, Adam was headhunted by his former BUPA head chef and persuaded to join him at Alfriston Court as his second chef, having bagged the top job there when it first opened.

Adam quickly worked his way up, completing sought-after qualifications in hospitality supervision

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and leadership and, when Alfriston’s head chef moved on, Adam was more than able to step up. He is enormously well-liked and has a superb set of skills which keep his menus exciting, nutritious, traditional yet innovative and well-balanced.

Adam takes great pride in delivering the very best quality cuisine for Alfriston Court’s residents and has been a finalist in the Independent Care Home Caterer of the Year Awards.

“It wasn’t something I was looking for at the time, but I’m very happy I grabbed the opportunity to work at Alfriston Court. Becoming Head Chef has allowed me to develop my skills even further and I really enjoy what I do for our lovely residents.”

Vanessa and Sally-Anne

Vanessa and Sally-Anne

Activities Team

Vanessa was one of the famous Butlins’ Redcoats, a title given to frontline staff at Butlins holiday camps throughout the UK with duties ranging from adults’ and children’s entertainment to stewarding.

Undergoing a tough selection process, each Redcoat has to show customer services and guest-facing

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skills and can also showcase their singing and dancing expertise.

Nessie stills absolutely loves singing and entertaining and puts these skills to great use for our residents here at Alfriston Court, which she joined two years ago. One of her biggest aims, she says, is to keep the residents happy and Nessie organises events to keep everyone engaged and as fit as they can be.

Sally-Anne has recently taken up the post of Activities Co-ordinator at Alfriston Court and has brought with her some wonderful talents such as knitting, artwork and craft projects. Her skillset definitely complements Nessie’s and together they ensure the residents stay active and enjoy life.

Sally-Anne comes to us from another care home group in Kent where she was health & wellbeing coordinator and before that she was a pre-school practitioner, supporting children achieve their early learning goals. She now carries out one-to-one room activities as well as group sessions for Alfriston Court’s residents. 


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