They say good things happen in threes, and at our Moat Park retirement community, it comes in the form a trio of new faces to the team.
Bringing her creativeness to the kitchen is pastry chef Marion Saltmarsh, who joins the main Moat House team following nine years working as a chef at the neighbouring Moat House residential and nursing home.
Dishing up some delicious additions to the menu for residents to enjoy, including a range of mouth-watering cakes and bakes, Marion learned her craft at catering college over 10 years ago – and holds a City & Guilds Professional Cookery Level 2 including Patisserie.
She said: “I’m a whizz at preparing desserts, also making cakes for the residents including birthday cakes and cakes for afternoon tea and coffee mornings. I also assist the head chef when required.
“What I most look forward to is creating wonderful desserts and cakes with fresh ingredients, including old fashioned desserts that residents have fond memories of.”
Meanwhile, Tony Walsh brings his passion for horticulture to the role of part-time gardener.
Tony joins us from his former post at Saint Francis Hospice in Havering-atte-Bower where he worked as the gardener; looking after the grounds which also house the national collection of Pemberton Roses.
He said: “My entire working life has been spent in horticulture which has always been my passion. I will be working with gardener Ben Allen in maintaining the wonderful grounds and gardens, which we want to restore to their former glory and introduce some real wow factor with colour and exciting planting projects.”
Ben said: “My previous experience has been mostly gardening maintenance and catering. My main focus over the next few months will centre around the arrival of autumn; and during my short time here already, I feel that I have really made a difference and have received some lovely ‘thank you’ messages from the Moat Park residents.”