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Gloucestershire care home celebrates over 120 years of dedication at long service awards event

Gloucestershire care home celebrates over 120 years of dedication at long service awards event

  • Jane Matthews, Cook, 45 years’ service
  • Julie Fluck, Carer, 30 years’ service
  • Virginia Robins, Carer, 20 years’ service
  • Alison Tonge, Carer, 10 years’ service
  • Jennifer (Jennie) Beddis, 10 years’ service
  • Sharon Davis, Housekeeper, 5 years’ service


Six team members at Rodley House care home in Lydney have been celebrated for their long service to social care. The team include Jane Matthews, Cook, and Julie Fluck, Carer who together have achieved 75 years’ service at the care home. Rodley House, which is run by The Order of St John Care Trust (OSJCT), held a presentation event, with certificates and flowers given to staff in appreciation of their dedication to care. Senior Managers including OSJCT Chief Executive Dan Hayes joined the special event to congratulate employees.

Jane joined the home in 1979 aged 18 after completing her City & Guilds qualification in catering. Jane recalls her starting pay was £1.05 per hour in 1979. Jane’s husband also worked at Rodley House during the 1990s as a gardener.

Home Manager, Karla Tutton, said: “We are extremely fortunate to have such a loyal team. It really is a happy home.

“All our team members are fantastic and deserve recognition. We were extra excited to mark Jane’s 45 years of long service. Jane’s dedication and loyalty is remarkable, and she is a very talented Cook. Our residents appreciate everything she does to produce tasty, nutritious food. Jane recently supported the home, when we were without a Catering Manager, and ensured that Rodley House kept its 5-star Food Standards Agency Food Hygiene rating.”

On why she has stayed at Rodley House for her entire career, Jane said: “I enjoy company and particularly the social interaction with residents and colleagues. Rodley House has a wonderful family atmosphere and being local to me is a bonus. I can’t imagine my life without Rodley House.”

Julie joined Rodley House as a Carer in 1993 whilst studying for a social care degree. After a short time as a Bank Carer, she took on a permanent role. Reflecting on more than 30 years as a Carer, Julie said: “Throughout my time at Rodley House the highs have definitely outweighed the lows. I’ve always had a passion for care.

“I have worked alongside very supportive staff over the years. We pride ourselves in providing them with not only care but also a friendly environment. Our residents enjoy this big family home, where anyone is welcome.”  

Local singer Wolfren performed at the home as part of the event.

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