Not only is it 25 years since we invented the Bath-Knight bath lift this year, today is also 10 years since our factory, where we manufacture the Bath-Knight, and head office in Stoke on Trent was officially opened by George Stevenson MP and the Lord Major of Stoke on Trent at the Time: Cllr. Clive Brian.

 

Bath-Knight Official Opening.
The Bath-Knight Head Office was officially opened 10 years ago today.

 

We were all so excited when we first bought the old Royal Doulton factory that was disused and needed some life bringing back into it. Before we moved in we even had pottery kilns on our factory floor and bits of pottery left upstairs. It took us over a year to create the home of Bath-Knight, converting the old factory space upstairs into smart offices and the factory in to a production line.

Royal Doulton Factory.
The Bath-Knight office used to be a Royal Doulton factory.

 

The building itself is amazing and steeped in pottery history:

It was originally built by Edward Hughes around 1878 and even had its own railway platform so that the factory could ship the pottery easily by rail.

 

Fenton Station
An old image of Fenton Station.

In 1889 Edward Hughes set up business with his son-in-law Enoch Massey as E. Hughes & Co and it then became Opal China Works, Fenton.

It was then taken over by his son Frederick Hughes and renamed Hughes (Fenton) Ltd until 1941, the factory closed during the Second World War, after the war it was re-licenced in 1946 and then in 1953 was taken over by Adderleys Pottery.

Paladin China Mark

After Adderleys it then became Royal Doulton until 2000, when sadly Royal Doulton began to close their factories here in Stoke on Trent.

It’s amazing to think that fine china and pottery had been produced in this building for over 120 years before it then was lovingly converted into producing the Bath-Knight bath lift, so 10 years down 110 to go before we match the history of our building Paladin House.

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Lady holding walking stick

Rheumatoid arthritis affects approximately 690,000 people in the UK and this week, the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society are raising awareness for the condition. It is quite a different form of arthritis compared to osteoarthritis; rheumatoid arthritis causes pain and stiffness in both sides of the body. Joints become very swollen and inflamed; you can see the damage whereas with other forms of arthritis, you cannot really see the symptoms.

Just like all arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis can develop at any age but it is more common in middle aged and elderly people. It also causes inconvenience and put a strain on everyday activities and mobility.

It is very important to have medical awareness days, especially for arthritis, as a lot of people think it is only the elderly who suffer with it and it is still seen as a “wear and tear” thing rather than an illness.

We have blogged many times before about certain remedies such as gentle exercises to relieve arthritic pain, bathing with Epsom salts and exercises and massage whilst in the bath.

Epsom salt tips

The National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society will be holding lots of events throughout the week, highlighting the everyday struggles sufferers face and raising money for their research too. If someone you know has rheumatoid arthritis, give them a call to check they are doing ok and offer to help with any chores they may be struggling with.

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A slip or fall is a huge knock to your confidence as well as your safety, especially if you have developed a fear of falling.

The idea of the Falls Awareness campaign is to help the elderly overcome any fears and rehabilitate them if they have suffered a fall. Age UK has some wonderful information sheets on their website, in their shops and offices all about taking care of yourself, what to do if you or a loved one suffers a fall and how to regain your confidence after a fall.

Here at Bath-Knight, we created a poster all about keeping your feet healthy which plays a huge part in good balance and confidence.

Fall awareness poster

Do you have any tips for maintaining good balance and a healthy lifestyle?

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There have been some amazing and emotional scenes from the D-Day commemorations in France over the last few days, but none have touched us and made us smile as much as hearing about 89 year old Bernard Jordan.

'Missing' war hero turns up after secret D-Day France trip

Mr Jordan who served in the Royal Navy during the D-Day invasion, left his wife and nursing home on Thursday morning and made his way to the beaches of Normandy to meet the other veterans marking the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

He was reported missing on Thursday evening to Sussex police – who later tweeted:

 “Love this: 89yr old veteran reported missing by care home who said he can’t go to Normandy for #DDay70 remembrance. We’ve found him there!”

Mr Jordan is a shining example of the true British spirit and we are so glad that he made it there to join in and of course made it home safely.

 

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70 years ago today, the Normandy Landings, also known as D-Day, took place.

Normandy Landings 1944
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The invasion of Normandy has been called audacious and heroic over the years as many British, American and Canadian troops risked their lives throughout World War II. The reason for ‘D-Day’ was to protect Western Europe from being invaded by the German SS Army and take back France. It was also the beginning of the end of the war.

On the morning of June 6th 1944, over 130,000 men landed on the beaches and it was one of the biggest sea-borne invasions in military history. Thousands of casualties had been taken over the 80 day battle and eventually, the allied armies were victorious as they repelled the German armies.

2014 is a big year for anniversaries, especially for WWI and WWII. To commemorate the Normandy Landings, there will be lots of events and military services taking place on the beaches.

Survivor of the Normandy Landings visiting the beaches
Major Edwin Hunt

Services personnel from all three services will provide support during ceremonies as well as members of the 16 Air Assault Brigade taking part in a mass parachute drop followed by a memorial service.

There will also be events taking place throughout June and August and not just in Normandy but across the UK too.

It is incredibly important to remember such historic events and to educate the future generations on them. After all, it was their freedom that those service men and women have fought to protect.

Are you attending any ceremonies or memorials for the Normandy Landings?

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