7 Jun 19
Etheldred House resident enjoys trishaw bicycle ride
Resident Melba of Etheldred House was very excited recently as she found out that she would get the chance to ride around Histon village on a trishaw bicycle along with the support of Care Assistant Sophie. This activity was organised with the help of Neil Davies, who loves giving the chance to allow for residents to interact and socialise more in their local community.
A trishaw is a kind of bicycle with a sidecar, which is entirely controlled by the cyclists. Melba couldn’t stop smiling and enjoyed every minute of the ride, noting all of the nearby street names and landmarks. She said that she had an “absolutely wonderful” time, and would love to do it all over again soon!
6 Jun 19
Home Manager at Glennfield overwhelmed by surprise birthday
There was much excitement on Tuesday at Glennfield Care Home as a secret birthday surprise party was held for their General Manager, Jude. Part of the home was decorated with balloons and other gifts. She was overwhelmed as the team surprised her with cards and presents and announced a birthday celebration in her honour. The residents and team at Glennfield partied away, with entertainment from a singer named Pride.
Residents wished her a happy birthday as they each enjoyed a glass of wine to celebrate with. One resident wished her all the best and said, “what a lovely occasion this is”. Later on the home enjoyed a lovely buffet that had been supplied by the Glennfield kitchen team. At the end of the evening Jude said “I am overwhelmed away by all of this, thank you so much for the wonderful surprise”. A great afternoon was had by the residents and all of the team at Glennfield Care Home.
6 Jun 19
Lime Court Care Home goes seal watching on an exciting boat trip
Lime Court residents went on an excursion boat trip recently, as the team thought it would be a fantastic opportunity for them to do a spot of seal watching. For this activity, the residents went on a wildlife boat trip around the beautiful backwaters of Walton on the Naze. This area is recognised internationally and is designated as a national nature reserve. The Walton Backwaters is an area of creeks, islands and other grasslands.
There are currently over 250 seals in the Walton area alone. They are best recommended to be viewed by boat, and the residents were very enthusiastic about getting to see them. Even a bit of rain did not dampen their spirits as the residents of Lime Court had a lot of fun and laughter on their seal watching adventure. A wonderful time was had by all!
5 Jun 19
St Fillans enjoy a visit to an organic farming community in Suffolk
Residents of St Fillans Care Home recently enjoyed a visit to the Old Hall community, an organic farm in Suffolk. The Old Hall was set up 45 years ago as a community farm to help enable people to live a sustainable life, teaching them to care for the environment and tend to the animals. A number of residents had previously spent time on farms, tending to animals such as cow’s, chickens, and lambs. Some of them even remembered collecting the freshly laid eggs. Residents were surrounded by birds and the sounds of nature. The weather was good too, and the residents enjoyed a good old sing a-long to songs that brought back fond memories and laughter.
The residents were accompanied by 95 year old Jo, who is still actively involved in farming within the community at Old Hall. Tea and Biscuits were enjoyed under the shade of the trees, the sun was shining, it was a great time to chat and talk to the people who lived in the commune. A bell was rang for a special lunch that was served in “Queen Anne’s Room”, the tables had been laid to welcome everyone to Old Hall. The residents enjoyed home-made soup, Spanish omelette, fresh organic vegetable’s, and cheese all made from produce grown and sourced on the farm.
It was a wonderful spread and very much enjoyed by all, with everyone tucking in hungrily. As the day drew to a close they made their way back to St Fillans, with fond memories to treasure, especially of feeding the baby lambs. The residents of St Fillans can’t wait to make a return at some point soon.
5 Jun 19
Limetree Care Home joins school visit to the garden museum at Lambeth Palace
Recently, seven residents from Limetree Care Home went to visit the garden museum at Lambeth Palace, which was the first museum in the world dedicated to the history of gardening. The residents met up there with the children of Sunnyhill Primary School who they sat next to and enjoyed chatting with throughout the day. Everyone enjoyed watching a short presentation on the history of games and activities that can be played with plants, as well as a history of the Royal Tradescant family who brought over a range of plants from abroad.
After the welcome and presentation, the children put all the flowers they had collected from nearby on the table and with the residents help, were given clay and rolling pins to mould the flowers into. The residents seemed to enjoy the process and were very happy with the final result. The clay was taken to a very hot oven to be baked. The residents of Limetree said goodbye afterwards to the school children and brought their lunches to the nearby Westminster, and enjoyed looking at the Houses of Parliament. The residents later said that they had very much enjoyed their trip to Lambeth Palace and found the garden museum very tranquil and relaxing.
5 Jun 19
St Fillans Care Home take part in their first Gentleman’s Club event
St Fillans Care Home held its very first ‘Gentleman’s Club’ event recently. This gave the homes gents a chance to have an afternoon of socialising and chatter. The residents enjoyed having a beer and snacks, as well as sharing jokes amongst each other. They talked about their memories, such as what they used to do for work, as well as plenty of discussion based around football and film.
Activities like this are a great way to get residents to relax around each other, as well as get them to know one another on a more personal level. It turned out to be quite a popular event and the gentleman very much appreciated the time spent in each others company. The first gentleman’s club event went down very well, and residents are already looking forward to sharing a beer together again very soon!