December 2013

Well, our Fireworks Party did go off with a bang!  Low level fireworks were a real picture for the residents to enjoy from the warmth of the conservatory.  We had pretty ‘LED’ candles inside and real ones outside to set the scene.  Derek, Jim and Les were really busy outside setting off the wonderful colourful firework spectacular and, of course, Handel’s Firework Music Suite accompanied them.  Residents held glow sticks and it was a great atmosphere.  Then, fantastic food was served up by Susie and Wendy.  Ann and Ann provided refreshments of wine and orange juice and the party continued past bed time and fun was had by all.  Thank you to Mary and her team from the Glebe Court Residents Support Group for a lovely evening.

 

We have enjoyed a selection of entertainers this month from regulars like Jim on the piano and Jamie Steen with his shows ‘Bless ‘em All’ and costume changes celebrating the 1940’s with the hits from the blitz.  Newcomers, Almond Greenway, provided a lively show with backing videos and the Showtime Singers, whose simplicity touched the tapping hands and feet of our residents who had a great sing along with them and Chris Clark on vocals and trumpet which residents enjoyed although some commented it was a bit too loud!!

 

On Turkish Independence Day we enjoyed a special menu of Besamel Musakka and Balkan Guveci followed by Seftalili Tart which some residents loved to try.  The room was decorated with red and white Turkish flags and images.

 

Arts and Crafts have continued to be popular with a session painting pumpkin suncatchers which look lovely hanging in the window of the conservatory.  We’ve made fruit plates using stickers and we’ve had fun making objects from soft air drying clay in all colours including snakes, snowmen, dogs, hats, cups, flowers, people etc…

 

Our manicurist, Marisa, is back and residents are really pleased to have beautiful painted nails again in time for Christmas.

 

Eileen, our lively sing along volunteer held a small music appreciation group which was much enjoyed by those who went.

 

Our exciting new project this month has been the start of a six week music therapy pilot.  Kwaku, a wonderfully talented, friendly and engaging therapist is working with three residents on a one to one basis and doing a group session in the upstairs lounge with handheld instruments accompanying his keyboard.  Our residents are making music loud and lively and having great fun.  It’s amazing to see how he works and improvises to go with the flow and the smiles and appreciation from the residents is truly remarkable.

 

We have lots of entertainment booked for Christmas and we are now on a roll for the festive period.

Joanna Brick,  Activities Co-ordinator

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