June’s theme was ‘Fruit and Flora’ which involved our residents in several activities. June was also the month of the French Open Tennis which most of our residents were very keen to watch, in preparation for ‘Queens’ and ‘Wimbledon’. All these activities happened alongside our regular programme of activities. On the 3rd we had a demonstration of ‘Bollywood’ inspired dancercise by Annabel Brash which got the audience moving to the Indian beat! On the 6th and 7th June residents watched the French Open tennis finals.
Badshot Lea Garden Centre Trip 5th June
Residents from Hill House And Woodlands Home attended.
Everyone enjoyed strolling through the garden centre, especially seeing the many Spring flowering plants, small animals, reptiles and all the unusual and exotic fish in the aquaria.
After a pleasant walk round, residents enjoyed tea, coffee, and fresh cream cakes in the restaurant.
‘Tea in the Garden’ 8th June
To celebrate the arrival of some real Summer sunshine (at last!) we invited our residents to tea outside in the garden. Residents from Safe Side and Nursing joined us for tea and homemade cakes in the sunshine, followed by a sing-song. Residents enjoyed seeing the Spring flowers in bloom such as the pansies and geraniums, and especially the rhododendrons that form a wall of vibrant colour in our lovely garden at the moment.
Carillon Singers Summer Concert 12th June
During the morning residents had the monthly church service with Vicar Tara followed by a toast to celebrate ‘National Carers Week’ in recognition of all the hard work carers do for their loved ones. On the evening of Friday 12th June we were delighted to welcome back the Carillon Singers Choir who performed a Summer programme of music for our residents to enjoy. Our surprise ‘warm up’ act this evening was our very own Louis from admin, who entertained us with lovely tunes on the piano, which prepared us beautifully for the good music that followed! The Carillon performance included ‘The Alleluia Fanfare’, ‘A Place in the Choir’ and ‘Chattanooga Choo Choo’ which delighted our residents and got many singing along to some familiar tunes! Our performers enjoyed wine and nibbles afterward.
‘Summer Theme’ Table Decorating 15th June
Following on from our ‘Spring’ themed table the residents helped put together a ‘Summer’ themed table based around the seaside, ahead of our British sea side theme for July. Resident arts and crafts towards this theme included the construction of a cheerily striped beach hut and Summer bunting to decorate the table. The residents helped set the scene with old postcards, deck chair, buckets and spades, shells, rocks and even real sand and a sand castle!
‘Time for Tea’ 17th June 2015
Residents learnt about the history of tea, and teabags and also about Lyons Corner Houses and the taking of afternoon tea. At 3.00pm our very own authentic ‘Nippy’ (Lyons waitress) served our residents a number of unusual teas such as peppermint, chamomile, strawberry and mango and blackcurrant.
Some of our residents liked these new tastes, some said where’s the milk!!
This was followed up by some ‘teatime’ themed music from the decades which all enjoyed and sang along to.
This themed afternoon supports/compliments the home’s ongoing ‘Hydration’ drive, ensuring that all residents drink enough fluids.
N.A.P.A Open Day and Talent Show 19th June
Examples of residents’ arts and crafts such as ’The Dignitree’, Valentines cards and Easter bonnets were put on display in a mini gallery by reception.
At 2.00pm the talent Show commenced with 5 acts:
Woodlands Olympians (Woodlands) The Twins, Tweedledee & Tweedledum (Activities) Furrowed Brows (Hill Brow) Hashtag Cheerleaders (Hill House) and the Adminions (Admin)
The teams presented acts ranged from synchronised swimming to sumo wrestling and caused a lot of amusement to all in the audience!
The winners were for best costume, the Hashtag Cheerleaders and the talent contest winners were Woodlands Olympians with their very funny take on synchronised swimming and the Adminions with their boxing, surfing and shark attack !!
Father’s Day Celebration 21st June
This was celebrated at Hill house with a group from the Emmanuel Church singing hymns and testimonies from several group member’s Fathers and sons. It was a touching celebration for our residents who are Fathers themselves. Everyone joined in singing and loved chatting to the group afterwards over a ‘cuppa’.
‘Fruity Fun’ Exotic Fruit Tasting and Nepalese Earthquake Appeal Dancing 26th. June
The residents learnt about a range of exotic fruits, their origins and nutritional benefits and then enjoyed tasting them! This was followed by a fruit themed quiz that everyone enjoyed. This went so well we shall be doing this again with some different fruits. This activity supports ongoing good diet/nutrition initiatives in the home.
Throughout the day people were encouraged to donate money to the appeal and take a cake or cakes, donated by the staff. This raised a very praiseworthy amount of some £820.00 to help our Nepalese friends in their time of need following the earthquake.
During the afternoon we were entertained by our Nepalese colleagues with both individual and group dances in traditional Nepalese dress. Everyone really enjoyed the music and presentation of Nepalese culture. They also cooked a variety of delicious Nepalese food for staff and residents – my personal favourite was the fab pork dish.
Tea Dance at Robert Mays School 29th June
16 residents from across all 3 homes attended this event in aid of the Alzheimer’s Café. Residents were treated to an afternoon of music from the 1940’s and 1950’s as well singing from the senior school choir, and a delicious tea. Philip Spink celebrated his 99th. birthday with a beautiful homemade cake presented to him. Afterwards residents enjoyed dancing with pupils and teachers. All residents thoroughly enjoyed their afternoon.