The Old Rectory Care Home
November opened with a bang for us all at The Old Rectory. We had a wonderful Guy Fawkes Night. Our wonderful handyman John created a wonderful spectacle of fireworks, and there were several ooooo’s and aaaaaa’s to be had. We were joined by some relatives too, and we all enjoyed our chef Marks wonderful home-made green vegetable soup, and then some of his amazing donuts! Need-less to say there was nothing left at the end of the night – all the food and fireworks were gone!
We also had a wonderful Halloween Party, which coincided with Dilwyn’s birthday. Dilwyn had a wonderful themed buffet party. We had also deco-rated the dining room full of spooky bits n’ bobs!
We don’t get to enjoy as much of the garden at the moment due to the weather. We’ve transferred our gardening skills to flower arranging instead. We have vases on the dining room tables, and vases around the house. We particularly like lilies – but Senior Kelly doesn’t like the potential for staining!
Our regular dance afternoons continue to thrive, with more and more residents taking part each time. The house is full of music and laughter during these afternoons, which is lovely to see and hear. For those residents were don’t take to the dance floor they enjoy the performances. Tom is a particular favourite on the floor as he definitely has a spring in his step most days! After the dance afternoons the residents and staff reminisced about the tea dances they used to go to as teenagers. It was wonderful to hear them share their memories, how they met their husbands, and just what life was like. It’s also a great way to keep some of us a little better in shape!
Our pizza afternoons are a tasty addition to our af-ternoon schedules! Gilbert, Josephine and Betty par-ticularly enjoyed making the pizza toppings once again, and the remaining residents enjoyed eating the fruits of their labour. Favourite this month has been plain cheese!
Our baking afternoons continue to do well. The resi-dents have made fairy cakes this month, and deco-rated them too. They were all unique, and luckily very tasty. We’re still searching for the number for Paul Hollywood or Mary Berry. Can anyone help? It’ll be mince pies next month! We’d better order the brandy sauce now!
We have introduced chair aerobics into our weekly routine. It’s a little fun a way to keep us active and fit, both mentally and physically.
Our monthly war reminiscing afternoon is still a must on our activity calendar. We talk about fami-lies, their lives with their siblings and parents during the war, what they wore, what they cooked, what
their homes were like, and where they lived. The residents also talk about what their parents were like, and what their jobs were, and what they were like as children and what school life was like. It’s always nice to hear about their lives before they joined us, and gives us all a fuller picture of them. It’s wonderful to hear all the different stories, and it also gives us a greater understanding of each person and their lives. It’s always a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon, and we never seem to stop talking! After our evening supper, we then play either songs from the era or a war film, depending on what the majori-ty of our residents prefer doing that night.
Our choral afternoons continue to be a success. It’s lovely to hear the house full of happy singing, and it’s something we all look forward to each time.
We’re all starting to get ready for Christmas, and getting very excited. We have purchased arts and crafts books and over the forthcoming months will be choosing various items to make and do over sev-eral afternoons. We shall be doing table centre piec-es, Christmas cards, snow globes, and more bits and bobs to decorate the house.
Our chef Mark will be busy making Christmas Cakes, pickles, and chutneys to sell. We’ve had a taster session – and I can report there all very tasty! If you’d like to purchase one or two or more of the selection available – please give us a ring. We’ll be very happy to help.
Our Christmas raffle is already in full swing. We will have an array of different prizes, so if you’d like to purchase some raffle tickets, please let us know.
Our Christmas meal at the Wenvoe Arms in on Sun-day 15th December. All our residents will be going to that, with some relatives. What a wonderful way to get ready for Christmas. Our Winter Wonderland Christmas Show arrives with us on Saturday 21st December.
Christmas day is always a family affair at The Old Rectory. If relatives prefer being with their resident relative then we ask them to join us on the day for our traditional 3 course Christmas day lunch.
Can we take this opportunity to thank you all for your support through the year. We look forward to another warm and exciting year ahead.