As our bulbs in the Newstead garden are beginning to sprout, we look forward to Spring and lots of exciting Events in the diary.
Tim and Vanda, our activities co-ordinators do a fantastic job, keeping our residents happy, active and entertained. There is never a dull moment. There are daily activities such as craft workshops, film afternoons and puzzling, jigsaws and crosswords to exercise the mind. Tim also has regular fitness sessions with our residents, which are group sessions such a ball throwing and pilates. The stretching exercises in pilates, often using elasticated bands to give tension and support, are all chair based. These sessions are great to improve circulation, maintain strength, co-ordination and balance. They are always very well received and we have a lot of laughs.
Now Spring is coming and there is a bit of warmth in the sun, we are looking forward to getting outside again into our fabulous gardens. Some of our residents are very green fingered and container planting and our veggie patch are very much enjoyed. It is lovely for everyone to reap the rewards of their Springtime endeavours and eat home grown veg through the summer months.
Aside from the regular daily activities, Tim and Vanda book event highlights. Something a bit special for everyone to really look forward to. This Spring is no exception.
Here is a snapshot of Spring Event Highlights
15 February: Musicare singalong
Musicare have been providing professional entertainment and therapies for care homes and day centres across South Wales and The Borders since 2013. http://www.musicare-uk.com/
They have a fabulous repertoire and their new shows for 2018 shows include:
- an Elvis Tribute,
- an Elton John / Neil Diamond Tribute,
- a Tony Bennett Tribute,
- Rock n Roll 50s Special,
- Rat Pack Crooners Show,
- Old Tyme Singalong,
- Singalong & A Touch of Magic,
- Songs From The Musicals, and
- Screen To Stage – Movies & Musicals
We can’t wait for this Singalong and with this number of shows, we will be kept entertained all year!
6 March: Hereford Owl Rescue
This is sure to be a hoot! Hereford Owl Rescue have both wild and captive owls rescued from anywhere in the UK. They are based in Hereford and are coming in to talk to our residents about the rescue and rehabilitation, welfare and protection work they do. They are bringing along some of their feathered friends to meet our residents.
13 March – Cats for Comfort
We are looking forward to Lynne from Cats for Comfort introducing our residents to Mr Elliot Bigpaws! Together with his other feline friends, he has quite a reputation in Herefordshire and enjoys all the pampering and attention.
20 March: Pip and Buddy
We have Pip and Buddy, Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalists from 2011 visiting. Pippa Langhorne received a standing ovation from the judges with her operatic singing duet with Buddy, her llasa apso dog. Pippa is from Worcester and we are delighted that they will be singing for our residents.
19 April: The Poppy Sisters
The Poppy Sisters are a fantastic duo who perform the classics from the 1040’s to the 1970’s. They have a repertoire of wartime songs which they perform at a number of events around Armed Forces Day, which this year is on Saturday 30th June.
We are delighted that they will be previewing these wartime classics for Newstead in World War II armed forces uniform. The Poppy Sisters are regular favourites at Newstead. Everyone loves their harmonising and melodies. This event is sure to stir lots of memories of days gone by.
And there is more….
Activities are often themed around calendar events, as are our menu plans. To name just a few other notable dates before the end of April…
- Valentines Day,
- Pancake Day,
- Dementia UK Time for a Cuppa week,
- British Pie Week,
- National Butchers Week,
- the Winter Olympics,
- Sports Relief,
- The Grand National
Lots of fun to be had! And in May we have the LolliPop Ponies!!
Check out our Facebook page for Event details and pictures of activities. https://www.facebook.com/Newstead-nursing-home-1565744917066119/