An Easter time full of traditional activities and some fluffy chicks! Here is a snapshot of what we have been up to.
From bonnets to biscuits, chicks to chocolate, entertainment to eggs – we have ticked all the traditional boxes and had a lot of fun at Newstead this Easter time.
Our Easter parade
We started our run up to Easter with the fabulous Judy Garland and Fred Astaire musical Easter Parade. This was first released in 1948. Our residents fondly recalled their Easter parades from school and the tradition of decorating a bonnet to signify renewal of life.
So we decided to keep this tradition with our own Easter parade and competition. Darcy, our work experience student from Herefordshire and Ludlow College helped our residents with their designs and creations.
Our residents modelled their Easter bonnets with pride: 1st place went to Diane for her collection of chicks. 2nd place to Ashlyn for her floral and egg creation. Joint 3rd place to Marjorie and Graham for their fabulous hats.
Hatching our own Easter chicks
We are taking part in the Living Eggs programme, which has been hugely popular in our sister homes of The Lawns and Summerdyne. https://www.livingeggs.co.uk
Residents, their families and grandchildren were delighted when we suggested this project and there was much anticipation as we awaited the eggs arrival! Memories flooded back of the good old days, when every family had chickens in the garden. Residents shared tales of collecting eggs, being chased by the cockerel and trading eggs for vegetables. Also the occasional double yolks!
We set up the incubator and had a sweepstake to see which one would crack first. After 2 days we already have 3 little bundles of fluff and the cheeping is a delight. The chicks are bringing so much joy. Joan, Jean and Tony were absolutely delighted to hold the chicks and let them sit on them. They certainly have created a lot of love and interest from all the staff as well.