We have continued some summer favourites as autumn activities, as they have been such a hit. Fruity Fridays, 3 o’clock Pimms o’clock Thursdays and visits from the ice cream van! We have been making the most of the Indian summer! But we have also started some new clubs and are looking ahead to Christmas.
New autumn activities
We have started a read together Book Club and have been asking residents and families for book suggestions. One of our sister homes has been reading at their book club Alice in Wonderland, which is working well. The chapters are the right length to maintain interest. The characters are funny and there is the perfect reason for a Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea Party!
We have brought back Film Club. In October we are marking the premiers of the first James Bond Film and Westside Story. Also, a new one we think our residents will love, Mrs Harris Goes to Paris, maybe with some French Patisserie!
Strictly! Bake Off! and more….
Alex Southgate is coming back, by popular demand, to sing for our residents. We have been enjoying our own version of Strictly Come Dancing, with some fabulous music and movement sessions from Libby of Musical Moments. The sessions include live music, interactive musical activities with sensory props and the opportunity for residents to sing and perform. Our residents especially loved Singing in the Rain – twirling their umbrellas and reminiscing about the iconic movie scene with Gene Kelly singing and dancing in the street in the rain.
October can only mean Halloween and we have autumnal activities throughout the month. Our florists have created an amazing display on the fire hearth in our lounge and crafted some leaf bunting. Residents spent a fun afternoon painting pumpkins, chatting and laughing around the table. We then prepared together pizzas for tea. We recently also loved trying out a chocolate fountain, with strawberries and marshmallows on skewers to dip. It was a new experience for some of our residents and one they definitely want to repeat! We also have the Abberton Bake Off Competition at the end of October. Staff and families are encouraged to take part and residents will be judging their bakes.
Remember, remember the 5th of November – our top tip for Bonfire Night safety with sparklers: if you stick the sprinkler in the end of a chunky carrot, the carrot becomes a sturdy handle, much easier to grip, and the sprinkler is a safer distance away from the body.
Looking ahead to Christmas
We shall mark Remembrance Sunday as always in November. Plus, all month we are preparing for our Christmas fayre. This will be on Saturday 25th November 11am-3pm. There will be craft stalls, a tombola and raffle, refreshments and cakes. If you would like to book a stall for your arts and crafts please email or call Sarah, our lifestyle and wellbeing lead. [email protected] 01206 735590