May was yet again been a very busy month for activities and celebrations, this month’s theme was “May Flowers bloom”. As the weather changes for the better this enables our Residents to benefit greatly from being able to get outdoors a lot more. Here at Woodlands Residents have been busy planting out their own raised vegetable garden and will be busy tending to the vegetables in the coming months. DSCN1765 DSCN1766

Here are just a few other things our Residents have been doing:

Friday 8th May was the 70th Anniversary of VE Day and our Residents all got together for this very special Anniversary. Residents shared their own personal stories of what they remembered of that day and came together to celebrate by sharing a “street style party” lunch which included reading poems of remembrance. During the afternoon Residents enjoyed a VE Day afternoon tea party with entertainment provided by the wonderfully Talented Female Trio “Champagne at the Blitz” who took us all back to a bygone era with songs from the 1940s and 50s. DSCN1709 DSCN1710 DSCN1711 DSCN1717 DSCN1720 DSCN1724 DSCN1729 DSCN1731 DSCN1745

On Wednesday 13th May Residents from Woodlands and Hillbrow went on their usual annual trip out to Ellisfield to see the wonderful array of bluebells beneath the trees. This year was just as spectacular, as the wood was a mass with a carpet of purple with the most amazing scent in the air. Residents enjoyed a cup of tea whilst sitting and taking in the breath-taking views. DSCN1753 DSCN1754IMG_0687IMG_0689

Residents from all three homes joined together on Friday 15th May for a trip to their favourite pub The Tweseldown. It’s always a really fabulous social event and gives Residents a chance to meet up over a drink and share stories and memories.DSCN1759DSCN1758

Throughout the month Residents have also been busy with Arts and Crafts, The Kings Singers, Singing for the brain, Holy Communion as well Bingo, Skittles and Dominoes.

On Friday 22nd May Woodlands and Hillbrow joined together for a trip into Fleet for a spot of shopping. This is always a popular trip as it gives Residents a chance to go and get some shopping for themselves and really gives them a sense of independence. We finished off the morning with a nice cup of tea and of course our usual large piece of Victoria sponge! 19th June 2015 034 19th June 2015 036

During the afternoon some of our Residents and a member of their family got the chance to take part in a very special reminiscence session provide by Hampshire Cultural Trust. Residents got the chance to explore some old familiar objects brought in from Aldershot and Andover Museums that inspired and provoked memories of their personal pasts. Some of the themed boxes included Tea Time, Childhood, and A night on the town where Residents got to explore the objects and talk about how they remembered using them. It was a really interesting, thought provoking afternoon full of really wonderful stories and shared personal experiences. DSCN1776 DSCN1777 DSCN1778 DSCN1779 DSCN1775 DSCN1774 DSCN1773 DSCN1772

On Wednesday afternoon of the 27th May Alison brought her horses Sammy and Matilda to visit the Residents. It was a beautiful sunny day as Residents sat out in the courtyard stroking, patting, grooming and feeding the horses. Some of the Residents and staffs children and grandchildren also got to ride the horses around the garden. The Residents who didn’t wish to go into the garden also got the opportunity to experience the visit as both horses also made appearances in the lounge to ensure no one was left out. It was so wonderful to see so many happy and smiley faces, a great afternoon was had by all. IMG_0755 IMG_0742 IMG_0737 IMG_0709 IMG_0699 IMG_0698 IMG_0695