November has been yet another very busy month with the theme “Fireworks”, Residents have been reminiscing about what they remember of past bonfire celebrations. They have also been very busy preparing for the up and coming Christmas activities by making Christmas Cards and Sock Snowmen. November 15 107 November 15 108

Here are just a few other things that the Residents have been up to throughout the month:

On Thursday 5th November Residents enjoyed a fabulous Firework display in the gardens of Woodlands whilst enjoying homemade soup, hotdogs and burgers. They were joined by many of their families and friends for a really great evening, and everyone said how much they had enjoyed seeing all the different array of fireworks.

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The Residents favourite local, the Tweseldown pub, was the order of the day on Friday November 6th. Residents from all three homes met up in the morning to enjoy a relaxed drink and a chat over our usual bags of crisps. It was a really lovely morning with some early Christmas carol singing. DSCN2131 DSCN2135

Friday 13th November Woodlands and Hillbrow enjoyed a trip to Badshot Lea Garden Centre. Residents had a great time walking around looking at all the beautiful Christmas displays, taking a particular interest in the really pretty Christmas miniature Victorian display. The morning was finished off with a visit to the Squires café for a hot chocolate and a yummy jam doughnut. On leaving the Garden centre, the Residents noticed some very cute Christmassy white squirrels, and as our company logo is the squirrel, Residents decided they would like their own one for Woodlands. Each home now has a Resident white squirrel so next time you visit look out for them, they are very cute!!!

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Throughout the month Residents have also enjoyed Singing for the Brain with Barbara Raynor, Kings Singers, Jane the Beautician, Holy Communion, Pet Therapy, Skittles, Toni Sue’s Remembrance songs, shopping in Fleet, and Singing for Fun.

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Friday 27th November was the start of the Christmas Festivities, beginning with a trip to Redfield’s Garden Centre to see their Christmas displays. The Residents enjoyed a lovely walk around the Christmas displays and especially enjoyed the Christmas Train display as well as the naughty and nice elves, there was much discussion on which elf we all were!! A great fun morning was had by all, finishing off in the café with a nice cup of tea and a mince pie. Later that evening Residents took a trip up to Hill House to listen to the fabulous Carillon Singers. They performed a really magical Christmas concert that everyone thoroughly enjoyed. The day was a great start to the Christmas activities and the evening was finished off nicely with the Choir joining the Residents for a glass of wine and mince pie.

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On Monday 30th November, Resident’s from all three homes were invited to a Christmas Tea Dance at Robert May School. Our Residents were looked after so well during the afternoon with a constant supply of tea, coffee, sandwiches and a fantastic array of cakes. The hall was decorated with lots of Christmas decorations, and the tables all laid out so beautifully. The children entertained the Residents with singing and dancing, a visit by Santa and also a raffle. It was a really great afternoon, and the Residents couldn’t thank the children enough for inviting them. We would like to extend our thanks to Robert May school, the staff and their children for all their hard work in making the Tea Dance a really great afternoon, our Residents are still talking about it now. November 15 052 November 15 053 November 15 055 November 15 062 November 15 064 November 15 068