The month of December is always a very busy month for our Residents with the lead up to the Christmas Festivities. The theme was “Sparkle and Glitter” and so Residents were very busy preparing for Christmas by making cards, table decorations, dressing the trees and enjoying many more festive themed activities and trips out. Here are just some of the things our Residents were up to:
On Friday 2nd December Residents from all three homes got together at Redfield’s Garden Centre. Residents enjoyed a leisurely stroll around the garden centre taking in all the wonderful displays of Christmas Trees, decorations and lights. The Residents were especially taken by a very cute moving reindeer which they all wanted to bring back to the home. Residents finished off the morning perfectly with a nice cup of tea and coffee and some rather yummy biscuits.
During the afternoon Residents teamed up in the lounge to decorate the Christmas tree that takes pride of place in our lounge. The afternoon prompted many stories of yesteryear Christmas’s, carol singing and of course a cup of tea and mince pies.
Hill House set the scene on Tuesday 6th December for all things that “Glitter and Sparkle” with Resident’s from Woodlands attending for a Strictly Come Dancing themed Christmas Tea Dance. We were very lucky to welcome a wonderful ballroom dancing couple Anne and Pete Hulls. The Residents initially met the couple when they attended the Princes Hall Tea Dance in Aldershot, which they attend monthly and invited them to come and dance for the other Residents who were unable to attend. They kindly accepted and gave a truly magnificent performance of a variety of dances included the Waltz, Quick Step and Rumba. Staff and Residents also joined in with the dancing and the afternoon was finished off with a splendid afternoon tea. It was a great afternoon enjoyed by all the Residents and staff and our thanks go to Anne and Pete Hulls for entertaining us all so wonderfully.
Wednesday 7th December was yet another busy day, Residents enjoyed an afternoon of singing Christmas carols accompanied by our lovely volunteer Viv playing the Ukulele.
During the evening Residents from Woodlands attended the Fleet Lions Christmas Concert held at the Church on the Heath at Elvetham Heath. It was as always a superb evening which included performances from a number of local choirs as well as the brilliantly talented trio ‘Champagne at The Blitz’. The evening was topped off as ever by a wonderful comedy sketch by the Fleet Lions, which was a very fitting tribute to Dads Army. All our Residents had a fabulous time and really enjoyed the evening. We would like to pass on our utmost thanks to all the Fleet Lions for organising such a great evening and all the transport arrangements.
During the morning of Friday 9th December Residents from all three homes took a trip into Fleet town for a spot of last minute Christmas shopping. Residents had a chance to talk a lovely walk around the shopping centre looking at all the beautiful Christmas decorations and then enjoyed a relaxing cup of Tea and a slice of our usual Victoria sponge in the Residents favourite café More Than Coffee.
On Monday 12th December Residents enjoyed an evening performance from the Crondall Hand Bell ringers. Residents sang along to some well-known Christmas Carols and at the end cheered for an encore. Afterwards the Bell ringers joined the Residents for a chat, a nice glass of Sherry and a mince Pie.
Tuesday 13th December began in the morning with a Christmas concert by Toni Sue, Residents enjoyed ringing their sleigh bells and singing along to some well-known classical Christmas songs. During the afternoon we all got together and made some beautiful Christmas table decorations in preparation for the Residents up and coming Christmas Lunch later on in the week.
Later in the evening Residents took a trip out around Fleet and Farnham to see all the wonderful displays of Christmas Lights. There were some truly magical displays and the Residents couldn’t decide which one was their favourite as they were all so great. Residents finished off a really wonderful busy day with hot chocolate and marshmallows!!
Christmas Day came early on Thursday 15th of December with Woodlands hosting their annual Christmas Lunch. With the tables dressed and the wine chilled Residents enjoyed a wonderful four course Christmas fare with all the trimmings. Santa and his ‘little cheeky elf’ also paid a special visit and presented all the Residents with a special Christmas Gift.
On Monday 19th December Residents from Woodlands took a trip up to Hill House for a Christmas musical performance by Professor Andrew Knight and his wife Mrs Knight. This is always one of the Residents favourite Christmas Performances as it really is an amazing lively and interactive afternoon. Residents not only enjoyed listening to a huge variety of musical instruments being played so beautifully but also got the chance to take a real ‘hands on’ and engaging experience with music whatever their ability. It was a fabulous afternoon and Residents talked about it all the way back to Woodlands.
Our Christingle service was held on Wednesday 21st December where Residents made their own Christingles which was followed by a lovely service by our local vicar Haydon. During the service Haydon played his guitar accompanied by Viv with her Flute and the Residents sang along to some songs of praise.
Later in the evening it was the turn of the staff to entertain the Residents with some Christmas carol singing which included their own humorous version of “Our Twelve days at Woodlands”!!
It was Christmas drinks all around on Friday 23rd December as Residents from all three homes joined together to celebrate at the Wyvern Pub. It was a very festive morning which the Residents really enjoyed, arriving back home in time for lunch.
The busy festive month was concluded on Friday 30th December with an Early New Year’s party at Hill House. Residents all joined together to celebrate the coming of the New Year with entertainment provided by Gareth. Residents partied the afternoon away singing and dancing to some well-known favourite songs. The afternoon was finished off perfectly with a well-deserved glass of sherry and a mince pie. Here’s to all the exciting and fun things our Residents will be doing in the coming Year.