March has been yet another very busy month for our residents with the theme “Spring has Sprung”.

Residents have been busy reminiscing about the start of spring and all the wonderful array of colours they are starting to now see in our beautiful gardens. They have also been busy celebrating St Patricks Day as well as raising a glass to Vera Lynn who celebrated her 100th Birthday this month. Here are in more detail some of the things our residents have been up to:

On Friday 3rd March residents from Woodlands and Hill Brow joined together for a shopping trip into Fleet. They all enjoyed a relaxed stroll around the Hart Shopping Centre stopping along the way to pick up a couple of essentials. After the shopping was done our residents enjoyed a nice cup of tea and coffee with their usual slice of Victoria sponge in their favourite café ‘More Than Coffee’. It was a lovely relaxed morning out arriving back home in time for lunch.

It was the residents’ monthly session of ‘Singing for the Brain’ with Barbara Raynor at Hill House on Wednesday 8th March. Residents from Woodlands met residents from our other two homes for the afternoon to enjoy an interactive singing session. We really love these singing sessions and especially enjoyed songs to celebrate St David’s Day and St Patricks Day. The afternoon was finished off perfectly with tea and cake.

It was a trip to Badshot Lea Garden centre on Friday 10th March where all three of our homes met up together to enjoy a morning out. Woodlands residents enjoyed a leisurely walk around looking at all the wonderfully coloured spring baskets and tubs. They also visited the small animals section and were especially taken with the dwarf lopped rabbits and rainbow coloured budgies. The morning was topped off nicely with teas and coffees and some yummy chocolate biscuits in the garden café.

It was all things St Patrick’s on Friday 17th March with residents from all three homes enjoying a trip to the Wyvern Pub in the morning. Residents enjoyed a good old chat over a drink or two, as well as some yummy shortbread and a packet or two of crisps. Residents arrived back at their respective homes in time for Friday’s ‘Fish and Chips’ lunch. Later in the afternoon residents enjoyed an Irish Sing-a-long which included the songs ‘The Gypsy Rover’, ‘Last of the Irish Rover’ and one of the residents’ favourites ‘Molly Malone’. The afternoon ended after some great singing with a well-earned cup of tea and some Irish inspired decorated cakes.

The fun did not stop there! After supper, the residents were visited by the scouts for a fun games evening. Approximately 20 scouts and their leaders played various games with the residents which included connect four, dominoes, cards, dog bingo, and snakes and ladders. It was a great evening that the residents thoroughly enjoyed with lots of laughter. It was a great opportunity for two different generations to come together and enjoy each other’s company, as well as the scouts being able to earn their community link badges. The scouts enjoyed it so much they even asked when they could come back and do it again, we look forward to seeing them again very soon.

Monday 20th March was Dame Vera Lynn’s 100th Birthday and all three homes decided that we should honour her by holding an afternoon birthday party. Woodlands residents travelled to Hill House for a 1940s-inspired tea party with entertainment provided by a wonderful singer called Patricia. She sang a wide array of songs very well known to all our residents who enjoyed singing along and waving their union jacks. They especially liked songs made famous by Dame Vera herself such as ‘We’ll Meet Again’ and ‘The White Cliffs of Dover’. The afternoon was finished off in true 1940s style with a traditional afternoon tea of sandwiches, cakes and scones.

It was all things red on Friday 24th March in aid of Comic Reliefs Red Nose Day. All of the staff were encouraged to dress red for the day in exchange for making a donation. The residents enjoyed a trip out to Redfield’s garden centre in the morning where they looked around the large flower conservatory admiring all the colourful flowers. Afterwards they joined together with residents from our other two homes in the restaurant for a tea and coffee and some lovely biscuits before heading back for lunch.

During the afternoon residents enjoyed a red nosed inspired tea party with raffle and red nose cakes they had decorated in cooking club. At 3pm residents and staff joined together to take part in the nationwide NAPA (National Activity Providers Association) sing a song challenge. Residents sang out across the home to the famous Carpenters song ‘Sing’, joining hundreds of other care homes all doing the same across the country, the day raised around £80 for Comic Relief, so thank you to everyone that took part.

On Friday 31st March residents from Woodlands took a trip into Fleet for tea and coffee. They enjoyed a lovely walk around the shopping centre and stopped to check out the plans displayed in the centre for the proposed redevelopment of the Harlington Centre. This inspired much chat about how much Fleet has changed over the years. Residents ended the morning with cake and tea in their favourite café ‘More Than Coffee’.