‘Football, Hats and Horses!’ was our theme for June, reflecting two key British equestrian events, The Derby at Epsom and of course Royal Ascot. We also celebrated the Queen’s 65th Anniversary of her Coronation on June 4th, with a royal reminiscence session. This month we also saw the start of the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia.

On Friday 1st June on a lovely sunny morning, residents from across all three homes visited The Wyvern Public House in Crookham Village. Here they enjoyed freshly brewed coffee, tea and biscuits as well as a glass of sherry, wine or beer if they fancied it! It was a chance for a nice chat and a laugh. On the return journey residents even enjoyed a sing-song in the mini bus, returning just in time for our Fridays traditional, lovely fish n’ chip lunch.

Jocille and Penny enjoy a coffee at the Wyvern Pub

On the afternoon of Friday 1st June residents came together in the Main lounge for a musical performance by Mike Barley. Mike was dressed in colourful waistcoat and with jaunty boater. He entertained the audience whilst playing the organ. Residents from Hillbrow as well as Hill House joined in on songs such as ‘My, My, My Delilah!’ By Tom Jones and other favourite sing-a-long tunes from yesteryear. Afterwards residents enjoyed tea, coffee and delicious homemade cake.

Mike plays the keyboard…


 …while Stanley and Diane look on


Friday 8th June was beautifully sunny morning and under blue skies, a small group of residents travelled by mini bus to visit the Wyvern Public House in Crookham village. Here they met with residents from our two other homes for drinks. Freshly brewed coffee and teas were ready and waiting when they arrived and those that wanted something a little stronger enjoyed a small sherry, beer and even in one case a ‘G and T!’ Drinks were enjoyed over chat and laughter. Those that went declared it a very enjoyable outing!

On Friday 15th June a group of residents travelled by mini bus and taxi to Badshot Lea Garden Centre. The group enjoyed a stroll around the many colourful displays of seasonal plants, flowers and gardening accessories. They loved seeing the rabbits, guinea pigs and gerbils, as well as the many tropical fish in the aquarium and other small reptiles for sale in the pet area. After this they met with residents from our two other homes and sat together in the beautiful restaurant area for tea, coffee and cakes. Residents enjoyed a good chat over their refreshments. All too soon it was time to board the mini bus again for the return journey back to the home for lunch.


Margaret and Jocille have coffee with Hannah at Badshot Lea


At Badshot Lea

That afternoon at Hill House they held a cupcake sale in recognition of National Alzheimer’s Cupcake Day 2018. Staff from across the home brought in a wonderful selection of both home-made and shop bought cupcakes to sell. All to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society. There was a temptingly delicious display to all those visiting the home. Throughout the day relatives, other visitors and staff enjoyed buying and eating the cakes on display! The sale eventually raising a very creditable £100 to go towards this very worthwhile charity so close to our hearts!

Sunday 17th June was Father’s Day and this year our very own Louis came in to entertain everyone on the piano. We had readings of poems and prayers in between the music and drinks. We toasted all the men even if they were not fathers.

Sophia and Louis try to figure out what he is going to play next

Royal Ascot began on Tuesday 19th June and our lady residents especially enjoyed Ladies Day when they wore stylish hats whilst enjoying ice cream, tea and cake. Everyone enjoyed a little flutter on the different horses.

On the 22nd June the residents enjoyed the usual Friday outing, this time for coffee and cake at the Emporium in Fleet. In the afternoon back at the home we were all entertained by the ‘Jonti Duo’ who were superb as always and had everybody dancing and/or singing. Another very enjoyable afternoon!

At the emporium in the morning 


The Jonti Duo entertain in the afternoon


On Monday 25th June all 3 homes were invited to Robert May’s School annual tea dance. The residents attending, were pleased and impressed with this well organised event and we are grateful to the staff and pupils of the school for such an enjoyable afternoon.

Dancing at the tea dance at Robert Mays School


We had an entertaining afternoon singing while playing musical bingo on Friday 29th June. The prize for completing each line called was a chocolate…as usual we played until we had run out of all the chocolate.

Finally, a mention must be made of the weather. For the last 10 days or so, we have been basking in a heat wave. We have been able to hold our usual activities outside in the shade whenever appropriate, with ice-cream, which as made everyone even more happy than usual.

Waiting outside for the tea trolley


Open air dominoes