February is famous for pancake tossing and Valentines but we did so much more than just celebrate these at Woodlands. We had lots of trips out to interesting places. We had a collection of visiting entertainers and the activities team put on some fantastic quizzes, bingo and games. As well as our one to one sessions.

Our first trip out of the week, was to Redfield’s Garden Centre, where after a wander around the stands, with their variety of knickknacks and the displays of indoor and outdoor plants, we had a much-needed cup of tea and slice of cake in their pretty café.



In the mornings we regularly have some sort of Movement Class and today it was armchair exercises.

On Wednesday the 5th Gareth, one of our favourite, visiting entertainers sang for us. Of course, we couldn’t resist joining in.

Margaret tinkles the ivories for us on a regular basis. She is very talented.

On Thursday after our physio session with the lovely Rebecca, we playing bingo and there was flower arranging in the main lounge.

On Friday we visited with our friends at Hill House for a Musical session. This including musical instruments, dancing and singing. It was great fun.

For our Baking and Cookery Club on Monday the 10th we designed and decorated meringues. This is such an enjoyable class to do while chatting and reminiscing about the our favourite dishes we baked.

In the afternoon Mike Burley entertained us with catchy tunes from the 60s and 70s.

On Wednesday the 12th our Art Club theme was centred on Valentines with coloured tissue paper hearts.


On Thursday it was a lovely day and we ventured out in the mini bus to see the snow drops in Ellisfield. This pretty little village is carpeted with the dainty little flowers.

Friday the 14th was all about Valentines of course. The Staff made a fantastic effort with dressing up, decorating tables and we made little love hearts with memories of Valentines past.

We went to see the Jonti Duo perform at Hill House in the afternoon.

Our movement activity on Monday the 17th was lounge basketball. This always gives us a giggle to start the day.

On Tuesday the 18th, we were invited to Ellisfield Community Centre Valentines Tea Dance. This was an enjoyable afternoon with old friends and new.

We have a weekly Arts and Crafts Club, on the 19th we chose to do painting.

Our activities team member Viki brought in her adorable Jack Russell Tango after lunch. The residents just adore him.

We had some feathered visitors too!

On the 20th the Cookery Club with Becky did a savory dish for a change.

On the 21st we had a very good game of word search in the lounge in the morning.

While in the afternoon we went to Hill House to visit with friends and enjoy a performance by Emma H.

Alison visited on Monday with her curious pigmy goat Princess. He is a great source of entertainment and conversation.

We all celebrated our lovely Iris’s birthday.

We had a Nepalese themed dinner, with flags and a quiz on Monday the 24th. Neesha made us one of her famous curry’s for dinner.

Tuesday was Shrove Tuesday. We had our traditional pancake tossing competition. Which Ken won this year!

On Wednesday the 26 we had a trip to Bagshot Lea Garden Centre. We love to look around the pets and fish before a visit to their café.

We played Bingo in the afternoon.

It was a nice sunny, dry day when we visited St Martin Church of England Church in Ellisfield, with its colourful stain glass window on the 26th.

Thursday the 27th Alison gave out Staff Achiever and Sunflower awards to our wonderful care and auxiliary staff, as a thank you for all their hard work. We are all very proud of them.

On Friday the 28th Terry Owen sang his way into our hearts with lots of ballads and love songs for us in the main lounge.

In afternoon we had a trip to the Wyvern for a chat with friends over a pint.