On Monday 26th. October we started Halloween week enthusiastically with our chair-based exercise programme.

Kath, Margaret, Sylvia, and Ken participating.

Pat and Peter!

Beatrice, Pat And Peter.

We also enjoyed a Halloween word search managing a very impressive 134 words from the phrase ‘ Halloween Trick or Treat’ and then during the afternoon some of us made some very stylish Halloween decorations during Arts and Crafts.

Len, Beatrice, Pat, Peter, Tess and Diane busy creating!

Len helping Diane.

Pat, Peter and Tess.

‘Peter, Peter – Pumpkin Maker!’

Tess with finished pumpkin face.

Peter’s finshed pumpkin faces.

Len with finished Halloween cat.

Pat loved her finished comical cat!
On Tuesday 27th. October we enjoyed a bean bag toss during the morning and then played musical bingo during the afternoon.

Pat takes aim!

Ray and Beryl enjoyed the game too.

Listening to the music whilst playing musical bingo.

On Wednesday 28th. October we went for an Autumn drive out to Hawley lake where we enjoyed hot drinks and biscuits on board. We enjoyed watching people dinghy sailing as well as young mechancial engineer soldiers constructing a bridge at RSME Hawley Head.

Len, Kath, Pat, Sylvia nd Evelyn at Hawley Lake.

Kath and Len enjoyed the trip out.

A lovely photo of Evelyn wearing her poppies with pride!

We were treated to our very own sailing demonstration from the minibus!

Watching the soldiers build the bridge with a huge crane!


During the afternoon we set to work on our biscuit making for the NAPA competition in association with McVities.

Arthur and Tess making the biscuit dough.

Kath cutting the shapes!

Two of the proud bakers Beatrice and Pat!

On Thursday 29th. October we enjoyed a lively class with Rebecca the physiotherapist and iced our biscuits for the competition.
In the afternoon were busy arranging the fresh flowers into 6 vases and a pumpkin vase as well as carving pumpkins for Halloween which was very much enjoyed!

Iris, Diane, Peter and Margaret working with Rebecca.

Ray was a good participator.

Arms up with Ray, Kath, Helga, Sylvia, Pat, Iris and Margaret!

Diane and Pat carefully icing the biscuits.

Kath concentrating hard.

Beatrice with the yellow icing!

The icing bakers Beatrice, Pat, Diane and Kath with the finished result!

‘Woodlands Illuminated Autumn Leaves W’

Iris, Margaret and Tess arranged the flowers.

Beatrice busy with the blooms.

Pat made a beautiful display.

Beatrice and Pat with finished carved pumpkin.

Brian made a pumpkin vase.

Len with carved pumpkin.

The finished ‘Jack O’ Lanterns!’ with Evelyn peeping on!

Pat and Iris with the finished pumpkin floral display.

We also bid a fond farewell to Neeta who after almost three years working at Woodlands is now moving to Yorkshire with her husband’s posting. Neeta is very much liked by the residents and will be missed by everyone!

Jay Jay, Neeta and Deb.

Neeta and the Woodlands Team.
On Friday 30th. October we did chair based exercises with a Halloween theme, learnt about the history and origins of Halloween and it’s associated traditions. We also enjoyed a Halloween quiz.

Diane and Beryl doing the exercises.

Len enjoyed them.

The witches’ arm exercises – Casting a spell!

Pat was an enthusiastic participator!

Residents learning about the history and traditions of Halloween.

Some ‘Woodlands Witches and Wizards!’ –
Mary and Diane

Elwyn and Beryl!

Kath and Peter.

Halloween decorations at Woodlands.

During the afternoon we enjoyed a sing-a-long tea party and sampled the iced biscuits we had made for the NAPA competition earlier in the week.

Brian and Beryl enjoying the sing-a-long.

Iris enjoyed herself too!

Margaret, Peter, Beatrice and Brian.

On Saturday 31st. October we enjoyed a balloon bounce and the Giant Crossword during the day .In the evening we were entertained by both staff and directors dressed up in fancy dress for our special Halloween social party. We enjoyed trick n’ treating and helped judged the eventual winners of the fancy dress competition.

‘Hubble Bubble, Boil and Trouble!’ with Beatrice, Evelyn, Beryl
(and Sally-Anne!)

Ray as the werewolf!

‘Good Woodlands Witches’ – Helga and Joyce!

‘Witches’ Daphne and Mary!

Margaret and Elwyn being scared by Alison!

Patricia talks to the creepy Nun – Jay Jay!

Peter and Len with ‘Sister Act!’

The Fancy Dress competition winners, Kirsten, Nickie and Jay Jay with their prize vouchers!

Margaret seeing the staff dressed up!
On Sunday 1st. November we enjoyed a more restful day with Woodlands Hangman during the morning and then we enjoyed Film Club with a James Bond movie in tribute to Sean Connery.