On Monday 14th. December we enjoyed a bean bag toss and a few rounds of Woodlands Hangman. Then during the afternoon we watched the festive film Scrooge with popcorn.

Beryl has a go!

Peter the Birthday boy takes aim!

Muriel looking lovely after seeing Denise the hairdresser.

We also celebrated Peter’s Birthday with a huge cake!



Christmas Jumper Day 15th. December

On Tuesday 15th. December it was Christmas Jumper Day! We did our chair based exercises with gusto and then listened to Christmas music whilst discussing our Christmas Wishes and some of us having our photograph taken.

Joan looked lovely in her own Christmas jumper shown here with singing snowman!

Elisabeth, Beryl, Elwyn and Pat doing ‘swimming’ arm exercises.

Harry did well at the exercises!

Everyone busy with arm exercises!

Irene enjoys the chair-based exercises.

‘Christmas Wishes’ discussion with Beryl.

Len was very happy to watch a Christmas service at his old church St. Barnabas.

Christmas Jumper Day at Woodlands!

Brian sang along with the singing snowman!


During the afternoon we did some festive baking and made 24 mince pies!

Elisabeth and Arthur rolling the pastry.

Arthur and Pat cutting out stars.

Elisabeth gets busy with the mincemeat!

Tess cuts out stars.


Elisabeth, Arthur, Pat and Tess with the finished pies ready for the hot oven!

The finished pies were enjoyed at afternoon tea time and were said to be yummy!


On Wednesday 16th. December we did our chair-based exercises and then were delighted to receive Christmas cards from Cove School pupils and the Mosquito Cub Scouts of Elvetham Heath.

Kath T. with a clever 3-d Christmas card from a Cove school pupil.

Margaret with her hand-made card.

Diane was delighted with her card which featured lots and lots of presents!

Iris and Mary with their fabulous cards!

Elisabeth and Daphne with their cards!

Elwyn very pleased with card from the Mosquito Cubs!

We also enjoyed and A-Z of words related to Christmas.

During the afternoon we made 9 beautiful table decorations for our Christmas dinner using some foliage from our garden that we collected as well as other decorations and artificial flowers etc. that we already had.

Pat kindly helping Tess trim foliage for her table decoration.

Pat and Beatrice busy with their creations!

Sylvia and Beatrice.

Elisabeth with her finished beautiful table decoration.

Kath T’s beautiful display.

Kath. M with her finished table decoration.

Iris, Sylvia, Pat and Beatrice with their table decorations.

I’m sure you’ll agree they did an amazing job!



On Thursday 18th. December Rebecca the physiotherapist joined us for our last session before Christmas, and we were busy arranging the fresh flowers delivered. During the afternoon we enjoyed the festive film ‘White Christmas.’

On Friday 19th. December we did our chair based exercises and then sung along to a Christmas Song first liners quiz.

Festive exercises with Sylvia, Pat, Kath, Diane, Elwyn and others.

Joan and Len doing the arm exercises enthusiastically.

On Friday afternoon we enjoyed Part 1 of a big Christmas quiz and then at 6.00pm following an early supper we enjoyed a very festive Carol singing evening with Louis on piano. We sang everything from ‘Away in a Manger’ to the ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ and then the staff even sang us a 2020 Corona version of ‘Deck the Halls!’


Beryl enjoying a ‘Snowball during the carol singing evening.

Tessa presented Louis with thank you present for playing for us all!

On Saturday 19th. December we were once again able to enjoy a piano song-along as Louis played for us during our Saturday morning session. Then during the afternoon we reminisced about all the traditions of Christmas time using a special ‘Christmas Box’ and learnt a little about their origins.

Tess opens the special Christmas Box.

Mary was very taken by the musical snowglobe.

On Sunday 20th. December we enjoyed a Christmas carol and song quiz and then some of us enjoyed a walk in our lovely garden in the bright Winter sunshine. During the afternoon we listened to festive music.

Len, Sylvia, Diane, Pat, Kath T and Elisabeth enjoyed the Winter sunshine in the garden.


Elisabeth outside her room with all the Winter cyclamen.