Last week 25 residents, staff and volunteers from our three homes took a trip to Beamish Open Air Museum. The trip coincided with Dementia Awareness Week and Abbeyfield had arranged with the museum to exhibit Abbeyfield residents’ Golden Moments art work and bunting.
In advance of the trip residents had taken part in a project, making bunting from images and items from the past ranging from knitting patterns to pieces of material. The bunting brought back many happy memories and provided an opportunity share these with others. Once completed, the bunting was then used to decorate the School House where it was displayed along the length of the corridor. One classroom was turned into a gallery displaying residents Golden Moments art works and Grove resident Mrs Spoor provided two of her paintings. Abbeyfield residents are very talented.
Individual picnics were supplied by The Grove chef and were enjoyed at long tables reminiscent of a school dinner hall. Although, some couldn’t resist the fish and chips eaten out of newspaper.
After lunch we headed off to the Band Hall where we enjoyed a sing-a-long with children from Ryhope Primary school. Enjoying old classics like ‘It’s a long way to Tipperary’ and ‘Pack up your troubles’, providing accompaniment with drums, tambourines and maracas!
Despite a little rain a we all had a lovely day out that we just didn’t want to end, though even that became fun for some of us by taking the vintage bus or the tram to our own coach while others enjoying a leisurely stroll.
As we arrived home to Abbeyfield there was a feeling of satisfied weariness all round, a lovely day having been had by all!