The 22nd May 2018 was a red-letter day for Anne Smith who is a member of our Grove House Committee. Anne received an invitation to celebrate Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales’s, 70th Birthday at Buckingham Palace. Along with members of other organisations of which he is a patron, Anne spent an unforgettable afternoon attending a Royal Garden Party. To make it even more of an occasion, it was Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex’s, first official engagement since her marriage to Prince Harry. ‘It was such a surprise and honour to be invited’ says Anne, who has volunteered with Abbeyfield since Oct 2000.
As well as sitting on The Grove House Committee, Anne is a regular visitor to the home, spending time with our residents whether joining in activities or, just as importantly, having a cup of tea and a chat.
During August our residents enjoyed several outings organised through Tyne and Wear Museums. The two-year Live Well Project works with older adults to remove barriers to the arts and culture. Eighteen of our residents from both Castle Farm and The Grove have so far enjoyed visits to the Shipley Art Gallery in Gateshead, Segedunum Roman Fort at Wallsend and the Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle. Accessible transport was provided and museum staff were on hand at the locations to guide our visitors through the exhibits and answer any questions they had. Our residents were accompanied on the visits by Abbeyfield staff members and volunteers who were on hand to give support where needed.
Another three visits are in the planning stage for the autumn. If you would like to join us please contact Helen, our activities co-ordinator on 0191 285 7174 option 5 by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Last week 25 residents, staff and volunteers from our three homes took a trip to BeamishOpen 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!