Well, what another jam-packed month we have had full of fantastic activities where we have all had lots of fun and laughed a lot!
Arts and Crafts Sessions
We started the month with lots of arts and crafts sessions prepping for Remembrance Day, cutting out poppies, making bunting and remembering those who have fallen – lest we forget.
We had a pyjama week where all staff and residents were invited to dress in their pyjamas all week to raise money for our residents’ funds. It’s safe to say everyone at The Firs had fun dressing up in onesies and different pyjamas every day of the week. We can’t wait to do it again soon!
On the 11th November, Remembrance Day itself, we threw a tea party and were joined by the South West Lindy Hoppers! All of us, residents and staff, enjoyed some dancing, tea and cake and what made it even more special was that the lindy hoppers were dressed up in their 1940’s outfits! Our residents travelled back in time, and we all took part in the two-minute silence to remember those who have fallen. Have a look at our Facebook page for pictures and even a video!
Weekly Cookery Classes
Our residents have continued to enjoy our weekly cookery classes where we have been baking sausage rolls, cinnamon swirls and rocky road – yummy!
Stepping Stones Pre-school and Taunton School
We have also had some lovely visits from the 4-year olds at Stepping Stones Pre-School who came and sang some nursery rhymes, had story time and completed some cutting and sticking activities with our lovely residents. We also had visits from the sixth form students from Taunton School who visit us three times a week, where residents enjoy individual therapy with the students having a chat about schooling life and reminiscing past times. The children really enjoy visiting us, and it’s great to see both the younger and older generations interacting together.
We had a lovely time when Jo, our Activities Coordinator, bought in a harmonica (or mouth-organ as our residents called it) to spark some great musical memories during a reminiscence therapy session. Their faces lit up with joy, and everyone had a go at playing it. We’d love for you to have a look at our Facebook page to see the video of Betty having a play!
During the month, we also celebrated Pam and Lilla’s birthdays. Both had a great day, and we would like to say thank you to our lovely Miriam in the kitchen for baking the cakes. Pam enjoyed having her family visit, sharing cake, opening her cards and presents. Lilla also received a beautiful bunch of flowers and a photo album from her granddaughter in Japan!
We rounded off the month by starting the festive season with a mini fayre where staff, residents and family members enjoyed getting together listening to Wellsprings Chapel Choir who sang some Christmas carols. We also had tea and cake, a raffle and various craft stalls. Thank you to Wellspring Chapel who kindly donated us an M&S beauty advent calendar with £300 worth of beauty products! Well done to Barbara (Mary West’s mum) who won the fantastic prize. We raised £80 on the day – thank you all for your continued support!