April “Blossom and Bloom” – Activities at Woodlands
April has been yet again a very busy month for Activities with the theme “Blossom and Bloom”. Residents have been enjoying all the beautiful and colourful spring flowers now making their appearance as well as enjoying a trip out to see the wonderful Bluebells. They have also been enjoying two new clubs which started this month; Residents have been busy knitting squares in Knit and natter group and using their new brush felts in colouring club. Here are just a few other things our Residents have been up to:
On Friday 1st April Residents enjoyed a lovely morning out in to Fleet for a spot of shopping with a leisurely stroll around the Hart Shopping centre. After picking up a few essential’s Residents enjoyed a nice cup of tea, coffee and their usual slice of Victoria Sponge arriving back at Woodlands in time for their fish and chip lunch.
Resident’s paid a visit to Hill House on Wednesday 6th April for their monthly ‘Singing for the Brain’ session, where they sang some additional spring themed songs. Residents really enjoy these sessions especially when doing the playful exercises along to some well-known songs that are used to evoke verbal and emotional memories. A great afternoon was had by all, finished off nicely with tea, coffee and cake.
During the afternoon of Wednesday 12th April residents from Woodlands and Hillbrow enjoyed an afternoon out at The Princes Hall, Aldershot for a tea dance. The Tea dance is held monthly, and is a chance for Residents to listen to and dance to a selection of old and new classic tunes. It’s a wonderful afternoon of Ballroom, Latin and Social Sequence in a warm friendly atmosphere with a small break for tea and cake.
On Friday 15th April Residents from all 3 homes enjoyed a trip out to Badshot Lea Garden Centre. Residents walked round looking at all the wonderful spring tubs out on show, we also visited the craft section to buy some wool for our knit and natter group. Residents finished the morning in the Squires coffee shop with a nice cup of tea and some yummy chocolate biscuits.
Friday 22nd April was a very busy day for Woodlands Residents which started in the morning with a trip to their favourite local the Tweseldown Pub. Residents enjoyed a lovely sunny morning in the pub meeting up with other Resident’s from our sister homes and enjoying a good chat over a nice cool drink. Later in the afternoon Residents watched the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations around the TV, reminisced about her life and gave their thoughts on what a great job she had done and was still doing. We continued the afternoon by looking through old photos of her through the years and played word association all themed around the Queen.
During the evening Residents were visited by a large group of scouts who are taking part in the ‘Million Hands Project’ which is an ongoing community based project. The scouts spent time with the Resident’s chatting and playing games throughout the evening such as cards, dominoes, connect 4, snakes and ladders and scrabble. It was a really fun evening and the Residents loved meeting and spending time with the scouts, the scouts thanked the Residents for allowing them to visit and donated a wonderful set of specialised reminiscing books as a Thank you.
The Resident’s annual ‘Blue Bell’ trip took place on the morning of Wednesday 27th April. Residents enjoyed a drive through the country side ending up at the spectacular blue bell woods in Ellisfield village. The blue bells were all out in full bloom and the Residents couldn’t get over what a fabulous sight and smell they all were. We stopped for a short while to take in the sight whilst Residents enjoyed a cup of tea, coffee and biscuits. A few of the Residents took a small walk along the bridle path so they could fully take in the beauty of so many blue bells in one place.
On Friday 29th April Residents took a trip out to Redfields Garden Centre. They had a lovely walk around looking at the wonderful array of orchids as well as visiting the home grown vegetable section, to get some inspiration for what they want to grow this year in their raised vegetable garden. Residents concluded the morning in the ‘Cafe Theatre’ and enjoyed some rich butter biscuits over a nice cup of tea and coffee.