June’s ‘Royal Celebrations’ at Woodlands

June was yet again another busy month with the theme “Royal Celebrations”. Residents have been busy doing activities, reminiscing and celebrating all things Royal along with the rest of the country in honour of the Queens 90th Birthday. Residents also attended the annual Talent Show combined with NAPA Open Day at Hill House, and as well as getting the chance to meet Alison’s (our owner’s) horses. Here are just a few of the things in more detail that our Residents have been up to:

On Wednesday 1st June Residents took a trip up to Hill House for their monthly “Singing for Brain” session with Barbara Raynor. It was a great afternoon of singing which included some good old fashioned favourites. The afternoon was finished off perfectly with tea and cake.

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It was a full day of Royal Celebrations on Friday 10th June. During the morning Residents all sat together in the lounges to watch the Queens service of thanksgiving at St Pauls Cathedral.  Then it was onto “a right royal street party” with lots of union jack bunting and flags to set the scene. The party started with Residents joining staff in toasting the Queen for her long service to the country and wishing her a wonderful birthday, after which it was only proper to sing the national anthem.  Toasts done, Residents tucked into a wonderful array of party food, and enjoyed a glass of wine or two, whilst listening to some wonderful royal music. During the afternoon Residents waved their flags as they enjoyed a ‘royal singalong’, everyone was in fine voice, after which they had a well-earned cup of tea and some royally decorated cupcakes, beautifully done by the Residents in our cooking club.

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Later that evening Residents took a trip up to Hill House for a wonderful Queen’s Birthday concert by the Carillon Singers. The concert included a selection of some well-known recognised songs beautifully performed, concluding in a patriotic rendition of the National Anthem as well as singing Happy Birthday in honour of the Queen. It was a perfect finale to a great day in tribute to the Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebrations.

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Carrying on the royal celebrations Residents were invited to Robert May School in Odiham to enjoy an afternoon Royal Tea Dance on Tuesday 14th June. Students decorated the hall with all things royal and served drinks, sandwiches and some wonderful cakes. They entertained the Residents with music, singing and the Residents personal favourite an incredibly beautiful display of ballet. The Residents continued throughout the afternoon dancing with students to 1940s and 50s classic music including an impromptu conga around the dance hall!! It was a great afternoon, that the Residents thoroughly enjoyed and we would like to personally thank all the Students and Teachers at Robert May school for welcoming our Residents into their wonderful School.

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On Wednesday 15th June Matilda and Sammy, two wonderful horses, were the stars of the day. Residents had the chance to meet the pair face to face, and enjoyed petting, stroking and feeding them. For those Residents not out in the garden, the horses came into the lounge to meet them, much to the amazement of some of the Residents. Some of the children visiting, were treated to rides around our beautiful gardens. It was a great afternoon for the Residents, and a real experience to be up so close and personal to two lovely horses.

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During the morning of Thursday 16th of June Woodlands hosted a tea and cupcake morning in aid of raising awareness and funds for people affected by dementia, on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Society. It was a wonderful morning with many Residents, family, friends and staff coming together and enjoying a cupcake or two!

It was NAPA open day and the staff annual talent show at Hill House on Friday 17th June. During the afternoon Residents enjoyed performances by the staff from all three homes competing against each other with the theme ‘Anything Royal’. The Residents were thoroughly entertained by a wide variety of colourful and unique acts, which included lots of jokes, singing and dancing. It was a fabulous afternoon which really showed what amazing fun and talented staff we have across our homes. Well done to all the staff that took part and of course we are personally very proud that the Woodlands team “The Fuzzy Brigade” took the top prize (for a second year running!!)

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On Friday 24th June Residents enjoyed a trip out to Redfields garden centre. Residents took a leisurely stroll around, looking at all the beautiful displays of plants, flowers, gifts and the extensive range of books and cards. It was a lovely morning finished off in the café with a nice cup of tea and some chocolate biscuits.

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Residents enjoyed an afternoon out at the Princes Hall in Aldershot for a Tea Dance on Tuesday 28th June. It was a great afternoon for our Residents who loved listening to some wonderful classic music and dancing the afternoon away, as well as watching some very talented dancers from the local community.

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