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A small group of residents and volunteers visited the Metro Centre last week on an outing to see the Christmas lights. Everyone was very impressed, especially with the enormous decorative reindeers, poppy cascade, Christmas trees and statues! We all enjoyed looking at all the different decorations, chatting about the Christmas lights and doing a bit of early Christmas shopping. Thank you to our staff and volunteeers who accompanied us on the day.
Our residents commemorated Remembrance Day by making our very own handmade “poppy cascade” with some beautiful felt poppies, which now hangs in the dining room. We will be adding to it each Remembrance Day with poppies made by our residents.
Please don’t forget that we also have our “poppy bags” for sale for £5 in our office, with half of the price going towards the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.
Our residents visited the Tynedale Gift Fair at Matfen Hall on Tuesday afternoon and spent a happy few hours browsing the stalls and doing some early Christmas shopping.
Everyone enjoyed a soup and sandwich lunch in the Print Room, and loved chatting with our volunteers and staff.
Thank you also to the Crafty Women, who manned a stall for the whole two days, selling their beautiful handmade items in aid of our charity. They raised a total of £287 – thank you so much for your hard work!
The Tynedale Gift Fair at Matfen Hall is back for 2019 and this year our Crafty Women will be selling their beautiful handmade cushions, decorations, gifts and clothing, all in aid of our charity. Some of the items for sale can be seen below.
The Gift Fair will be held on:
Monday 28th October 2019 3.30 pm – 8.30 pm and
Tuesday 29th October 2019 10.00 am – 3.00 pm.
Entry £4 on the door (includes a raffle ticket).
This year the Fair is supporting “My Name’5 Doddie” charity, which aids research into the causes of Motor Neurone Disease.
The numerous stalls include everything needed for an unforgettable festive season including gift ideas, furnishings, candles, clothing, tableware, soaps and jewellery plus delicious Christmas food stalls hosted by local producers.
Please visit and support our Crafty Women – we wish the Gift Fair all the best for this year, and we will certainly be taking some of our residents to Matfen Hall to do some Christmas Shopping!
We had a wonderful time at a cookery lesson, organised by our Activities Coordinator and kitchen staff last week.
A lot of our residents used to bake and cook every day for their families, and really enjoyed the chance to remember old skills.
We made little sponge cakes and cheese straws and discussed different baking tips and recipes.
Rolling out pastry, cracking eggs and beating sugar and butter is also very good exercise, helping to keep hands and arms relaxed and supple.
The afternoon led to reminiscing about old times and sharing some very useful tips – with lots of laughing and happy chat.
Everyone enjoyed the resulting cakes and cheese straws. We’ll definitely be incorporating cookery and baking into our regular activities schedule.
Watch the Northumberland County Council’s roundup of #BBCMusicDay in #Northumberland – and our Charlotte Straker “choir” as part of the video! This year’s theme is music and wellbeing to inspire, bring people together and make a positive impact.
Thank you to the members of the Corbridge Church Choir who came and helped us take part with a rousing rendition of Hey Jude.
Thank you to all our volunteer singers, plus Ian and Jayne for taking the following photos and video.
The Great Corbridge Bake Off 2019 results are in and our talented Head Cook Debbie was awarded Highly Commended in the “Best Professional” section.
Debbie made a delicious fruit cake and decorated it in the Charlotte Straker colours – we were all particularly impressed with our “pear tree” logo that she’d created in icing!
The judging panel, led by BBC Look North’s Carol Malia, was overwhelmed by the number of entries plus the effort and thought entrants had put in, so we’re very proud of Debbie for winning an award.
All the cakes were sold on Saturday with the money split between ourselves, the Corbridge Youth Initiative and Tynedale Hospice at Home – thank you to all those who bought the cakes and raised funds for our charity.
(More photos of all the amazing cakes can be viewed on the Visit Corbridge page – courtesy of Ian Wylie)
Taz and Poppet the therapy ponies from KL PONY Therapy visited us last week with their handler Katy.
Our residents love patting and stroking them, and the miniature horses travelled up the lift to see residents in their own bedrooms, as well as being made a fuss of in the dining room and lounge.
Katy does a wonderful job at training each pony to be relaxed in many different environments, including appearing on This Morning on TV and travelling on double decker buses and the Metro!
Poppet (brown and white) is only 20 months old, and Taz (black and white spotted) is 5 years old. Katy has 14 different ponies and visits many different care homes and hospitals across the region.
We adore seeing the tiny horses, and we cant wait for the next visit – thank you to Katy and her ponies for taking the time to speak to all of our residents and staff.
We had a lovely afternoon last week talking about our latest “Beamish Reminiscence Box”. These boxes are from the Beamish Museum and are filled with vintage items that encourage our residents to chat about their own lives and join in a discussion about happy times in the past.
This week’s box was all about the seaside, and we enjoyed looking at the old picnic items, beach toys and bucket and spades. Whilst we were chatting, everyone enjoyed an icecream!
Talking about our childhood holidays and about the photos and items was fascinating, especially finding out how much it cost to stay in all the hotels, farmhouses and campsites. Predecimal money can be confusing, so resident Margaret (who used to be a teacher) took the time to explain and write down the old “shillings and pence” values.
Gary from “Musical Memories Sing-a-long” visited us last week and our residents loved the show, singing along to hits from the 1940s onwards, and finishing with a rousing rendition of the “White Cliffs of Cover and “We’ll Meet Again”.
Gary ensures that the concert is interactive and encourages residents to join in and sing through his cordless microphone from their own chairs.
Our residents loved his performance and his jokes! Thank you for visiting, and we hope to see you again soon.