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Gardening at Brookside

Gardening at Brookside

Joy thoroughly enjoyed planting our new plants in the garden.

Joy loves to be outside in the garden as her passion is gardening. Other residents at Brookside have also spend time in the sun helping to plant the flowers. This is in preparation for the Trust in Bloom competition, an internal event which Brookside is taking part in this year.

Joy helped pick out the flowers for us to plant and is looking forward to more days in the garden now the weather is getting warmer.

Joy said that spring is her favourite time of year as being outside in the garden just makes everything feel better.

Bicester Act of Kindness ladies’ group

Bicester Act of Kindness ladies’ group

At Langford View during the pandemic some of our residents received letters from Bicester Act of Kindness ladies’ group. The letters had been written and distributed to counter loneliness.

Each month residents received letters and photos of interest, which put a smile on many of their faces.

Bob wrote to a family from Bicester. They told him that they were moving to Canada for three years, so Bob was uncertain if he would still be able to receive any more letters from the family.

However, recently a special letter arrived for Bob all the way from Canada. He was very happy to read their update.

Margaret's book

Margaret's book

Margaret, one of our talented residents from Whitefriars in Stamford, enjoyed a one-to-one chat with Sue an Activities Co-ordinator. She enjoyed showing Sue one of her favourite books. The book is full of beautiful China paintings. Margaret enjoys arts and crafts. During the conversation the two women found out that they both visited the Alford craft market.

Mini Police at Longlands

Mini Police at Longlands

We received our first 20 letters from the Mini Police at Longlands. They were hand delivered, although we originally planned for the children to meet our residents in person, but they couldn’t due to Covid-19 restrictions.

However, the children still introduced themselves in the letters and the residents thoroughly enjoyed reading these.

The Mini Police are a programme run by Thames Valley Police; they operate in other areas within the force, but Blackbird Leys in Oxford is currently the only place where they have Mini Police. It is interactive volunteering which gives the children an opportunity to introduce them to a positive experience in policing and gets them involved in the local community. The children are from Pegasus school in Oxford and are in year 5, aged between 9 to 10 years. They are also about to enrol 20 children from Orchard Meadow’s school too.

Violet's pen pal

Violet's pen pal

Whitefriars resident Violet had a lovely surprise when she received a letter as part of our pen pal scheme, organised by Shelly, Home Manager. Violet enjoyed writing her letter, with some support from Sue, the Activities Co-ordinator, about times in her life and fun occasions. The letter brought back some lovely memories and we are looking forward to future letters.

Rose's surprise visit from granddaughter

Rose's surprise visit from granddaughter

Resident Rose had a wonderful surprise just before Christmas. Granddaughter Rebecca showed up one chilly morning with her work colleagues from Smeg alongside representatives from Jack FM, the local radio station, as part of a mince pie marathon! The visit was arranged as a surprise by Kelly, our Head of Care and Rebecca at Old Station House.

Rebecca said: “What a pleasure it was for myself, my colleagues and the team at Jack FM to hand deliver some mince pies to the residents. The night shift was tough, but it was so worth it to see my lovely nans face light up when she saw us. She did however mistake Scott Quinnell for my husband! (She's only known my actual husband for 8 years, easy mistake to make of course!)”

“Whatever pastry they used; the mince pies we delicious!”

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