There has been a distinctly Scottish feel to the activities taking place this week in care homes operated by The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) to mark Burns Night.
Celebrated on 25th January, Burns Night is a ceremonial gathering in honour of the celebrated Scottish poet Robert Burns. Typically involving the consumption of whisky and haggis, the event was celebrated by OSJCT homes in Oxfordshire whose residents truly got into the spirit of the occasion.
Marston Court Care Home in Oxford invited Steve Duffy, Her Majesty’s Major Piper, to address their haggis, and residents enjoyed poetry readings and Scottish dancing including a demonstration of the Highland Fling. The duly addressed haggis was then enjoyed with neeps and tatties for their Scottish-themed lunch.
Along with whisky and haggis tasting, Burns’ poetry was also enjoyed by residents at Madley Park Care Home in Witney, while employees and residents at Larkrise Care Home in Banbury were dressed in their best tartan for the day. Residents at Larkrise also got creative and painted pictures of the Highlands while sampling some delicious Scottish shortbread.
At Westgate Care Home in Wallingford, residents enjoyed a wee dram of whisky while one of the home’s multi-talented and fully-kilted carers, Jon, addressed the luncheon haggis whilst playing the bagpipes. Residents later enjoyed a poetry reading and hearing a wee history of Burns night itself.