This November we're remembering our soldiers and sailors who have fallen in wars past and present defending our nation. We're wearing our poppies with pride and have been commemorating the special day through lots of activities in our care homes.
Despite many changes this year, residents and staff felt it important we still made this a special day to remember, with celebrations and activities lasting a full weekend in some of our homes. For some of our residents, this was an opportunity to reminisce on memories that have lasted a lifetime, which staff love to listen to.
Here is how some of our homes have been taking part:
The residents at Burnworthy House watched the annual Remembrance Sunday March Past the Cenotaph on the television. They also painted lots of poppies and hung them on the tree at the front of the home, which they have continued to add to over the last couple of days. Some villagers and local school children have since made their own contributions to the tree, which has had a heart-warming response from the residents.
It smiles all round from the residents at Calway House, who wore their poppies with pride and honoured Remembrance Sunday with the two minute silence.
Staff and residents at Cooksons Court made an impressive memorial for Remembrance Day made out of homemade poppies covering the entire wall, in addition to other arts and crafts created by the residents.
The residents of Critchill Court held a service of songs and engaged in a nostaligic discussion about the war, before taking part in a Remembrance Day themed quiz.
Never one to miss out on getting creative, the residents of Field House got so busy making poppy-related arts and crafts that the home’s communal areas had poppies hanging from the ceilings!
The staff and residents at Fletcher House bowed their heads in silence as ‘The Last Post’ was performed live from outside their home. They finished off celebrations with a warming mulled cider as they reflected on those fallen in wars gone by.
The Halcon Centre, which caters to 19 - 65 year olds who are physically disabled and/or have a sensory loss, created several memorials in honour of the special day, made up of photos, poppies and reflective poetry.
Pulsford Lodge welcomed a local man who greeted residents in his army uniform while on his horse, to mark Armistice from their garden. The residents also decorated their tables through art and craft sessions, to be enjoyed while dining.
Proving that Christmas trees are not just for Christmas, Rowden House decorated its tree in homemade poppies. Residents listened to their favourite wartime songs after a two minute silence to honour those who have died at war.
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