Christmas at Littlefair
As usual, Christmas was a busy affair here at Littlefair. Here are a few things that we got up to...
Haskins Garden Centre
One of our traditions around this time is visiting Haskins Garden Centre at the beginning of December to get into the Christmas spirit, buy a few presents and have a nice time together in the cafe. This year 14 people were taken on the outing, over three seperate days. Relatives and staff were kind enough to take us in their cars. As usual Haskins was decked out with tonnes of sparkly, bright Christmas decorations and we loved looking round all the aisles. We ended up in the cafe, where one Residents valiantly drank a bucket full of coffee, we learned our lesson not to order a medium size from Costa! I must say, we were quite good this year and didn't order too many cakes. We came out with lots of shopping bags and smiling faces.
For those that couldn't make it out we had a...
Our friends and relatives at Littlefair are always so generous with their giving. It was because of the amount of gifts we received that we were able to put on a little Bazaar. There was a section for people to buy Christmas cards and gifts, a festive refreshment stall with mulled wine and mince pies, there was a tombola and our friend Simon Casciano came to play us Christmas songs to sing along to. The money raised from this event will be put in the Residents Fund, which pays for visiting entertainment throughout the year.
Estcots Primary School Choir
Next on the agenda was a visit from Estcots choir. Every year we have more and more children join us. There were 14 children four years ago and 46 children this year! They all bundled in to the centre of the lounge and sang us five, very cute Christmas songs. The faces of our Residents were all smiles. At the end we gave them each a gingerbread man and all the children went round to say thank you and goodbye to the happy Residents.
Friend of Littlefair and Pastor of Turners Hill Free Church, Geoff Chapman came to visit us a few days before Christmas to take a Christmas Service. Residents enjoyed singing well known carols, hearing Bible verses and listening to a short message on the meaning of Christmas.
Chequer Mead Pantomime
Another popular trip this year, again with 13 people on three different trips, was our outing to Chequer Mead Theatre, East Grinstead to see the pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Our weekend housekeeper Kayleigh was part of the adult dance group, so we particularly enjoyed watching her perform. The weather wasn't particlarly kind to us on one day and we all got soaking wet, but the pantomime definitely cheered our spirits. It was thoroughly enjoyed by all that went.
Last but not least was our Christmas Party, the highlight of Littlefair's calendar! This year, what a treat for all, we put on a staff pantomime (ohhhh no we didn't!) Home administrators, Nick and Angie; Home Manager, Sue and nine other fabulous staff members took to the stage to perform the pantomime classic, Aladdin. Even though we all had our scripts in hand and fumbled through our lines, we looked the part and made the packed out lounge laugh on numerous occasions. The star of the show was our very own carer, Holly, who went to lots of effort to look the part as the Panto Dame and played the part so well. Most of us who work here aren't afraid to look a bit silly in order to create lots of fun for our Residents and their families and friends! We were glad to be joined as well by staff on their days off and staff children joining in the racket.
After the excitement of the panto, we started a game of pass the parcel (with lots of chocolate passing around) with an impromptu game of musical statues in the centre of the circle.
Finally, we had our grand raffle draw, which was hotly anticipated. Again, thanks to the generosity of peoples' donations this year we had some great prizes.
We finished our party the way we always do, with a glass of sherry.
But that's not all
These few events weren't all the fun we had over December, there was festive Zumba, Art Club, Book Club, baking, craft and of course singing amongst other things. We certainly were all busy and had a wonderful time.
I finish by saying a very Merry Christmas from all at Littlefair Care Home and a Happy New Year to all!