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Merry Christmas from the Hartford Care Family - 11 Dec 2018

'Tis the season to be jolly!' At Hartford Care we love to prepare and countdown to Christmas with plenty of festive cheer and celebrations.

We all enjoy the traditions of eating mince pies, decorating the Christmas tree and sending Christmas cards. In our Hartford Care Homes across the south, we love to participate and have lots of Christmas fun, using our creative talents: 

   

In Sidmouth, Devon we hosted a terrific Christmas party with relatives, residents and staff. It was a pleasure to listen to carols performed by the women’s institute choir followed by mulled wine, homemade cake and mince pies. The event was supported by local shops and businesses who donated prizes to the raffle, helping us to raise money for The Care Workers Charity.

At The Laurels & Pine Lodge, in Poole, we were delighted to visit the Tiny Explorers Pre School to welcome Father Christmas. We were able to share our wish list for gifts and chat to the children. During the countdown to Christmas we made snow and glitter baubles to sell at our annual Christmas Fayre. On the day we welcomed friends, families and the local Oakdale community to enjoy the busy afternoon of cake sales, tombola and games, raising £445 for the Care Workers Charity.

In Winchester, it was a joy to hear children from Harestock Primary School singing Christmas carols to all of our residents at Tegfield House.

    

Our Portsmouth Care Home called Hartford Court, enlisted the help of our residents to mix the Christmas cake mixture, make cards and salt dough decorations!

Woodlands House in Southampton are proud to present the first ever pantomime created and performed by the residents and staff.  It will be our very own version of Cinderella to make you laugh so get ready to shout ‘oh no it isn’t' on Christmas Eve at 3pm. 

Tickled Pink Productions came to visit Bethel House in New Milton to perform their Christmas production: ‘A Winter Wonderland’. The talented duo; Lisa and Daniel used props, costumes and music to perform familiar Christmas songs. Everyone was given song sheets to join in with a good sing-along!

   

The staff and residents of West Cliff Hall have been busy knitting decorations for a ‘sweet shop favourites’ themed Christmas tree. The decorations were donated to the Christmas tree festival hosted by the local St John’s Church and judged in a competition. We are proud to say that West Cliff Hall won first place for our beautifully decorated tree and handmade decorations.

Coming up at Stokeleigh, Muddy Boots Nursery are joining us to make Christmas crafts and we will be visiting the Bristol Christmas Market and then Cribbs Causeway lights. We can’t wait to join the Carol Service on 21st December at St Mary’s Church to sing traditional songs.

Residents from Burnham Lodge have generously created items to give as presents for their families and there has been lots of delicious baking taking place!

   

Set in the heart of the Maidenhead community, Boulters Lock opened their doors to invite friends for carol singing with the 1st Cookham Cub Scouts. We have also enjoyed spreading Christmas cheer to visit our local GP surgeries to give out chocolates and Christmas cards! A particular highlight was a day trip to Toad Hall, to experience the Christmas Wonderland!

On the isle of Wight we have welcomed local children to join our residents for a fabulous messy play session in Shanklin, at Springfield Nursing Home. The afternoon included making salt dough ornaments and Christmas handprint art.

Coming up, The Elms Nursing Home in Bembridge extends an open invitation to join our residents and staff on  20th December from 1.30pm, to enjoy the Bembridge School Choir. Christmas Morning Festivities will take place on 25th December from 11am with a 3 course Christmas Lunch in our beautifully decorated dining room. 

Find out more about our homes: https://www.hartfordcare.co.uk/our-care-homes

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