A jolly good time was had by all at Southlands residential care home in Highweek this week, as it celebrated ‘English Traditions Week’.
The festivities, which were inspired by some of the residents’ most treasured memories, kicked off with pumpkin carving for Halloween.
Then, midweek, residents as well as their family and friends were entertained by the energetic Newton Bushel Morris Dancers, with a couple of folk even tempted to try a jig or two themselves before enjoying a delicious Devonshire cream tea with home-baked scones.
The week concluded with an exciting fireworks display for Guy Fawkes’ Night, accompanied by a supper of soup and hot dogs to celebrate the foiling of the infamous Gunpowder Plot of 1605.
The Home, which is known for its ethos of ‘enjoying life to the fullest’, has this year transported its residents around the world through a series of nationality-themed festivals, including French Week, Italian Week and, most recently, Chinese Week.
For each theme, the Home’s highly regarded chefs recreate the traditional dishes from the focus nation, and the staff create a ‘destination ambience’ with flags, pictures and objects, as well as through music and activities.
For English Traditions Week, residents worked with the chefs to plan the week’s menu to include mouth-watering old favourites, such as steak and kidney pie, cottage pie, and fish and chips in newspaper, along with bread and butter pudding, Eton mess and victoria sponge.
Meanwhile, their ears were treated to a wonderfully English medley of music, ranging from classical pieces by the nation’s composers to music hall numbers from the period of WWII played by entertainer John Hammond.
Carol Dyke, Manager of Southlands, said, ‘Our residents always enjoy our themed weeks because it gives everyone an excuse to be very social, get a little silly and laugh a lot.
‘Our Nation Weeks have proved particularly popular. Residents have really enjoyed trying different dishes and activities, and also sharing all these experiences with their friends and family. It’s lovely hearing so much chatter and laughter echoing around the Home. I think these Weeks will become a new tradition at Southlands!’