Christ the King Care Home (Shenstone)
Sr Teresa Maria Leaves Shenstone
Sr Teresa Maria left Shenstone on 23rd August to join the sisters in Addlestone. She has been at Shenstone for an amazing 35 years and has also been a sister for almost 75 years which is just incredible!
She said if she lived a hundred times over she wouldn’t change a thing and would have become a sister every single time.
We all gathered in the residents’ lounge to bid sister a very fond farewell and to wish her simply the best. Some gifts were given to include a ‘Finger Print Tree’ designed by our Activities Coordinator Joanne who went round getting all our finger prints to go on the branches of the tree. Our residents found this quite fascinating, their faces lit up at seeing the tree ‘grow’ as more finger prints were added.
One Fine Day
On 2nd August we had our in-house summer show ‘One Fine Day’ which was performed by North East Productions.
This is a 1960’s musical with acting and singing to match and it was fabulous with everyone joining in to the many songs we know and love. In fact, the lounge was buzzing with the seating changed around to be just like a theatre with space for the all-important dancing!
Outings to Lichfield and Walsall Arboretum
On 22 August our residents went to visit Walsall Arboretum, it was a lovely warm afternoon and everyone was able to walk around the gardens, admiring the pretty array of plants and flowers.
We went to Lichfield on 29th August – Market Day – so there were lots of stalls and a few purchases were made! Everyone thoroughly enjoyed this quaint pretty city with its lovely display of shrubs, flowers and plants that are pretty much wherever you walk, which for us included Minister Pool which is home to Lichfield’s many ducks.
St Teresa’s Home (London)
Every Thursday afternoon residents gathered in the lounge to watch a movie about a famous person in the history of Britain.
We had four weeks following the life of Winston Churchill and we started to watch a movie about Margaret Thatcher, also in four parts.
On Friday afternoons another cultural event took place at the home too. For four following Fridays we organised “BBC Proms at Home”, connecting the laptop to the big screen in the lounge. Residents were very appreciative of the musical afternoons and said it is a great opportunity to be able to “attend” the proms together on a regular basis without the effort of having to leave the home.
Concert at the Royal Albert Hall
We had a wonderful evening attending the BBC Proms concert on 31st August. Four residents decided they would like to experience the authentic atmosphere of the Royal Albert Hall and see and listen to live BBC Proms concert. They chose a programme of their taste – Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto One and Tschaikovsky “Manfred” – very rarely performed classical piece, (because of its complexity and orchestra requirement), however, very beautiful and rich.
Residents said they had a splendid evening and felt really lucky for being able to attend. Not only they enjoyed the great concert very much, but it also took them back through the years when they attended the Proms every summer.
In August we wished Elisabeth, Helen and Ann happy birthdays. We hope they had a lovely time and we can celebrate a lot more special days together!
St Augustine’s Home
Residents Enjoying the Garden
Residents at St Augustine’s have been able to relish the garden, its flowers and small animals.Having such a beautiful garden gives them a chance to enjoy the fresh air, to listen to the birds chirp and sing, and observe the squirrels skitter across the garden.
They also feed the birds and walk around the garden. A bit of exercise always lifts the spirit!
Farewell, Sikota & Welcome, Rob!
On 31 August we all gathered in the residents sitting room to say goodby to Sikota, our finance officer, who is leaving us to do a masters degree.
The manager, Cathy, thanked and wished her good luck in the name of all of us. Then, Sr Isabel praised her for her goodness and kindness. She said she has been a good example to us all and we are going to miss her a lot.
Sikota said a few words of thanks to every one. She said she has been very happy working here and she is also going to miss us but she said she is not leaving completely as she will still keep coming once a month for the next six months while she is pursuing her studies.
Cathy then introduced us and welcomed the new administration officer, Rob, who will replace Sikota. We all gave him a welcome applause.