Ice cream vans made special summer calls at several of our homes, surprising and delighting residents.
At Wellington Grange in Chichester, Mary Rendell was celebrating her 99th birthday on a picnic in the garden with her family. When the ice creams arrived, the first choice had to be a classic ‘99’ cone which Mary loved.
Abbotts Barton in Winchester was another stop-off on the ice cream ‘road trip’. Companionship team member Callum Palmer said: “All our residents were very happy and excited. They headed out to the ice cream van as soon as it arrived.”Theatre fans held celebrations fit for a bard as they marked Shakespeare’s birthday with performances of plays, sonnets and poems.
At Whitecliffe House in Blandford, residents and staff acted out scenes from Shakespear’s Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Resident Sybil Fish, who played Friar Lawrence in Romeo and Juliet, said: “Doing these performances has been most enjoyable and made us use our grey matter to remember the lines. It took me back to my school days. When I was in the school play I always had to play the man.”For Ruth Horrocks, it was an opportunity to make her ‘stage debut’ at the age of 88. After playing the part of Juliet, she said: “I feel quite proud of myself for doing it.”
At Court Lodge, residents were invited to dress up as a famous person from any era and have a chat at ‘Ye Olde Billie Bard Inn’ with Shakespeare himself. Among the characters attending were Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, Pam Ayres and Florence Nightingale.
Julia Puia, Companionship Team Member, said: “It was a very entertaining way to wish a Happy 457th Birthday to William Shakespeare. Everyone got into character, dressing up and doing accents with their lines.”Wellington Grange residents were among the first passengers to take a neighbourhood trip aboard a specially adapted community bike.
They took turns to sit in a ‘trishaw’ powered and steered from behind by a volunteer ‘pilot’.
Their rides followed the summer launch of BrightRide, a not-for-profit trishaw service supported with funding from Chichester City Council.
After their trips in the sunshine and fresh air, Jean Moss said it was “the most fun I’ve had in years” while fellow resident Chloe Appleby said: “It was great to feel the wind in my hair.”
Going totally tropical, both The Aldbury in Poole and Outstanding-rated Kingfishers in New Milton said ‘Aloha!’ to cocktails and mocktails, lei garlands, flowery shirts and grass skirts at their colourful, outdoor Hawaiian parties.
The Aldbury get-together featured storytelling from traditional Hawaiian folklore and a presentation on the landscapes and wildlife of the islands.
Resident Tina Thorne said: “It was fascinating and beautiful.”
Kingfishers likewise held a party featuring singing, dancing and beautiful fruit platters with fresh melon, mango and pineapple.