Comic Relief Exercise Week

As mentioned in a previous post, it was decided to hold a week of exercise activities to raise money for Comic Relief. This took the form of aerobics/chairobics, dancing, air-hockey, exercise-biking and walking in and around the centre. In total, over 20 members took part during the week and the aim was to complete an hour’s exercise over the course of a day.

To link with the aim of being healthy, Eileen and her team of chefs also prepared some delicious pasta lunches and fruit based puddings to keep up the energy levels.

Members took home a sponsorship form and hopefully we have raised a generous sum of money-the final amount will be announced soon.


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Carry On Crafting…

Over the past few weeks, members have been designing and making casings for a small battery operated clock. This has proved very popular with an array of ideas being planned and created. Jamie brought in one of his Eddie Stobart lorries (a toy one!) to base his clock on, and Peter K adapted one of his Doctor Who creations into a storage box and clock for his mum. Other designs include Paul’s Stagecoach bus, David’s Shakin’ Stevens and Scott’s Elvis themed clocks. There are still several members who will be finishing theirs this week.


On the birthday front, Lisa celebrated ‘The Big 40’ and was treated to a magnificent rendition of Happy Birthday, a cake and card too.


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Pancake Days!

As it was Shrove Tuesday during this week, it was decided that pancakes would be on the menu on all three days! Over the course of the week, Debbie, one of the support workers, expertly flipped in excess of 60 pancakes, which were then served with a choice of fillings-sugar and lemon, peanut-butter, maple syrup and various fruits too. Some members took the opportunity to try all the fillings in one pancake!

We celebrated two birthdays this week-both of the Peters. Peter S was treated to a more traditional style cake, while Peter K had a Doctor Who themed one, made and decorated mostly by Emma R, Michelle and Victoria!

With the sun shining and it feeling warmer, one of the activities this week was making tissue paper flowers-it proved very popular, with some very colourful creations taken home.

This week we shall be gearing up towards our Comic Relief fundraising event, where members will again be taking part in an hour’s exercise to raise money. This will happen the week after the official Red Nose Day but not long to wait for the photos!

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Birthday Baking

This week we celebrated yet another birthday-this time, one of the more ‘mature’ members, Brian. He was treated to a triple layer chocolate cake, made by our Jamie (not Oliver!) and his assistants Cathie, Anita and Tracy. Their hard work was much appreciated by all and thankfully the heat from all the candles didn’t set off any alarms! As usual, everyone joined in with the singing and signed a hand made card.

Among the activities this week has been still life painting-this has been very popular along with making posters and has definitely engaged the members with Sarah being particularly proud of her work! Again, the pool table has been in regular use and the players are definitely improving!

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Keeping Busy!


This week, like most weeks, has seen the members keeping themselves occupied in a manner of ways. Roy, Jamie, Brian and Scott have honed their pool skills in a ‘winner-stays-on’ session, while Rachael has been painting her papier-mache German Shepherd dog. Peter K finished ‘Herbie’ and is now working on a project to create a a resonating chamber for his Dr Who sound-effect speaker! The chefs have again treated us to extra food at lunchtime, this time in the form of freshly baked sausage rolls (with added leeks from the garden).

A popular activity this week has been creating posters about topics dear to members- Jamie chose Manchester Utd, Brian police cars, Cathie rally cars, David ‘Shakin’ Stevens’ and Mollie ‘A Star is Born’. Other subjects to cover next week include Abba, Bryan Adams and James Bond!

We’ve also celebrated another birthday-this time Donna got to blow out the candles on a chocolate orange cake and listen to the dulcet tones of the ‘Gateway Choir’!


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Valentine’s Lunches

Yet again, the kitchen has been a hive of activity, as this year, due to popular demand, we had Valentine’s lunches on two days. Tracy, Paul, Peter S, Emma R and several other members helped to prepare both Cottage and Turkey and Leek Pie, plus Quiche¬† and indulgent chocolate orange heart cake. Cards were made, hearts decorated and candles lit for a cosy lunchtime banquet! Compliments must go to the chefs for two days of delicious meals for the twenty plus diners each day-as usual nothing went to waste!

As well as the lunch, members took part in Karoake and bingo, where participants were given a raffle ticket for a choice of prizes at the end of the day.


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Happy New Year (Chinese Style!)


With it being Chinese New Year, the kitchen was a busy place, as members under the direction of Eileen, helped to prepare and then devour a selection of Chinese meals. There was a different dish for each day-Sweet and Sour chicken, pork and spring rolls, with an array of stir fried vegetables, rice, noodles and fruit based puddings to finish with! Members also made Chinese style lanterns to decorate the centre .

As well as all the preparation for the meals, members including Anita and Peter K have been working on their craft projects-Anita finally planted up her flower bowl and Peter has started yet another cardboard and papier-mache vehicle, this time a ‘Herbie’ VW Beetle!

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