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September 2017+

Well another busy month has passed us by and the nights are beginning to draw in even earlier. We have still enjoyed some days out in the garden despite October knocking on our door as the weather has been warm. We have been entertained by the Deal Landmark singers, Geoff Stephens and his guitar music, Tom Abrahams wonderful singing, Jon Beetham and Glenda who are old favourites and The Singing Sweetheart Kelly. We are trialling evening entertainment in the form of Simon Lee. Residents enjoy some drinks and music before retiring to bed. We joined the village in celebrating the Harvest Festival at the village hall where we enjoyed tea, stalls and a raffle. Thank you to all who organised this and welcomed us all so warmly. Tony's tours took us to Pegwell Bay, Minis Bay, Sandwich Quays and Deal, a real tour of the coastline. Tony escorted some of the ladies to Canterbury for coffee and a catch up with friends. Stephanie from the kitchen team is back from Peru and gave a fascinating talk of her holiday experiences, amazingly one of our residents had lived in Peru and aided Stephanie on her reminiscing. We had activities relating to Harvest festival helping each other to remember how we celebrated it over the years. ‘Try it Tuesday’ brought us delicacies from Jamaica, Thailand and Spain all very different and tasty. On 'Fizzy Friday' we tried drinks with exotic fruit flavours that tickled the taste buds and followed the themes of our ’Try it Tuesday'. After all that eating and drinking Pilates Debbie soon had us back in shape with her exercise class.

August 2017+

Well the first of September sees us coming in to Autumn and it certainly has that autumnal feel to it in the mornings. We have had a busy time over the summer months as staff and residents alike have been on their summer holidays. We had the Littlebourne House summer Fete on the 17th June, which was a great success. The staff, residents, their families and friends all had a great afternoon with Dave providing us with a mouth watering Hog Roast and the catering staff doing an excellent job in providing us with all the delicious salads and pastas that go with it, keeping everyone's glasses topped up with Pimm’s, followed by some amazing deserts. We had a variety of stalls and made over £250 which was added to the residents fund. All this was helped along with music from Andrew Briggs 1920’s record player and music from a bygone era. Tony's Tours have been on outings to Sandwich Quay, where a 'P' type gun boat, which was used by the Americans after World War ll to patrol the Rhine in the early 50's, was moored after taking part in the new film version of Dunkirk. We have also visited St Margaret's Bay, always a favourite and the Lees at Folkestone. We have had numerous singalong with some of our favourite performers, Glenda, Tony Stocks, Geoff Stephens, John Beetham, Tom Abraham, plus a Ukulele band and a specialist singer/guitarist who specialised in reminiscent music. Our church services have included the harvest festival and of course Pilates Debbie is still keeping us on our toes. We welcome Clare our new activities co-ordinator to the team and is settling in to the role very well. We look forward to the months ahead leading up to Christmas but we have Halloween and Bonfire night to get organised before that.

 

April 2017+

We are now well in to 'Spring' and all around us flowers and buds are sprouting through.  Some of our residents have been busy in the garden planting the tubs ready for, we hope, a grand display of flowers in the summer.   The 1st of March brought St David’s day, the morning started with a Welsh quiz with questions relating to famous places in Wales and during coffee we sponsored the Daffodil Appeal on behalf of the Marie Curie charity. We celebrated with a St David’s day lunch of lamb and leeks and then after lunch some residents looked at places of interest in Wales with our big picture book. There was for those who enjoy, a game of Bingo and for our film enthusiasts Breakfast at Tiffany's was playing at the King William. 
 The 2nd started with Life Stories, which is part of our 'This is Me' therapy.   In the morning residents were asked about animals in their lives, if they had owned them, looked after them, farmed them or worked with them. Amongst our residents we have a vet and ex-policemen who worked with animals, and many residents remember pets they had or farmed. In the afternoon, we had Card Games at the King William with pub refreshment and snacks.
Jon Beetham had a percussion/singalong on the 3rd in the morning and in the afternoon we played the parachute game which helps with balance, coordination and arm strength. On the 4th we had a word association game which made everyone work their grey matter and in the afternoon there was a general knowledge quiz. Other residents enjoyed being at the magic table for computer interaction. We had Arts and Crafts the morning of the 7th, painting pictures of spring scenes, mainly daffodils. In the afternoon several residents went to the village hall for the 'Afternoon Club' to listen to a talk on the 18th century Battle of Bysingwood. Debbie turned up on the 8th for Pil

March 2017+

Burns Night lunch was a great success and everybody enjoyed the efforts of the kitchen staff.  Unfortunately, the 'Memory Walk' in aid of the Alzheimer's Society had to be cancelled due to extremely icy conditions but we had afternoon tea and released the balloons to mark the occasion.  We saw out January with Chinese New Year and it's the year of the Rooster for 2017.  We had a Chinese tasting session in the morning along with a discussion on Chinese crafts through the centuries and in the evening, we had Sweet and Sour chicken for supper.

Now to our February events, the month of love.  We had a church service on the 1st that was well attended.  Jon Beetham came in on the 3rd for a percussion session and sing-a-long.  A group went to the 'Afternoon Club' at the village hall on the 7th and there was a quiz and a raffle but unfortunately none of us won anything.  We had a coffee morning on the 9th to start out Valentines celebration, we incorporated a quiz on famous couples and why we celebrate it, where it originated from and about St Valentine himself.  In the afternoon we had a Pub afternoon at the King William and played pub games with music and shandies.

Debbie came in on the morning of the 10th and we were put through our paces with our Pilates class and we all felt a lot fitter afterwards.  The day of love, 14th, saw the kitchen produce a wonderful Valentines lunch with love songs from Mick Abbott.  Our cinema afternoon saw Doris Day in the 'Pyjama Game' and we had popcorn and lemonade.  We had a wonderful walk down at Minnis Bay on the 16th, cold, crisp and sunny, really blew the cob-webs away.  On the 17th we had one of our favourite trips down to Ramsgate harbour for a Fish and Chips lunch.  The 20th saw the return of Glenda for a sing-a-long afternoon wh

January 2017+

The New Year activities started on the 3rd with the over 55's club discussing the war years. This bought back many memories, tea and biscuits were served and there was a raffle.

We discussed the month of January on the 4th learning about its facts and celebrations and we also took the Christmas decorations down. We had a residents’ meeting on the 5th discussing what we would like to see and do in 2017.

Our 'Lunch Club' took us to the Evenhill Pub on the 10th which was very enjoyable. We had a visit from the 'Vintage Show' which was a reminiscence of music and picture. Kaiser, the German Shepherd, came to visit us on the 12th, he really made the residents smile and obviously helped some of them to remember their own pets. We had a discussion about the breed and how they have been used in the forces and sometimes as guide dogs.

Elvis was in the building on the 16th and gave us an hour of sheer delight with several residents having a jive and Glenda was back with us on the 18th for a Winter sing along, it’s always good to see her. We had a pub afternoon of dominos, quizzes a couple of pints and some nibbles.

Looking ahead to the end of the month we have Burns lunch with Scottish piper Alex Burt and on the 27th we are having a charity memory walk for the Alzheimer's society. The end of the month sees us celebrating the Chinese New Year, which is the year of the Rooster. We are looking at Chinese crafts and have a food tasting session and Rob from the catering team will be preparing a Chinese option for lunch so watch this space.

December 2016+

December started with Littlebourne Primary School Christmas Fair on the 2nd, where residents had an enjoyable afternoon participating in the raffle and leaving with a good proportion of the prizes.

On the 6th we had our church service with Carols which always gets you in the mood for Christmas. The next day Littlebourne Primary School Choir came in and entertained us with really wonderful carol singing. Our film afternoon in the King William was a real oldie, "It's a Wonderful Life”, and the accompanying fizz and pop-corn was a real success. The 9th saw a return visit from Jon for a sing along of old songs and carols. The Frantic Theatre came in on the 14th with their Christmas production which was enjoyed by all.

Save the Children had a Christmas Jumper day on the 16th, so staff gave up their uniforms for some very interesting Christmas jumpers and raised money in the process for a very good cause. Residents put their cooking skills to the test on the 18th making gingerbread stars, which unfortunately never made it to the Christmas tree as they were eaten while still warm. We had our Christmas party on the 18th and it was lovely to see staff and family joining us for supper while Glenda kept us entertained with popular songs. We had a raffle which is always popular and we would like to thank everyone for their generous donations.

We had residents and staff partaking in Carol singing on the 23rd and on Christmas Eve Sherry and Mince Pies were enjoyed while five of Santa's little helpers distributed Christmas presents to our residents. Staff, residents and their families enjoyed a traditional Christmas lunch and for those that managed to stay awake had games and music.

November 2016+

November started with residents and staff remembering those who sacrificed their lives so that we live the lives we have today. Residents, staff and visitors recognised the two minutes silence and our Poppy Appeal raised sixty pounds.  Of our daily mini-bus trips, we made a point of going to the Spitfire Museum at Manston as we have many residents who were members of the RAF.  Our residents spent time looking at War years memorabilia. This brought back memories of those who worked at Bletchley Park working with the code breakers and we have a field agent from MI5 and a gentleman who was awarded Russian Convoy medal from the Russian embassy 2015. The residents enjoyed songs and music from the war years and many reminisced telling stories of their experiences during the war years. Staff and residents enjoyed a karaoke for Children in Need which was a great success and enjoyed by all who took part and seventy one pounds in the process. We celebrated Childhood week by visiting the Hornby Museum in Margate and this brought back many memories for our residents. They thoroughly enjoyed the train sets and Meccano building kits. This was continued with discussions on child hood games, toys, stories and clothes, many remembering having a knitted swim suit that stretched when it became wet. Everyone found the memories of this extremely funny. St Andrews day did not go without broth, meat and tatties being served for supper with a Wee dram of whiskey.  Our notice board had a Scottish theme and we had a North of the border quiz.    We are looking forward to the beginning of the Christmas festivities and we have lots planned for December, so watch this space in January to see what we have been up to.  Dont forget the residents Christmas Party at 3pm on the 18/12/16 for residents, relatives and staff. Wishing everyone a very Happy Christmas!

Well the leaves are turning, the clocks have gone back and it’s only six weeks to Christmas. We are as busy as always. The activities team have been keeping our residents on their toes! In the musical department we have had the delights of the Singing Sweetheart, Geoff Stephens, Jon Beetham, Trevor and his guitar and the Simon Lee’s Music workshop. They were all very enjoyable and participating is always great fun. There was a church service and Holy Communion was administered. Several of the residents went to the local primary school to celebrate Harvest Festival, that was followed by tea and cake. Tony’s trips saw us off to Nickle Farm. Our old favourite Debbie put us through a rigorous exercise regime to keep us moving after all the tea and cake. Our ‘Try it Tuesday’ saw the culinary delights of the catering staff serving up a Turkish delight and an oriental Sushi which was delicious. ‘Fizzy Friday’ served up Cream Soda, Fizzy orange and Mango, Ginger Beer and Dandelion and Burdock, all went down very well. The catering team put on a wonderful Halloween supper and the conservatory was decorated accordingly with items made by residents, a great time was had by all.

Upcoming Events

Christmas Fair at Littlebourne Primary School

02

Dec

Residents will be attending the X'mas fair at Littlebourne Primary School from 2.30 pm - 4.30 pm

Christmas Church Service

06

Dec

Special Christmas church service held at 11am

Christmas Choir - Littlebourne Primary School

07

Dec

Littlebourne Primary School Christmas Choir performing at Littlebourne House at 2pm.

X'mas Panto

09

Dec

X'mas Panto by Eva Long Productions at 2 pm.

Tony's Tours

12

Dec

Minibus tour to Walmer

Tony's Tours

13

Dec

Minibus tour to Sandwich Quay in the morning, St. Margaret's Bay in the afternoon  

Frantic Theatre Show

14

Dec

This is a "one-man musical theatre show" Performing at 2pm.

Tony's Tours

15

Dec

Our residents will be visiting Deal and Wyenale.

Christmas Jumper Day

16

Dec

We are raising funds for "Save the Children" by wearing Christmas Jumpers/ T-Shirts

Pilates with Debbie

16

Dec

Keep fit programme with Debbie. This is a 30 minutes gentle exercising session on alternate Wednesday and Friday each week.

Tony's Tours

16

Dec

Christmas at Quex Park, Birchington

Staff Christmas Party

21

Dec

Christmas Party for Staff

Salvation Army Band

23

Dec

Salvation Army Band performing at Littlebourne House

Entertainment

04

Dec

Geoff Stephens entertains us at 2pm.

Baking

05

Dec

Baking session at 10.30 am

Entertainment

07

Dec

Tom Abraham to entertain us with his beautiful singing at 11am

Manicure

07

Dec

Manicure Session in the afternoon

Christmas Fair at Littlebourne Primary School

08

Dec

Residents will be attending the X'mas fair at Littlebourne Primary School from 2.30 pm - 4.00pm

Resident's Christmas Party

09

Dec

Christmas Party - time with music, food and drink - for residents organised by the care home, from 11.00 am onwards

Entertainment

10

Dec

Deal Landmark singers to perform at 2pm

Christmas Performances

12

Dec

Littlebourne Primary School Christmas Choir performing at Littlebourne House at 2.30pm

Entertainment

15

Dec

Jon Beetham Sing along and percussion at 11am

Entertainment

21

Dec

Tom Abraham will entertain us at 11am.

Recent Events

November 2017+

Holy Communion

01

Nov

Church Service at 11 am.

Entertainment

02

Nov

Tom Abraham to entertain us with his beautiful singing at 11am

The Singing Sweetheart

14

Nov

Kelly - The Singing Sweetheart will be entertaining us from 11am.

Entertainment

17

Nov

Jon Beetham will be here to entertain us at 11.00 am

Entertainment

22

Nov

Geoff Stephens entertaining us again at 2pm.

Entertainment

23

Nov

Tom Abraham to entertain us with his beautiful singing at 11am

October 2017+

The Singing Sweetheart

03

Oct

Kelly - The Singing Sweethear to entertain our residents at 11.00 am

Try it Tuesday

03

Oct

The residents are trying Turkish food today as part of our "Try it Tuesday"

Entertainment

04

Oct

Geoff Stephens will be at Littlebourne House to entertain us with his guitar music.

Church Service

04

Oct

Holy Communion at 11am in Main House

Entertainment

04

Oct

2pm - Geoff Stephens will be at Littlebourne House to entertain us with his guitar music.

Fizzy Friday

06

Oct

This Friday we are tasting Cream Soda, Fizzy Orange, Fizzy Mango, Ginger Beer, Dandelion and Burdok.

Trip out

10

Oct

Trip out to Nickle Farm in Chilham

Try it Tuesday

10

Oct

We will be tasting Sushi this week.

Music Workshop

12

Oct

Simon Lee to entertain our residents  @6.00pm

Keep Fit

13

Oct

Pilates with Debbie at 11.00 am

Entertainment

17

Oct

Kelly - The Singing Sweethear to entertain our residents at 11.00 am

Entertainment

20

Oct

Jon Beetham entertaining us at 11 am

Entertainment

24

Oct

Trevor to entertain us with his singing and guitar music at 2pm

Music Workshop

27

Oct

Simon Lee  visiting us at 2pm to with his Music Workshop

September 2017+

Entertainment

02

Sep

Deal Landmark singers to perform at 2pm

Church Service

06

Sep

Holy Communion at 11am in Main House

Entertainment

07

Sep

Tom Abraham to entertain us with his beautiful singing at 11am

Entertainment

12

Sep

Simon Lee to entertain our residents  @6.00pm

The Singing Sweetheart

15

Sep

Kelly - The Singing Sweetheart will be entertaining us from 11am.

Entertainment

19

Sep

2pm - Geoff Stephens will be at Littlebourne House to entertain us with his guitar music.

Entertainment

19

Sep

Tom Abraham to entertain us with his beautiful singing at 11am

Entertainment

22

Sep

Jon Beetham entertaining us at 11.15am

Entertainment

28

Sep

Glenda is performing at 2.00 pm

Entertainment

29

Sep

Simon Lee to entertain our residents  @6.00pm

Harvest Festival

30

Sep

Harvest tea at Littlebourne Villiage Hall, Stalls

August 2017+

Entertainment

01

Aug

Geoff Stephens entertaining us again on the 1st of August at 2pm.

Music Entertainment

01

Aug

Geoff Stephens will be at Littlebourne House to entertain us with his guitar music.

Entertainment

03

Aug

Tom Abraham will entertain us at 11am.

Entertainment

07

Aug

Tom Abraham to entertain us with his beautiful singing.

Entertainment

09

Aug

Glenda is performing at 6.00 pm

Tony's Tours

15

Aug

Trip to Sandwich Quay at 11.00 am

Entertainment

16

Aug

Kelly Entertaiment at 2.00pm

Music Entertainment

22

Aug

Geoff Stephens will be at Littlebourne House to entertain us with his guitar music.

Pilates

25

Aug

Keep fit with Debbie at 11am

Entertainment

31

Aug

Kelly will be entertaining us from 11am.

July 2017+

Singalong and Precussion session

28

Jul

Jon Beetham is performing at 11am

June 2017+

Tony's Tours

13

Jun

Visit to St.Margaret's Bay

Tony's Tours

15

Jun

Visit to Deal seafront

Reminiscent music from the 40's to the 60's

15

Jun

Solo singer/guitarist who specialises in reminiscent music.   Main House  at 2.00 pm  

Summer Fair

17

Jun

Join us at our summer fair from 2 pm – 5 pm.  There will be lots of insretesting stall

Entertainment

22

Jun

Tom Abraham is entertaining us again at 11 am with his guitar and singing.

Tony's Tours

27

Jun

Visiting Folkestone seafront in the afternoon

Tony's Tours

29

Jun

Visitng Sandwich Quay side in the morning.

May 2017+

Entertainment

01

May

Ukelele Band performing

Holy Communion

03

May

Church Service at 11 am.

Entertainment

04

May

Tony Stocks performing at 11.00 am.

Entertainment

05

May

Geoff Stephens will be at Littlebourne House to entertain us with his guitar music.

Pilates

05

May

Keep fit with Debbie at 11am

Pilates

10

May

Keep fit with Debbie at 11am

Singalong and Precussion session

12

May

Jon Beetham is performing at 11.00  am

Pilates

19

May

Keep fit with Debbie at 11am

Pilates

24

May

Keep fit with Debbie at 11am

Singalong and Precussion session

26

May

Jon Beetham is performing at 11.00 am

Pilates

31

May

Keep fit with Debbie at 11am

April 2017+

Church Service

05

Apr

Holy Communion at 11am in Main House

Bingo Afternoon

05

Apr

Bingo afternoon in Main House.

Entertainment

06

Apr

Tony Stocks is performing again at 10.30am at Main House

Singalong and Precussion session

07

Apr

Jon Beetham is performing again at 11am.

Zoolab

11

Apr

Animal handling experiences with Zoolab  to improve sensory experiences of our residents.

Entertainment

20

Apr

Jazz band performance at 2pm

St. George's Day

23

Apr

St. George's Day celebration

Entertainment

26

Apr

Wartime singer performing at Main House

Pilates

28

Apr

Keep fit with Debbie.

Entertainment

28

Apr

Tony Stocks is performing at 11.00 am

March 2017+

Tony's Tours

06

Mar

Scenic Drive in the morning

Tony's Tours

07

Mar

Coffee & Tea at Wingham Cafe in the morning Visit to Pegwell Bay in the afternoon

Pilates with Debbie

08

Mar

 Keep fit programme with Debbie. This is a 30 minutes gentle exercising session on alternate Wednesday and Friday each week.

The Andrews Sisters Tribute Act

10

Mar

The Andrews Sisters Tribute Act at 2pm at Main House.  Family and Friends are welcome!  

Tony's Tours

10

Mar

Visiting Monkton Nature Reserve in the morning

Entertainment with Jon

16

Mar

Sing-a-long with Jon Beetham at 11 am

St. Patrick's Day

17

Mar

St Patrick's day performance by Mick and Abbott

Frank Sinatra Tribute Act

20

Mar

Frank Sinatra Tribute Act by Andy Holiday

Tony's Tours

22

Mar

Cinema visit with packed lunch Westgate on sea showing Viceroy’s House 1.45pm

Entertainment

24

Mar

Glenda is performing at 2pm

Littlebourne Primary School

29

Mar

Littlebourne Primary School visiting the care home to perform.

Movie Afternooon

29

Mar

Film afternoon at King William - The King and I

Entertainment

31

Mar

Jon Beetham Sing along and percussion at 11am

February 2017+

Tony's Tours

06

Feb

Visiting Pegwell Bay  

Tony's Tours

07

Feb

Visiting Elham Tea room

Tony's Tours

09

Feb

Visiting Ramsgate WyeVale for tea

Tony's Tours

10

Feb

Visiting Quex Park Birchington

Valentine Entertainment

14

Feb

Valentine’s quiz and Raffle - Price is M&S Voucher Entertainment love songs with Valentine

Tony's Tours

16

Feb

Visit to Minnis Bay to have tea and coffee while enjoying the sea breeze. Weather permitting, residents will have a walk on the beach.

Singalong and Precussion session

17

Feb

Jon Beetham is performing again at 11 am

January 2017+

Holy Communion

04

Jan

Church Service at 11 am.

Tony's Tours

09

Jan

Visiting Ramgate Harbour

Tony's Tours

10

Jan

Lunch at Evenhill Pub Visiting Deal Seafront in the afternon

New Year Singer

11

Jan

The Vintage Scene Presents Janine Leigh - New Year Singer  

Tony's Tours

12

Jan

Visiting Folkestone Marine Terrace in the morning

Zoolab

12

Jan

Animal handling experiences with Zoolab  to improve sensory experiences for our residents.

Pilates

12

Jan

Pilates with Debbie

Bakery Club

12

Jan

Baking bread and savoury scones in the afternoon

Tony' Tours

13

Jan

Visiting Mama's and Pappa's Farm Shop in Bekesbourne in the morning

Burns Night

25

Jan

Celebrating the life of Robert Burns by having a Scottish themed lunch, entertainment by Alex Burt - a Scottish Bagpipe player.

Memory Walk at Littlebourne House

27

Jan

Friday 27th January @ 11am A sponsored winter walk to raise funds and awareness for The Alzheimer's society. A balloon race w

December 2016+

Christmas Fair at Littlebourne Primary School

02

Dec

Residents will be attending the X'mas fair at Littlebourne Primary School from 2.30 pm - 4.30 pm

Christmas Church Service

06

Dec

Special Christmas church service held at 11am

Christmas Choir - Littlebourne Primary School

07

Dec

Littlebourne Primary School Christmas Choir performing at Littlebourne House at 2pm.

X'mas Panto

09

Dec

X'mas Panto by Eva Long Productions at 2 pm.

Tony's Tours

12

Dec

Minibus tour to Walmer

Tony's Tours

13

Dec

Minibus tour to Sandwich Quay in the morning, St. Margaret's Bay in the afternoon  

Frantic Theatre Show

14

Dec

This is a "one-man musical theatre show" Performing at 2pm.

Tony's Tours

15

Dec

Our residents will be visiting Deal and Wyenale.

Christmas Jumper Day

16

Dec

We are raising funds for "Save the Children" by wearing Christmas Jumpers/ T-Shirts

Pilates with Debbie

16

Dec

Keep fit programme with Debbie. This is a 30 minutes gentle exercising session on alternate Wednesday and Friday each week.

Tony's Tours

16

Dec

Christmas at Quex Park, Birchington

Staff Christmas Party

21

Dec

Christmas Party for Staff

Salvation Army Band

23

Dec

Salvation Army Band performing at Littlebourne House

Entertainment

04

Dec

Geoff Stephens entertains us at 2pm.

Baking

05

Dec

Baking session at 10.30 am

Entertainment

07

Dec

Tom Abraham to entertain us with his beautiful singing at 11am

Manicure

07

Dec

Manicure Session in the afternoon

Christmas Fair at Littlebourne Primary School

08

Dec

Residents will be attending the X'mas fair at Littlebourne Primary School from 2.30 pm - 4.00pm

Resident's Christmas Party

09

Dec

Christmas Party - time with music, food and drink - for residents organised by the care home, from 11.00 am onwards

Entertainment

10

Dec

Deal Landmark singers to perform at 2pm

Christmas Performances

12

Dec

Littlebourne Primary School Christmas Choir performing at Littlebourne House at 2.30pm

For more information about the services we provide please contact us or call us on 01227 721527.