Village Activity Facilitator Jo Wilson, Manager Steve Neal and
Well-being Advisor Margaret Mason all took part in the festivities,
which included carol singing, food and drink, and even some
performances from Lovat Fields residents and friends!
One of the entertainers was Village Friend Del Puddefoot, who
sang. "I'd never performed at all until I joined Friends, but I
really enjoy it," he said. "I originally just started coming to the
gym three times a week a couple of years ago, but then I got into
the Friends meetings as well.
"Now I do Days Gone By performances once a month in the
restaurant here with a friend, as well as visiting sheltered
accommodation to give performances there as well. I've done them at
a couple of other ExtraCare Villages too, St Crispin and Shenley
Jo, who organised the event, was supported by a group of
hard-working helpers, including several Village residents and
friends. She and Del led everyone in a few well-known Christmas
songs, including Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Rudolph the Red-Nosed
Reindeer and Jingle Bells.
Village Manager Steve Neal said the year had been exciting, in
part due to the fact that Lovat Fields is soon to get some new
neighbours: ExtraCare's second Milton Keynes retirement village,
Shenley Wood. He introduced the new Village's manager, Martyn
"We've also had lots of exciting things happen in the last
twelve months," he told the assembled party-goers. "I wanted to
take the opportunity to thank you for the support you've given us
over the last year and also wish you a very merry Christmas."
Two of the Village's Friends who attended were Maureen and John
Mason, who have been part of the group since it started. "We both
volunteer in the gym as well," said Maureen. "It's not dull or
boring here at all, it's like a madhouse!"
John added: "It's like a holiday camp. I've heard new residents
say that when they move in, that there's always something going on,
just like a holiday camp or a cruise ship."
Picture: Village friend and performer Del Puddefoot
at Lovat Fields' Friends Christmas party, surrounded by his adoring
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