Hundreds of future residents, family members, staff and friends
came along to Shenley Wood's first Christmas Fayre, and they were
even joined by some residents and staff from ExtraCare's first
Milton Keynes village, Lovat Fields in Willen.
The Dawn Chorus choir, made up of friends and future Shenley
residents, performed, and Father Christmas even made an
Future residents and choir members Peter Bush and John Danes
said singing is important to both of them because of its health
benefits. "Singing makes you happy. You can't be sad while
singing," said Peter. He added that the Dawn Chorus choir is
becoming well-known in the community, and have been asked to sing
at a nursing home over Christmas.
He and his wife are moving to the Village when it opens in
February, and also attend the Friends meetings, which are currently
held once a week so that future residents can get to know each
other. Peter explained that he only attends the meetings once a
month. "We want to take independent living seriously, and we still
want to do everything we did before, so we're not giving anything
up when we move in here. We're not changing our lifestyles
entirely, we're just moving home."
Village Activity Facilitator Lauren McMillan said the Village
was packed. "We had so many people here, it was great," she said.
"I just can't wait to be open now."
Peter agrees with her. "We can see our front door from here," he
said. "It's exciting and almost a little frustrating. It's so close
now and we really want to be in there!"
Shenley Wood Village is due to open in February 2012.
Picture: The Dawn Chorus choir.
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