The event was held at St Crispin Village, Lark Hill Village,
Reeve Court Village and New Oscott Village over several weeks in
September. Residents brought along things they had made to be
judged by staff from ExtraCare's central office in Coventry.
The categories included art on the subject of holiday memories,
knitted novelty doorstops, scones and Victoria sponges, and "models
of motion" made out of wood. There were also two special
categories: Wellington wonder, where residents could choose to
create anything as long as they used a Wellington boot, and Guy
Fawkes, only one entry allowed per village or scheme.
TV chef Rustie Lee came along to host a few cooking
masterclasses and teach residents and staff how to make a
particularly potent cocktail, containing two cans of Guinness and
an entire bottle of rum!
Other expert teachers showed residents how to make cards, paint
ceramics, arrange flowers and wrap presents.
St Crispin Village in Northampton hosted the first event, and
Village Activity Facilitator (VAF) Elaine Henley said that the day
was brilliant, with all the staff coming together to help residents
have a fantastic time.
"We are a team here at St Crispin and that really shows at
events like this," Elaine said. "A colleague VAF said to a member
of staff how lucky I was to have so many waitresses to hand. She
had to point out to him, see her, she is the receptionist, that
lady there is the well-being advisor, that lady there is the PA,
that lady there is a resident, that lady there is the Locksmith,
and so on."
Lark Hill Village was the next to host Residents in Bloom, and
they received positive feedback from everyone who attended. VAF
Steve Britton said he added a jazz band to the programme to make
the day more enjoyable for everyone. "The entries were
unbelievable," he added. "I can't believe the effort that they put
in to it."
Josh Boardman, of Reeve Court Village, who hosted the third
event, said it also went extremely well, with residents having a
great time. ExtraCare's Chief Executive Nick Abbey attended the day
and talked with residents.
The fourth and final Residents in Bloom was held at New Oscott
Village and introduced by VAF Paul Knight, ably assisted by Scott
Reed-King of St Oswald's. Residents there particularly enjoyed
Rustie Lee's cookery class, and staff members at several villages
and schemes are considering inviting her back soon.
Pictures (clockwise from top):
New Oscott-based Housing Related Support Worker Sharon Robinson
with resident Gerald Ashwood and Rustie Lee.
ExtraCare's Chief Executive Nick Abbey with residents at Reeve
St Oswald's resident Rex Blatchly enjoying Rustie Lee's
See more pictures on Flickr.
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