New for 2020 

 
Pancake Day 25th February 
 
We had a "Flippin Good day" 
 
Today we had some fun with pancake day, the volunteers - Yvonne and Ann having fun. 
The members enjoyed a roast dinner followed by....pancakes.  
 
Yvonne trying her hand at the pancake flip 
Ann - our cook managed to flip ther pancakes 20 times ! 
 
Valentines Day 
 
On Thursday 13th February are centre chef Ann, prepared and delivered a wonderful treat for all our members. 
 
We had braised steak in a rich sauce with Dauphinoise potatoes together with fresh vegetables, followed by a Forest fruit compote and strawberry Mousse with homemade shortbread biscuit. 
 
Tea and coffee was served afterwards with a fairy cake and chocolate heart. 
 
It was a great team effort by our staff and volunteers, love was definitely the order of the day. 

Christmas 

 
Monday 2nd December 2019 
 
Christmas dinner today was served (2nd December 2019) our second this year ! 
 
Mulled wine on arrival and a delicious home made festive meal was served to our members followed by home made Christmas pudding. 
 
Thanks, as always to our resident chef Ann and the efforts of our sterling group of volunteers - who make this place feel just like home. 
Entertainment was provided by a local singer Mr Ernie Alan. 
 
We find music stimulates the mind and some of our members enjoy dancing, encouraged by our volunteers, with most members joining in the fun. 
 
 
We were honoured by a visit from the Councillor Janet Patrick from Beeston attending our first Xmas dinnner on the 28th November 2019. 
Councillor Patrick seen enjoying her lunch with Evelyn Boykin, a regular member to the centre. 
We try to have at least one day per week when we put on some form of entertainment or mental stimulation for our members. 
 
Singing is so special and we find our members like to sing along with Jean and Dave; sing along with Simon Fox as he plays tunes from way back on his electric organ. Big Dave Bopper is also a favourite, singing songs from the 50's. Now we have new vocalists in Rachael who accompanies herself with an electric fiddle, Colin who is a great Frank Sinatra type singer and Carlita who takes our members back in time to the war years. 
 
We find music stimulates the mind and some of our members enjoy dancing, encouraged by our volunteers, with most members joining in the fun. 
We have had guest speakers on a range of topics, one of the favourites being talks by people who have travelled to destinations which are out of the ordinary. We also run regular bingo sessions and, as unoriginal as these may be, our clients enjoy them which is surely the most important thing. We really feel this helps our members who are suffering with early stage dementia and of course gives a little respite to their carers whilst in our care. 
In the last year, we did run one or two special events in addition to our normal Monday to Thursday luncheon club. This year the Razzle Dazzle group put on another pantomime at Age Concern Eastwood. It was delightful to see the expressions on some of our members faces as they joined in with the banter and singing. 
 
Our Sunday lunches cooked by a Trustee and her husband are still proving popular for our members together with wine and a winter warmer aperitif on their arrival. They have also started a Friday Pie day which again has proved very popular. 
 
We also provided a supper-themed fundraiser where hot jacket potatoes topped with either Bolognese or chilli again were served. Musical entertainment from our resident singer Ken meant dancing was enjoyed by all. 
 
In the photo is Dougie who celebrated a birthday and his family provided a cake for all to enjoy. On the left is Lynn Ryland, one of our volunteers and our Cook Ann. 

   TESTIMONIALS  

 
You’ve made such a difference to my Dad’s life 
The staff are so good and make me feel welcome 
I’ve made so many friends here 
I don’t cook for myself since my husband died but now I enjoy a nutritious meal 
I no longer feel lonely and look forward to coming to see my new found friends 
I started coming because my friend comes and we enjoy the meals and a game of bingo 
 
 
 
Our trips out are memorable where we try to provide a meal out that includes something special too. We’ve been on the Trent River Cruise previously - always popular – with fish and chips on board followed by apple pie with ice cream which proved to be just the ticket. Another popular trip is to the Loughborough Steam Train where we enjoy a nostalgic ride on a steam train through the countryside and over the Swithland Reservoir followed by an afternoon cream tea. 
 
Christmas is always a special time and the Trustees like to ensure that those living alone or isolated do not miss out. We provide a Christmas-themed lunch once a week for four weeks in November/December alternating each day so that all of our members can participate whichever days they attend. Entertainment is provided each day. Also, for the third year in succession a Trustee, together with her husband, cooked a festive meal on Christmas Day. With the support of three volunteers, the day went very well. A traditional turkey roast was served with all the trimmings and everyone was given a wrapped present. A party atmosphere was enjoyed by all with a quiz and a game of prize bingo! 
 
If you have read our annual report, but don't know too much about us and would like to find out more, please feel free to contact the centre, and come along for a visit and a cuppa. We feel sure you will be impressed! 
 
Mrs Betty Whate with her Easter Egg. All our members have an Easter Egg for Easter! 
 
Trip out to Lakeside, Swadlincote Derbyshire 
 
Two of our lovely members June Karunczuk and Margaret Widdowson 
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