February Update from The Priory

Good afternoon to you all.

Hot on the heels of our January update, I thought I would give you feedback from the Residents’ Meeting and the plans they have for our first few outings.

The meeting was very well attended and  Lynne went through some ideas of outings we had done before. Some great memories for some; new experiences for others. The Ten Pin Bowling Championship was very popular, so we have decided to run this first in March. Our planned date is Tuesday 21st March. We leave the Priory at 12:30/12:45 to arrive at the Hollywood Bowl, Cribbs Causeway for a 14:00 game. Depending upon the numbers, we may have room in the minibus for a few family members/friends, but if not, you are more than welcome to meet us there. We will send out a note nearer the time for numbers. The bowling can be played by everyone as we use frames and bumpers – so no excuses!

In April, we will go for a Pub Lunch on Tuesday 18th. Historically we have gone to the Red Lion in Lacock – it was there that we had our first post-lockdown outing in 2022. Residents have suggested that there might be other pubs we could use in the area? So that is the challenge for families and staff, to come up with a suggestion of a potential new location? Needs to be able to take  25-30 people, plus have easy access toilets and of course, good food. Any ideas – please let us know.

The final booking so far is to hold a Coronation Buffet on Friday 5th May. We will run this at The Priory as residents love the idea of serving mulled wine or probably Pimms, out of teapots. As our plans develop for our celebrations this weekend, we will update you on the details.

The residents discussed quite a few other points and ideas in their meeting and the minutes are available on the noticeboards around the home – please do have a read next time you are in. The next Residents’ Meeting will be held on 17th March.

A couple of warm welcomes and one sad farewell. Our welcomes are to June Gaywood and to Rosemary Kitley, who have both recently joined us at The Priory. We are sure you will enjoy your time with us. Rosemary will be known to many of our longer term residents as will Jackie Miller, her daughter. Jackie and Rosemary were stalwart supporters of The Priory during the initial COVID lockdown. Welcome to all of you.

Our sad farewell is to Margaret Hancock. Our thoughts go to Lucy and her family. Margaret came  to live with us 6 months ago. She had a wonderful sense of humour and a fantastic smile – she loved watching everything that was going on around her. She was a quiet lady, but loved a chat and a joke – we will all miss her.

A couple of pieces of admin please. Could all visitors, families or friends, please enter, but most importantly leave via the old main door – not using the lobby door in the glazed hallway. There are 2 main reasons for this; we need to know who is in the building for fire safety – please sign in and out; and secondly, visitors are leaving the lobby door open or ajar. Though we are not a secure home, we do have residents who can wander if there is the opportunity. Whilst walking out is not the main issue, it is walking out without staff knowing and most importantly, not being able to find their way back. Please help us to keep everyone safe.

Last update we also talked about Covid and the flu still doing the rounds, asking you not to visit if you have any symptoms. Just a quick reminder to check your own health before you visit.

Thank you.