December Update From The Priory

Having talked about the wet, cold, horrible weather in the last newsletter, the weather so far for December has been no better! Let’s just stay inside, in the warmth, with friends and family – and possibly pull the curtains so we can’t see what is happening outside!

Our last outing of the year was to Whitehall Garden Centre earlier this week. An intrepid band of stout-hearted souls made it out and had a lovely time soaking up the Christmas spirit. The decorations get better each year and the automated scenes become more lifelike. We girded our loins with a hot drink and some cake and then set out on an explore. Numbers were down due to the weather but we met up with some families at Whitehall, so every resident had someone to walk round the centre with them – a personalised shopping trip to start off the festive season!

The residents, working with Rachael and Natalie, have started to decorate the home – I expect anything – or anyone – standing still will be tinselled!  We will start to decorate the residents’ rooms as well, but if families would like to come in and add their personal touches, we would love to see you. The Priory is made for Christmas!

Another reminder that our Christmas Carol Party will be on Friday 15th December and we are now able to invite back St Paul’s Church. Simon, our vicar, will lead the carol service, ably supported by members of his choir – plus of course, the combined voices of The Priory. This has always been a very special evening followed by a buffet and drinks – this will be the first we have been able to hold for 4 years! Once again, if you haven’t already, could families please let us know if you will be able to join in? It would be lovely if every resident could have a family member or friend come along. As always, please let us know in advance.

The October Residents’ Meeting had been postponed as it was so close to the vaccinations and a few were feeling a bit under the weather, so the meeting was held on Friday 10th November. Minutes are up on the noticeboards. As ever, it was a wide-ranging discussion covering outings, the quality survey, entertainment and of course, Christmas plans. Dates for 2024 will be on the noticeboard soon.

As we build up to Christmas, we have a busy schedule planned;

11th December – Kieran at 2pm

13th December – Emma with Armchair Exercise at 11am

14th December – James at 2pm

15th December – Christmas Carol Party from 6:30pm. Carols at 7:00pm

19th December – KiddleyDivey at 11am

25th December – Christmas Day

On top of these plans to come, we also had Elf day on Wednesday, when everyone dresses up and plays games – a wonderful day and so many elves!

For Christmas Day, could you let Lynne know who will be staying in for lunch and who will be going out? We have room for a few visitors to join us at The Priory if they would like – I think we have 4 bookings already. Once again, please let us know.

A warm welcome to Tony Crew who has come in today for a short respite stay with us. Tony is in Room 2, so please stick your head in and say hello. You have joined us a the start of a busy week, so please do enjoy your time with us.

The year is coming to an end and it has been a busy and enjoyable one – even if the weather hasn’t been perfect. There’s always 2024.

Hope to see as many of you as possible on the 15th and of course, a very merry Christmas to everyone.

Lynne, Judith & Mark.