October Update from The Priory

We are now well into Autumn, but it feels warmer than the Summer was – and we still have a wonderful weekend to come.

This update is going to be a bit longer than usual as Judith and I were away for much of September on a Covid delayed trip to Canada. A wonderful trip to a wonderful country. Everyone was so friendly and everywhere was so clean. We saw some fantastic sights and some wonderful wildlife – a trip to be remembered.

Awaiting our return was an outing to Bowood House for a cream tea with staff and families. We arrived by minibus and cars, meeting the families and friends in the restaurant. Residents were able to be driven straight to the House while the rest of us meandered down the hill. Two enormous fresh baked scones were awaiting each of us, with the joys of clotted cream and strawberry jam. They were so good, but so large and many of us took them home for later. After tea, we were able to have a walk round the house and gardens. Most of us stayed inside as it was quite windy, but a few brave souls risked the elements. A lovely visit and the House was practically ours for the afternoon.

As you visit, you will see that Rachael and the residents have been spooking up The Priory. Cobwebs and spiders are everywhere and there is even a witch who is making appearances all over the house, catching out the unwary. Rachael and the residents will also be building the guy for Guy Fawkes night, so if you see a badly dressed gentleman in the hallway, hopefully it will be him.

Friday 3rd November will be our Fireworks Party, with drinks and hot dogs for everyone. A great event for all the family – there will be sparklers galore for children of all ages as well as a firework display in the garden. We are planning to open our doors at 6pm for drinks and hotdogs. We will light the fire just after 6 and then start the fireworks at 6:30. It would be great if you  could let us know how many will be coming along so we can make sure we don’t run out of sausages!

I know we should not mention the C word, but December is coming soon. We have already planned the Christmas Carol Party – details below, but we will also be running an outing to Whitehall Garden Centre early in the month for coffee and mince pies, with an opportunity to see the reindeer and the decorations. More details to follow.

As mentioned, we will be having our Christmas Carol Party 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!

And of course, our regular activity teams and musicianss are visiting each week to keep us all active, mobile and entertained.

Another joy to come for us all is vaccination day! This coming Tuesday, the surgery will be visiting to give all residents and staff who wish, both Covid and flu jabs. Everyone has been asked but if any families want to check, please do give us a call. As always, this is optional for everyone, but hopefully as many as possible will want the protection these vaccinations can give.

Finally in the diary, is the next Resident’s Meeting on Friday 13th October at 11:15 am. As always, minutes will be shared with everyone. Please do come along and join in the conversation.

Over the last few weeks, we have also welcomed back Brenda Mawhood who visited for a while over the summer and Connie Wheeler who is staying with us for a few weeks whilst she recovers from hospital whist her family are away. Welcome back Brenda and hello to Connie – I hope you both have a great time with us all.

Sadly, we have also had to say farewell to Joyce Haylock and Ian Dredge. Joyce became poorly suddenly and passed away quite soon after. Her family were with her constantly for the last few days and they were able to say their own goodbyes, quietly and peacefully. Ian too, passed away with his family and friends. Ian was with us on palliative care but he was determined to live till the end supported by everyone. Two individuals, two lovely people, both unique in their own lives. We will miss you both.

We have also had to say goodbye to Moreen Anderson who after a hospital visit has needed to move to a Nursing Home. This is sad for us all as we try to care for everyone who comes into The Priory, but sometimes, even with the support of our GPs and District Nurses, we are unable to do so. We hope Moreen and her family settle quickly into her new home.

We also have a few staff changes to mention. Emma, who heads up our ancillary team, is leaving after almost 9 years with The Priory, to work with her husband. We wish you both well in the business and hope you may still visit us when you can. We are also welcoming Louise Pope into our care team. Lou is experienced in care, working in homecare, so we know she will join us with a flying start.

That’s it for now. As I said at the start, this was going to be a long one – thank you for putting up with the ramblings. See you all at the fireworks if not before.

Lynne, Judith & Mark