Monthly Archives: September 2014

Ideas In The Making

Arts and Older People Forum – Ideas In The Making

The Courtyard, Hereford Monday 6th October 6-30pm – 8pm

    Presentation by Jeanette McCulloch

Bryngwyn Court - using textile transefer paint printed onto fabric

Often the most creative ideas are the simplest, but where do you start? This session will provide you with practical and engaging ways to use arts and crafts with older people of different abilities and needs. You will have opportunity to try different techniques and processes as well as be given practical information on how to source materials.

Programme for evening:

6.30pm – 6.45pm Tea/Coffee and Introductions

6.45pm – 7.05pm Presentation by guest speaker

Presentation:  Presentation by Jeanette McCulloch MA(RCA)

This forum is designed to be a practical, helpful and useful session, where creative  ideas can be shared and questions asked. Jeanette will show examples of artwork made by groups of older people and indicate how they were made and where to buy materials from. She will also bring in a selection of useful art/craft materials and show how they can be used. There will also be chance to get hands on and try out some of the techniques and processes for yourself. Practical ‘how to’ handouts of further creative ideas and details of where to source affordable materials will also be given.

7.05pm – 7.20pm interactive making with questions and discussion

7.20pm – 8.00pm An opportunity to share your own projects/best practice with the group (optional)

About the speaker

Jeanette was an art and design lecturer for many years before re-directing her skills into community art projects. Her infectious enthusiasm acts a springboard to what participants can do, she says “we all benefit from access to the arts”.

Jeanette has been working in the feild of Art and Health for many years and recently was awarded an Arts Council England grant to support a year-long community arts project based at The Forbury residential home in Leominster, Herefordshire.

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June’s Birthday Party!!!

June (Forbury Manager) celebrated her birthday in style with the residents and staff at The Forbury.  Entertained by the sensational popular musician singer and raconteur Banjo Brian.  For 2 hours we were treated to popular songs, anecdotes, musical quiz questions and each given a percussion instrument to play as we were the backing orchestra.  June was presented with a lovely birthday cake made by one of our chef’s Lajos and received 3 bouquet’s of flowers and an exquisite stained glass bowl. Tony led the dancing and everyone enjoyed singing vintage songs from Brian’s vast repertoire played on the banjo and ukulele.  A big thanks to all the staff for organizing such a successful and happy day!.. Banjo Brian can be contacted on 01432 359458

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Photos by John & Jeanette


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Willow Trust Boat Trip September 16th

The Willow Trust is a charity that offers freedom for the disabled on the water by providing days out for children and adults with learning and physical disabilities and those who are seriously ill.  The Trust has 2 boats based at Saul Junction in Gloucestershire and guests can enjoy the excitement of adventure and the therapy of tranquility in beautiful surroundings – all sailing free of charge.    Each boat is worked by a qualified full-time skipper and three volunteer helpers. Each year they carry around 7,000 disabled and unwell people and their carers on cruises lasting from about 10am to 3pm. Tea, coffee and squash are provided, and guests are asked to bring their own packed lunches.

The weather was calm and warm with some gentle sunshine. Tony, Hilda P, Hilda A-S, Peggy, Kath D and Joan relaxed in the best seats outside at the front of the boat. Betty, Peggy and Joan all went up to the bridge and took turns to control the steering. Joan said she would like to stay on the boat forever and she was pleased because the skipper appreciated her help!  A good time was had by all as you can see from the photos of the trip below >

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Thanks to Emma for the above write-up and photos!…

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Big Craft Bring & Buy Sale!

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Warm scones


Maria proudly presents these delicious scones (with strawberry jam and cream), absolutely delicious and warm from the oven….

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Hayley’s Betty Boop t-shirt!


Hayley wearing her Betty Boop t-shirt. Hayley is a Care Assistant, who began working with us a few months ago.

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Spiro and Grace

About ….our story

Spiro and his wife Grace are from the Philippines, as are Roberto and Jelli (more about them later).

They are Care Assistants who have worked with the residents at The Forbury for a few years. They have three beautiful children.

One afternoon Spiro took the time to tell us a little bit about his country.

Spiro comes from a town called Rizal, which is in the Luzon region, high up in the hills. He is a trained Fireman and his wife Grace was working for the Philippine Ambulance Services where they met each other.

They have a nice house with a garden where they grow egg plants (aubergines) and papaya. The temperature in the Philippines is hot in the summer 37 degrees (phew), so they would travel down to the sea, a four hour drive on some dusty and dangerous roads, roads that cling to the side of a mountain, to Baler. The Philippines can boast ten of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

In June when the rainy season comes, it is warm but very very wet as the monsoons begin.

Spiro enjoyed playing Basketball and also shooting at targets, both are popular hobbies.

The food back home is very flavoursome but is not hot and spicy. Fruit is plentiful, coconut, pineapple, mango and papaya, you often see Philippine fruits in our supermarkets here. His favourite pudding is Casaba leche plan (an egg and rice and sweet milk desert).

Spiro speaks Spanish, that is the national language back home, and the currency is the pesos. There is a high population of people in the Philippines which also sadly means there is a lot of poverty despite strong exports of coffee fruits and textiles.

The people back home are friendly and relaxed, the country is beautiful with mountains and beaches and forests.


Grace is sitting with Sheila and Kath, they are painting using Transfer Paints, beginning a new textile print project based on the Carnival. Spiro is standing with Kate (one of our two Social and wellbeing activity co-ordinators). Behind them you can see a button Heart picture.

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Please email you family pictures, articles ideas, comments to us

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Portraits with digital photography

RonDavid CTrixieHildaRita pSue Inspired by Ron, who for many year was a member of the Royal Society of Photographers, we spent a fun afternoon taking photographersTony of each other with the camera. Ron, David, Trixie,

Hilda, Rita, Sue and Tony too…..We are thinking we need to buy a digital camera so we start a ‘camera club’. Our residents can then record some musicians, flower arranging, exercise (!), poetry sessions, arts and crafts and other activities. We can post the pictures on our blog…..

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Mary celebrates her 90th birthday


Well it was officially Mary’s birthday last week, but today was the day when Mary celebrated in style with her brother Len and niece Pat and a rather large yummy sponge cake…..later Mary spent her birthday painting a new watercolour picture

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