21st February 2018
Those present: Leokadia Butler, Marjorie Clements, Patricia Green, Julian Partridge, Caroline Childs, Jean Poiner, Mary Pierrepont, Chris Leeson, Della Squires, Muriel Palmer, Edna Bohannan, Norah Gibson, Patricia Clarke, Hilda Ashdown-Sharp, Jean’s son Adrian.
Gen Bujokiene, Muriel Perks, Aurelija Racaityte
Gen welcomed everyone who came to the meeting and announced that from now on ‘Residents meeting’ will be called ‘Residents newsletter’.
Sad news L: Emma Curd said goodbye to Forbury. Gen assured that if Emma will decide to come back to Forbury in the future, she will always be welcome here. Muriel Perks suggested to write a Get well card for Emma which would be signed from all the residents. Muriel Palmer, Lydia, Caroline, Mary, Chris, Della agreed that it would be a great idea.
Residents remembered how they signed a Thank you card for kitchen staff Renina for making delicious cake for Valentine’s day. Gen said that Renina very happy to receive a card and expressed her gratitude for residents.
Good news J: Jill will come back to Forbury as a social activity organizer. Residents are very happy to hear the news and expressed their support for Jill. Muriel Perks suggested to write Get well card for Jill and residents agreed.
Green house: Gen explained that domestic staff Ona will take care of the green house and she will start working on the task in the middle of March. Ona is keen gardener and would like to start as soon as possible but the weather is still very cold, so she has to wait. It was decided that Mrs. Lutton (the owner) will take care of the hanging flower baskets.
John and Johnny Zines project: Muriel Perks asked residents what do they think about the project to which Lydia and Julian replied that they are very happy about the project and John and Johnny seems to be very knowledgeable people. Della said that Johnny is a very interesting guy and she likes his moustache. All residents agreed to continue with the project and said that this project brings everyone together. Muriel Perks explained that the project will last for 5 more weeks on Tuesdays.
Tea Dance project: Rachel would like to bring her project ‘Tea dance’ back to Forbury, this year too. The only difference would be that the students would get involved in the project this time. Project would take place in Grange court (5th of June or 13th of June). Like year before last party would take place in Rachel’s farm on 20th of June. They could take up to 10 residents with as many family members as possible.
Leominster Primary school: this is a new project which involves kids from primary school. To start with just one time, they would come to Forbury to interact with residents and to decorate residents photo frames. Muriel Palmer said it’s a good idea to engage with kids.
Queenswood: The trip would take place in May to watch Bluebells. The number of residents to go would depend on their interest. Lydia, Pat Green, Caroline and Jean are happy to go on the trip. Muriel Palmer said she is interested in going but she has family and friends who can take her there, so she would better give a seat to other resident. Interesting fact: Queenswood got its name from Her Majesty the Queen because she opened the park.
Easter and Eater egg hunt: Muriel Perks thinking of having the small party for Easter also to make decorations for the party. Residents agreed and stated that they would like Rachel Hyde to come and sing. Gen reminded everyone about Easter egg hunt in which all residents with their family members and all staff with their kids and grandchildren’s are more than welcome to participate. Residents are excited about the event. Della said that her great grandchildren would love to join in. Norah expressed her excitement for her family to join in. Chris Leeson, Pat Green, Hilda A. S. said it would be nice to spend some time with all the children who will come.
New challenge: One of the residents Sheila expressed her wish to bake her own bread. Della agreed that fresh baked bread is way better but she wouldn’t like to participate because years ago she used to bake it a lot. Muriel Perks said that she will bake bread with all the residents who are up to the challenge. All residents agreed that freshly baked bread smell is wonderful.
‘Gallery of Happiness’: Jeanette has been working one to one with residents who are knitting squares which will be joined together. Additional fabric letters will be stitched onto the knitting to make a saying Gallery of Happiness – the newly named front lounge
Valentine ’s Day party: Gen asked residents opinion about the gentlemen Bry who came to play the guitar. Residents said that he was pretty good, they liked the songs and would love to see him again. Mabel’s daughter Julie said that he was one of the best that comes to the Forbury.
Activities: residents like to play with the balloon in the morning. Muriel Perks expressed her gratitude for residents for being active in the game and said that ‘they makes her day wonderful’. She also mentioned that if residents would like to go to the library she is more than happy to help them.
Concerns and questions: If residents or family member have any concerns or questions they can always come Gen or Mr. Lutton, the doors are always open. Also all staff are here to help and make residents days brighter.
BREAKING NEWS new project ‘Turn the Beat Around’: New led music project which would take place after Easter. This would be a 10 week project. Forbury is more than happy to be the part of this project! All the dates and more information will be available later in the following months.
Thank you: Gen and Muriel said thank you to all the residents who came to the meeting and wished everyone to have a good day!!! J J J