Monthly Archives: April 2018

The Courtyard zine project

At the culmination of a two month zine arts project funded by The Courtyard in Hereford with poet Jonny Fluffypunk and collage artist John Rose working with Forbury residents, we held a celebration day with vinyl records, singing, dancing and a buffet.  The project was based on the work of David Greenberger and his work on the Duplex Planet zines in Boston between the late 1970’s to the mid 90’s which became an unlikely underground hit. We’ve been talking to Forbury residents on a variety of subjects from space exploration, robots and technology to horror films to superheroes.  We’ve also taken in a turntable and played vinyl records, anything from Ivor Cutler to the Cramps and Devo and asking residents to review them. It’s made for a very entertaining and engaging project with heaps of material we can base the zines on. Hopefully this project will be continued shortly as it’s been hugely successful.

Here’s some photos from  the celebration day..





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Baking blueberry muffins!

Everyone really enjoyed a baking session this week making blueberry muffins to share around to all residents in the Forbury. The smell and taste said it all…delicious!

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Easter Party!

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Tudor characters visit The Forbury

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Residents meeting newsletter

21st March 2018

Those Present:

Muriel Palmer, Julian Partridge, Della Squires, Patricia Clarke, Flo, Chris Leeson, Mary Pierrepont, Selina Bohannan, Patricia Green, Norah Gibson, Caroline Childs, Hilda Ashdown-Sharp, Valerie Hands, Daphne Bird, Leokadia Butler.

Gen Bujokiene, Muriel Perks, Natasha Bufton-Davies.

Gen welcomed and thanked everyone for coming to the residents meeting, we had a very good meeting last month and wanted to thank Aurelija Racaityte for typing up February’s newsletter, she did a wonderful job.

Gardening and Dinmore trip

Gen Mentioned that Patricia Green’s daughter would like to join in with the gardening and it would be nice to have some feed back from residents and family. However due to the snow over the past month the ground is still hard, so the project has been delayed until weather improves. The trip to Dinmore has also been delayed due to the weather, but as soon as it improves we will contact community wheels and organise two trips to Dinmore.

Jill Returning

Jill came in last week to say hello to everyone and see is looking forward to coming back to work, fingers crossed she will be returning to us on 2nd April 2018, and we look forward to having her back.

Flower Arranging

Muriel talked about the new activity of flower arranging, residents have all enjoyed arranging the flowers to go around the home in different lounges, Muriel’s plan is to doing flower arranging on Wednesday morning 3 times a month, as the 4th Wednesday of each month is reserved for Holy Communion. Also, if any families bring flowers in, residents can ask staff and they will be more than happy to help arrange the flowers with you.

John and Johnny

Muriel and Gen thanked everyone who attended the project with John and Johnny, on the last session on Tuesday at 2pm we are going to have a little buffet, with some nice drinks and a selection of foods to celebrate how much everyone has enjoyed working with them and the work they have done. Gen and Muriel have asked them to come back once a week to do a new project which might include some photos, they have talked about doing a memory board. Also, John and Johnny want to thank everyone very much they have loved coming to the Forbury and working with all of you.

Courtyard Project

The Turn the beat around project has been delayed now due to the lady running the project being on maternity leave, however they have a new lady starting in September. Will give more information closer to date.


Gen and Muriel are looking around for volunteers, there are loads around Leominster area. The volunteers could take residents out for coffees or just walk around town, anything you wanted. We would like your opinion; would you be happy with having volunteers come and take you out or even just to chat with you. First though Gen mention be a good idea if they come and introduced themselves and got to know you little bit.

Residents Feedback on Landing

Gen asked the residents what their thoughts were on the new carpet and the new stairlift, All the residents said they do like it looks beautiful. They also wanted to thank Marius for doing a good job and making as beautiful as he has. Gen also mention that the lift engineers are coming on Monday will be working on the lift to get it working again, for first few days however will do the same as we have been doing and keep stool inside and for staff to carry their mobile phones on them when inside the lift just in case.


With Easter being two weeks away, Muriel has been going around residents and offering them to make a card to send to their families, asked all the residents attending the meeting and they all said they would like to make a card to send, so in afternoons or morning with Muriel is free she will go round one to one and start making some cards.

Concerns or Worries

If anyone has any concerns to please see Gen at anytime and she will be more than happy to help, applies for residents and families.

Lydia mention about having the Dr come every week, Gen said that we have a nurse practitioner coming every Thursday at 2pm from Westfield surgery her name is Emma. Also, from Marches surgery Caroline or Mel come every Tuesday between 12md and 1pm. If you just let Gen know day in advance that you want to see them she can write your name on the list.

Sending Cards to families

If anyone would like to send a card to their family members due to being unwell or it’s a special occasion then please let us know and we can sort it out for you, can make one or even take you out to buy one from the shop, just let the staff know or Muriel, Gen. Be happy to help you.

Going out to town

Muriel mention that if any of the residents would like to go out to the library or anywhere else in town then all they must do is ask herself or staff and we will do our very best to take you out. Also, if you want to bake something special to let us know and we will try our best.

Activity training for staff

Muriel would like to thank all staff going on many different trainings about activities, and a big thank you to Mr Lutton as he pays for training the staff have, to make sure we provide the best care possible for all the residents.

Residents Comments

Julian mention about Bryn coming to sing for the Easter party and how there is a lot of people that play an instrument or sing and maybe we can look about, see what we can find if suitable for the Forbury, Gen and Muriel both said they will have a look around.

Gen also mention about more trips on Canal, she is waiting for dates and emails from the companies. Muriel said she is also thinking a lot about the trips we go on and about going on some different ones, she is going around different places making sure they are suitable for wheelchairs and meet our needs and will make a list on some new trips. Lydia mention she would like to go to Berrington Hall also Pudleston court Leominster, Muriel and Gen said they would investigate it.

Muriel is also trying to plan some one to one activities for you all as well as the group activities we do, so that staff and Muriel can get to know you all a little better and what things you like and dislike.

Thank you all for coming this afternoon and hope you all have a lovely day.

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