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On the afternoon of Saturday 9th January, our Residents were entertained with traditional, old and contemporary music by Mervyn Mewis on the Hammer Dulcimer and Kathryn Young on the Concert Harp.
Staff raised their glasses to wish Tim well as he heads off for his 'Stag' Weekend prior to his wedding.
Residents and staff gathered together to celebrate New Years Eve during the afternoon of the 31st. Party hats and crackers accompanied by food & drink ensured a celebratory atmosphere that was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
A wet but warm start to the new year has caused major flooding in many parts of the country and here at Birtley we have been lucky enough to avoid being overtly affected. Pictures of the watery Estate, taken by our Estate Manager Jill Parrott, are shown below.
Mike Band, the Mayor of Waverley came to visit on Christmas Day with his wife Val. They spent time talking with the Residents who were gathered for lunch. Mike is pictured with Mrs Powell-Jones and Mrs Hawkins.
Lead Carer, Cheryl Searle, has a large selection of Christmas hats that she has been wearing in the run-up to Christmas. All are colourful, some have flashing lights and many move and/or play tunes - much to the enjoyment of our residents.
Readers of this blog will know that a week ago we had our annual carol concert with Blackheath and Bramley Choral Society. This year a new initiative in the lead-up to Christmas was 'Carols with the Staff' in afternoon Activities.
Ever pro-active in the care arena, Waverley Borough Council commissioned a film earlier this year which would focus on care in all its forms, across the Borough. Not to be out-done by the Star Wars UK Premier, 'Waverley Cares' also had its premier on 17th December.
The annual carol concert by the Blackheath and Bramley choral society is always eagerly awaited by our residents, their families and friends and indeed the staff. Managing to fit so many people, some in wheelchairs, into the Drawing Room and Orangery is always rather interesting but somehow everyone was in place by the 7pm start, having first enjoyed Mulled Birtley cider and homemade mince pies.
Joining members of the GAMBIT group for their Christmas lunch always feels like the start of the Christmas festivities for a few of the BirtleyTeam. Birtley helps to support the group with funds raised for the Birtley House Community Fund, which is administered by the Community Foundation for Surrrey.
The Carousel Theatre Company put on a puppet show for our residents at Birtley House
'Teamwork makes the dream work'
Throwback to 'Burns Night' at Birtley House
Another day for intergenerational learning to take place
A group coffee morning for all to enjoy
Well rested and returning home...
A family affair at our annual Carol concert