A wonderful day of 'Arts for the Elderly' was held at Birtley yesterday. Organised by Surrey Arts, this celebratory event is designed specifically for the older generation with care homes and day-centres from across Surrey invited to join the free event.
This year, the theme for the day was 'Round the World' with all singing, dancing. music, flowers and costumes having an International focus, including dances from India and Polynesia and a deafening world percussion workshop ranging from samba rhythms to orchestral marimba! Birtley House staff were keen to be involved with our Matron, Karen, providing a wide array of food from other countries for people to try while her PA, Emma, along with Care Assistant, Cheryl, made stunning flower arrangements utilising the national flowers from several countries and demonstrated making corsages which were very popular indeed, especially with our residents. One of the many fun activities was trying on a hat from another county and having a Polaroid photo taken to take home -courtesy of Tim's fiancee, Vicki.
The main event was 'Navigating the Globe' - a dance which had been choreographed especially for the day. The 6' willow-woven globe had been made by local artist, Ruth Wheeler, who also ran postcard-making workshops in the lead-up to and during the event. The postcards were attached to and displayed on the globe. The globe will now start a tour of Surrey, when people will be able to make and attach additional postcards. The Globe will return to Birtley and be on display during the Wood Fair on 3rd and 4th October.
The over 150 attendees clearly had such a fun and entertaining time - here are a selection of photos from the day