Wardside Gazette No. 20
February 2012 · Editor: Resident Margery Neill and Resident Andrew Hodge
There were no ‘new’ permanent residents last month but Bruce Campbell who had gone to a care home in Largs recently has decided to return to Wardside permanently. Welcome back Bruce and also to David Erskine for another of his regular periods of respite.
Good wishes and congratulations are extended to Christine Hall and Glyn Inskip who both celebrated birthdays last month.
Good Wishes are also expressed to Miss Catherine MacQueen who had a short visit to hospital and hope she will be feeling better soon.
Mrs Katie Stevenson, who joined us for respite with a view to permanency, sadly died rather suddenly and unexpectedly after taking ill and being moved to hospital. We offer our condolences to her daughters.
During last month all Staff attended a class on Adult Support and Protection Training and the last few of the staff on Infection Control.
The deputy manager, Margaret MacGregor will be off to New Zealand this month on holiday and, although we will all miss her, we wish her safe journeys and an enjoyable time. It will be a pleasant break to leave our winter weather behind and arrive in summer sunshine ‘down under’.
Cooks Meetings, which are held every Wednesday morning, gives all residents the opportunity to comment on the previous week’s menu and also the published menu for the ensuing week. This allows the cooks to take note of resident’s likes, dislikes and tastes and try to please everyone. Occasionally, meals are appropriate to special days such as Burns Day last month when it was ‘Haggis, Neeps and Tatties’ with resident Phoebe Coull proposing the Toast to the Haggis.
There is the often told story of a private soldier of World War 1 who was awarded the Victoria Cross for saving his regiment – he had shot the cook. We can assure Dawn Ward and Margo Cribben that they are not in any such danger. Their meals are nutritious, tasteful and much appreciated.
PTO Putting on the Ritz, the musical afternoon which was held on Friday, 20th January, was a huge success and thoroughly enjoyed. There was a lot of foot tapping and ‘light singing’ along with the music and on behalf of everyone, we express our appreciation and thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Sloan for their thoughtfulness and sponsorship. Here is a picture of the performers and also a picture of Bill Grant and Dr. Sloan whose birthdays were being celebrated.
The Craft Class, during the last two weeks, had a Chinese flavour – this being the start of the Chinese New Year called the Year of the Dragon. Face masks were made in the shape of a nasty dragon and also door signs bearing the word “Welcome” in Chinese ( some of which may still be seen on the outside of certain resident’s doors ).
The Quiz Nights have been slightly better attended of late and the ‘newcomers’ seemed quite impressed and did well in correctly answering many of the questions before some of those who attend regularly.
Special Events this month
Church Service on 3rd February at 11.00 am by Rev. Andrew Barton.
Church Service on 5th February at 2.30 pm by Rev. William Ross.
Podiatrist visit on 29th February by Mrs McGarry.
Lastly – A Cereal Killer:
A little silver-haired old lady calls her neighbour and says, ‘Please come over and help me. I have a killer jigsaw puzzle and I can’t figure out how to get started’.
Her neighbour asks ‘What is it supposed to be when it’s finished?’.
The little silver-haired lady said ‘According to the picture on the box, it is a rooster’.
Her neighbour decides to go over and help with the puzzle.
She lets him in and shows him where she has the puzzle spread all over the table. He studies the pieces for a moment, then looks at the box, then he turns to her and says ‘First of all, we are not going to be able to assemble these pieces into anything resembling a rooster’.
He takes her hand and says ‘Secondly, I want you to relax. Let’s have a nice cup of tea and then,’ he said with a deep sigh, ‘we’ll put all these corn flakes back in the box’.