Wardside Gazette No. 30
March 2013 · Editor: Resident Margery Neill and Resident Andrew Hodge
Mrs. Jane Hepburn, who had previously been a respite resident in December last year, has decided now to become a permanent resident and we hope, Jane, that you are settling in to your new abode. Mr. Dennis and Mrs. Helen Rae from Airth and Mrs. Catherine Mitchell from Dunning have been with us for periods of respite and we hope they enjoyed their stay and benefited from it.
Good Wishes go to Miss M. Bishop, Les Fox and Ursula Hubbard who all celebrated birthdays last month and also to Elva Saunders who is again in hospital.
Lucy Walker has started as a care assistant and we wish her every success and soon getting to know all of the residents and members of staff.
The Residents Meeting, held on Wednesday 8th February, was well attended and a wide variety of matters were discussed and agreed — as will be seen from the ‘minutes’ which have already been distribute to all residents.
The Tatting Exhibition of past work by Ursula Hubbard proved most interesting and very much admired by the residents, staff and visitors alike. In fact, the art of Tatting was new to many of the viewers. Well done – Ursula!
It is possible that other residents have had in the past an interesting hobby and have retained some of their work or have even continued with the hobby here in Wardside House. If so, we are sure all residents and staff would be interested and an exhibition or even a joint exhibition could be arranged.
Wardside House Questionnaire:
The outcome of the Questionnaire, circulated last October highlighted that the majority of Residents and their Relatives who completed the questionnaire were happy with the service and care received at Wardside House. The complete analysis can be viewed on the notice board.
Wardside House Handbook for Residents:
This Handbook has been updated and personal copies have been distributed to all residents.
The small square patchwork design of a ‘Mountain Pansy’ for the Patchwork Meadow Project has been completed and was incorporated in Tatting Exhibition as some of Ursula’s tatting flowers were used as a border. China’s Year of the Snake was taken as the subject for one session and some interesting designs of a snake were produced. Several of the lady members have taken to knitting in their leisure time and producing scarves and matching hats for charities but are beginning to run out of wool. If any resident or member of staff has any spare wool that they no longer require, donations would be welcome and gratefully received.
Quiz Night continues to be popular. For the first half of most sessions, the questions are on a particular theme and then on to general knowledge which makes it most interesting and at the same time sharpens up the memory.
Collectors will be interested to learn that someone unknown has left a large package crammed full of used stamps. This makes a marvelous start for this year and, to our unknown donor, we express our grateful thanks – it was most thoughtful and much appreciated.
Forthcoming events this month.
3rd Mar. Church Service by Rev. William Ross at 2.30 pm in the Large Lounge.
15th Mar. Church Service by Rev. Andrew Barton at 11.00 am in the Small Lounge.
The Minister’s Cat. (as told in a village church magazine)
The Minister had a kitten that climbed up a tree in his back yard and then was afraid to come down. He coaxed it with some milk, but to no avail. The kitten would not move. The tree was not sturdy enough for him to climb so he decided to try bending it over by tying a rope to the tree and the other end to his car. But, alas, as he slowly moved the car forward a bit too far, the rope broke and the tree went ‘bong’ and the kitten sailed out of sight. The Minister felt terrible and toured the village trying to find it – but nobody had seen a stray kitten. A few days latter he was in the village store and met one of his church members whom he noticed was buying some cat food and said to her “I didn’t know you had a cat”. “No” she replied “I didn’t until a few days ago and, Minister, you won’t believe this”. She then went on to relate that her young child had been continually begging to get a cat until eventually she relented and said “Well, if God gives you a cat, I’ll let you keep it”. She told the Minister “I watched the little child go out to the yard, get to her knees and ask for a cat. And really Minister, you won’t believe this, but I saw it with my own eyes. A kitten suddenly came flying out of the sky with its paws outspread, and landed right in front of her”
Never underestimate the power of God and His sense of humour.