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Wardside Gazette No. 31

April 2013 · Editor: Resident Margery Neill and Resident Andrew Hodge

New Residents:

Mrs Ellen McFarlane from Bridge of Allan has joined us as a permanent resident and we hope, Ellen, that you are now settling well.



Good Wishes:

Mrs Noble, Alexa Taylor and Catherine MacQueen celebrated birthdays last month and we wish all of them many happy returns of their respective days.



We are saddened to report that two of our residents passed away last month. Mrs. Hendry, who had been resident for over two years, and Miss Bishop, who had only been resident for five months. Our condolences go to their respective families and friends.


Staff News:

Mairi Scott has taken on the roll of ‘Champion in Anticipatory Care Planning’ and will be discussing with all residents any concerns they may have for the future and what their wishes may be. Cecilia Stevenson is our ‘Falls awareness and prevention Champion’ and has provided all staff with training on this – which we hope should prevent falls or at least reduce them.


Care Homes Inspector:

Mr. D Henderson, the Contract Compliance Officer for Perth and Kinross Council, visited Wardside House on 20th February. He focuses on checking, controlling and recording whether the service is being provided in accordance with the terms of the National Care Homes Contract. He also spoke with some residents and staff and will be reporting his findings officially.


Quiz Night continues to be a popular Wednesday evening with an average of eight residents attending. Susie has a host of questions on various themes. Last month, for example, were on St. David’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day which was very interesting indeed.


Craft Class, on the other hand, is not so well attended at present, as not everyone of our age has the nimble fingers of by-gone days. However, Susie is undeterred – she always has something simple to be made – very often appropriate to the day – eg. Shamrocks for St Patrick’s Day.


A Very Large Jigsaw Puzzle belonging to Catherine MacQueen has interested a few residents for quite a number of days – principally Cath Fox. With great patience they both stuck at it until Catherine successfully put the last of the 1000 pieces in place to complete this picture. It depicts the various breeds of horses and their anatomy.


Used Stamp Collectors will be interested learn that our mystery donor has just delivered another large bag of stamps and she is Isabel Martin’s daughter – Mrs Margaret Moran. Thank you very much Margaret. It is much appreciated and very kind of you.


Forthcoming Events this month.


In the Large Lounge

Every Saturday at 2.30pm Church Service by the Seven Day Adventist Church

On Sunday 7th April at 2.30 pm Church Service by Rev. W. Ross, Church of Scotland.


In the Small Lounge

On Friday 26th April at 11.00 am Church Service by Rev. A. Barton, Episcopal Church.


And lastly




The couple had been married for 63 years. Though they were far from rich, they managed to get by because they watched their pennies. They were both in good health, largely due to the wife’s insistence on healthy foods and regular exercise for the last decade. One day, their good health did not help when they were involved in an accident sending them off to heaven.

They reach the pearly gates and St. Peter escorted them to a mansion, beautifully furnished with all ‘mod cons’. A maid could be seen hanging their favourite clothes in the wardrobe.

They gasped in astonishment when St. Peter said “Welcome to Heaven. This will be your home now”. The old man asked Peter how much is this going to cost. “Why nothing,” Peter replied, “This is your reward in Heaven. There is even a golf course where you can play for free everyday and dine in the clubhouse where you can eat as much as anything you like and never get fat. Enjoy yourselves!”

The old man turned and glared at his wife and said “You and your keep-fit and Bran Flakes! We should have been here years ago!”

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