Wardside House Gazette September 2020
We are now allowed pre-arranged visits indoors though with one designated visitor only. The indoor visits will take place in the garden room and will have a screen in place. All visits indoor and outdoor are still to be a maximum of 30 minutes. We are still able to have up to three members of family and or friends from no more than two households for outdoor visits. These visits are still to be socially distanced with the appropriate PPE put in place. Please liaise with a member of staff about dates and timings and if the slot is available it will be put in the diary for you.
New residents: We welcomed Mr & Mrs Aitken from Dunblane. Mrs Jean Wharton from Crieff and we are also pleased to welcome back Mrs Mary Eckersley from Auchterarder. We hope you are all settling in well and if there is anything we can do to help you settle in more comfortably don’t hesitate to ask.
Congratulations and many happy returns of the day were wished to
Anne Welch who celebrated her birthday on the 15th of September with lunch in the lounge.
Birthday wishes were also sent to Cameron Aitken who celebrated his day on the 18th of September with his wife Theresa and a visit from their daughter.
We all hope you both enjoyed your special day.
Death: It is with great sadness we report the death of Wendy Finlay. Wendy had been a resident here for over two years and we send our deepest condolences to her daughter and family.
Staff news: We welcome back Roslyn Deacon and Linda Pryde to their role of care assistants. Roslyn has returned from her maternity leave after having Baby Harris last November. Linda Pryde has been recuperating from an operation on her foot.
On a sadder note, care assistant Siobhan Delaney has left to start a new job at Morrisons Academy. We wish her good luck and happiness in her new job.
Activities: Socially distanced activities are still ongoing with Mairi in the big lounge. A staff member will let you know on the day these are taking place and you can decide if you would like to attend. The activities vary each week and are a range of different topics to interest all residents. Mairi will host a quiz usually on a Wednesday night, should this change she will let us know. For those who don’t wish to take part in the group activities just yet, we are still offering the usual activities that comply with social distancing.
Our resident Prue Kennard has put together a little something of when she remembers Wardside House as a family home.
Wardside House Remembered
Wardside house seems to have been an hospitable house for sometime. When we returned to the area in the 1950’s we found that friends Neil and Jean Collier had settled nearby, at Wardside. With a blossoming family of an age with ours a good deal of to-ing and fro-ing ensued while they grew up through the 1960’s and 70’s.
Our friends were great supporters of local charities, mainly St James’ Episcopal Church just up the road from here. Both enthusiastic “makers”, the house was always decked with ingenious articles being made for the next sale of work. “I am just making…” Jean so often said from a pile of extraneous materials.
Does anyone remember the sales stalls set up on the green area at the west end of the village which set such a successful trap for tourists?
The first time we dined at the Colliers I was slightly anxious when ushered to my chair to find I was to share with a 12 Bore Gun. It was removed safely.
Looking back and now into the present it was ever a happy house with a warm heart.