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Meet our Activities Coordinator, Irene Holmes

I joined Rothsay Grange in July 2013 as a Carer, and worked my way up to the role of Senior Carer. I then decided to join the activities team in October 2015, where I get the pleasure of seeing residents enjoy the activities I provide for them.

Activities at Rothsay Grange

The activities coordinators at Rothsay Grange work 7 days a week to ensure there is a variety of planned group and one to one activities to suit all individual needs. The activities consist of weekly running activities such as chair zumba, Music therapy, an Arts club and many more. We also run a weekly minibus trip to local places of interest giving everyone a chance to have a trip out of the home.

Rothsay Grange also knows how to have a good old tea party alongside some fantastic entertainers and productions that visit the home on a regular basis. Irene and Aimee feel its very important to have the residents that live here to have a fun and fulfilled life and encourage them to attend as many activities as they wish.

Life at our home

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Flower Power

The residents from Rothsay Grange were bowled over by the generosity of our local Co-op, as staff from the store stopped by to give us a large bunch of flowers that were left over from Valentine’s Day. The residents loved them and decided to have an afternoon of flower arranging. We had enough to make small arrangements for the tables and bedrooms.

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Valentine's Day

14th February saw Rothsay Grange all decked out for romance and love; the decorations looked beautiful, with Cupids and hearts everywhere. A red carpet was laid out for Age UK representatives to walk up and be presented with a cheque for £2000 from Barchester's Charitable Foundation, which was handed over by the Mayor of Test Valley, Mr. Carl Borg-Neal.

After the presenting was over, the great Gary Roman became Elvis for the afternoon. Gary, as always, was a great hit with Rothsay's ladies, as he sang songs to each and every one of them. Gary sang and danced with the Deputy Mayor and several residents. At the end of his performances, each person he dance with received a rose, and then he sang the last few love songs of the afternoon.

A great time was had by all; the visitors and residents were treated to a yummy table full of cakes, biscuits, sandwiches, which were all prepared by the chefs of Rothsay Grange.

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Pancake Day

We celebrated Pancake Day on 13th February here at Rothsay Grange. Naturally, pancakes and fillings were the thing for the day.

Residents enjoyed lots of delicious treats and then had to make the hard choice of what they were going to top the pancakes with.

Some had the famous sugar and lemon topping and others indulged in strawberry and banana with cream or ice cream. 

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Karaoke with Graham

Live entertainer, Graham, joined us to sing karaoke with residents. Everyone who wanted too had a go and the afternoon flew by. We look forward in seeing him again in a few months.

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National Pizza Day

Residents of Rothsay Grange marked National Pizza Day on Friday 9th February by topping their own pizzas. They had plenty to choose from: tuna, sweetcorn, pineapple, ham, and much more. The pizzas all turned out very well and were then enjoyed by the residents who took part. We even made one big one for the staff to enjoy.

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Open Day

We held our open day on Saturday 27th January and it was a huge success! Many people visited the home and were greeted with refreshments and homemade cakes. They were shown around and could see firsthand the excellent support that residents receive.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue joined us as well and displayed our banner on their truck. 

Everyone had a very enjoyable day, despite the bad weather!

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Upcoming events

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Don't Dine Alone

We understand that meal times can be lonely for some older people.

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Armchair Zumba

Everyone is welcome to our armchair Zumba sessions, which are held every Thursday.

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Time for a cuppa

Join us for a warm welcome as well as a selection of delicious cakes and hot drinks.

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