Origami with Stephen Watson

Stephen Watson came to Bushell House to show the residents the art of paper folding.  Following Stephen’s excellent instruction we made stars and birds during the session and were very pleased with the results.

7th December 2011 – Oliverson’s School Nativity Play

‘The Very Hopeless Camel’ was the charming version of the traditional story of the Nativity that Goosnargh Oliverson’s reception and Years 1 and 2 children put on for the entertainment of their parents and relations and friends.  They were kind enough to invite the residents of Bushell House and several went over to watch.  The acting and singing was superb and the sheep counted brilliantly! As always we were made to feel most welcome, with special comfy chairs provided for us and we enjoyed the play very much.

3rd December 2011 – Lions Christmas Bazaar

The League of Friends of Bushell House very kindly ran a bottle stall at the Lions’ Christmas Bazaar in Longridge in order to raise funds for the Amenities Fund for the residents at Bushell House.  The event was well attended and the Friends were delighted to make the marvellous sum of £156.  We are very grateful to the Friends for giving their time in this way.

Christmas Decorations at Barton Grange

Several residents came to Barton Grange to see the amazing display of Christmas decorations on view.  We enjoyed the huge variety on show, both the traditional baubles and tinsel and also the set pieces of moving scenes that re-create miniature towns of the past.  We had a restorative cup of coffee in the coffee shop before heading back to Bushell House.

Christmas Shopping at Deepdale

Residents came to Deepdale today to do their Christmas shopping.  We started at Marks and Spencer, went to Boots and WHSmith’s as needed and then met back for a welcome cup of coffee at Marks before heading back to Bushell House.

‘September in the Rain’ – C’est Tout Productions

Residents were kept very amused and entertained by the C’est Tout Theatre company who set up stage in the Library on Wednesday afternoon.  The cast of three were able to transport us back to summer in Blackpool in the 1960’s, boarding house life, deckchairs that wouldn’t open, paddling in the sea and entertainment on the pier.  It was a very lively and fun afternoon and ended in a sing-song that all enjoyed.

‘Sweet Traditions’

Pontefract Cakes, Lemon Sherberts, Treacle Toffee, Humbugs, Barley Sugar – what memories do those names conjure up?  All were available for residents to buy when ‘Sweet Traditions’ came to the Library on Friday morning with a vast array of old fashioned sweets.  ‘Sweet Traditions’ will be coming fortnightly so residents willl be able to stock up with their favourite sweeties.

2nd November – Music in Bushell House

Gerald Mack very kindly came to play to the residents in the Library on Wednesday. He played a very enjoyable medley of different styles of music including jazz, operetta, big band and songs from the 30’s and 40’s. There were many tunes specifically requested by residents from when he last came to entertain us.

Card Making for Christmas

In a bid to get organised in time for Christmas we held two craft sessions at Bushell House one on Friday and the next on Monday so that residents could make enough cards to send to their friends and families and have time to send them as far afield as Australia.  The results were impressive and some were elaborate enough to have as Christmas ornaments rather than just cards. It was a very productive few hours and we thank Gaynor for being so kind as to organise all the materials and donate her time.

The Way we Were

Isobel Hamid came to Bushell House to give an entertaining view down Memory Lane for the residents.  Bringing with her photos, articles of clothing and other memorabilia of times past we relived the days of childhood and schooling, wartime shortages and rationing, food items and advertising slogans, holidays, and what was worn in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s.