Christmas Day 2011

  Some of the residents at Bushell House preparing to enjoy Christmas lunch.

21st December 2011 – Bushell House Christmas Party

At 3.00pm The Land Girls arrived to entertain residents, their families and friends at our Christmas Party.  The Land Girls are a marvellous troupe of volunteers who sing and perform simple dance routines to wartime favourites and raise money for the Sue Ryder Charity by doing so.  All those at the party were given Union Jacks to wave and everybody joined in with the familiar songs. Afterwards, the Chairman of the Trustees, Mr Andrew Penney said a few words and then the manager Mrs Susan Jones called the raffle.  There were many lovely prizes which had been kindly donated as had  the ‘Guess the number of Sweets’ in a jar donated by ‘Sweet Traditions’ which was won by Mrs Liz Pattinson.  The money from the raffle and sweets went to the Residents Amenities Fund. Finally we enjoyed a glass of wine with the delicious buffet put on by the cook at Bushell House.  It was a very happy occasion.

20th December – Christmas Sing-Song

 Gerald and Michael came with keyboard and guitar to lead our Christmas Carol SingSong in the Library.  We sang carols chosen by us all, Michael sang a solo for us and Mr Finch entertained us all by reciting ‘The Lion and Albert’ as made famous by Stanley Holloway. It was a very enjoyable afternoon.

19th December – Trinity Church Goosnargh to sing

The singers from Trinity Methodist Church in Goosnargh came this evening to hold their usual Carol concert in Bushell House.  It is a very popular event and we are grateful to them for coming to sing to us.  It was a very good performance which we all enjoyed.

15th December – Goosnargh Carollers

The Goosnargh Carollers called in during the afternoon to raise funds for Vine House Hospice.  We wish them well in fund raising for such a good cause.

14th December 2011 – Christmas Floral Arrangements

Fliss Pemberton from Bushell House League of Friends and Chairman of the Goosnargh St Mary’s Flower CLub very kindly came and demonstrated the art of making table arrangements for Christmas.  The residents were able to try their hand and between them several arrangements were made for the tables in the dining room.  The arrangements had a festive mixture of fir, spruce, ivy and red and green flowers.  Red candles and silver and gold baubles finished the effect off beautifully. The results were extremely professional and lovely to look at.

12th December – Music for Winter

Barton WI Choir came to sing in the Library.  They performed the most lovely variety of music for winter, some Christmassy and some just suitable for listening to on a dark afternoon.  We joined in with some of the well known songs and thoroughly enjoyed their very talented performance.  We look forward to them coming to Bushell House again.

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.