13th October 2011 – ‘Blackpool Illuminations’

Leaving Bushell House at 5.00pm a mini-bus took residents and staff to Blackpool to see the Illuminations.  We stopped for a delicious fish and chip supper at Bispham before driving slowly down the front.  Luckily it was a clear night and we were able to see the lights in all their glory!  We arrived back at Bushell House by 8.30pm ready for a cup of tea and having had a very enjoyable evening.

12th October 2011 – ‘A Musical Hour’

Kevin Bargen came to entertain us by playing the harmonica, melodeon and guitar.  He played and sang a great mixture of popular folk and traditional songs for us to sing along to as well as less well known ones and provided us with a very enjoyable Musical Hour.

5th October 2011 – ‘The Chorley Pals’

Steve Williams came to give a very interesting talk on the formation of the First World War group of soldiers known as the ‘Chorley Pals’ who formed part of the well known ‘Accrington Pals’ brigade.  The fate of these men was documented by Mr Williams using photos and newspaper articles from the time and also modern television footage of the battlefields and war cemeteries today.

28th September 2011 – Shopping in Deepdale

Some residents came to Deepdale Retail Park to stock up with things from the likes of Marks and Spencer, Boots and WHSmiths or just to enjoy a cup of coffee in the cafe.  We were back at Bushell House in time for lunch.

21st September 2011 -‘Spellbound Productions’

On Wednesday we were entertained by Gordon and Anne with more of their marvellous short films.  This time they showed us the Fylde area and it’s customs, the Lake District and a 2 minute short film of Swiss flowers.  It was an absorbing hour – being taken to areas, some familiar, some less so and seeing traditional pastimes still upheld – that passed too quickly.

16th September 2011 – The Islands of St Kilda

Hugh Barton came and gave a very interesting talk with slides about the remote Hebridean archipelago of St Kilda.  The  slides showed the remote and rocky islands, their terrain, uniquely evolved  flora, bird and animal life and the evidence of centuries of human habitation in the most desolate of landscapes.  It was a fascinating hour for us all.

14th September 2011 – ‘Sabrina Fair’

We had a showing of the film ‘ Sabrina Fair’ in the Drawing room this afternoon and enjoyed having a cup of tea while watching the romantic story played out by Humphrey Bogart and Audrey Hepburn.

7th September 2011 – ‘Slave Traders of Lancaster and District’

Janet Nelson came to give a very interesting talk about the darker side of Lancaster’s history.  While many know of Liverpool’s links with slave trading in the 18th century less is known of Lancaster’s links of which there were many.  We were told of many of the leading trading families, shown slides of them and of the large houses and estates built with the proceeds of this lucrative trade. It was a fascinating insight into a period of local history.

24th August 2011 – ‘Patchwork and Quilting’

Margaret Molloy very kindly came to give a talk on the development of patchwork and quilting and the different styles that can be achieved.  She bought with her the most wonderful collection of quilts and sample pieces.  Some quilts were antique ones to show early forms of the art and there were also pieces of her own work that were quite beautiful to see.  We were all very impressed with the enormous amount of skill and imagination shown in creating the pieces.

17th August 2011 – ‘The Island of Sicily’

Ken Geddes came this morning to show a collection of slides taken on the Island of Sicily.  They showed us a marvellous impression of an island of contrasts, with ancient ruins, mediaeval churches, wonderful natural scenery and flowers all overlooked by the volcano, Mt Etna.