Singing in the rain?

It poured with rain on our November Relaxation Day but it didn't dampen our spirits! We may have got a little bit wet but there was plenty of time to warm up and dry out over a hot drink in the cafe.

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Our fantastic complementary therapists worked their magic on us and as one of them said "we are gently working, listening to calming music, with lovely people, ... what more can we ask of a day out from the mad world we are part of?"

Relaxation Day Relaxation Day

Behind the scenes volunteers were hard at work preparing lunch for 120 people in just an hour and a half! It was worth all their hard work as we enjoyed a delicious sit-down buffet in very good company!

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Relaxation Day Relaxation Day

The group workshops were great fun as always, with something to suit everyone. We had gentle T'ai Chi exercise, feel-good skincare, practical Christmas craftwork and exhilarating singing!

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Relaxation Day Relaxation Day

Thank you to everyone who donated raffle prizes or made candles, jewellery and gift tags for us to sell ... and thank you also for buying them! We are very grateful to everyone who raises money for us.

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At the end of the day we had a real treat - a concert! The singers entertained us to "A Starry Night" and Edna read us her wonderful poem "On Getting Older".

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ON GETTING OLDER:

I have become a little older since I last spoke to you.
Some changes in my life are varied if not traumatic.
Remember that old folks are worth a fortune...
with silver in their hair, gold in their teeth,
Stones in their kidneys and gas in their stomachs.

I am quite a frivolous old girl -
I am seeing FIVE gentlemen each day.

As soon as I wake up Will Power helps me out of bed -
Then I have to go and see Lou.
Next it's time for Mr Quaker to give me my oats.
They leave and Arthur Ritis shows up,
He stays for the rest of the day.
He doesn't stay in one place for very long as he
takes me from one old joint to another.

After such a long hard, busy day,
I'm ready for bed with Johnny Walker.

Yes, you say, What a life.
Oh yes, I nearly forgot -
I'm flirting with Al Zeimer.

The vicar came the other day and said,
"At this age you should be thinking of the hereafter".
I told him, "Oh I do, I do!
No matter where I am -
In the lounge, in the kitchen or up the stairs,
Even in the cellar,
I ask myself, now what am I here after"!.

We would like to say a very big thank you everyone who helped out on the day and made it such a success - we couldn't manage without you!