Windlesham Manor is trialling weekly “Toddler and Residents” sessions organised by Crowborough group Artytime.
It is becoming more widely accepted that both older and younger generations can benefit from these sorts of interactions, which can be life affirming for the elder generation and a chance for the younger generation to benefit from increased attention and develop their social and emotional skills.
The sessions will last about an hour and a half and toddlers and infants will play and interact with the residents as well as do some simple crafts and have a snack together.
On Sunday the 11th November, the residents commemorated the fallen and marked the 100 years since the end of WW1 with wartime songs performed by The Sunset Duo and some special Remembrance Day cakes made and decorated by Windlesham Manor chef Martin Higgins.
Residents, family members and staff enjoyed the eagerly awaited Windlesham Manor Summer Garden Party on Friday August 17th. It was the first time that the party was held slightly later in the day taking advantage of the warm weather into the evening.
Some great rock and roll 1950s hit music was provided by the guitar swinging duo, Rock n’ rolls runaways while children and adults alike took advantage of having some fun temporary tattoos added to their hands and arms by the tattoo art by Kimbeley
A delicious spread of savoury followed by sweet dishes was provided by our resident chef Martin Higgins outdoors and under gazebos set in the beautiful Windlesham Manor gardens which had been decorated with balloons and shiny old records!
For the younger visitors a bouncy castle was set up for a few hours of happy bouncing
By witnessing the beauty and awe of a sunset, you can actually slow down your perception of time! Windlesham Manor residents often enjoy sunset cruises to the Ashdown Forest to take in the splendour of the sunset in this beautiful part of the world.
Research as shown that gardening can help with major health issues such as stress, dementia and obesity as well as being thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding! The residents have been preparing for summer by planting seedlings and working in the greenhouse.
Simon Roll, Personal Trainer and founder of Alive & Active visits Windlesham Manor regularly to take the residents through his specialised exercise programme. The goal is simple “To ensure that by keeping our elderly population active, they stay independent, confident and happy for as long as possible.” Learn more about Alive & Active on their website at www.aliveandactive.co.uk