Residents of Avonbridge Care Home in Hamilton have been giving a little back to the local community this Christmas.

The home organised a collection of much-needed food items for the Salvation Army Foodbank as well as selection boxes for the children’s ward at Wishaw University Hospital.

The appeal received a heartwarming response from residents, their families, visitors, and members of the Avonbridge team. This meant that we were able to deliver several bags full of food essentials and Christmas treats to the foodbank, and a sack full of selection boxes to the children’s ward.

We would like to pass on our thanks to everyone who took the time to make kind donations to our appeal.

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Residents and their families were treated to a flurry of snow at Avonbridge Care Home in Hamilton last weekend. The home opened its doors to the local community for its annual Christmas Fair.

The Avonbridge lounge was filled with stalls selling Christmas wreaths, handmade cards and gifts. Visitors enjoyed a fine selection of homebaked cakes and the chance to win some great prizes on the tombola.

Once again, a very special visitor greeted residents and children in the Avonbridge Grotto. Mrs Claus spent time discussing Christmas memories with residents and finding out what the children would like Mr Claus to deliver on Christmas Day. To add to the magic of the afternoon, a snow machine created a festive flurry for all to enjoy.

This year’s Avonbridge Christmas Fair created some happy memories for our residents and their families and helped raise money for exciting activities and trips next year.

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Residents from Avonbridge Care Home in Hamilton were greeted by a surprise visitor during a cruise along the canal at Kirkintilloch. The Seagull Trust run cruises along the canal all year round, and their boats are fully accessible with lifts for those with mobility issues. Therefore, this is a great way for our residents to get out and enjoy our local waterways.

In the run-up to Christmas, the Seagull Trust decorate their boats with Christmas lights and decorations. During cruises in November and early December, Santa comes aboard to spread festive cheer and to give out presents to those that have made it onto the good list.

Our residents thoroughly enjoyed their trip, reminiscing about Christmases over the years and discussing their own family traditions.

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What better way to kick off the festive season than with a Christmas performance from a local school choir? Last week, residents at Avonbridge Care Home in Hamilton were treated to a mini-concert from the Holy Cross High School Choir.

The choir have been practising for their upcoming Christmas concert at the school and wanted to perform in front of an audience before the big show. Dressed in Santa hats, they sang a mix of Christmas carols and classic hits in the Avonbridge lounge.

We are proud to have strong links with the school, and residents were thrilled that the children wanted to perform for them.

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Avonbridge Care Home's knitting club received two hand-knitted bunnies for their yarn-bombing tree with a hand-written card.

The weekly ‘Knit and Natter’ group at Avonbridge Care Home in Hamilton are pleased to have received some knitted gifts inspired by their latest project. At the start of the autumn, our resident’s knitting group decided to start a ‘yarn-bombing tree.’

Yarn-bombing is a form of street art where displays of colourful wool creations appear in public places. This quickly became a trend after capturing people’s imagination on social media. The Avonbridge yarn-bombing tree is in front of the care home, with a sign encouraging passers-by to add knitted items to it.

Recently, the knitting group received a pair of knitted bunnies along with a lovely card from the person who had made them. The card read; “Hi, I have really enjoyed knitting these two bunnies, Marmaduke and Penelope. I am sure they will be very happy together on your tree.”

The group have decided that the bunnies are just too gorgeous to put outside. So they are keeping them in the warm for a while. Residents are really happy that so many people have joined in with the yarn-bombing tree, and look forward to more woolly items appearing soon!

 

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Each week, residents at Avonbridge Care Home in Hamilton enjoy a visit from local children and their families for the Music Makers and Shakers group. These intergenerational sessions give residents the chance to bond with the youngest generation through music and dance.

The most recent session saw everyone turn up in pyjamas to celebrate Children In Need. The pyjama party featured a teddy bear’s picnic, a visit to the Baker’s Shop and finished with a very energetic rendition of the Hokey Cokey. Some of the Avonbridge residents couldn’t resist getting on their feet to join in!

In the afternoon we slowed things down a little with our weekly Knit and Natter class. During this session, our keen knitters started their Christmas themed designs. They have some great ideas, with pictures to follow in the coming weeks.

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To commemorate Remembrance Day, residents at Avonbridge Care Home in Hamilton held a tea dance. Friends and family joined residents and the Avonbridge team for an afternoon of 1940’s inspired entertainment and reminiscence.

A few members of the care staff got into the wartime spirit by dressing up as ‘Land Girls’ from the Women’s Land Army. The highlight of the event was a vintage afternoon tea, accompanied by ‘Big Band’ songs from the war years.

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Residents at Avonbridge Care Home in Hamilton have been getting ready for Remembrance Day with special craft sessions. This year we have been making poppies to display on our Remembrance Tree. Each poppy has a message from a resident written on the back.

The project helped residents share memories of World War II, and of friends and family members who have served in other conflicts around the world. The completed tree is now proudly on display in our home and has received a great number of compliments from visitors.

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There were all sorts of spooky shenanigans at Avonbridge Care Home this Halloween. After a week of carving pumpkins and decorating the home, residents joined family members and the Avonbridge team for a Halloween Party.

A lot of effort was put into fancy dress for the occasion, with witches hats in abundance, and one resident dressed up as a Bishop. We had great fun playing traditional games like apple bobbing and had lots of laughs covering each other from head-to-toe in loo roll for the mummy game.

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At Avonbridge Care Home, we like to ensure that our residents mark their birthdays with a fitting celebration. Families are welcome to bring along decorations and cakes if they wish, but we are always happy to organise these, and to lead a chorus of “Happy Birthday!”

Last week we gathered in the lounge to celebrate resident Gina’s birthday. Her Avonbridge friends joined staff to wish her many happy returns, with a cake and candles to mark the occasion.

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