Abbeyfield residents celebrated the Queen’s 90th birthday with a special lunch, entertainment and as always a splendid cake. The occasion was honoured by the appearance of a familiar face, who made the cover of the Blackmore Vale Magazine the following week!
The sun shone on our Garden Party again this year and the mayors of both Shaftesbury and Gillingham graced us with their presence. Entertainment was provided by Miles Away Jazz Band and a Jeannette provided a superb selection of cakes. Local Shaftesbury businesses were again very generous in donations of raffle prizes.
Friends and family joined residents for a musical evening provided by Justin Daish, a solo guitarist and lead guitar in acclaimed instrumental group The Shadowers. He entertained with music from the 1950s and 1960s, and residents even joined in the actions. The great evening ended with a buffet and wine, and even got a mention in the Blackmore Vale Magazine.
The Annual General Meeting of the Abbeyfield Blackmore Vale Society was held at Abbeyfield House, Shaftesbury, at 3.15 pm on 19 March 2015.
As some residents join their relatives at Christmas, Abbeyfield held an extra pre-Christmas celebration lunch joined by guests and volunteers. The children of the Abbey Primary School in Shaftesbury sang carols beautifully before lunch, and after lunch Santa arrived and presents were opened and the Christmas Hat Competition was judged.
We were pleased to welcome a group from Port Regis school near Shaftesbury. They are regular visitors at this time of year and gave a wonderful morning’s entertainments, spending time after their performance chatting with our residents.
Folk performer Tim Laycock entertained residents and guests at Abbeyfield House in Shaftesbury, with an evening of Dorset songs, poems and tales.
Tim’s storytelling was interspersed with songs and music on his concertina and poems taken from “Poems – Grave and Gay” by William Barnes, compiled by Giles Dugdale
The evening continued till 9 pm, followed by coffee and cake, celebrating fellow resident Robin Goldsbrough’s birthday.
Residents enjoyed watching fireworks in the garden, mainly from the comfort of the house, with sherry and cheese straws served in the dining room, followed by supper. Jeanette produced one of her more spectacular cakes in the shape of a bonfire, complete with fire on top (a candle!).
We were delighted to welcome the newly appointed Chief Executive to the house. She spent the day with us, talking to residents, volunteers and staff.