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.
Residents, staff and volunteers enjoyed a private visit to the beautiful gardens of the Old Rectory in Manston. The five acre gardens include a walled kitchen garden, formal lawned areas with stunning borders and a recently planted woodland garden, all level and easily accessible. The afternoon ended with a delicious tea served on the lawns below the mature beech trees.