A range of gifts were on offer from local companies including Sainsbury’s. Shopping made easy at Browning Court, especially as mulled wine and mince pies were served.
Brompton Court held their first ever Christmas Fete on Friday 24th November. Owners enjoyed a welcome glass of mulled wine and our chef John’s very own home-made mince pies to start off the festive season. Stall holders sold a range of fantastic Christmas gifts from handbags to jams and local homemade fudge. We also had two jewellery stalls with some beautiful pieces to buy. Our raffle with over 20 prizes raised money for Dorset Adult Asperger’s Support. A big thank you to our Duty Manager Ben Thacker for his organisation and running of the event, with a helping hand from Suzie and Carl (Duty Managers), Anna and Ann (Waitresses).
Deercote has lots of events going on in the very near future. A Christmas Carol concert kindly provided by a local primary school, Mulled Wine and mince pies and a Christmas party with an entertainer. In 2018 a Mardi Gras ball is planned for Valentine’s day.
The external redecoration and refurbishment work at Montrose is almost complete. Our building is looking as good as new in time for Christmas.
Diaries are booked full of events at Harroway Manor in December. We have coffee and mince pies while putting up the Christmas tree, Fetcham Infants performing songs from their Christmas concert, Christmas carols in the lounge and our Christmas meal at La Meridiana in East Horsley, all to look forward to. I’m sure everyone will need a rest by the time Yuletide season is over!
Gressland Court held its annual Christmas Fayre on Saturday 18th November 2017. Lots of visitors attended along with owners and staff both past and present and a great afternoon was had by all. Items for sale included homemade cakes and a craft stall with some items made by owners throughout the year. Other activities included a tombola, raffle and refreshments.
A lovely afternoon was spent in the lounge where a cream tea was arranged for all the owners. Many attended and enjoyed tea and scones.
The Owners enjoyed coffee and cake while shopping for chocolate sets and gifts in our Great Hall at Brompton Court with Julie. The event was organised by Duty Managers Suzie and Sally with help from Chef John who made the cakes which were delicious. Owners gained lots of Christmas gifts for family and friends and I am sure we will be wanting Julie back with her fantastic range of chocolate and gifts in the New Year.
Our fireworks went off with a bang as we celebrated another Bonfire Night at Gresham Court on Monday 6th November. Owners and their guests started the evening with a traditional meal of bangers and mash, an old favourite, enjoyed by everyone. This was followed by a brilliant firework display in the cool air of the garden. A memorable evening enjoyed by all who attended.
The owners and staff all went pink on Friday 20th October and raised £123.90 for Breast Cancer Research.
Mr and Mrs Atkins enjoyed a wonderful party at Eastbank Court to celebrate their 70th Wedding Anniversary. They greatly appreciated all the effort the staff put in to make it such a happy day.
The evenings are drawing in and at this time of the year we have exceptionally lovely sunsets in Weston. Where better to view them than from our second floor Owners’ lounge?
The building is warm and cosy and we’re beginning to think of Christmas……The trees will go up in the foyer and communal lounge on 30th November so that it will be very festive here for the Salvation Army carol singing on 11th December.
The Social events are going well and regular groups are well attended. The ladies of the knitting group are currently concentrating on making bobble hats for the local maternity hospitals. These have either red, orange or green bobbles on and are used to show which newly- born babies need most close monitoring, red being the highest.
The two music appreciation groups are popular and a wide selection has been brought to share …. Bruce Springsteen, Dean Martin, Jazz, blues and classical to name some.
We’re not going to get the “winter blues “ here! There’s too much to do!
As an 18th birthday treat, Montrose Court has had some redecoration work and is looking superb! Steel work and render has been repainted, apartment doors are fresh with new furniture and our main lift is as good as new. The Court remains popular with potential buyers as news of our social activities and friendly atmosphere spreads far and wide.
Owners recently held a coffee morning in aid of St John’s Hospice raising £330 which was enjoyed by both Owners and visitors.
This year we have also introduced theme evening meals and so far have hosted an Oriental Night, Mediterranean Night and French Night. Our next is Winter Warmers before we start planning for Christmas.