Browning Court recently held a Dinner and Dance with the lovely singer Chris Hatch. There was music from all eras 50s/60/70s, some Frank Sinatra and some Country and Western. Owners enjoyed a supper of Beef Bourguignon served with crusty bread, followed by coffee and mints. A great evening with lots of Dancing and singing enjoyed by all.
At the beginning of November, we had our own fair at Thurman Lodge, organised and run by one of the owner's Daughter, Granddaughter and husband. Tea and coffee and a slice of cake were on offer, served in a vintage china cup and saucer. Homemade cards and gifts were also on sale with many Christmassy items available. All £240 raised went to Cancer Research UK.
A Bingo afternoon was held in the owner's lounge and raised a total of £110.00, which will go towards the upkeep of the minibus.
The Owners are now getting in the Christmas spirit and look forward to the local Brownies coming to entertain them, a mulled wine & mince pie afternoon and a Christmas party.
It has been a busy few weeks at Gresham Court, with a flurry of events to keep our owners entertained. Our monthly film night was enjoyed by many owners; they watched the riveting film ‘The 39 Steps’ starring Rupert Penry-Jones and Lydia Leonard, which shines a light on life in the 1910’s.
Our cheese and wine evening was a great success with owners enjoying a mixture of classic and exotic wines with some classic French and English cheeses.
A Christmas sale was held by two of our owners, who displayed a large variety of toys, jewellery and household items for very reasonable prices. The raffle for a bottle of Moet champagne helped to push the proceeds up to £200, all of which was donated to a local children’s charity, The Osteopathic Centre for Children, a charity close to our hearts here at Gresham Court.
And finally, a group of our owners had the great pleasure of attending the Russian National Ballets production of Swan Lake at the Epsom playhouse. The group enjoyed a drink at the bar before sitting in the cosy playhouse to enjoy a ballet with rave reviews, listen to the music of Tchaikovsky and enjoy the romance of the performance. We are looking forward to planning another trip to the theatre soon!
On Saturday we held our Christmas Fayre with the proceeds going into the Owners Entertainment fund. We raised over £800 with the sale of crafts (made by some of the owners), cakes, tombola, raffle and the sale of tea/coffee & cake. We also had other external stall holders attend who gave a donation for the table.
We have celebrated an 80th and a 90th Birthday here at Thurman Lodge this year. Our village of East Leake also welcomed the national OVO Energy Tour of Britain on 8th September and the village was adorned with sprayed yellow bicycles and hand knitted little jerseys strung up as bunting. All local children were also invited to decorate their own little jersey, and these were also put together as bunting. Some of the ladies at Thurman Lodge joined in and knitted their own share of jerseys and these were put together and hung from the balconies to help join in with the celebrations. It was a fantastic day and, as the cyclists passed directly by Thurman Lodge, many owners were able to watch from the comfort of their own home.
Gressland Court held a Louisiana/Mardi Gras night which was very well attended. A superb meal was served with Hurricane cocktails and Lyn, Duty Manager, dressed up as a court jester. A great evening was had by all.
The residents at Regent Court had reason to celebrate recently as the building turned 30 on 5th October 2018. The social committee planned a buffet, special cake and entertainment for the occasion and the event was enjoyed by many. A special thanks was offered to Kingsdale for their contribution. Here’s to the next 30 years!
The latest make from the Crafters at Great House Court is Christmas baubles which were made from empty rooting bottles, filled with tinsel, ribbons, feathers, buttons, diamante pieces and holly, and covered in the obligatory bucket of glitter.
On Wednesday 7th November owners at Brompton Court joined us in the Great Hall for wine and cheese boards to enjoy a variety of songs and piano solos from the St George Singers. The choir came recommend by our Chairman Mr Guthrie and his wife and they did not disappoint. The singers stayed on after they had performed and enjoyed homemade cake by Mrs Guthrie with tea and coffee along with all the owners. Thank you to Suzie for organising and setting up the event with Mr & Mrs Guthrie, and to Carl, Carole and Ann who made the event happen on the day.
Gresham Court celebrated Guy Fawkes night with a lovely firework display on 5th November. Owners enjoyed the show and our traditional meal of bangers and mash to keep them warm on the chilly evening.
Owners and staff had a lovely night enjoying fireworks, hot dogs and jacket potatoes in celebration of Bonfire Night. There was also a really super fire pit lit to toast marshmallows. The owners braved Sparklers too!
On the 31st October, Darwin residents sat down to a Fish 'N' Chip supper which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.