Monthly Archives: January 2017

Sing-a-long

Today we had a visit from Kirsten and Gregor from Music in Hospitals Scotland. They sang a variety of Scottish songs and some old favourite tunes with Gregor playing the accordion as accompaniment. We enjoyed a wee sing-a-long with them. Kirsten has the loveliest voice and we could have listened to her for sooo much longer than the 90 minutes they were here. It was a lovely afternoon and we really do hope they will come back to see us soon.

 

Trip to the Gaiety, Ayr

 

The yearly Panto is a highlight for many of our members; it’s a fab day out.

From getting everyone organised and onto two busses til we get home it’s a laugh from start to finish. We left from the day centre at 11.30am, stopping en route for our packed lunches. The weather wasn’t the best when we arrived but we got parked quite close to the theatre so made it without getting blown away and soaked. This year it was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Starring Michelle Heaton from Liberty X as the Wicked Queen. She was such a hoot! She played totally to the crowd. Lorna Anderson from River City was beautiful in the title role. On the way home we stopped at Malin Court for dinner which had been booked and pre-ordered. We had the best time with good food and lovely friends.   

Christmas Lunch

 

Christmas is a time for family and friends, enjoying good company and good food. And Christmas at the ‘Club’, as our members are now calling us, is no different. The hall is decorated, the tables all set, crackers ready to pull and our members all animated. It really is one of the best days of the year. We put wine on the table Mr Comery said grace and then it was … service. Soup, turkey with all the trimmings, then a fabulous triple chocolate gateau followed by chocolate mints teas and coffee all the makings of a fab day. Also, we have some members with special diets, gluten free, low fat and diabetic meals are prepared for them too, no one is left out. But it’s not over yet as Collette and Davy travelled from Girvan to entertain us. What an enjoyable day.

Christmas Nativities

This month we had visits from St Josephs and Park schoolchildren, they came along to entertain us with their Christmas songs. We hope the children enjoyed their time with us as much as we enjoyed them coming in. Belmont Nursery children had their nativity play in the Ryan Centre, we were kindly invited along to watch as they performed in front of family and friends. They were brilliant; one could tell they were really enjoying themselves. We were also invited out to Castle Kennedy to see their Nativity, some of our members won raffles,  tea/coffee and shortbread was provided- A great afternoon.

Thank you to all the children

Friends Day

Our members brought in friends and family to see what we do at the centre. It was a very informal day with everyone chatting and meeting new folks. After a hearty lunch there was a, rather large, raffle with lovely prizes, some would make excellent Christmas extras. It was lovely to see some new faces and hopefully they will come along on a more regular basis.

 

Tesco Visits

Sally and Leona asked if the members would like to come and visit. Our members loved the idea so it was arranged that we would go over two afternoons and we were made most welcome. As the shop had just had its refit it was a perfect time to show us around the new layout showing us where everything is now and also all the bargains that were to be had for Christmas. We all got great ideas for gifts and extra stocking fillers! There was more though, we were taken to see the office where all goods are checked in and out, prices checked and adjusted and all this has to be done before the store opens. It’s not an easy task. Then we went through into the back store, this is where the heavy work goes on, where goods are brought in and sorted out before being taken onto the shop floor. Sally kindly took us down into the staff canteen for teas and coffee and scones, cakes, cheese and fruit. We all enjoyed our afternoons very much, thanks very much to Sally and Leona for giving us their time and sharing their knowledge of their store. They obviously enjoy their jobs!  

Bingo Night

We had a bingo night to help raise funds for, and awareness of, the day centre. Once again it was a brilliant night with fabulous prizes and an excellent raffle. After four houses we all stopped for tea and coffee and home made biscuits, very tasty.  A total of £1010.40 was made. Thanks to everyone for their continued support.

Trinity Church Senior Members

 

Trinity Church Senior Members came along one afternoon to join in with our activity. Marion had organised New Age Kurling. This is such a fun activity! The Kurling ‘stones’ are actually on ball bearings and are rolled along the floor onto a drawn rink. Scores are kept and read out at the end of the game. There are no winners or losers its just great fun with a bit of exercise thrown in! Margaret (our cook) made the most delicious shortbread and it was washed down with tea or coffee. A very generous donation was made of £70.00. Thank you so much!  

Bowlers Day Out

Visit to Mariners Coffee Shop

 

The members who regularly bowl at the centre had organised a day out, this is arranged two or three times a year, and Mariners Coffee Shop in Drummore was chosen for this one. 14 members enjoyed a run round the countryside before arriving in the village for their meal. The coffee shop itself is interesting, a bit like a biker café and with very friendly staff. Everyone agreed the service was excellent and the meal was delicious. An enjoyable afternoon was had by all.