Her Majesty’s 90th birthday & Dementia Awareness Week
Its Dementia Awareness week this week and what better way to kick it off with a street party to celebrate The Queen’s 90th birthday year. Gainsborough House had an entertainer that sang songs from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s and residents enjoyed typical food of the time such as; tongue, potted beef and jam butties, pilchards and pickled eggs followed by Madera and fruit cake all washed down with lashings of homemade lemonade. Cherry Tree House were entertained by a group called The Stringboxes who played the Cello and the Cora, an African string instrument. The group are funded by the National Lottery to bring music into homes, hospices and hospitals and have connections with the Royal Northern College of Music.
Throughout the week there are lots of activities planned including: dressing up in outfits from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s, a jewellery sale with proceeds to The Alzheimer’s Society, Memory boxes that contain original items from the Jubilee and also the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s provided by the museum. The week is to be finished off with a nostalgic game of bingo with vintage prizes and a reminiscence quiz. Throughout the week leaflets and booklets from the Alzheimer’s Society are being made available to visitors so they can learn more about the condition.