Sunday 31 January 2010

Forthcoming Events for February and March

We have the usual programme of events and activities which are advertised on the monthly 'What's On' chart available by the front door. The 'specials' that friends and relatives might like to come and enjoy are:


Tuesday 9th at 2.30- 2 ladies, Flutissimo, coming to play the flute.
Monday 22nd at 11 am - Jewellery workshop with Tina Coleman.


Friday 12th March - Air of Dignity, a perfume sampling event, with classic and modern fragrances. There are free samples but they will also be for sale if any one is interested
, (Mothering Sunday on the following Sunday) but absolutely no pressure!

Friday 19th March - Sport Relief - Staff, residents, friends and relatives welcome. We will be doing a sponsored mile walk through the town and down by the river with a stop for refreshments at Hempton Bell. Wheelchair pushers very welcome. Sponsorship forms available from Albany House.

Thursday 28 January 2010


We are sorry to report that Mary has passed away. Our thoughts are with Reg and his family.

Wednesday 27 January 2010

Cool-Hand Monica

Storm and Logan the dog came today and got a card school together. They had a lot of fun and Monica was a natural. No cheating, though we think Sylvia had something up her sleeve, but then maybe that was a tissue.....

Logan is a 'pat' dog and comes every Wednesday morning to get fussed by the residents. Storm, as well as bringing Logan, has also been helping the residents to get scrap-books together and otherwise entertain.
Logan the Dog

Monday 25 January 2010

Burns Night

We celebrated Burns Night in style. In the morning Donna held a Scottish themed chat club. One guess for what Monica most associates with Scotland - Whisky!

After a lunch of haggis, skirlie mirlie (mashed potato and turnip with milk and butter) and bashed neeps, Gordon, our resident Scot, dressed very smartly for the occasion in his Mackenzie tartan. Ken also dressed for the occasion but in more of a light-hearted manner - more of a naughty schoolboy look! We sang Scottish songs and Ken sang and recited poetry, some of which needed translation by Gordon. Since we'd already eaten the haggis we 'piped in' some shortbread to go with a cup of tea.

Friday 22 January 2010

Building Work

At long last the first phase of the building work is nearing completion. It will be a real joy to have the conservatory and more lounge space available again and to be re-connected with the cottages. We will have to have a temporary covered link on the front of the building while we do the next phase of the job which is to build a new lift shaft where the staff office is at present and a dining room where the courtyard is. Anyone who has used our old lift will know that it's of an age and is not exactly as user -friendly as it could be.


We are very pleased to welcome Edna Walker to Albany House.

Friday 8 January 2010

Goodbye to good friends

It is with sadness that I have to report that Rosemary and Phyllis have passed away. They were both characters and will be missed by everyone at Albany. We wish their families well and we will also miss seeing them.

Tuesday 5 January 2010

Christmas and New Year 09

Christmas and New Year 09

The build up to Christmas included baking the cake and making the pudding. Donna got things organised and with a little inspration from Delia the cake was made over 4 weeks. First the cake was made, then marzipanned, then iced and then decorated using coloured marzipan to create a beautiful poinsettia flower. Gordon, Olive and Betty H used the left over marzipan to make marzipan sweets, either for themselves or for presents.

Making the pudding included everyone having a stir and making a wish.

We went to the church for the famous Fakenham Christmas tree festival. It was quite a spectacle as ever and because we went on a Thursday we enjoyed seeing the market stalls on the way there and back.

Pearl, Peggy, Betty and Jennifer enjoy the Winter sun on Bridge Street

We were worried that, due to the building work we would be pushed for space at the residents' christmas party but the snowy weather meant a lot of people didn't make it. Luckily Patsy Rose and her guitar did manage to get there and we had a great time. As well as song and dance we had pass the parcel which for some unlucky people meant a forfeit. Pictured is Dorothy, really getting into the swing of things and acting like a monkey! Sylvia really enjoyed herself too.

On Christmas eve John Harris came as usual to play Carols on the piano. Father Christmas actually failed to make an appearance this year as he hadn't managed to organise presents for everyone in time. Never mind, better luck /organisation next year!

We forgot the camera on New Years eve but Tim and Donna came for the party and we gathered in the big lounge for music and games and a glass or two. The CD with Auld Langsyne on went wrong but we didn't need modern technology and managed to hold hands and give a good rendition anyway.

For some reasdon the camera decided to take this photo of Maria and Betty C in black and white.