Cockney Event

The activities team at Barty House put together a celebration of Cockney Culture, with a proper knees up thrown in.

So what is Cockney rhyming slang? It is a humorous slang first used by cockneys in the east end of London and now understood widely in London and throughout Britain. It was invented in London in the 1840s by market traders, costermongers (sellers of fruit and vegetables from handcarts) and street hawkers. It was probably first used as a cant – a language designed to disguise what was being said from passers-by. Today, cockney rhyming slang phrases have entered the British lexicon, and many are still used in London and indeed all around Britain.

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Birds of Prey display

A wonderful afternoon with feathered friends!

Leeds Castle Falconry Team headed by Mark Brattle arrived at Barty House on Wednesday 12th July to both entertain and educate the team.

Residents watched the display close up and were in awe of the beautiful birds of prey, as were their families and staff. Mark gave an inspiring running commentary throughout the display that educated and enlightened everyone.

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Prima String Quartet

On Saturday the 8th July, Prima Quartet entertained residents, family and staff with a musical extravaganza at Barty House. Prima Quartet was put together two years ago by Verity, lead violinist and with all musicians 16 years old and under, the quartet is set for stardom.

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Cartoonist visits Barty House

On June 28th Mark Thatcher a professional cartoonist was invited to come along to Barty House and create some amazing pictures of the residents.

There was an air of anticipation amongst the residents and staff alike as this particular activity was a first for Barty. Janet, one of the residents, took particular care in choosing her outfit for the event, and finished it off with a lavish sparkling necklace.

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Put your best foot forward!

A blooming great tea party at Barty House, all in aid of Marie Curie took place on Friday 23rd June.

The lounge room was festooned with vintage bunting, lanterns and 40’s memorabilia for Barty’s tea dance.

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Trip down memory lane…

On the 19th June, Barty House resident Olive, took a trip down memory lane and went to visit Hollingbourne Primary School.

For the duration of her working life, Olive had been a school teacher working in Tottenham, London. She had a small break to have her two daughters and then had a list of things to go off and do with her life once they started school themselves. Except the day after her last child went to school Olive got a telephone call asking her if she would like to come back to work, and she just couldn’t turn it down.

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Care Home Open Day 2017

To mark National Care Home Open Day on Friday 16th June, Canford Healthcare Homes across the country opened their doors to the public, with Barty House Nursing Home putting on a wonderful afternoon at their Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.

The team transformed the reception into a magical Mad Hatter’s wonderland. A long elegant dining table was heavily decorated with delectable treats, special “drink me” potions and beautifully decorated cupcakes, a spread fit for the queen of hearts! Flamingos and bunting hung from the ceiling, tea was being served in ornate vintage china tea cups and the team dressed for the occasion with their very own Alice and the Mad Hatter.

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Age can really be just a number!

We may think that reaching a certain age would mean that some activities are no longer possible, however with a bit of determination and bags of courage you can do anything! That was exactly the case for Barty House Nursing Home resident Dorothy, at 100 years of age there was one thing that she had wanted to do, but felt that it may not be achievable.

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Wild Science had it all!

June’s Activities programme kicked off with a visit from Wild Science, an organisation who specialise in animal therapy sessions for people of all ages. Animal therapy can bring calmness and relaxation, so the team at Barty were really looking forward to a visit from all the animals.

Amongst the animals, there was a colour changing tree frog and a slithering albino snake. As well as the much more popular cute and cuddly rabbits and guinea pigs, which everyone enjoyed!

Find out more about the Wild Science programme here: http://wildsci.co.uk/

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Barty House Wedding Exhibition – Bygone Love Affairs

As the month of May is historically the month that lovers tie the knot, the Activities Team at Barty thought it would be a good time of year to celebrate the marriages of the residents and staff. Throughout the month the programme reflected the theme of love stories and weddings, residents looked at Royal weddings which in itself was a great topic of conversation, studied amazing wedding facts and watched carefully chosen romantic classic films including Mrs Brown which was a great hit with the residents and Shakespeare in Love. For a craft related afternoon residents and staff made their own corsages from beautiful silk flowers.

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