Our D-Day 65th Anniversary celebrations on June 5th were enjoyed by all. The dining room was decked in bunting and flags, the staff wore red, white and blue. The raffle prize was a box of “rationed foods” or at least as close as we could get to the originals, with loose tea, Camp Coffee, boiled sweets, bag of sugar etc.

The Belle Vue Brass Band on June 7th gave a rousing performance as usual and it was good to see former staff who are members of the band.  The second sailing on New Horizons was June 19th and this time the sun shone all day. We had ice creams and lollies at the winding holes near Poynton before returning to the dock in Marple. The rides there and back on Ring & Ride are outings in themselves, complete with a sing-song.

We continue to offer work placements to students from local schools and colleges, to give them what is usually their first taste of the working world. The residents enjoy the new faces, extra chat time and interaction the students provide.  We’ve actually manged to get the garden furniture out on the patio this month, even had lunch outside a couple of times.  With the brightly coloured new hats and plenty of suncream, being outside under the sun umbrelles was very pleasant.