Residents at Tolson Grange care home and children of nearby Dalton School continued their journey together yesterday as part of Anchor’s Life Histories campaign which aims to give young people the opportunity to learn more about older peoples’ experiences and explore the way life used to be.

On their previous visit to the home, 6 weeks ago, the children were set a challenge to make something from the 1920’s era. Yesterday the children returned to show the residents what they had created after taking inspiration from the rug hooking craze that saw thousands of women create traditional Rag Rugs in 1920’s Britain.

Dalton School teacher Anne Mannifield said: “The rug is still a work in progress but the children are really enjoying the pegging and brodding techniques.”

Upon completion, the rug will be displayed and used in the home for reminiscence and tactile sensory stimulation. Residents, Lisa Stott, Sybil Schofield and Mavis Clegg who spent time with the children last time the visited, were extremely impressed with the children’s skills.

Activities co-ordinator Craig Green, said: “As we are preparing for our Christmas Fayre we wanted the residents and children to enjoy a fun activity together and decided to set up a baking challenge to make reindeer biscuit lollipops.”

Resident Mildred Daniel, a former teacher at Meltham primary school could not wait to get involved and her teaching past really shone through as she supervised the children’s sticky efforts – as can be seen in the photo above.

During the baking challenge, junior baker Miss Brogan Thompson, 10, said: “This is one of the best days of my life!”

As part of a thank you to the children for taking to this project with such heart, some of the residents made Christmas tree decorations for the children to take back to their school.

A Christmas carol sung by the kids brought the day’s activities to a close.

Craig said: “Everyone has had a brilliant day and we are really looking forward to seeing the finished rug when the children return in the New Year.”

Anchor's Life Histories campaign is a nationwide schools initiative that aims to break down the barriers between the young and old. Find out more and download our free teaching guide here.

Find out more about Tolson Grange here.


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