23 Jun 2015
Residents at Eastlake care home in Godalming marked Care Home Open Day with a variety of activities associated with the theme of The Arts on Friday 19th of June.
Staff at Anchor’s Eastlake in Nightingale Road organised the following events for the residents as part of this annual celebration.
To start the day off with a swing entertainer Tony Allgood from Mac Entertainment perform a one man show making residents feel like they were at the London Palladium.
Tony said: “It was a good to meet all the residents and visitor’s at Eastlake and enjoyed the sunny morning.
“I love being able to flirt with the ladies (and some of the men!) dance with them, embarrass the staff and generally just run amok with anyone who was willing to play along - which was pretty well everyone!
“I was fortunate to be able to perform for them a complete variety of entertainment, everything from funny stories, jokes and poetry from Pam Ayres to songs from Elvis, and even a summer sing along complete with a stripy blazer, and Morecombe and Wise!
“A few of the ladies joined me and we danced cheek to cheek, I serenaded them with some classic love songs before bopping away to some Neil Diamond and sixties tunes.
“Finally the residents joined me in a good old sing along to some classic songs. The sun shone throughout and it was a joy to see so many smiling faces and hear so much laughter. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Eastlake and I hope to see them again soon,”
The home also had visitors from the local community and some members of Farncombe day centre attend for part of the day.
Local resident Norah Cooke, 90, was one of those who attended. She said: “I was made to feel extremely welcome and I had a very enjoyable day.”
Farncombe day centre’s deputy manager Wendy West commented: “ I want to say a very big thank you to everyone at Eastlake for an enjoyable day. Eastlake staff and residents made us feel very welcome and the entertainment was excellent. The feedback from our customers was very positive and we are looking forward to having a return visit in the not too distance future.”
As the day went on local volunteer Pippa Oakey reminisced on the piano with songs including Blue Moon, As Time Goes By, Hallelujah and Memories.
Belly-dancer Mara Hardy followed and danced to Folk Fusion, World Music, Bollywood, Klezmer and Egyptian music. Mara had all the staff and residents up dancing.
To finish the day residents were treated to a cream tea and dance in the garden.
Manager Linda Grout said: “Myself and my staff are very proud of Eastlake and it is lovely to be able to open the doors to the wider community to see what a lovely place we have here and how well looked after our residents are.”