Tolson Grange care home hosts a 1920-40's inspired afternoon as part of an ongoing project with local schoolchildren, aiming to tackle a disconnect between the generations.

Anchor’s Tolson Grange care home in Dalton opened its doors on Friday 27 February for Dalton Primary School children to present residents with a traditional peg rug they have spent 5 months making as part of Anchor’s Life Histories initiative.

To give everyone a real sense of the occasion, the afternoon started with a short video which captured the journey so far. Now with everyone in the mood, Barry Sheerman MP opened the historical narrations with a very entertaining and heartfelt talk derived from his own life experience!

Local Historian Howard Robinson continued the education as he recounted memories from his wartime childhood days, using impressive memory jogging items and memorabilia including household tools used by his very own grandma on wash day.

Children from Dalton Primary School then took to the stage with an inspiring talent show which included a singing and dancing duet, a solo clarinet performance and a riddle based quiz. They then presented to the residents their 5 month long pegging and brodding craftwork project, a handmade rag rug just like the ones women would have made in the 20’s.

Local singer Natasha Harper entertained with wartime hits throughout the event including the school children with “The Lamberth walk” performance routine and Tolson Museum provided 1920-40's photos and memorabilia for everyone to browse.

Craig Green the Activity Co-ordinator said “It’s been fantastic to see our residents and the schoolchildren coming together for this Life Histories project; older people have so many stories to tell, and children love listening to stories.” 

“The creativity of the school children back in October has led us to where we are today, a wonderful innovative celebration, bringing together people from all walks of life including families of both residents and school children to enjoy the great things we do in our care homes. The rug will have great benefit to the lives of our residents. Jogging memories and stimulating meaningful reminiscence and for our residents who are in a more advanced stage of their dementia journey, the different tactile materials will make for a unique sensory activity.”
          
“Taking the time to listen to and learn from the memories and experiences of older people shouldn’t just be left to care homes however. By encouraging schools to do the same, we're hoping to create connections across the generations - something that will be hugely rewarding for everyone involved as we have experienced.”

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