People move to retirement villages for several reasons; support, company and a home that is easier to maintain and better suited to later life. Support and company become even more important during the festive season, which can be lonely for those who are on their own or whose families are far away. Even if you’ve got company on Christmas Day, the rest of the festive season can be a difficult time. With this in mind, and because Christmas is a great excuse for a party, we’re in the midst of a flurry of seasonal fun to take us up to the big day and beyond. So if you were wondering how we ‘do’ Christmas at Lynwood Village, read on!
Mulled wine and mince pies!
It was our Christmas Fair on 5th December, where stallholders galore offered their creative and beautiful gifts, while Prescott’s, our restaurant, did a roaring trade in mulled wine and mince pies. Residents, their family and friends as well as people from the local community came along to enjoy the festive cheer. We’re definitely doing it again next year!
This week we ran a trip to Coworth Park for lunch followed by a gift wrapping masterclass by Jane Means. We took those attending in one of our minibuses so no-one had to worry about transport and they were able to enjoy a glass of wine or two.
Later that same day we enjoyed Carols around the Christmas Tree in the main atrium in Cedar Lodge, the heart of the village. The residents’ village choir put on a wonderful hour-long concert singing traditional carols. We brought sofas and blankets into the atrium so the audience could curl up with a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie to enjoy the music. Afterwards the bar and restaurant were packed and the festive cheer continued long into the evening. The choir, which residents have set up themselves, is going to continue throughout the year and we look forward to further concerts.
Jumpers, swimming with the grandchildren and High Tea
Friday 18th December is National Christmas Jumper Day so we’re expecting everyone (and that definitely includes the staff!) to dust off their most charming knitwear and wear it proudly in aid of Save The Children and Macmillan. That evening we’ve organised a trip to the panto at Woking theatre so we’ll be off in the minibus to see Sleeping Beauty.
After the success of our first Family Splash Afternoon we’re holding another one on Saturday. This is where residents take their grandchildren or younger relatives for a swim, followed by a movie (this time it’s Arthur Christmas), pizza and ice cream. At the last Family Splash we had four generations in the pool at the same time – it was a wonderful sight!
A Festive Afternoon High Tea is next on our busy schedule. On Tuesday 22nd December residents can invite family and friends to join them in Prescott’s for a relaxing afternoon enjoying a smorgasbord of delicious treats.
Christmas Day and beyond
The big day itself centres around a delicious three course Christmas lunch. We’ll have over 100 people sitting down to traditional fayre with all the trimmings and we’re delighted that so many residents have invited friends and family to join us. On Boxing Day there’s an all day brunch, a more relaxed affair than dinner the day before, but a chance for people to mingle and enjoy themselves with good food. For New Year’s Eve we asked residents what they wanted to do and they chose to have a casual evening with a three course dinner, a quiz and a big screen on which we can all watch the New Year fireworks.
Aside from all the planned events and activities, our residents are very good at organising themselves to play bridge, Rummikub, snooker and bowls and there are always people around to talk to in the coffee shop and around the village.
If you think that Christmas at Lynwood Village would suit you, you’re welcome to come and see us for a look around. Perhaps next Christmas you’ll be in the choir, or watching with a glass of mulled wine, mince pie and some friends.