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Rowena Jackson Retirement Village Civic Theatre Outing

On the 7th of May the Donovan wing  had the wonderful opportunity to take all 26 residents out to the Civic Theatre.  They were greeted by John Hodges who looked after them for the day and provided everyone with very interesting information.

The vans arrived around 11am at the back of the Civic Theatre via the Seam dock!  As well as residents and staff there were several family members which made it very special. Morning tea provided time out to sit and talk, as well as celebrate Lesley Rae’s birthday.

Then John Hodges and his team introduced themselves, and went through the safety requirements before leading the group out on to the stage.  John continued to explain the nature of his job and how different things worked. The residents were extremely interested and happy to listen. An extra highlight was the journalists and photographer from The Express newspaper who came in a take a photo! 

Everyone enjoyed a leisurely lunch which provided a great time for residents ,family and staff to socialise.  After lunch John had set up the big screen on the stage and seats were  bought out on stage for everyone to watch Danny O’Donald. This was enjoyed by all, and it inspired  one resident Alex Ayton,  to relive his ballroom dancing days.  Beth Saunders had the pleasure of being waltzed around the stage floor for the duration of one whole song it was wonderful to see how at peace and happy he was.

By mid afternoon the residents had had a very busy day and they were starting to become tired so they boarded the bus and headed for home. 

Overall the day was  a wonderful success with fun had by all. It was rewarding to see the glow on the faces of the residents, as they listened to John and shared the experience with loved ones.

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