Activities at Bay Court
The activities are run by Annemarie. All our residents have the opportunity to participate, as they wish. The activities are designed not just to entertain but to encourage participation individually, in both small and large groups. We hope to be able to stimulate memories of times past that can be shared and enjoyed by all.
Crumble making with apples from our garden, chutney cooked using tomatoes from our own home grown vegetables, bunting making for our summer fete, quizzes, raffles, visits from Pets as Therapy dogs, regular visits from Guide Dogs for the Blind, growing the tallest sunflower competition, visits to and from the local church, Easter egg hunts, , trips to the cinema, musical afternoons, visits to Bicton Gardens, Sidmouth and Budleigh sea front, coffee shop trips, and sailing in Exmouth with Sailability, bread, cake and scone making. These are just some of the activities we have all enjoyed in the last six months.
Taking trips into town for the library, a coffee, the beach, or some personal shopping, ensures that our residents feel part of the Budleigh community. Regular visits from pupils at St.Peters School encourage a mix of generations and are always happy and enjoyable occasions.
We have a beautiful garden and spend every opportunity taking afternoon tea with visiting family and friends. We encourage the lounge to be a social meeting place and lunch is often enjoyed after a sherry and a chat. Our aim is that residents live life to the full and wake each day with plenty to look forward to.
We are constantly looking for ways to make the residents feel needed and important so a veg patch was the perfect solution.
Several of our residents were struggling to settle into their new home, after being keen gardeners for over sixty years. I wanted to use their knowledge with a project that reminded them of their life before Bay Court.
It’s perfect to involve families too. Several family members have helped dig over the ground and others water the plants whenever they visit. It forms a great connection which encourages conversations and common interests.
We grew the plants from seed and now have tomatoes, potatoes, courgettes and beans in the ground.
Once harvested we will be using some of the residents favourite recipes to make chutneys, enjoy eating fresh vegetables and relive happy memories of years gone by.