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July 2017

 

Amazing staff

 

I was looking at how long staff had been working at Springfield house and was surprised to see the results!

 

Sue 34 years

Linzi 19 years

Suzi 15 years

Pat 14 years

Cheryl B 11 years

Sheree 11 years

Allan 11 years

Gladys 10 years

Michelle 10 years

Leigh 7 years

Jean 7 years

Michaela 7 years

Cath 7 years

Laura 6 years

Debra 6 years

Nicola 5 years

 

Out of a total of 23 staff, 9 have been here 10 years or more and 7 have been here between 5 and 10 years.

 

That adds up to a lot of experience, hard work, caring and love!

 

Well done to all the staff, including the more recent starters. Keep up your excellent work!!

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June 2017

 

We have enjoyed our activities in June, with a lot of sitting out on the patio. We have been planting up the flower boxes and watching out for the flowers to come into bloom. Our newly

invented game, Alpha Dice, is proving very popular, involving throwing our giant dice and answering questions, finishing up with song questions to give us a chance of a good sing.

 

We have had a little bit of disruption with our lift refurbishment. It has got completely new working parts throughout and some new features, and will be very reliable, so should be well worth two weeks of workmen and a considerable amount of money.

 

 

May 2017

 

Now the weather is warming up we are able to sit out on our patio chatting and having cups of tea. We had a trip to Tong ice cream parlour on a beautiful sunny afternoon which was fun.

 

Our usual fitness leader is Lee, who does a great job, getting everyone moving and laughing. Our own Linzi decided to have a go and made a great job of it, with pompom waving and lots of fun.

 

We had a lovely time when Fascinating Rhythms came to sing for us. In fact it was quite a riotous party by the end, and almost every resident had got up and danced.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 2017

 

After Christmas and New Year excitements we settled into our usual routine of games, such as Bingo, Play your cards right, dominoes and Connect 4. Manicures are always popular, with some very wacky colours available.

 

We had to celebrate Valentines Day (any excuse for a party) so the residents all got a red parcel full of heart shaped chocs on their breakfast tray. We all wore red and had a dance and some games in the afternoon.

 

 

 

December 2016

 

Lots of Christmas activities this month. A highpoint was Linzi's Christmas aerobic exercises! There was hat and chain making, biscuit icing, a Christmas jumper party, a disguise party!, and a lovely Christmas dinner.

 

 

Waving our pompoms!

 

 

Arty crafty!

 

 

Christmas biscuits!

 

 

Cunning disguises!

 

 

Happy Christmas!

 

 

November 2016

 

We often enjoy a musical afternoon, joining in with a bit of percussion.

 

 

 

October 2016

 

One of our activities is flower arranging.

 

 

September 2016

 

After a summer of ice creams, sitting out in the garden, and our usual varied activities, we had the excitement of a visit from the Mayor and Mayoress of Morley, which was  a festive occasion.

 

 

 

June 2016

 

June was memorable for the Queen's 90th birthday. Lots of good reminiscing programmes on the TV, and an excuse for a party!

 

 

 

 

June was also memorable for our weekend holiday away at Beamsley in the Yorkshire Dales. We had a walk by the river with an ice cream, and all agreed that next time we would take a barbecue as there were tempting smells all around us.

 

 

We drove to Lightwater Valley Shopping Park to spend the day, enjoying lunch out and lots of clothes and nick-nack shopping. The drive through the countryside is very pretty, tho Pat and I, in our big vehicles, believed the sat nav and drove part of the way along a road only just wide enough for us - great fun when a car came the other way!!!

 

 

May 2016

 

At last the weather warmed up for us to start going out. We had trips to our favourite ice cream parlour, and happy times sitting out on the patio.

 

Fun was had by the staff during the bandaging part of our First Aid day. We weren't very good at a neat effect, but got the general hang of it.

 

 

 

April 2016

 

We have been hatching out some chicks this month. We got 7 boys and 2 girls from our ten eggs. The residents and visitors enjoyed petting them, and we had more children visiting as it was the easter school holidays, so it worked out very well.

 

 

 

 

March 2016

 

Easter wes celebrated with a little bag of goodies for every resident. There was also much hilarity from the group decorating eggs which looked outrageous. I'm not sure they were taking their job seriously.

To all you silver surfers out there, the internet has been upgraded at Springfield House. You can sign on to it and enjoy the best that BT can offer. We only have one resident with their own laptop at the moment, but that will surely change. We have some residents who enjoy contact with families over Skype on the Ipad mini we keep for residents use.

 

February 2016

 

Pancake day was celebrated with luxury pancakes. Suzi the cook had gone overboard with the number of different toppings that could be chosen, including marshmallows, nuts, jams, honey, strawberries and cream, and regular lemon and sugar. Lynne (carer) had her work cut out explaining all the options. There was a short exhibition of pancake tossing by managers Pat and Sue, who both, after many years of being mums and grandmas, were expert at this.

 

 

We celebrated Valentine's Day with a tea dance. We had a selection of 60's Golden Oldies to dance to, a bit of a singalong, and delicious scones with cream and jam and a cup of tea. There were plenty of heart shaped prizes, and we all had a good time.

 

 

 

 

 

January 2016

 

This month has been very wet and windy so residents have not been keen on trips out. We have kept up our activities programme with something for everyone. A new years quiz got our brains going after the Christmas excesses. The choir seems to be regaining enthusiasm, and the pantomime will soon be ready to be revealed, hopefully with the choir performing in the interval.

We have done crosswords and puzzles, manicures and flower arranging, play your cards right and bingo.

There was a resident's meeting to review Christmas. Some of the residents were excited to find out that we have managed to book Beamsley holiday centre near Skipton for a weekend in June. This is always much enjoyed by all who go.

Two residents have had big birthdays with their families taking over the activities room and the snug for a couple of hours while they enjoyed the birthday lunch that they brought.

 

 

December 2015

 

We appointed a new young member of staff this month. The three month old miniature black poodle, Buster. A picture of him getting to know Marjorie. A picture of our scottie dog, Poppy, too, so she doesn't get jealous. It is not easy to photograph black dogs!

 

 

Time for our fun packed Christmas activities!

 

Christmas Day was a happy day, with gifts for every resident, and a lovely three course dinner cooked by Debra, with her faithful sous chef (and husband) ably assisting.

 

 

 

 

There was a Christmas Quiz, Singalong, and Party in the week coming up to Christmas.

Possibly the most popular Christmas event was when the Kaleidoscope nursery brought the children to sing to us. Or maybe it was the trip to Victoria Road school to see their Christmas entertainment and join in with their singing.

 

Father Christmas came to play super prize Christmas bingo with us.

 

We invite every resident who is well enough, to go on a trip out with a group or with their key worker. Most residents opted for a lunch out, either in a pub or at the White Rose Shopping Centre. The key workers come in in their own time to take the residents out - they are stars!

 

There was a trip to the local pub for a drink and a game of dominoes.

 

 

A group of residents went on a shopping trip to Tong Garden Centre, though some of us just went for the coffee and cake!

 

November 2015

 

Bonfire night and fun!

 

There was a fire and some family style fireworks and sparklers. Only one resident ventured outside in the rain, but others watched from the lounge windows. Everyone enjoyed bonfire night food, with all the usual favourites. Some children came and enjoyed themselves.

 

The weather has not tempted us out on any trips this month, but there have been some fun activities. Lee came as usual to do his very popular Oomph keep fit sessions, and Allan did a quiz featuring songs from the shows. Play Your Cards Right is popular at the moment, and the jigsaw duo are working thair way through our vast selection.

 

 

October 2015

Halloween and shopping!

All our residents had the chance to go to the White Rose Centre this month for a look round and coffee and cake. Some residents have been before many times, but for others it was a new experience. Not much shopping was done, but we all had a lot of fun.

       

 

Halloween was drawing near so it was time to decorate some pumpkin shape biscuits. There was much hilarity and if you look closely two people have got chocolate on their faces!

 

 

The staff love any opportunity to dress up, and the residents were happy to wear Halloween hats and accessories to join in with the party. Some staff children came too, and games, food and fun happened.

 

 

 
September 2012

Retirement

A sad day in September when Barbara, our cook, retired after 25 years of lovely dinners!
We wish her well for a happy retirement.
Barbara, Diane and Sue in the first picture have a combined service at Springfield of around 75 years!

Leaving

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August 2012

Ice Cream

Tong ice cream parlour is a favourite of ours when the weather is nice. Farm animals to befriend and lots of very unusual ice cream flavours

Ice Cream
July 2012

Oxfam bra appeal

We have been collecting unwanted bras for Oxfam, and managed to get up to a hundred! These will help women in Senegal to have their own market stalls selling the bras and so be able to look after their families.

Bra Appeal

 
June 2012

Beamsley Trip

Our annual trip to Beamsley Centre in the Yorkshire Dales went very well. We stayed for two nights, and visited Bolton Abbey riverside, as well as having a lovely drive out to Lightwater Valley to shop and eat at their village. We ate some lovely food and played some silly games, and are all looking forward to doing it again next year.

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April 2012

Easter Chicks

We hatched out seven chicks for Easter! They were very active and loved coming out of the incubator to meet the residents.

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February 2012

Cheerleading

We had a lot of fun when a young woman came to Springfield House to teach us some cheerleading moves. We loved the pompoms and have bought our own to make our keep fit sessions more lively.

Cheerleading

December 2011

Christmas


As usual we had a full programme of events, many chosen by the residents. Fascinating Rhythms, their favourite singing act, performed well, and Naynah, one of our staff, brought her college friends to sing carols. There was a tea dance, special Bingo and a Christmas Quiz. A theatre company performed Jack and the Beanstalk, and Santa Claus (played by one of the residents) visited children and grandchildren of staff and residents and gave them all a gift. On Christmas Day we all sat round one big table, and after a sing song led by Tom and his guitar we enjoyed a beautiful dinner cooked by the manager.

Christmas 2011
November 2011

Christmas Shopping


In the run up to Christmas every resident is offered the chance to go shopping to the White Rose Centre, Morley Market or Tong Garden Centre. It gives them the feeling of the bustle of Christmas, and the opportunity to buy a few gifts.

 
October 2011

Tea Dance


We try to have a tea dance every month. Staff and some residents dress up in their dancing clothes, and we all jig about happily. Even people in wheelchairs have a dance or two, and drinks and snacks are much enjoyed.

 

August 2011

Ice Cream Trip

What a shame the weather has been so bad this month. We were not able to have as many trips out as we had hoped. We have been able to offer all residents a chance to visit Tong ice cream parlour and its little farm. These are very popular trips and were much enjoyed by all who went.

Tong Ice Cream Trip

 

June and July 2011

We have been busy decorating and altering Springfield House. We have now got 2 large lounges, which give residents a much better choice of where to sit, and who to sit next to. There are beautiful new curtains, and some new furniture.
There are 2 dining rooms too, which gives a better family feel to mealtimes as there are only 10 people in each dining room.

 
April 2011

Royal Wedding Day

We had a lovely day at Springfield House. We trimmed up the house in regulation red white and blue, and settled in to enjoy the wedding. We all had an order of service so could sing along with the hymns, and we thought she looked gorgeous.
We had a buffet lunch, and a royal family quiz, and ended up with a traditional British game of Bingo!

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Easter chicks

Nine chicks hatched from our twelve eggs, all female. We had a lot of fun stroking them and enjoying their antics. They have now gone to a life of luxury at Theresa's house, and we will soon be enjoying their eggs.

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February 2011

All residents who wished have been out for lunch with a member of staff this month or last. They very much enjoy the one-to-one chatting, and people watching in the pub or restaurant.

Bingo is our most popular activity at the moment, though quizzes go down well, and staff spending time chatting is always appreciated.

We are looking forward to our Royal Wedding party and also in April we are going to be hatching out some hen 's eggs and rearing the chicks. We did this last year and it was great fun, with all the residents enjoying holding the chicks. We had a party for children and they loved the chicks, while the residents enjoyed seeing them playing

 
December 2010

Christmas is coming! Every resident who could be persuaded went out shopping to enjoy the festive atmosphere. Also every resident had the opportunity to go out for a lunch with their key worker individually, or in very small groups. We are finding that this is a more enjoyable way for most of the residents to socialise, rather than all going out together.

In the two weeks before Christmas there were several special activities. A Christmas quiz was much enjoyed - can you name all Santa's reindeer? We had a singalong, a party with traditional games, and the old favourite, a tea dance, which brought lots of stories of happy courting days at the various Leeds dance halls. Carol singers helped us all get in the Christmas spirit, and plenty of port and lemons, and snowballs, were consumed. Pat's Christmas dinner was a triumph, and the residents and staff all sat down at one long table to enjoy it.

 
November 2010

Apologies for the long gap between news bulletins. Our webmaster Ben has been in Sweden working for six months, and came back to England in good time to have a new baby, Charlotte.

We had our annual bonfire party as usual, with about half the residents braving the drizzle to enjoy fireworks, sparklers, toffee and parkin.

We also started our build up to Christmas, taking residents out in small groups to do their Christmas shopping.

 
September 2010

Fascinating Rhythms came to do a concert for us and it was a good chance to use our new percussion sets. The two singers are always very popular with the residents and get a really good atmosphere going. We are hoping that they will be back in December to entertain us again.

We have been trying some new activities at Springfield House, including Art and Crafts, a cinema afternoon each week and a singalong afternoon on Wednesdays.

There is a new Residents Committee now which has been set up to advise the managers on how to make it even better living at Springfield House. We will report on their comments soon.

Sorry it has been a long time since we posted any new photos. Our webmaster Ben was posted to Sweden for 6 months and was unable to do our updates. Hopefully there will be plenty from now on.

 

February 2010

After a lot of snow and bad colds it was time to cheer ourselves up. We hatched out 10 chicks and enjoyed watching them grow for 10 days, after which they went to live in Malton. There was a Chick Party for children of staff and residents with a treasure hunt and pass the parcel and lots of chick stroking.

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November 11th 2009

Street Party

We had a street party (indoors) after a service to commemorate Remembrance Day. The lunch had some authentic items such as Spam and pink blancmange, and staff dressed up in 40’s clothes. Residents contributed to a display of wartime items.

Street Party

Bonfire Party

BonfireWe had a bonfire party attended by 15 of the residents, 7 staff, 2 children and a dog. We enjoyed parkin and treacle toffee and some of the more adventurous tried mulled wine. It didn’t quite rain, so the fireworks and sparklers were not damp squibs!

 
 
September 2009

September Tea Dance

Tea DanceOn September 28th we held a tea dance in the dining room. This was arranged by Hayley, who persuaded most of the staff to bring a dress to change into. Almost every resident came to the dance and we all had a great time. Allan was the DJ and supplied hits from the 60’s and some Tom Jones favourites for us to dance to. It brought back memories of happy times at Mark Altman’s Dance Hall for many of the residents. The youngest attendee was Alfie who enjoyed sitting on Jessie’s lap. Hayley has plans for cocktails at the next dance in October, so watch this space.

Special birthday

JessieThis month we have been celebrating  the 97th birthday of our oldest resident, Jessie.We had a concert from our favourite entertainers, singing duo, Fascinating Rhythms. They love to get the residents joining in, especially in the rhythm section. Jessie enjoyed the concert, as you can see from the photos.

Long service awards

LongServiceWe have been celebrating the many years of loving care that our staff have given to our residents.

Several staff have been with us from 5 to 10 years – Hayley, Mary, Pat, Zoe, Leigh, and Suzi.

Linzi has been here for 11 years

Diane has done an amazing 17 years – she can’t believe it her self.

Barbara has been cooking delicious food for the residents for 21 years.

Iris has been organising activities for 23 years – that’s a lot of Bingo numbers and library books.

Sue has been managing Springfield House for 25 years – and is still enjoying it!

All these staff were presented with a bouquet and a bottle of bubbly, and we are hoping they will get their photos in the Morley Observer – fame at last!