CHARITY Friends of the Elderly marked Care Home Open Day at The Lawn in Holybourne with activities themed around the bicentenary of the death of celebrated author Jane Austen.
Volunteers and residents enjoyed a landscape painting demonstration by artist Maggie Cole, who tutors art classes for East
Hampshire Leisure Learning at Alton Community Centre.
Maggie qualified as an art teacher in the 1970s at Bretton Hall College of
Education near Wakefield and has taught in schools in Yorkshire. She enjoys painting in watercolour, acrylic, gouache and oil in all subjects.
Maggie has previously painted views of Jane Austen’s house and St Nicholas church, Chawton, and some of her work was on display during the morning.
On June I6 staff, there was a drama performance by students from neighbouring Eggar’s School of Jane Austen’s Guide to Dating.
This was followed by a piano performance by Kevin Jacot, who regularly performs for residents at The Lawn. He played a medley of tunes on the theme of friendship, which was the official theme of Care Home Open Day 2017.
This special event was part of Friends of the Elderly’s ongoing commitment to fostering meaningful activities, encouraging friendships across the generations and placing its care homes at the heart of their local communities. It also helps mark the charity’s ongoing support for Care Home Open Day, an annual initiative which sees thousands of care homes across the country open their doors to the public to showcase the excellent services being provided by dedicated teams of staff.
Ariana Hawkins, 14, a pupil at Amery Hill School, volunteers once a week at The Lawn as she works towards gaining her bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s award. This includes her reading to a resident who is registered blind. Echoing the official friendship theme of Care Home Open Day, Ariana said: “I find it really interesting, talking to residents like Olive, they have so much experience and history to share.”