October 2018

The Glenfairn Summer BBQ

The annual Glenfairn Summer BBQ and Fete this year made a whopping £1050 for the Residents’ Fund

It was a fantastic day with lots of family and friends joining in the fun. The sun shone and the BBQ food was delicious. We had lots of games for the kids including Beat the Goalie, Twirling Ribbons and Balloon Hooping. Our live music was from one of our favourite performers Sharon Day who had the Garden Lounge up dancing and singing to lots of party favourites including the old Scottish sing alongs. There was the Raffle which is always popular with the big £100 top prize plus lots of other amazing prizes that were all donated. The Tombola is always a hit and this year was no exception.

We would like to sincerely thank all who came along, who donated, bought raffle tickets and the volunteers, which included staff and residents’ family, for whom without we could not make it the success it has become.

Fabulous Entertainers

We have had some wonderful entertainers since we last posted our newsletter. Wild Bill who performs country line dancing routines, stand up comedy and sing along tunes on his keyboard.

Celebrating Memories with Lawrence who presents a fantastic image and music based reminiscence quiz using our large TV screen. There is dancing to the songs and plenty of laughs.

We have a monthly Zumba class with Mhairi. This has become a set activity and the joy and exercise this provides has proven invaluable to the people who live here. She holds two classes, one on each floor. Her song choices and moves are perfectly adapted to our abilities and some of our residents go to Both classes!

We have also enjoyed our visits from Stuart Faulds who is a Professional Scottish Accordion player, who plays all over the Shire including Dumfries House (no less) as well as for us on a regular basis. He plays wonderful Scottish songs and tunes and has even named one of his own written tunes after us, ‘The Glenfairn’. He is a weal kent face here and pretty much has a fan club!

Residents’ Trips

We’ve had some great bus trips, including the Kirkintilloch Barge Trip where we go both in the Spring and late Summer. We picnic while the barge carries along the canal and we see all sorts of birds and wild life.

We had a brilliant day at Balloch and Loch Lomond when we went for a fish tea at Palombos Restaurant.

We have made a new friend out and about on our local bus trips and he is the talk of the house. Amigo the donkey! He is a friendly wee guy who lives out at Stair with his chicken friends and when he sees the bus now he brays and heads over for cuddles and apples! Our residents are so taken by him.

We have also found a perfect picnic spot in Kay Park, Kilmarnock which hosts a beautiful swan and many varieties of ducks. Some we googled and found to come from Lake Como in Italy.

Church Services

Our Church services have started up again and are on the first and third Sundays of the month. The Sundays in between we have our Hymn a long which is very popular and enjoyed by anyone wishing to enjoy friendship and singing to our favourite hymns and choruses.

Dementia Café

Our Dementia Awareness Café which is held every two months has been renamed The Glenfairn Visitors Community Café. We hope this new name will reach our residents’ family, friends and our other visitors inviting them to come along and learn a little more about Dementia and find comfort and support from what is turning into a useful forum. Our next Café is on October 18th at 2.30pm here at Glenfairn. We have fresh coffee/tea and some of Diane’s Kitchen home-baking. Anyone with a loved one who is living with Dementia is very warmly welcome.

Coming up over the winter months we are looking forward to our Halloween Party, St. Andrews Day celebrations with David Ross and his Scottish Country Dancers and then of course… I better not say it!