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The residents always enjoy going to Bedford River each year, and this year was no exception. The weather was glorious and we had a great time meeting the public and Jack especially loved his new doggy friend. After our picnic we walked along the river bank ending up at the waterside cafe where we all enjoyed a refreshing drink. From where we were sitting we could see in front of us the river. People in the cafe chatted to us and they especially loved Jack's rendition of the war. He was a big hit with everyone.

Len Bushby celebrated his 100th birthday with his family, friends and residents. We put a surprise present and past display on the notice board for him to view.

The day started off with his favourite breakfast egg and bacon and then he went to the lounge where his family assembled to show him his birthday cards. One card was from the Queen and a telegram was from Amber Rudd MP, Secretary of State for Works and Pensions. He had beautiful cards from his great-grandchildren.

He went out with his family for his birthday lunch and when he came back everyone joined in as Chris sang some of his favourite songs, Heather gave a short precis of his life and then he cut his cake which was made by his daughter. All in all, it was a wonderful day of celebrations as we sang HAPPY 100TH BIRTHDAY LEN.

We, at Taymer love to get involved within the community and many of our entertainers and volunteers come from our area. We are grateful that people care enough to offer their time and talents with us.

The two groups highlighted just show how kind people are to donate their time and energy in sharing their skills and talents with us here at Taymer. For this, we are very grateful.

Sidings Acapella Singers

When Chris joined us for a little while in rehab his friends offered to come and sing to all the residents voluntarily. Chris used to sing with his friends in an another Acappella Group. Some members of the group formed the Sidings Acapella Singers and these are the people who came to sing. When I took pictures outside, they started to sing again so all those in their rooms could hear.

One of our dear residents Audrey invited them to sing in her room which they did, I was present along with her carer Cheryl. When they sang it reached everyone who could not join us in the lounge. We were very grateful to have them join us. They are very experienced and have sung at competition level all around the UK as well as in the US.

Knit and Natter Group from Haynes

Valerie and Diana visited the residents and presented them with 20 knitted blankets. They were absolutely beautiful.

Each resident chose their favourite one to keep. They are so proud of them they wanted them to go on their beds when they do not need. The group knit throughout the year and go to various nursing homes, hospitals and hospices in the area to donate the blankets they knit.

As you can see from the photo's the residents were not only delighted to receive one but also enjoyed Valerie and Diana’s company. As a thank you we plan to invite the whole knitting group to join us for strawberries and ice-cream in the summer.

To celebrate Shaun's 25th anniversary at Taymer we thought we'd ask him to tell us about his experience.

I have been employed in the catering industry from the day I left school.I gained experience in working in various establishments; starting off as a commis chef in a hotel, and then working in various restaurants; I was a manager at Britannia and Monarch Airline for about 6 years and was responsible for ensuring that all passenger and crew meals (Luton Airport) were of the highest standard.

I joined Taymer Nursing home on the 1st April 1994 as Head Chef. I plan and prepare daily meals and my speciality is arranging and preparing for special functions such as Christmas and Easter celebrations. Each year I organise Summer BBQ’s and a Sunday ‘Afternoon Tea’ in which we serve different brands of tea along with homemade cake. I am responsible for managing and employing hospitality staff at the home, and working within some of our group homes.

I meet regularly with our residents to plan meals for them. We have good wholesome old fashioned meals as well as a modern choice. I believe food is appreciated more and tastes better when it’s cooked from scratch and made with fresh ingredients. If the residents wish to have another choice, then I feel it is important to give them another option. Whilst I enjoy being a chef, I am a team player and enjoy decorating the home at Christmas and over the years taking the residents and families on day trips to various places.

In 2009 one of our resident’s family nominated the Home and myself. The Home won the award for the Caring Home throughout the country and I won the Caring Person of the Year which Yours Magazine run every year. I cannot quite believe that I have been at Taymer for 25 years. Our Home Manager, Margaret Collins arranged a splendid afternoon buffet celebration for me on my anniversary day – Monday 1st April. Residents, relatives, past employees and staff were invited to attend and I was touched by their good wishes and kindness.

I hope to enjoy working at Taymer for many years to come until I retire!!!

Steve and Doreen were regular visitor’s to Taymer when they used to visit their friend there. So, when Doreen needed nursing care Steve especially requested that she stayed with us at Taymer.

Steve soon celebrates his 90th birthday and most days when he visits his wife, he has his lunch with us. They quietly celebrated their 66th Wedding Anniversary with other residents who wished them well on the day. Doreen and Steve had a lot of cards and enjoyed blowing out the candles on their cake. They shared the care and a cup of tea with the resident. A Perfect Day was had.

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