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Intergeneration project is a huge hit with Liverpool Care Home residents

ALL Residents of HC-One's Ash Court residential Care Home, in Knotty Ash, were overjoyed by the kindness bestowed upon them from the local community.

A new intergeneration project had been arranged between Wellbeing Coordinator Natasha and Joanne Kennedy, who runs the Drive Foodbank on Finch Lane. Joanne and her team arranged for gift bags to be given to all Residents; inside included a tasty box of chocolates as well as some personal gifts from children who attend education facilities in the local community.

Joanne also spoilt Residents by providing them with extra stimulating resources for activities, including jigsaws, crossword books, colouring books, colouring pens and much more. Natasha was very pleased:- "Residents will be busy for a long time having fun with their new materials!"

Earlier this month, local children from:- East Prescot Road Nursery and Blackmoor Park Primary School surprised all of the wonderful Residents with some fabulous Easter gifts.

The children from the nursery created some wonderful Easter cards for Residents and Blackmoor Park School wrote letters of hope for everyone. These wonderful and kind gifts were dropped off at the home by Joanne a few days before the Easter holidays.

Natasha started the task of distributing these gift bags to all Residents who were overjoyed by the surprise and were also overwhelmed by the beautifully written letters of hope and Easter cards that were made by all the children. 1 Resident said:- "A lot of effort has gone into surprising us all. The children are so kind, I can't stop smiling."

Residents wanted to reply back to the letters of hope that they received, so Natasha, and fellow Colleagues Marlene, Ian and Jan S spent 1 to 1 time with Residents. They read out their letters to them and assisted Residents in writing back.

Residents also posed for photographs with their gifts as they wanted to capture the kindness received with smiles, they hoped that the children will love their letters as much as they did. Everyone also enjoyed designing pictures to give to the Nursery children which included some inspirational words of wisdom for these young children.

Recently, Joanne kindly picked up the gifts which will be distributed to the children. Natasha commented:- "Our Residents are really excited and looking forward to hearing some feedback from the children and really do hope that this Intergenerational project is the start of many wonderful interactions between the residents and local children in the community."

Some very positive comments were made including:- "Resident's would love to meet all the children who were involved in this project as they've been so thoughtful and kind. Everyone has really enjoyed reading the letters of hope from the children as well as admiring the artwork from the nursery children."

Bowdonbury Brings Music Festival Magic To Cheshire This May Bank Holiday


FORGET Glastonbury - it's all about Bowdonbury this Bank Holiday, with the Bowdonbury Festival bringing a brilliant weekend of music to the heart of Cheshire, at the end of May 2021. Festival goers at the event to be held over:- Saturday, 29 May and Sunday, 30 May 2021 can enjoy 2 fantastic days of family friendly entertainment packed with live performances from award winning tribute artists, along with amazing food and drink and awesome attractions; all presented in a Covid safe environment, at the:- Bowdon Cricket, Hockey and Squash Club, Altrincham.

The festival kicks off, on 29 May 2021, with:- Disco Legends, featuring acclaimed tributes to George Michael, Diana Ross and The Bee Gees. Andrew Browning, previous Stars in their Eyes finalist and sought after star of the international Touring Theatre show Fast Love, appears as George Michael. Expect all the most famous songs from the much loved late singer's back catalogue, from his early days in Wham through to his hugely successful solo career, all faithfully recreated and performed by Europe's leading George Michael tribute artist. Andrew will be joined by the award winning Tameka Jackson, who will captivate listeners with her stellar tribute to MoTown royalty Diana Ross, and by The Bootleg Bee Gees who have thrilled audiences across the UK Europe with their uncanny close harmonies and faultless delivery. These 3 fantastic tribute headliners will be joined by support acts Le Freak Band and Radio Alty DJ Pete Scotson for a Saturday night filled with disco hits and fan favourites.

The festival continues on 30 May 2021 with a specially curated Groovy 60's line up which includes:- The Pretend Beatles, critically acclaimed Maxine Mazumder, as Dusty Springfield and the award winning Dave Collison, as Roy Orbison. The Pretend Beatles will be bringing their big live show; complete with lavish costumes, authentic instruments and special effects; to the Bowdon based festival, channelling the Fab Four's famously irreverent sense of humour as well as performing the band's many hits from A Hard Day's Night to Hey Jude, and Love Me Do to Let it Be.

The Sunday night line up continues with award winning Maxine Mazumder who is famous for her painstaking attention to detail, incredible voice and unmistakable Dusty mannerisms which have earned her the title of the UK's Number One tribute to the music icon from the National Tribute Awards.

Meanwhile Dave Collison is the UK's most authentic Roy Orbison tribute, and has been touring the world for more than quarter of a century celebrating the life and work of the late music legend with energy and passion. Expect all those Orbison classics from 24 Hours to Tulsa, and Only the Lonely to Oh, Pretty Woman.

The new Bowdonbury Festival is being organised by Max Eden and will raise money for the Bowdon Cricket, Hockey and Squash Club after its main fundraising event, Bowdon Bonfire, had to be cancelled last year, due to Covid restrictions.


Andy Mcnab, a member of the Bowdon Cricket, Hockey and Squash Club committee, said:- "We're delighted to be able to work with Max on this event which will enable our club to raise the vital funds needed to secure its future. He's been a fantastic support to our club and I'm really excited for us to be able to stage this Covid safe socially distanced event which the community can all enjoy. The event mirrors our ethos within the club to support the entire community and provide an outlet in supporting people's mental health and well being."

Max Eden added:- "I think now more than ever it's important we come together as a community and help one another to get through this. When Bowdon Cricket, Hockey and Squash Club 1st got in touch looking to boost their fundraising efforts, I wanted to try and help wherever possible to ensure this fantastic sports club continues to stay open and be a part of our community, while also creating a new family friendly event which compliments the other amazing local events in our area including Hale Barns Carnival which is now in its 5th year."

Special care has been taken to ensure Bowdonbury Festival can operate in a Covid safe way with a large socially distanced outdoor site, reduced capacity and additional facilities and access to ensure festival goers can enjoy the event safely and in line with Government restrictions set for May 2021. Tickets are limited to ensure social distancing can be maximised are available to purchase in advance only from:- Bowdonbury.Co.UK.

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