Making Memories: What our residents got up to in August

Posted on 1 September 2022

We’ve been making the most of the glorious Summer weather and socialising outdoors together whenever we can. Last month, to our residents’ delight, we even transformed our garden into a pub!

Read on, to find out our resident’s highlights this month:

Jet setting

One of our residents’ much-loved activities, ‘Oaklands Air’, returned this month. This time we took an extra special flight to Singapore! Our lovely resident, Garrett, was born and raised in Singapore until the age of 14 when he moved to the UK, and fellow resident Mark, was born in Malta but moved with his family to Singapore in 1960.

We loved hearing the gentleman reminisce about their incredible experiences in Singapore. It was great to be able to hop on the ‘plane’, with our boarding passes and join them on such a memorable trip!

Commonwealth Games

Our residents enjoyed doing some arts and crafts, in preparation for the Commonwealth Games. They decorated their own numbers, ready for our very own Commonwealth Games.

Outdoor Fun

The residents had an amazing sensory gardening experience last month, getting amongst the flowers and dirt. We’ve taken every opportunity to get outside, taking activity packs including word searches, colouring, reading, as well as doing some lovely painting with watercolours and playing board games. It’s been great to socialise together and keep our budgies company!

One of the clear highlights was when we turned our garden into a pub! We enjoyed a tasty ploughmans and played skittles and darts. Our ‘customers’ can’t wait to return!

Wellness Games

At Oaklands, we love to keep our residents mentally and physically active. So, we’ve been playing some Oomph wellness quizzes and a bean bag game, to honour The Beatles.

We laid out pictures that related to Beatles songs and the residents had to throw a bean bag onto a picture and guess the song. We then listened to the songs on our interactive screen.

We also played a reminiscing game where we tried to remember different objects from a kitchen or a garden. It was a great test of our memories and lots of fun!

Sing song

We had a good old sing song in the Bistro last month. Vera Lynn was the clear favourite and it was lovely to see our residents having such a good time!


We’d like to give special thanks to our local church, for dropping off a delicious cake for us all to enjoy. It was freshly baked and still warm! We really appreciated it and it even inspired our residents to get baking. Baking is a lovely sensory activity that brings back lots of wonderful memories for our residents. The cupcakes they made were scrummy too!


We were thrilled to celebrate Lillian’s 94th birthday in August. Our chef, Katy, made a delicious homemade cake, decorated with lovely fresh strawberries and Lillian enjoyed opening her cards from family and friends from Oaklands. One of our other residents wanted to blow the candle out, which made Lillian laugh!

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