Making Memories: What our residents got up to in November

Posted on 13 December 2022

Our activities definitely went off with a bang last month, as we got ready for Bonfire night with lots of fun activities. It’s also been a poignant time, as we have enjoyed reminiscing and remembering those who fought and died in the war. Now we’re getting ready for Christmas and making it very special for our residents!

Here are our best moments from last month:

Bonfire night

The residents made some wonderful paintings to celebrate Bonfire night and did some fun winter word searches.

Remembrance day

Our residents made beautiful poppies for our stunning wall display to commemorate Remembrance Day. As well as getting creative and making some lovely poppy-themed paper chains.

On the 11th November, we sat down at a perfectly decorated table and, as an afternoon treat, enjoyed cupcakes with handmade edible poppies on top, prepared by our multi-talented Head of Maintenance, Dave, who also happens to have amazing baking skills!

For many residents this was a time for reflection, to reminisce about the wartime and other memories. Some of our residents were treated to a pamper session and had their nails done, whilst others enjoyed looking through wartime books.


We enjoyed our first Oaklands’ Thanksgiving! We ate traditional Thanksgiving food, including pumpkin pie, and decorated the home beautifully. After our meal, it was time to get active! Our residents took turns to knock turkeys down with bean bags – but don’t worry, no turkeys were harmed in the process!

Art therapy

We’re very lucky to have such a talented artist on our team. Malcolm has run some fantastic art classes, where the residents enjoyed making sun catchers and creating some stunning painted paper flowers, in well-decorated vases.

We love a themed day at Oaklands and this month it was ‘National Button Day’, where the residents decorated black silhouettes of various animals, including a cat and an octopus, with brightly coloured buttons. As well as ‘Mickey Mouse Day’ which was another great excuse to have fun doing art and crafts, and get colouring, which is a very therapeutic activity.

This month, we did some great one-to-one activities with our lovely resident Mary, using aquapaint. She was thrilled to see a beautiful coloured image appear, when she painted over it with water.

Balloon modelling fun

Our ladies and gents loved it when balloon modeller, Chris, came to visit Oaklands and they got to see him create everything from balloon babies to dogs and palm trees. They were really impressed at how talented he was!

Afternoon tea

We all enjoyed a delicious afternoon tea, which was wonderfully prepared by our Head Chef, Katie. It was a great opportunity for our residents to socialise and make new friends.

Countdown to Christmas

We’ve well and truly started the countdown to Christmas at Oaklands, our tree is up and our residents have helped to decorate it. Our residents have been showing their creative skills again by creating our own nativity, out of handmade characters.

We’ve also been doing plenty of Christmas colouring and playing a much-loved Christmas-themed target game, which is great exercise as the residents try to land their bean bags on different numbered Santa, reindeer and elf pictures.

Our very talented resident, Ina, has also been getting us into the Christmas spirit, by beautifully singing Silent Night (Stille Nacht) in German!


We also had a great time celebrating our lovely staff, Jackie and Tracey’s birthdays and recognised Mandy as October’s employee of the month. Thank you for everything you do for our residents at Oaklands!

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