One of the firm favourites in the Ryefield Court calendar is the weekly bingo session. Much-loved not only by residents and their families but by our staff too, our weekly bingo game is well-attended and is even the highlight of the week for some!Playing bingo provides participants with the opportunity to interact with and challenge each other for the jackpot, especially when prizes are involved – we always have lots of chocolate treats and sweets that are up for grabs. Everybody’s always asking, ‘Which day is bingo?’ and ‘Please can you give me the winning sheet?’, and as soon as one week’s session is over, everyone’s looking forward to the next!
Describing themselves as ‘a ukulele duo with a contemporary twist’, the Ukaye Ukes can make you abandon all your preconceptions about the ukulele! With fans including Geno Washington and Brian May, the Ukaye Ukes have a fantastic reputation and play a wide variety of classic songs in their own unique style.We had the pleasure of hosting the Ukaye Ukes yesterday, and the pair performed to our residents, their families, friends and many members of the local community. As the event was different to anything we’ve had before, the residents weren’t sure what to expect, but as soon as they started to play and sing, everyone was blown away by how amazing they sounded.Kaplan Kaye and Bill Dare are the Ukaye Ukes, and they use self-produced backing tracks to achieve a ‘full band’ live sound, which is really effective. Bill Dare is actually the son of one of our residents, so it really was an honour to have him perform here at Ryefield Court.The Ukaye Ukes play a wide range of music from contemporary artists like Oasis, Elbow, Amy Winehouse, Kings of Leon, Jessie J, classic songs from The Blues Brothers, Status Quo, Bruce Springsteen, Free, Bob Marley, some Soul, Motown and Classic ‘50s and ‘60s Rock ‘n’ Roll, and we were lucky enough to listen to a good mix during our phenomenal performance. Hopefully we’ll get them back again one day!
At Ryefield Court, the health and happiness of residents is naturally our number one priority, which is why we try and get as many residents as possible involved in our daily activities. One of these goings-on that happens regularly is a weekly cooking club every Saturday where residents can get really stuck in!Each week, we bake! And we tend to make things that residents used to love or had a passion for making, encouraging new suggestions every week. On Saturday in the cooking club, we decided to make sweet and savoury pastry! It was amazing, and everyone got involved.For the savoury dishes, we had cheese, basil and tomatoes, and for the sweet dishes, we had many different flavours, but the firm favourite was custard! The ladies who took part in the class were so impressed with how well their dishes came out, they all shared them with the other residents in the home. I wonder what we’ll be baking next week…?
This year’s Royal Wedding was a truly fantastic event, you’ll no doubt agree, and we wanted to celebrate it in typical Ryefield Court fashion – with a good, old-fashioned party!Before the big day, we handed out special invitations to all our residents, asking them to come and join in the fun and watch Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding with everyone, then we showcased the wedding on big screens in the Bistro and Cinema Room! There were tears, smiles and laughter throughout the ceremony when the happy couple finally said, ‘I Do’. There was also great interest in what the Queen would be wearing, with some of our residents trying to rival Her Majesty’s outfit with theirs!Our expert chef prepared a delicious buffet for the residents to enjoy after the ceremony, then for dessert, everyone enjoyed a glass or two of Pimm’s, which was served with a slice of our specially-made wedding cake. The residents had so much fun!It was an absolutely beautiful day and the atmosphere was amazing, with every single resident joining in and thoroughly enjoying this wonderful event.
Yesterday, we hosted the Vegas Dance Show here at Ryefield Court, and it really was a night to remember. Two lovely ladies came in to perform for our residents, and their show was bursting with energy – they had everyone up dancing, singing and waving their hands from side to side!In fact, everyone had such great fun that the next day, residents, family members and friends were already requesting to see the Vegas Dance Show ladies booked in for another visit! One of our residents even said: ‘It was such a great show, I can’t believe how high the ladies could kick!’, so hopefully we’ll see them back in the home very soon.
Our residents were excited when they found out we were being paid a visit by the 20th century icon that is Frank Sinatra, and our fantastic impersonator didn’t disappoint with his brilliant performance yesterday!Our ‘Frank’ lit up Ryefield Court with some of the star’s well-known songs including ‘Make Someone Happy, ‘Fly Me to the Moon’, ‘The Way You Look Tonight’, ‘Mack the Knife’, ‘My Way’, ‘New York, New York’ and ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin’. It really was a brilliant event, with smiles all round.It was great to see residents singing and dancing to their hearts’ content, and we also had their family and friends here to join us for the first-class entertainment, and even some of our local neighbours!