We held a ‘Burns Night’ on 24 January to celebrate the life of Scottish poet Robert Burns. This proved extremely popular, with over 70 residents attending.
Our chef served a traditional Scottish supper in the ballroom with haggis or Aberdeen Angrus braised sirloin steak with neeps and tatties.
Throughout the evening our residents enacted Scottish traditions such as addressing the haggis and stabbing it with a ceremonial sword. There was poetry followed by entertainment from a piper and Scottish dancers.
Also, on 27 January residents enjoyed an annual concert staged by students of The Purcell School for Young Musicians, which is located in the town of Bushey, south Hertfordshire.
This specialist music school for children is the oldest of its kind in the UK. The children played on the piano and entertained our residents in what was a sell-out evening, raising over £400 for the school through ticket sales.