Care home residents swap schooldays stories with Newton-le-Willows school pupils

Residents at Four Seasons Health Care’s Alexandra Care Home in Newton-le-Willows swapped their schoolday stories with the pupils at Wargrave House School to mark World Book Day.

Monday, 8th March 2021, 9:19 am
Updated Monday, 8th March 2021, 9:22 am
Alexandra-Resident Jean Bebbington enjoying the book of memories

The care home produced a book of memories to share with the children who sent the residents questions including, “What games did you play?” “We have iPads, what did you have?” and “What were your teachers like?”

The book, called ‘Stories from the Past’, contains residents’ recollections of their younger days and the pupils have been able to find out that the most popular playground games were hula hooping, hopscotch and marbles, that paper, pencils and blackboards were the only items used in classrooms and according to resident Jean Sherlock, aged 93, “All my teachers were very strict and I remember my PE teacher used to wear bloomers for the lessons!”

The pupils at Wargrave House School added their news to the book along with photographs of them playing marbles for the first time.

Alexandra resident Jean Sherlock with the storybook

Glenda Marshall, Speech and Language Teacher at Wargrave School wrote, “The children had an amazing time looking at this very special book.

"Thank you so much for answering our questions, we loved hearing about your stories. We loved playing marbles so much that we are going to play it every day so thank you for giving us the idea.”

Alexandra’s Home Manager, Wendy Martindale said, “The children used to visit our home every week before the pandemic and residents have been missing seeing their young friends so we’ve had to find other ways to stay in touch.

"Our book is full of wonderful memories and residents were thrilled when the children added to it with their photos and news. We are so looking forward to seeing them all again in person when visits can resume.”

Alexandra Care Home, part of Four Seasons Health Care, is located in Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside and provides residential, nursing, respite and palliative care.