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Childhood memories at Westbury Court

Westbury Court Care Home, Westbury, Local History

Residents of Westbury Court Care Home had an exciting afternoon playing ‘swapsies’ with local schoolchildren, families, friends and members of the community as part of their Local History event.

We arranged an intergenerational story swap by residents sharing memories of their school days and in returns we received lots of postcards with schoolchildren’s and community members' school day stories. We put all these lovely postcards into a very special book and our residents enjoyed taking a trip down memory lane. The postcards made for fascinating conversations as residents also shared their childhood stories.

We have also had a great deal of fun with our old-fashioned sweetie trolley, where residents and team members were able to weigh their own choice of sweets. We had pear drops, humbugs, Pontefract cakes and jelly beans to name but a few! Everyone loved weighing the sweets on the old-fashioned scales and tasting them brought back vivid memories of their adolescent years.

Resident, Mary said: “We have thoroughly enjoyed today, weighing and eating our own sweets, reminiscing with all the old items that have brought back so many memories and reading the ‘School Day Swapsies’ from everyone of different ages.”

After the tasty treats, we continued our trip down memory lane by looking at a number of items from years gone by. We had old irons, carpet beaters, dress patterns and a washboard. 

Magic Moments Coordinator, Suzanne said: “Both residents and team members had such an enjoyable day! We have learnt about items that we knew nothing about and how people had to make the most of what they had, but never complained. The sweets went down very well with everyone and team members could not believe that they used to be weighed on scales like this - so very different to nowadays!”

Westbury Court Care Home is located in Westbury, Wiltshire and provides residential carenursing caredementia carepalliative care and respite care.

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