Activities for Thursday, 1st January 1970

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Spring flowers looking lovely at Fernhill House
Our gardens looking lovely in the sunshine especially our planters that the residents helped to plant out early in the year.  We are also looking forward to using our Pizza oven and BBQ in the courtyard in the warmer weather.
Fernhill House First Birthday !!
Today we have been celebrating our first birthday at Fernhill House.  It was Fish n chips and cake all round for residents and staff, followed by an afternoon of entertainment by Reza Farrell who sang to us some classic 40's and 50's song's. We had a brilliant time!!
Visitors for our Easter Chicks!!
Regency High school came to visit the residents and meet our Easter chicks today.  The children also enjoyed a Easter egg hut.............chocolate yum yum !!
Residents Reminisce with Primary School Pupils for Radio Show 
We recently welcomed children from Hindlip and Tiberton Primary Schools to Fernhill House to spend time with our residents and record a show for their radio club.   

On their first visit, residents shared their childhood memories of growing-up and how life was a little different back then! In turn, the pupils spoke about what it’s like to be a kid right now and all their favourites things to do, watch and play.  

The get-together went so well that the two schools returned for a second visit of inter-generational chat (as well as some cake and biscuits in our café!). Having thought of some further questions since their last visit, the pupils sat down with residents Irene, Sheila and Marion to find out more about life when they were children themselves.   

Irene went first and described her memories of the house she grew up in, including an icy-cold outside toilet and no central heating inside!   

Find out what else the residents had to say about their fascinating younger years by listening to the radio show recorded by the pupils here (simply copy and paste the link below into your browser):

Our resident's top tips on how to keep smiling all year round
The smile is a powerful thing. It can make you feel happy, even when you’re not, helps you de-stress and makes you look more attractive too. This isn’t just hearsay either; research has proven that when we smile, our brain releases feel good hormones called endorphins, which help us feel better all over. Breathing and heart rate are slowed, eyes begin to twinkle, and we become more attractive to the opposite sex. 

Smiling is contagious too. Have you ever been with someone who’s just had something amazing happen to them? It’s almost impossible not to feel some shared euphoria too, thanks to the empathic part of our brain. When we see another person smiling, even if it’s a stranger in the street, our facial muscles activate to replicate the smile, without us even realising it. Whichever way you look at it, smiling is good for you and for those around you too. If you need some help on how to keep smiling all year round, here are some top tips from the smiliest people we know… 

One resident, Sheila, said: “I like sitting down exercise classes as I can wave my arms like everyone else. They always bring a smile to my face”.   

And Marion is always smiling when visiting our in-home cinema:   

“I love to go to the cinema. Never fails to make smile. It reminds me of when I used to go as a young girl and the lovely memories”   

So, there you have it. There really is no reason to feel down in the mouth, as this all-round mood booster is available for you use every day of the year, and at no cost to you. Take advantage of your own power to create happiness in yourself and others, and smile!