July's Walk & Talk Refuses To Be A Washout
Despite a huge downpour, the residents of Woodlands Residential Home for Ladies and Milton Lodge were in high spirits when joining us for this months Walk and Talk session in Castle Park.
On arrival, the British summer was showing it's true colours and there was no sun in sight, so with umbrellas at the ready we welcomed the residents off the bus and decided to talk first and walk later.
Thanks to Colchester Castle's flexibility we were able to head straight to the Chapel to have refreshments and meet with the wonderful Elly who talked to the residents, carers and families about the history of this particular room. They were even able to see how it would have looked in all it's former glory, thanks to an interactive app on a tablet.
We were delighted to be joined for this session by two local police officers, and Laura from the Royal British Legion. We also had a surprise guest, Bianca, a cyclist who is currently on a challenge to cycle around Europe and the UK before returning back to New York. This gave residents opportunities to meet and chat with lots of new faces while they had the chance to examine Roman artefacts and try and work out what they were used for. The Roman sweat scraper was a particular favourite!
Finally the sun came out and we were able to take a wander around the Castle grounds, which smelt particularly fragrant after the rain. This took many residents on a trip down memory lane, back to the smells of the flowers they used to have in their own gardens.
I used to come here with my son and I didn’t think I’d come here againGrace, Resident
I’d love to come again! I had a wonderful timeDorren, Resident
Thank you so much , you and your team are just so brilliant it was a great first outing for me to be a part ofManager, Woodlands Residential Home For Ladies