Aussie rules at Heanton Nursing Home

IT was Aussie rules at Heanton Nursing Home near Braunton as staff and residents got together to celebrate Australia Day. In the colder climes of Devon, residents celebrated the day with an Aussie lunch including Anzac biscuits, a selection of Australia

IT was "Aussie rules" at Heanton Nursing Home near Braunton as staff and residents got together to celebrate Australia Day.

In the colder climes of Devon, residents celebrated the day with an Aussie lunch including Anzac biscuits, a selection of Australian wines and an Australia cake baked by the home's chefs.

The 64-bed EMI home is well known for its range of activities with residents. Australia Day marks the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet at Sydney in 1788 and the raising of the British flag there.

There was a didgeridoo playing session led by activities co-ordinator Jo Lailey and a quiz on all things antipodean from the home's own "Edna Everage" played by aptly-named care assistant David Allen.


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Budding artist and care assistant Malcolm Trimm took on the mantle of Rolf Harris by producing an aborigine-style mural.

Home Manager Jo Rutherford got the idea for the day after December's snowy weather, when staff bedded down in the home to look after residents. She said:

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"We normally celebrate Burn's Night at this time of year but our staff and residents wanted to bring a bit of sunshine to the proceedings!

"This was one of our best events ever - we have had fantastic support from the local community and I'd like to thank everybody who lent us their talents - and their didgeridoos - for the day.

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