Early start to festive season for Heanton residents

ELDERLY residents of Heanton Nursing Home near Braunton have been preparing for Christmas this week with a musical medley, a visit from Santa and even a spell of snow. Residents of the 64-bed home kicked off the festivities with a visit from Santa, who br

ELDERLY residents of Heanton Nursing Home near Braunton have been preparing for Christmas this week with a musical medley, a visit from Santa and even a spell of snow.

Residents of the 64-bed home kicked off the festivities with a visit from Santa, who brought presents for the children and grandchildren of staff and residents and arrived in his very own magnificent sleigh.

With a little help from a snow machine - and the staff "elves" - he even managed to produce an early white Christmas!

Later in the week, Barnstaple Rotary Club led the home in afternoon carol singing and the following day the Bratton Fleming hand bell ringers took centre stage, ringing out a variety of Christmas songs with amazing harmony and precision.


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The Ilfracombe male voice choir also visited for a Christmas set including classics such as Jingle Bells and Silent Night.

Choir secretary, Tony Scarratt, said: "We're glad to be celebrating with the home at the end of a busy year. I hope younger people will see the positive impact of music on the community and be inspired to get singing."

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The events were part of a packed festive season of events for the home, much of which has been made possible by the generosity and talent of local groups.

Home manager Jo Rutherford added: "At this time of year, it's great to see the local community pulling together to help make this a special season for older people too.

"As always, we've been amazed by the range of talent right here on our doorstep. I'd personally like to thank the Rotary club, hand bell ringers and the male voice choir for their support, as well as all the other fantastic entertainers who visit u throughout the year."

The home recently invited local elderly people to join in its Christmas activities under the Christmas Cheer and Care scheme rolled out by its operators, PSP Healthcare.

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