News at Leycester House Care Home in Warwick
August Events at Leycester House
At Leycester House, we’re really looking forward to this coming month, as our August events look fantastic! Over four weeks, we will be welcoming four fabulous singers through our doors, all with their own distinctive style.

Our four singers are: Johnny Rickard, who is popular here at Leycester House; Betsy Harmony, who will be singing her Vintage Hop Mix; Gemma Louise Doyle, who has a truly beautiful voice and; Eleanor Mattley, who will be performing a mix of songs through the decades.

Our amazing events are open to all and everything is complimentary – yes, really! All events in August will be in our Bar & Bistro from 6:30 – 8:30pm, and we’ll be serving food and drinks at each event too – you can find out more by clicking on the images accompanying this article.

If you would like to come along to any of our August events, be sure to RSVP to events@leycesterhouse.com or call 01926 357210 – this is just to give us an idea of numbers so that our chefs can make sure there’s more than enough food to go around.

Thank you to our wonderful Events Manager, Melissa, for organising everything – our residents really enjoy our Thursday evening entertainment, and it’s lovely welcoming friends, family members and local residents into our home too.


Chef Lee's latest cookery demonstration  
There’s always something going on here at Leycester House, as we like to put on interesting, stimulating and fun events for our residents to enjoy. A regular event in the diary is a cooking demonstration with our in-house chef, Lee, which takes place every other Tuesday at 2pm. And the best bit is that there’s a taster at the end…

Yesterday's cookery demonstration featured lobster as the star of the show and it took place in our dedicated demonstration kitchen. Lee really did cook up a storm, managing to whip up two delicious dishes in the space of an hour and putting on a great show for our residents in the process!

The first dish was a light and colourful lobster and mango salad, followed up with a classic lobster thermidor, and both dishes were made using three lobsters that were freshly caught in Cornwall that morning and delivered to us just in time for the demo.

The cool, flavoursome salad was the perfect choice on such a warm day, with peppers, cucumber, mustard, sumac, ratte potatoes, salad leaves, mango and lobster thrown together to make a truly refreshing salad.

The lobster thermidor was incredibly popular too, with the lobster cooked in a delicious, creamy sauce, sprinkled with watercress and chard to give it a bit more colour. The residents knew they were in for a treat here, with this dish costing upwards of £30 per portion in a restaurant!

Both dishes really did go down a treat with our residents, with some even coming back for seconds – but what will Lee be cooking for our residents next? Well, it’s up to them, as the residents put their requests forward, so they decide exactly what they want demonstrating next!


Motivation with Wendy
At Leycester House, we regularly hold Motivation to Music with Wendy! Wendy has a lovely bubbly personality and really does bring out the best in our residents. What’s amazing to see is that it’s clear how much everybody loves her class – it’s very popular and it’s getting busier and busier every week!

Having been coming to Leycester House once a week for many months now, Wendy knows all our regular residents and she chats, interacts, sings, smiles and laughs with them all a lot. Whether it’s Motivation with Music from the 1950s or 1960s, the class is always a good giggle and puts smiles on residents’ faces, which is what it’s all about.

Wendy encourages the Leycester House residents to copy the exercises she does to music, and what makes it brilliant is that everyone can take part from the comfort of their armchair, sofa or wheelchair. Sitting down, residents get their bodies moving, working from the top to the bottom, echoing everything Wendy does. Exercises even include vocals and breathing, along with arm and leg coordination! Wendy is a star and we really value what she does here for our residents.

If your friend or family member is with us here at Leycester House and you would like to join in one week, let us know and as long as there’s space, we’d love for you to come along – after all, who doesn’t like a bit of motivation to start off the day in style?


A wonderful Royal wedding
On Saturday 19th May, the world’s eyes were on Windsor – and Leycester House joined in the fun, holding our own celebrations for the Royal wedding! We planned everything down to the last detail, starting with handmade invitations for all residents to witness Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s nuptials, getting us all excited about the day’s proceedings.

The day came around very quickly, with residents and staff busy making bits and bobs to contribute to the big day, and it was most certainly worth all the hard work – just look at our stunning photos!

Residents donned their Sunday best and were greeted by beautiful floral displays in the bar, with tissue flowers made by residents dotted around, along with fresh flower arrangements on the tables. Everyone was given a bag of favours containing a handmade necklace and bracelet, a handmade shortbread biscuit and an activities sheet for the following week – it made it feel like we were all at a real wedding! The ladies were also given a fresh flower corsage made that morning by Dana, our activities assistant, so they really did look the part.

When the time came, everyone piled into the cinema room to witness the Royal wedding and were greeted with Champagne on arrival, then to celebrate, the team put on a lovely buffet for everyone to enjoy. The centrepiece was a stunning three-tier wedding cake made by Claire, complete with fresh scones, clotted cream and jam for a delicious afternoon tea.

The pièce de résistance that really topped off the day was the attendance of Frontera Quartet, a fantastic string quartet, playing for us all in the afternoon – what a treat! It’s fair to say that both the lead-up to the event and the day itself were a huge success and everyone had a fantastic time.


Leycester House visits Coventry Cathedral!
On Monday our lovely residents ventured out to Coventry Cathedral! We spent the day learning all about the history of both the old and the new cathedrals! We also spoke to one of the Reverends who had an in depth conversation with us about how the engraved glass windows were handcrafted and took over 10 years to complete! We also enjoyed a lovely meal in their wonderful restaurant before venturing home in the snow! Definitely a trip we will do again

A "FAB" day out
A trip out to the British Transport Museum at Gaydon. Lots of models to look at including Lady Penelope's pink "FAB 1" and Zao's Jaguar XKR that was driven across the ice in James Bond: Die Another Day.

COOKERY SCHOOL
Chef's demonstration on how to make the perfect mango souffle. We did the 'meringue over the head test' before folding into the mango rue. Residents sampled the end results, We all think that Chef Lee should go on MasterChef!

January Events
Have a browse through our list of fantastic events planned for January. Anything take your fancy? Just call us to book your place - remember, our events are always free to attend and include food and drink - What's not to like?! 

May

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