News at Leycester House Care Home in Warwick
October Events at Leycester House
There's all sorts going on at Leycester House this month, starting with a visit from the Bluebird Belles this Thursday - it's sure to be a thoroughly entertaining evening and we'd love to see you there. We're following this up with another impressive show next Thursday, with Paulo Pinto here to serenade us in English, Spanish and Italian.

Towards the end of the month, we'll be welcoming back Marcus, and we'll be given the opportunity to choose which songs he sings - we don't know about you, but we can't wait! We're rounding off October with one more evening of entertainment, which comes from a firm favourite in Leycester House, John Richards. With an extensive repertoire, this is sure to be a show to get us all singing along and maybe even dancing!

We hope to see you at one or more of our events here at Leycester House this October, which are all free of charge as usual, and include refreshments too. Please remember to RSVP to let us know you're coming, which you can do by calling us on 01926 357210 or by emailing info@leycesterhouse.com. We hope to see you soon.

A wonderful day at Warwick Races
To round off September, we decided to take a trip to Warwick Races on Tuesday, and thankfully the weather was on our side. The sun was shining, but we still got all wrapped up to stay warm, as there was quite a strong breeze by the track.

With seven events taking place across the afternoon, including Novices’ Hurdle, Novices’ Handicap Chase and even a Mares’ Handicap Hurdle, there was plenty to watch, and it was made extra-special with our front-row spot.

Everyone had a brilliant day – some residents decided to have a flutter, and some of the horses came in for us, which was so exciting when we saw them run across the finish line in front of us. Bethan, part of the Leycester House team, managed to win over £200!

It was also Phyllis’ birthday, so we all had a piece of birthday cake when we got back to Leycester House. It really was a wonderful day. And as we were lucky enough to win, maybe we should head back again sometime and place our bets!


Helping to tackle a global challenge
Last Friday marked World Alzheimer’s Day, so we celebrated at Leycester House with a proper party. As we all know, dementia is one of the biggest challenges we face around the world, so we believe that helping to raise money to support research and campaigning is a good way to go.

It was a fun afternoon for everyone involved, with live music from Betsy from a bygone era here at Leycester House to entertain us all – Betsy sang Swing, Jazz, Blues, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Wartime, Music Hall and more, putting on a tremendous performance. We also held a charity raffle, served non-alcoholic cocktails, cupcakes and nibbles.

The home was full of love and laughter, with lots of residents, their family members and friends all having a great time singing along and chatting together, with about 50 people here in total! And we made the conscious decision to hold our celebrations on the second floor of the home to ensure that all our residents living with dementia could participate.

It really was a great event, thank you to everyone who came and contributed.


Happy 2nd Birthday to Leycester House!
We can’t quite believe it, but Leycester House has now been open for two whole years – and what a time we’ve had. In that time, our gardens have matured, the area has built up around us, and we’ve welcomed some wonderful residents into our lovely home.

To mark this fantastic occasion, we pulled out all the stops and held a huge party on Saturday, with 200 residents, family members and friends all here having fun and enjoying the wonderful atmosphere.

Many of our guests embraced the Hawaiian theme, and we had a steel band, a BBQ serving delicious food and a variety of fresh and fruity cocktails too. It was such a great day, with brilliant food, entertainment and laughter; what a way to mark our second birthday. Thank you if you came along and celebrated with us!


Out and about to see Dippy the Dinosaur
On Wednesday, we took four residents out on a trip to Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery – and what a trip it was. From 26th May until 9th September, none other than Dippy the Dinosaur was on exhibition.

Dippy is a plaster cast replica of a Diplodocus skeleton that measures in at 21.3 metres long, 4.3 metres wide and 4.25 metres wide, drawing people into the museum in their thousands.

Although Dippy’s time in Birmingham has now ended, he is continuing his tour of the UK and is now in Ulster Museum, moving to Glasgow in January, Newcastle-upon-Tyne in May, Cardiff in October, then Rochdale and finally, Norwich, with the tour ending in October 2020.

Jack, Germaine, Michael and Margaret, along with the staff who travelled with them to Birmingham, all agree that this is possibly the best trip we have done at Leycester House to date!


Happy 101st Birthday to Nesta!
We had a rather special event at Leycester House earlier this week, as Nesta celebrated her 101st birthday! It was a lovely day, with family and friends all here to spend quality time with Nesta, and they all enjoyed lunch together in our private dining room.

If you would like to arrange a similar celebration here at Leycester House with your loved one, please do let us know as we would love to arrange something special for you all.


Leycester House Choir rehearsals are in full flow
Back at the start of July, the Leycester House Choir was created, and we’ve had a fantastic response from our residents. Led by our talented choir leader, Shoshana, rehearsals take place every Tuesday at 2:30pm, and you are more than welcome to join us!

The Leycester House Choir is open to all residents, their family members and friends, and it’s important to say that you really don’t need to be able to sing! We started with ‘Nightingale’ and have now moved onto Christmas songs, so if you fancy feeling festive, please do come and join us. Our practices will culminate with two Christmas choir sessions here at Leycester House for residents’ family members and friends to enjoy – be sure to follow us on Facebook and keep an eye on the news page on our website, as dates will be announced closer to the time.

Shoshana is brilliant with our residents and knows them all by name – she’s a singing and performing arts teacher based in Leamington Spa, currently running two choirs and teaching musical theatre, piano, classical singing and drama in several different settings, alongside owning a performing arts school in Warwick.

In fact, our choir is so popular that even if residents are only staying at Leycester House on a temporary basis and return home, they keep on coming back for choir practice! If you would like to join us, please pop in next Tuesday, and be prepared to leave with a huge smile on your face.


September Events at Leycester House
If you thought that September was going to be a quiet month here at Leycester House, with autumn arriving and the sun setting on summer, you were wrong – we have four fabulous events taking place on Thursday evenings from 6:30pm until 8:30pm, and you’re invited to come and join us!

This coming month, we’ll be joined by one of our popular entertainers, Louise James, who will be singing tracks from the 1960s to today. We’ll also be welcoming back Dean Thomas, who will be performing some Rat Pack favourites for us, and the Birmingham Blues Brothers are also coming back to perform hits from the 1980 film – you’re more than welcome to dress up! Last but most certainly not least, Away with the Fairies will be performing folk-based music in their own special way, which is a show you won’t want to miss.

Everyone is welcome and as always, Leycester House will be providing refreshments – RSVP to events@leycesterhouse.com or call 01926 357 210.


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