Tenants at Castlebank Gardens Retirement Plus service in Glasgow got into the Christmas spirit as they were treated to two fun-filled, festive days.
This Christmas period, Castlebank Gardens welcomed an intergenerational choir, provided by the Active Senior group and children from the local area, who sang a selection of carols and festive favourites.
Sarah Cannon, Development Manager at Castlebank Gardens, said: “The Active Senior group are a community-based group who provide regular entertainment and opportunities for the tenants so that they can continue to be involved in their wider community. The group and pupils from Yoker Primary School came along to sing carols and entertain the tenants. They had an absolute ball.”
The seasonal entertainment continued into the next day as Castlebank Gardens held its Christmas party. Tenants enjoyed music and jokes, stuck into a three-course Christmas dinner and even welcomed Santa Claus as he handed out gifts to children from local Greenacres Nursery.
Tenants were treated to more Christmas tunes, put on by country western band The Carlton Three, who gave up their time to entertain the tenants at the Christmas party. The band, consisting of a banjo, a singer and a harmonica had tenants dancing along to the country western music and classic Christmas songs.
And later on everyone at Castlebank Gardens was spoiled with yet more Christmas carols as children from the nursery performed recitals of their favourite ones.
Sarah said: “The Carlton Three are a band of a tenant’s niece – they were a big hit. As was tenant Jim Gallagher who dressed up as Santa Claus for the children.
“Everyone really enjoyed their Christmas dinner, too. Tenants were served a three-course meal by our cooks and sat down to party hats and crackers.
“It’s very important to us that tenants enjoyed both Christmas days as there have been so many changes this year – we recently switched from sheltered housing and care to Retirement Plus. It’s all been a great boost for morale.
“From everyone at Bield we would like to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and New Year and thank everyone who got involved to make this period so special.”
Retirement Housing Plus at Castlebank Gardens offers safe and secure homes designed especially for those aged 60 and over – ideal for people who want to retain independence and have the ability to feel free without maintenance worries. For more information on Bield’s housing and services, visit www.bield.co.uk.