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Music on Mondays at Melbourne - starts 2nd March

Lakeside Arts staff have teamed up with Nottingham University Students to bring entertainment to Melbourne House Care Home at Aspley.


The inaugural meeting to decide what sort of music the older people enjoy, already had success inspiring the residents, when one lady gave an unaccompanied rendition of 'On a street where you Live' she had known this song from when she was very young and could still remember all the words. Other songs popular with the residents are;  songs from the musicals, Elvis Presley, hymns, lively dance music - a bedbound lady loves La Traviata' and one resident said 'Any music is good music for us'


 The great thing about music is that it evokes a lot of emotion from individuals and really stimulates the memory, as well as being very uplifting. The versatile students play a range of instruments; guitar, violin, cello, with great singing voices too. Other ideas for making instruments, inviting friends and relatives and using children's instruments (for their lightness) were discussed. Prior to 'getting together' for the initial meeting Kate Duncan of City Arts conducted a 'dementia friends' session with the musicians and students to help increase aware 

Melbourne House is always a welcoming home and entertainment adds to the whole attractiveness. 'We look forward to these sessions starting Monday 2nd March , 4pm and as always welcome the involvement of friends and relatives' said home manager Pauline Zadwirny.




Posted on 27 Feb 2015
Songs from the Ages Lift the January Spirits at Canal Vue

Entertainment inspired movement as 'Songs from the Ages' got our residents dancing;

We all love a 'sing along' and residents at Canal Vue are no exception, the yellow swirly skirt catching the attention in this 'number'

 A Dance - hug is sometimes what we need!


 Hands knees and bumpsadaisy;



All taking place in the wonderful setting of Canal Vue Care Home

Posted on 19 Jan 2015
Christmas Art at Canal Vue & Into the Community

The residents at Canal Vue were treated to a  lantern making session, when  artist Ola Wilson from company Artstage, led two creative groups last week;

In order to create the lanterns groups of 6 residents went about selecting colours and sizes of 'leaves' Below Sylvia enjoys selecting lots of leaves to complete her lantern.

The tricky part was actually sticking the decorations at the end, this proved challenging, but with the help of Activity Coordinator Daniel the task was completed. Pat liked doing the gluing 'bit'..........

This was a way for our residents to participate in the Christmas 'making' event in the comfort of their own home - Canal Vue.

The lanterns are going to be displayed in the Erewash Museum at the Winter Solstice Festival- on the years shortest day - 20th December 'In this way we get to take part in a community event' said a relative.


The next bit of artistry happens when local poet Lynn Luddit pays us a visit.

Following which our residents can relax and watch the Christmas Pantomime - Oh No They Wont - We hope they will.

Posted on 16 Dec 2014
Craft Stalls - A Big Sell Out at Canal Vue

The recent Christmas Craft Fayre, with a variety of stalls, was a huge success for the home with lots of gift ideas for those visiting, mulled wine and mince pies went down well too!

Everyone joined in and Activity Coordinator Daniel enlisted residents Joyce and Sylvia to help with the stalls, they really enjoyed being a part of the action.

Violet sitting comfortably enjoying the 'fare'

 Its great having the stall holders visit, so our residents get the opportunity to browse in the comfort of their home.

Jean likes to look at the Jewellery with the help of Carer Claire.



The tombola was ever popular and contributed to the fund raising.

Cards and Candles for sale added to the purchasing options. Below resident Phillip is joined by his wife.

Lots of funds for the residents accrued from this successful activity and they got to shop too! Thanks to all staff and stall holders for supporting this event

Alison and her card stall above.


Christmas activities continue at Canal Vue, with the ongoing cake raffle and the much awaited Pantomime.

Posted on 26 Nov 2014
Canal Vue Get Wicked at Halloween

Its a happening time of year and their is lots on the calendar for our residents and relatives. Activities are key for us at Canal Vue said home manager Marie Martin and there’s lots more planned;

Residents revelled in the spooky event  and especially enjoyed the themed food—pumpkin pies and ghostly cakes were ever popular. Further enjoyment was gleaned from the staff  ‘dressing up’ and it was rumoured that Count Dracula even paid a visit!  


Pumpkin carving ensured we had a creative day too. 


Christmas craft stall event  Sunday 23rd November, open to the public 2.30 to 4.30pm.,

Puss in Boots Panto, on 17th December and a Christmas Party  too.




Posted on 21 Oct 2014

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