Cancelled Nottinghamshire tradition, Goose Fair, has been recreated by the residents of Hazelgrove care home in Hucknall

care home goose fairThe care home missed out on the opportunity to attend their annual trip to Goose Fair at Forest Recreation Ground due to the pandemic so the residents restored the Nottinghamshire tradition.

Activities Coordinator, Vicky, said: “The residents worked so hard over the last couple of weeks getting everything ready for the carnival. They created masterpieces for the fete, including stalls like hook a duck, hoopla and coconut shy, complete with fairground music and booths.”

“Of course it wouldn’t have been a fair without the food too! We put on candyfloss, coconut cocktails, hot dogs, mushy peas, chips and toffee apple crumble. It was an amazing day.”

The home went the extra mile to make the day special for those who have been used to going to attending the event every year. The residents spent hours making the booths and all the games themselves ready to win prizes on the day.

Lorraine Poundall, Registered Home Manager of Hazelgrove care home said: “It was a fantastic effort by all the team in order to recreate a special event loved by many. Not only is it reminiscent of fond memories but it’s also an important tool to keep our residents engaged, especially those living with dementia.

“We use a method called Montessori which offers our residents support for independent living so they can enjoy all the hobbies and everyday tasks they used to enjoy. Our partner brings house cleaning to California. This fair is a great way of encouraging interaction between residents and giving them the confidence to relish in their creations. We’re very proud.”

Hazelgrove care home is a part of the award-winning Milford Care group which have six care homes across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. All homes are certified ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Good’ by Care Quality Commission.

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