Christmas Day is always a special day here at Northcote as our Chefs and catering staff provide a lovely Christmas meal for the residents. Some of the staff really get into the Christmas spirit and dress in fancy dress whilst serving the meal.
During the Christmas meal Santa made a surprise appearance with a present for every resident, much to the amusement and delight of everyone. We’re not quite sure how he got in as there are no chimneys here at Northcote! Nevertheless, Santa is always welcome!
Happy New Year to you and your loved ones from everyone at Northcote Lodge. We hope you have a happy and healthy New Year! Come and visit our website again to catch up on forthcoming events throughout the year.
Calum MacDonald entertained residents, their relatives and staff to a medley of Christmas classics and other toe tapping songs in the Café area of Northcote Lodge on Christmas Eve, which is our annual Christmas party. On offer were mince pies, bucks fizz, mulled wine and soft drinks.
Everyone joined in and had a great time, some of the staff and relatives took to the dance floor, young and old! The ‘old’ later giving a dance demonstration of the ‘Slosh’! 😊
The Christmas raffle was also drawn, there were a number of Christmas Hampers, plus chocolates, various bottles of wine and champagne to be won. We managed to raise a whopping £709 which will go toward the creation of our Sensory Garden (the 1st phase of laying the slabs for our walkway is now complete). As always a good time was had by all and everyone got into the Christmas spirit and ready for the following day – Christmas Day!
‘Remember, Remember, the Fifth of November
Gunpowder, Treason and Plot
We see no reason
Why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot’
On Tuesday the 5th November we celebrated with our annual Fireworks evening. It was fortunate that Tuesday was a dry, bright night. Prior to the Fireworks display, residents and relatives were treated to a choice of hamburgers with cheese and relish, hotdogs and macaroni cheese, all washed down with hot chocolate with marshmallows to keep the cold night air out.
Our volunteers, (the 3 musketeers, Chris Livingston, Geoff Smith and Gordon Webster 😊) expertly and safely gave the Fireworks display. We were treated to all sorts of fireworks, some small, some large, some very loud, some very bright, which thrilled all our spectators for over half an hour. All in all, it was a very enjoyable and successful night as the pictures below depict. Roll on next year!
On Monday 14th October, the residents were treated to a visit by ‘Cuthbert and McGrew’, 2 lovely donkeys who live in Inverurie. Thankfully it was a lovely autumn afternoon and the sun shone, which allowed the residents to go out into the garden to see them.
Their owners told us they are the best of friends and were actually bought as a ‘job lot’ as one wouldn’t come without the other! They had been washed and groomed for their special visit and were looking splendid. We were also told they were very gentle creatures and loved company and cuddles. As you will see from the pictures, they were loving all the attention they were getting from the residents.
On Friday 23rd August, the residents were treated to an excellent ‘Jerry Lee Lewis’ Tribute Act.
The entertainer was a young man called Robin, who, for his young years, managed to emulate the Jerry Lee Lewis sound and songs perfectly! He really did have us ‘rocking and rolling’ and some of our residents put the younger members of staff to shame with their dance routines!
A good time was definitely had by all and also proves that music definitely lifts the spirits and brings everyone together!
We held our Annual Summer Gala on Saturday 10th August. Thankfully it turned out to be a lovely day 😊 which allowed us to enjoy our barbeque outdoors, which is something of a miracle for a planned barbeque with our inclement Aberdeen weather!
Our two chefs Dave and Miro provided delicious hamburgers with relish, hotdogs and macaroni and cheese, which could be washed down with soft drinks or a Bucks Fizz!
Guests were welcomed to Northcote by the stirring sounds of the bagpipes and were later entertained in the café area by one of our regular entertainers, Bob Wilson, who sang a melody of songs which everyone could sing along to.
There were a variety of stalls, with something for everyone, which included our famous Northcote home bakes, a flower stall, jewellery stall and a special ‘Resident’s Fun Stall’. We also had a tombola and raffles with some fantastic prizes, the top prize being afternoon tea for 4 at the New Marcliffe Hotel. We also had a ‘Kids Corner’ with bouncy castle and face painting!
It was very well attended by residents, relatives and friends of Northcote and together we managed to raise a whopping £2,700!! The money will go towards funding our ‘Sensory Garden Project’ which is still in the planning stage but promises to be a lovely area for our residents to explore and enjoy.
It’s hard to believe that 2018 is already here but here it jolly well is!
We enjoyed a great festive season at Northcote Lodge and now all the Christmas decorations are tucked away just in time for 12th night we are very much looking forward to the next 12 months.
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Meanwhile may I just say on behalf of the residents and the team here at Northcote,
Have A Guid New Year – One and All!
It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!
Christmas is a wonderful time of year and the residents of Northcote Lodge have been fully engaged in planning, decorating and celebrating the forthcoming holiday.
We had an outing to choose the perfect tree everyone enjoyed decorating. It has pride of place in reception in the heart of the cafe where everyone can enjoy the wonderful scent of pine and the twinkly lights.
We have had outings to the Panto, Christmas Carol concerts, festive get togethers, dances and there is a choir coming in to entertain this weekend. There was quite a frisson of excitement when it was announced Elvis is booked to come in and sing a few songs on the 22nd to celebrate Anne and Freda’s birthdays. Let’s hope he’s got some thermal blue suede shoes as the weather has certainly been wintery!
This is not the Elvis that’s coming – but we prefer our own one!
This time of year means its harder to get out and about so when the frost is hard and the snow has fallen everyone enjoys watching the birds at the feeders, the occasional red deer that leaps into the garden and other wintery woodland goings on.
With an open door policy friends and family are always welcome to pop in for a cup of tea and a mince pie from dawn til dusk and beyond – so don’t be a stranger. You will always get a warm welcome.
Merry Christmas to you and yours from all residents, friends and staff at Northcote.
What a mixed summer we have had this year. Balmy sunny days have been spent enjoying the garden which is looking its best with herbs, begonias rhubarb and strawberries in abundance. Rainy days are spent doing arts and crafts, watching classic movies and enjoying the home bakes in the cafe.
We never stand still for long though and we have lots of things to look forward to.
Northcote Lodges’ Annual Bingo Night is at the Ashvale Restaurant in Great Western Road on Friday 25th August at 7pm. Tickets are available at Northcote Reception. All money raised goes to the resident’s funds. Great food and great fun. HOUSE!
Squibs and fun.
There are plans afoot for our annual fireworks display after which hot dogs, hot chocolate and marshmallows will be served in the cafe.
Deck the halls with Bows of Holly!
December is already looking busy and packed with fun and before we know it Christmas will be upon us. We have so much to look forward to with a visiting pantomime, singers, school children singing Carols and an endless supply of mince pies and good cheer.
******Our fundraising total was over £2000 at our Summer Gala this year so THANK YOU to everyone who took part. We look forward to doing it all again next year.*****