Dear residents, friends and relatives, welcome again to our quarterly newsletter which we hope you will enjoy. Through this we like to keep everyone informed of all the news and developments happening at Alt-na-craig.

Make a Wish Foundation

We had the pleasure of presenting a cheque for £8,000 to The Make a Wish Foundation, a charity for sick children.

The residents decided this year the money raised this year should be donated to a children’s charity. The majority of the funds donated came from the money raised from the very successful Altnacraig Christmas Ball.

The donation was presented to Pauline McLeish, a volunteer of the charity, by Elaine and our oldest resident Nancy Copland, who is 101.

Pauline gave a speech and told us how the money was spent.

She said that our £8000 donation would allow three very sick children to go to Florida. It would pay for their flights, accommodation, families, nursing staff and doctors to go along to support the child.

The charity were delighted with the money raised as they get no government help or lottery gifts. Since the charity was founded in the U.K. in 1986, it has helped over 8300 children have their special wishes granted. 

She concluded with a big thank you to everyone who had supported the event.

Computer Class

Our popular computer classes started again in January. This year we are going to make individual calendars.


Andrea organized a massage day recently with all the proceeds going to the British Heart Foundation.

Everyone had to wear something red and donate £1 to avail of the tasty treats  -  the chocolate fountain with bananas, strawberries, fudge and marshmallows.

Andrea did a roaring trade with the massages. She was very busy all day and raised £133 in total.

She would like to extend a big thank you to everyone who participated.

Burns Day

Our Burns Day was celebrated with our usual panache and style. Tom Smillie, our Head Chef carried the haggis into each dining room and toasted the haggis.

He was accompanied by Jamie, playing the pipes and by Hugh Monahan, who did a very fine job of addressing the haggis.

After lunch there was a concert in the garden lounge starring Retro. They were amazing. They played a medley of Rabbie Burns’ songs and got some of the residents up to dance.

Bus Outings

Over the past couple of months we have  managed to go to some of our favourite places i.e. The Equestrian Centre in Bishopton., The Tontine Hotel, Morrisons and Cardwell Nurseries for their massive scones & cakes.

We also managed an art exhibition at the” Beacon”.

The men enjoyed an afternoon at 1 Ashton Road where they chatted and reminisced about the yards, the dancing and their young days over a few pints.

We organized an afternoon at the “Holiday Inn” where we met up with other care homes and enjoyed a haggis, neeps and tatties lunch followed by a ceilidh.

Activities with other Care Homes

The competitive activities with other care homes have been a great success.

We have been to the Mariners for carpet bowls, Hillend for Dominoes  and we have arranged to join up with Balclutha for our summer trip to Blair Drummond Safari Park.

St Valentines Day

The residents enjoyed a lovely afternoon for Valentine’s day.

The entertainment for the concert were the “Clydesiders” a ladies choir who sang terrific songs and had everyone singing along.

Can’t Cook Won’t Cook

This year’s Shrove Tuesday’s contestants were Margaret & Isobel.

This year they decided to make dumpling and Welsh cakes as well as the traditional pancakes which were enjoyed by all the residents and staff.

World Day of Prayer

This year’s World Day of Prayer was celebrated by the ladies of the Wellpark Mid Kirk.

This is a worldwide movement of Christian women to observe a common day of prayer. This year the service was written by the Christian Women of Egypt.

Church history tells us that not only did Egypt host important Christian Councils but also sent missionaries to other parts of the world.

The World Day of Prayer is a wonderful celebration of ecumenical participation of churches all over the world. The residents felt privileged to be involved and gave a donation to the W.W.D. P. charity.

Resident’s Voices

Congratulations to Alastair and Chrissie Darroch who celebrated 60 years of marriage on 3 March. They celebrated with high tea for a few relatives and friends.

Peggy McCole – I have had the most amazing help from staff who organized my outing to the Holy Rosary to celebrate St Patrick’s Day, where I met up with my brother. The hairdresser even re-arranged my hair appointment so I would be looking my best. Thank you to everyone.

Isobel Hamilton – I think it’s lovely to see the garden looking nice with all the plants and flowers. It brightens up my day.

Bridie Cushnahan – Thank you to all the staff. They do a great job of looking after us and making our lives as normal as possible.

All the residents would like to say a big thank you to Jan and Tom for their kind donations of china and glasses. We all love fancy china and glasses for our parties!!!

Things to come …….

Wednesday 16 April at  10am       Easter Coffee Morning       
Wednesday 16 April at  2pm         Stations of the Cross with the Ladies from St. Mary’s Parish
Wednesday  7 May   at 11.30am   Trip on the Forth & Clyde Canal
                                                            Seagull Trust Barge
Tuesday 10 June at 11.30am       War Time Event at the Chart Room.
                                                            To commemorate 100 years of the start of World War 1.                        
Thursday 26 June at 11.30am      Trip to Blair Drummond Safari Park

And finally………….

Our aim at Alt na Craig is to provide excellent person centered care in a homely, caring and loving environment. We need your opinion on how we are performing.

Please take the time to complete the enclosed questionnaire as this feedback is so important to our future development. If you feel we are less than excellent please give us guidance as to how, in your opinion, we can achieve excellence.

Thank you to everyone for your continued support and please remember, if your relative has any other family or friends who would like a copy of our newsletter, please let us know and we will send them a copy. You can contact us by telephone on 01475 731308 or by e-mail at agnes@altnacraighouse.co.uk.

Elaine Torbet
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