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

Easter Coffee Morning

Once again the staff, residents, families and friends rallied round to support our coffee morning which raised £140 for charity. We also had an Easter Bonnet Parade.

First prize was awarded to Peggy McCole for her spectacular creation. Second place went to Betty Smith and third to Nan Wallace. We also had an Easter Egg Hunt and had good fun trying to find all the eggs.

In the afternoon we had a concert with Paul Bradley who performed his “Elvis” tribute act. It was also Margaret Cromar’s birthday. She really enjoyed it and the fact that Elvis serenaded her a few times more than likely had something to do with that. Some of the residents were up dancing, and it was really good to see them enjoying themselves.

Scottish Referendum

This was a discussion topic which a lot of our residents had requested as some were unsure of how to vote. So we decided to have our own debate and asked our chef Tom Smillie if he would put forward his argument for a YES vote and we asked Andy Pickett, Eleanor’s husband, for his argument for a NO vote.

They both put forward their respective arguments in the garden lounge on separate occasions. The residents enjoyed listening to the arguments put forward, and it helped a few of them decide which way to vote. So a big thank you to Tom and Andy for giving up their time to come and share their thoughts with us.

“D” Day Celebrations

What a day we all had down at the Kip Marina. Twelve homes got together to celebrate “ D” Day.

All the residents came dressed up with their vintage aprons and hats and some of the gentlemen very proudly wore their medals.

We were greeted at the Marina by the Land Girls from Kincaid House.
Entertainment was provided by Saint Mary’s and Saint Patrick’s Schools and the WOOPI Choir.

The manager of Belleaire told a load of funny jokes and the manager of The Chart Room gave a lovely speech.

To end the day all the recreation staff sang along with the WOOPI choir. All the residents had a day they will remember for a long time.


It’s great to have Betty Stewart back with us to do arts and crafts. She is a volunteer from the WOOPI organization.

The next project for the residents is to create our own scrap book for Alt na Craig, and the residents are very much looking forward to making a start on that.

Summer Trips

Our first summer trip this year was to the Falkirk Wheel, where we went on “The Wooden Spoon”. We brought a picnic with us and the crew very kindly made us tea and coffee.

We sailed along the Forth and Clyde Canal, leaving from The Falkirk Wheel. The residents really enjoyed the sail, especially the sing song with the crew, who couldn’t do enough for us. All in all it was a great day out.

Ayr Races

We had another wonderful day at Ayr Race course.

The hospitality was second to none with bucks fizz on arrival, followed by an elaborate four course meal with wine and spirits flowing freely for the entire day, ending later with a traditional high tea.

We were all incredibly lucky and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

This is definitely one of our favourite outings and we look forward to returning to Ayr Races in the autumn.

Aromatherapy Day

Our aromatherapist organized  a day to raise funds for Juvenile Type 1 Diabetes.

Andrea provided massage, reflexology, Indian Head Massage and other treatments for residents, families and friends.

Whilst this was happening, Sandra & Eleanor made McCaskie’s slice rolls and onions which went down a treat. We raised a total of £140 for the charity and would like to thank everyone for their generosity.

Gideons Bible Society

We would like to say a very big thank you to Mary Holmes from Gideons Bible Society who very kindly presented all the residents and staff with both pocket size and large print New International Version Bibles. It’s a lovely gesture and very much appreciated.

A Smile and a Song

We must also thank Mhairi Irvine who came along and provided some singing and music therapy for the residents.Her new high tech machine was able to alter the tempo of the song to make it easier for the residents to sing along.


Birthday parties we celebrated over the last few months were

April : Ray Fullarton,  Margaret Donachie, Jimmy Gunn, Dina Canata, Jackie McFadyen, Margaret Cromar and Cecilia Docherty.

May: Grace Morrison, Ray Atkinson, Ruth Donald, Pat Orr and George Thomas.

June:  Rosina Barbour, Jean Drummond, Libby O’Neill, Emma Mooney and
Jenny Monteforte

Things to Come ……    

Wednesday 25 June2014 ….......................... A vintage tea party for the residents of the Skye Lounge.

Thursday 26 June 2014……….....…............… Day Trip to Blair Drummond Safari Park.

Tuesday 22 July 2014 …………….................... The Relatives Forum 7pm

Wednesday 30 July 2014 …........................… Alt na Craig’s own “D” Day celebrations with a barbecue and a concert

Date to be confirmed September2014 …...... An evening revue with “Condando” A group of actresses and singers from
                                                                                 the Light Opera Company in Greenock.                                                        

And finally…….

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 will send them a copy. You can contact us by telephone on 01475 731308 or by e-mail at agnes@altnacraighouse.co.uk.

Kind Regards

Elaine Torbet

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