Welcome once again to our quarterly newsletter which we hope you will enjoy. Through this we hope to keep everyone informed about what is happening at Alt-na-craig.


At the end of July we organized a barbecue with a 40’s theme and everyone was dressed in costumes from the 40’s.  It was a beautiful day, and Tom did a terrific job cooking spicy chicken, burgers and hot dogs along with salads and different types of bread.

We carried on the celebrations with“Retro”, who were the stars of that day’s concert. They were excellent and provided the residents with an afternoon of high quality entertainment. There was a lovely atmosphere as the “land girls” helped residents with their food and stayed on to dance the afternoon away.

1914-1918  Great War Exhibition

The McLean museum had an exhibition about Inverclyde’s contribution to the First World War. 

The exhibition showed films of the war, and a unique collection of posters.

The exhibition ran a workshop to produce a patchwork remembering the names of those people who made the ultimate sacrifice during this terrible war.

There was on display a list of 6,900 names of people from villages and towns in Inverclyde who served during the war. The residents found the exhibition very interesting, especially when a lady spoke to them about her great grandfather who was in the war, and showed the medals he won and the letters he wrote home to his family. 

Commonwealth Games

The Holy Rosary invited eight care homes along for a Commonwealth Games Celebration.

After being piped in, the residents and staff competed in several games and the Olympic Torch was carried in by one of the female athletes who had won a gold medal at the games.

Each care home represented a country and Altnacraig was Australia for the day. Unfortunately we did not win any medals but the residents had a great time competing anyway.

We also enjoyed entertainment from the May Hughes School of Dancing and a dance troupe from The Phillipines, along with a lovely afternoon tea.

The May Hughes School of Dancing

Bridge Lessons

We would like to say a big thank you to George, Peggy’s brother, for giving up his time to come along and teach some of the residents to play Bridge.

As Margaret knows how to play she helped as well. Isabel, Flora and Bridie have all enjoyed the experience.


We would like to thank Megan who, at 12 years old, made us some extra large sheets of Word Searches for our quiz and word games.  We really appreciate the time and effort she put in.

Evening Entertainment

We are planning on having some evening entertainment over the coming months. These will take the form of different concerts that will be held in the Garden Lounge. Each resident will be invited and can bring along a friend or member of their family. The first concert took place on 27 August and the theme was” Old Time Music Hall”. The Clydeside provided the entertainment for the residents and  everyone had a great time.