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.

Nancy Copland 103 years

Nancy was 103 this month. What an achievement to be this wonderful age! She is a remarkable lady. Nancy was awarded an M.B.E. for twenty years’ service working with the Gibbshill Community. She worked hard to bring together the young people of the area and keep them occupied. She also went to prisons to visit young offenders, and when they were released she would help find them somewhere to live and help them get a job. What a great lady!

Baby Showers

Over the past couple of months we have had six baby showers take place in the Care Home. The residents decided to make nappy cakes for each of them. These consist of nappies, toiletries and a soft toy all wrapped up to look like a cake. A lot of hard work went into making them, but the residents enjoyed it, and they looked lovely.

Red Nose Day

Our aromatherapists, Andrea and Allison, organized a massage day recently with all the proceeds going to Comic Relief. Everyone had to wear something red and donate £1 before they were allowed to enjoy the tasty treats of the chocolate fountain with bananas, strawberries, fudge and marshmallows. Eleanor and Sandra made slice and onion rolls which are always popular. Andrea and Allison did a roaring trade with the massages. They were very busy all morning and raised £180 in total, and would like to extend a big thank you to everyone who participated.


Our reminiscence sessions are very popular. The residents love to talk about things like the old washboards and the fun they had in the single ends. They also love to talk about the dancing at Cragburn and how they would all dress up for the occasion. They didn’t have nylons in those days so they coloured their legs with watered down coffee and drew a line up the back of their legs with a piece of coal. How they all loved the good old days!

World Day of Prayer

This year’s World Day of Prayer was celebrated by the ladies of the Wellpark Mid Kirk. The World Day of Prayer is a worldwide movement of Christian women who observe a common day of prayer. This year the service was written by the Christian Women of the Bahamas. Their church history tells us that their early beginnings were linked to the Presbyterian Church of Scotland in Nassau, which is the capital of the Bahamas. This ecumenical service is held all over the world at the same time. It’s a lovely service and the residents felt privileged to be involved and gave a donation to the World Day of Prayer charity.

All That Jazz

As Brian and Jan Stewart are both avid jazz fans, the recreation team organized a special event for Brian’s birthday. The Clydeside singers gave the most fabulous performance of All That Jazz. The music and costumes were spectacular. Brian, Jan and friends loved every minute of it and it was outstanding success which hopefully we will repeat in the not too distant future.  

The Clydeside Singers

Birthday Celebrations

We have had a lot of birthdays over the past three months

January :      Jean Roberts, Cathy Bryden
February:     Betty Adams,  Agnes Bradley
March:          Charlie O’Neill, Brian Stewart , Flora McFadyen, James Drummond, Isabel Hamilton and Nancy Copland

The Mad Hatters’ Tea Party

This year the residents thought it would be nice to do something different for Easter so they decided on a Mad Hatters’ Tea Party instead of a coffee morning. We made all the hats at our arts and crafts classes with Betty Stewart and they all looked amazing. Jo James, an amateur actress, came in and sang, and read a story to the residents who loved it. Betty then judged the best hat competition, and that was followed by tea, coffee, and hot cross buns being served, which everyone enjoyed.

Bus outings

Our bus outings started again at the end of January. The residents couldn’t wait to go to the new restaurant at Victoria Harbour, the “The Tail o’ the Bank”. They also enjoyed going to the Equestrian Centre in Bishopton

Things to come …….

April             Tea Dance at Port Glasgow Town Hall     
May              VE Celebrations at Greenock Town Hall
                     Wednesday 20th May Day at Ayr Races Hospitality
June             Day trip to the People’s Palace
July               Day Trip to the Transport Museum
August         Day Trip on the Seagull Barge

All dates will be confirmed and will be shown on the weekly activities sheet. 

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 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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