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

100th Birthday

Once again we had the privilege of celebrating a very special birthday. Betty Alexander was 100 years old on 31st May 2015. The Lord Lieutenant of Renfrewshire, Mr Guy Clark, who is Her Majesty the Queen’s appointed representative presented her with the Queen’s Birthday card. Betty had two parties, one on the Sunday with her family, including her brother who is 96 years old, and one on Monday with her friends at Al-na-craig, at which there was a concert, starring Sharon Day, who sang every one of Betty’s favourite songs.

Nautical History

Bob Trail came to the Care Home and gave a film presentation to some of the residents about the Royal Mail Steamships and in particular RMS Queen Mary, which was built by John Brown Shipbuilders in Clydebank.  It was 1,000 feet long and weighed 81,000 tonnes. Her sailing trial was from Clydebank to Arran. She then sailed to Southampton, and from there sailed primarily across the North Atlantic Ocean from 1936, until she finally retired from service in 1967. She served as troopship during World War II carrying British troops to the Middle East and carrying Australian troops home. Today it is a museum, hotel, and conference centre in Long Beach California.

Victory in Europe (VE) Day Celebrations

Some of the residents went to a VE Day celebration in Greenock Town Hall to mark the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe. There were other care homes and day centres there. Everyone was dressed up in costumes from the forties. The crowds were entertained by a big band sound, The Capital. Tea, and coffee, sandwiches and cakes were served. The BBC were present and interviewed veterans about life both during and after the war. It was really nice to see all the men showing off their medals.

We also celebrated VE Day at Alt-na-craig with a concert starring “Elvis”.  The residents always have a great time with him as he interacts so well with them making sure they enjoy the occasion.

"Elvis” chatting to his fans

Bus Trips

All the bus trips continue to be extremely popular. One of the recent day trips was to the Peoples Palace, set in the historic Glasgow Green. It tells the story of the people and city of Glasgow from 1750 to the end of the 20th century through a wealth of historic artefacts, paintings, prints and photographs, film and interactive computer displays. The residents thoroughly enjoyed the experience.The Seagull Trust in Kirkintilloch was another excellent day out. The residents enjoyed a canal trip on a specially adapted barge and enjoyed a picnic with a refreshment from the local pub. Another very popular trip which is still to come is to the Transport Museum in Glasgow.

Graduation Ceremony

There is a weekly computer class in Alt-na-craig which many residents enjoy. It is stimulating, extremely interesting and rewarding for those taking part. Recently some of the residents have enjoyed completing their Life Stories on computer, some have preferred painting and others have enjoyed creative arts. One of our residents, who is now at a more advanced level in computing, is now working very diligently on her family tree. We enjoyed a lovely Graduation Ceremony for several of our residents who completed the computer classes. Congratulations to all our graduates on a wonderful achievement.