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.

Margaret Doherty’s 104th Birthday

There was a very special birthday celebrated by Margaret Doherty on 16th January 2017, when she reached the wonderful age of 104. Margaret is Inverclyde’s oldest resident and she celebrated this extremely special day surrounded by five generations of her family.

The occasion was celebrated at a party with 20 members of her family, including two grandchildren who came from the USA, and her great grandchildren. The Clydeside Singers entertained everyone and the Greenock Telegraph ran a feature story of the occasion.       

Greenock Waterfront Cinema

A special showing of the Classic film “It’s a Wonderful Life” was enjoyed by many of the residents. The cinema arranged the showing of the film for a number of care homes in the area. The residents enjoyed a packed lunch and tea while watching the classic.

The film starring James Stewart and Donna Reid tells the story of an angel sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed.

Christmas Events

The Christmas Entertainment and Activities Programme was fun filled, action packed, and the best we have experienced to date, pictures paint a thousand words. The recreation team absolutely outdid themselves this year!

The Xmas coffee morning was another great success attended by the residents and members of their families. Aside from the tablet, coconut truffles, and marshmallow squares there was a serious fund raising purpose to the event, which resulted in the sum of £425 being raised for charity.
The winners of the draw for the Xmas Hampers were Margaret Hume and Alison McSween.

The Sunday before Xmas the Elim Church came to Altnacraig to sing carols for the residents. They had a choir of about 25 people, who sang beautifully. The residents enjoyed the service and then enjoyed mixing with the choir while everyone had tea and mince pies.

The residents gave the church two food hampers to distribute to families in need. This initiative was promoted by Anne Marie Kane, and was much appreciated by the Church who are very much involved with the Food Bank.

The Staff Xmas Concert proved yet again that all the staff are really wonderful sports and talented singers. The concert was very entertaining and the residents really loved it.

There were a number of carol concerts provided for the residents by local schools. The residents do appreciate the time and effort taken by the pupils and teachers and enjoy their performances.

The Gent’s Barbour and the Art of Shaving

The art of shaving was a great success. Six gentlemen had a morning of pampering, with each enjoying the old fashioned experience of a wet shave and hot towels. They also thoroughly enjoyed chatting and reminiscing about the days they spent in the shipyards.

Fashion Show

Once again M & Co kindly put on a fashion show for the residents. This allowed the residents to choose some lovely outfits for Christmas, which they wore with great style.


The Halloween party with the scary decorations on display was a lot of fun for the residents, the staff, and their children who came to the party. There were a great variety of costumes, from princesses to pirates. The residents adored watching the children playing games and dooking for apples.  

Qualia Day

The residents were treated to a qualia day at the care home. They enjoyed relaxing hand and arm massages using lavender, rosemary, and peppermint essential oils, all of which have therapeutic effect. The room had a variety of sensory experiences including lava lighting, which projected a variety of different coloured lights and shapes on to the walls and ceiling, there is also relaxing music playing in the background. The purpose of the qualia experience is to promote relaxation and reduce anxiety and stress. All very soothing for the residents and staff!


Our two aromatherapists Andrea and Allison continue to be extremely popular providing massage and reflexology on a one to one basis and also in group sessions. The residents thoroughly enjoy the therapeutic effects of the oils and the pampering effects the treatments provide. They worked tirelessly over the Christmas period and introduced some of the more adventurous residents to “Fruity Face Masks” which were proved to be extremely popular and beneficial to their skin.

The Royal Bank of Scotland

We would like to say a massive thank you to Mary Weston’s daughter who works for The Royal Bank of Scotland. They very kindly organized and paid for a concert for the residents on Hogmanay and for the fish supper, which finished off the event to perfection! To top that the Bank also made up bought a hamper for the residents, who appreciated their kindness and generosity.

Bus Outings

The residents were very fortunate to see 3 different pantomimes over the Xmas holiday period. They enjoyed Hansel and Gretel at the Gourock and Ashton Church, Beauty and the Beast at the Beacon, and Aladdin at Notre Dame School. They were all fantastic performances.
We were also privileged to receive 15 tickets from Stuart Gunn, the manager of the Beacon, to see Cinderella, a ballet performed by the Alba School of Ballet. The performance was outstanding and included the granddaughter of one of our staff Liz Barrett.

There was also an outing to Greenock Golf Club to celebrate Bobby Lynn’s birthday. Bobby and the residents enjoyed meeting some of his golfing buddies and he took great pride in showing the residents his name on the board displaying the names of competition winners at the club.

Relatives Forum

We would like to say a huge thankyou to Mrs Khan, Mr Ian Milne, Mr John McNab and Mrs Netta Caniffi for all their hard work over the past year in organizing and running the extremely successful relatives forum. We are incredibly fortunate to have this forum as it has been such an amazing support to other relatives and 

Things to Come:

15th February 2017     St Valentines Day Concert with Michael Patterson
21st February 2017     Relatives Forum A night of music and fun with Jimmy McDade
3rd March 2017            World day of prayer
16th March 2017          St Patricks Day Concert also F. Mcfadyen 100th birthday
End March 2017           Rock & Roll performance by Altnacraig staff
13th April 2017             Easter Concert starring the Wherries

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 to nick@altnacraighouse.co.uk.

Elaine Torbet
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