Dear Residents, Friends and Relatives,

Welcome to our latest 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 House.

Bus Outings

Over the past few months, residents have enjoyed a variety of outings to places including; Cardwell Nursery, Strathclyde House, Tontine Hotel, Erskine Garden Centre, The Point, Braehead Shopping Centre, The Beacon, Morrison’s and Nardini’s Ice Cream Café in Largs. The highlight of recent trips and a firm favourite with residents was our trip to the Seamill Hydro Hotel. The residents love getting out on bus trips and we have many more outings planned.

Go for Gold

On the 24th August, twelve care homes took part in a sports day type event held at the Battery Park in Greenock. Our residents wore purple t-shirts with the slogan ‘Go for Gold’ donned on the front. Residents took part in activities including: Beat the Goalie, Toss the Slipper and Basketball. As the weather wasn’t that great, a marquee had been erected for residents to relax and enjoy their lunch. The residents who took part had a great day and spirits were not dampened because of the weather.

In September, an official awards ceremony / Halloween party was held in St John’s Episcopal Church.  The ceremony and party brought the completing care homes together again with a trophy presented to the winner of the Go for Gold challenge. The winning team/home was Bellaire Care Home.

Ballet at the Beacon

Complimentary tickets were offered to Alt-Na-Craig residents by the kind staff at The Beacon theatre in Greenock. The show was a ballet called Coppelia. This light hearted ballet is a story about Franz, a youth who becomes infatuated with a life size dancing doll upsetting his true heart’s desire Swandila. The Beacon generously donated 20 tickets, so 12 residents were accompanied by 8 members of staff. All who attended had a fabulous night. Thank you to the Beacon.

Tea Dance at St. John’s Episcopal Church

A joint Tea Dance was organised and held in St John’s Episcopal Church by ten care homes within the Inverclyde area. The residents all dressed in fancy dress costumes. Each care home brought sandwiches, cakes and refreshments for the residents to enjoy. The entertainer for the day was Craig Johnson who put on a great show with residents dancing and singing along. Over 100 residents were at the tea dance. A great afternoon was had by all who attended.

100th Birthday Party

Isa had a lovely party in the garden lounge with her nieces, nephews and friends in attendance. A number of residents also attended to celebrate Isa’s 100th birthday. The Left Lieutenant came along and read out Isa’s telegram from the Queen and he also presented her with a beautiful bouquet of flowers. The Left Lieutenant spent a lovely afternoon chatting with Isa and all were entertained by a lovely group of ladies for the afternoon.

Halloween Party

Alt-Na-Craig House held our traditional Halloween party on the 24th October inviting the children of our dedicated staff and the children and grandchildren of our residents. Games included; pin the nose on the witch, musical statues, wrap up the mummy and Jenga. The residents enjoyed watching the children play, even offering advice to those playing Jenga. Goody bags containing sweets and juice were prepared in advance for the children. The residents enjoyed the busy and fun filled night. A highlight for many was seeing the children dressed up in their wonderful costumes.

Mamma Mia Concert

The Mamma Mia concert hosted by staff on the evening of the 25th October 2018 was a huge success. The residents had a fantastic time dancing and singing along to all our favourite songs. The night was topped off with a traditional Pies & Peas menu as well as some light refreshments. The staff worked hard to put on a great show enjoyed by residents and also the families who joined them and us on the night.


The festive season was once again brimming with a number of various activities for our residents. Many schools and nurseries performed wonderfully for the residents signing a great selection of Christmas songs and Carols. These performances are always loved and enjoyed by the residents.

The residents returned for the second year running to the Christmas Seagull Barge and once again Santa joined us on-board for the trip.

Our Annual Staff Christmas Concert was enjoyed by all. Our staff entertained residents by singing a number of all our old favourite Christmas carols and songs. They even attempted a special rendition of ‘A Million Dreams’ from the hugely popular The Greatest Showman.

White Christmas Show

Alt-Na-Craig residents were treated to an afternoon of entertainment by Shooglie Road Productions. Four young actors came to the home and put on a great performance of White Christmas. The residents thoroughly enjoyed watching the show. Shooglie Road Productions returned to Alt-Na-Craig House on the 30th January to perform ‘A Man’s a Man for All That’.

A Man’s a Man for All That

Our Rabbie Burns celebrations were topped off by a return performance from Shooglie Road Productions. A Man’s a Man for All That based on Rabbie Burn’s famous poem was greatly enjoyed by the residents. In keeping with tradition, the residents tucked into plates of haggis, neeps & tatties. We were all very pleased to have a Piper on the day that played whilst the haggis was presented by the chef to the residents – 3 haggises in 3 dining rooms! Speeches were given and some residents read out their favourite Rabbie Burns poems.

More than Sparrows

More than sparrows is held in the Port Glasgow Salvation Army and is a small service held for dementia groups. Mattie and Ian Aurtler are the Captains of the Salvation Army and they gave a lovely Christmas Service for the residents which was followed by a wonderful meal. We meet at the Salvation Army once a month and the residents have a good time on every visit.

New Deputy Manager

Sandra Byrne has joined Alt-Na-Craig House in the role of Deputy Manager. Sandra is a qualified RGN, senior nurse and clinical lead with many years’ experience in a variety of nursing environments. Sandra will be making the rounds to learn more about our residents and their families so that she can provide residents with the best care possible. 

Alt-Na-Craig’s New Logo

We have been working with designers to update and modernise our logo.  We expect our new branding to be in place in the next few weeks.

Events to come

·         Cinema to see ‘Whisky Galore’ on the 12th March 2019

·         Staff Concert; ‘Grease’ 27th March 2019

·         “Activage” Morton in the Community - April 2019

·         Oliver Twist Show, St John’s Episcopal Church - May 2019

·         Summer Trips –

§  Seagull Trust Barge – May 2019

§  Staff taking part in ‘Race for Life’ – May 2019

§  People’s Palace – June 2019

§  ‘Go For Gold’ Sports Event - 26th July 2019

§  Transport Museum – July

And finally

Thank you to everyone for your continued support. 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 admin@altnacraighouse.co.uk


Elaine Torbet 

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