October Events at Groveland Park

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Entertainment at Groveland Park this month is very exciting, as we have two fantastic acts lined up for our residents, their families, friends and members of the local community - will we be seeing you here?

We're kicking the month off this Thursday, with a Beatles Tribute Duo, who will be singing all your favourite Beatles songs, and singing along is most certainly encouraged. Our second act of the month is a classical singer - Gemma has a wealth of experience and has an incredible range, so she's sure to put on a fantastic performance for us all on Thursday 25th.

As always, our events are completely free, and they both include complimentary refreshments too. Please RSVP to events@grovelandpark.co.uk or 01322 523090 - we hope to see you very soon.

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A visit from Tickled Pink Productions

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We were lucky enough to play host to Tickled Pink Productions on Monday! Established in 2002 as a one-off tour for care homes, the shows were so popular that they never stopped, and we’re lucky enough to keep on welcoming them back.

Their visit this week was amazing – both the singing and dancing were enthralling, bringing some of the residents to tears. It was the Swing Shift, packed with classic songs from the Rat Pack, Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe to name a few. The impressive eclectic set was full of Big Band classics, and all the performers wore the most gorgeous costumes – the show even included the light-hearted story of Billy the Milkman and Shirley the Big Band singer, so it was multi-dimensional to keep everyone entertained for the entire performance. To make sure that everyone could join in, there were even songbooks for the residents to refer to during the event!

Everyone had a thoroughly enjoyable time and we can’t wait to see Tickled Pink Productions back at Groveland Park.


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Teaming up with the National Citizen Service

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The National Citizen Service is a three-part government-funded youth programme, and it’s all about adventure, discovery and social action – and on Tuesday, we were lucky enough to have a bunch of 15 to 17-year-olds in our midst as part of the initiative.

The idea of the NCS is to bring together schools, community organisations, businesses and individuals to build a stronger and more cohesive society. Its aim is to encourage young to try new things, gain new skills and challenges themselves!

Visiting us as part of their social action, our day started with the NCS members taking charge of running a successful games session; there were several residents and young people playing a selection of games including Scrabble, Connect Four, Draughts and Snakes & Ladders, and of course, there was plenty of chat, tea and biscuits too.

In the afternoon, the young people recited poetry to our residents, followed by both solo and group singing, even throwing in the Kiki Dance moves! Our residents really had a fun-filled day with this fine group of youngsters.

On our parting goodbyes, one of our residents said to them: “It’s lovely to see the young people of today showing that there are good, kind young people out there wanting to make a difference instead of the bad publicity that we so often hear about.”

From everyone here at Groveland Park, we’d like to thank the National Citizen Service for your kindness! We hope to welcome you back into our home again one day.


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September Events at Groveland Park

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Here at Groveland Park, our September events are not to be missed, with two very special shows you’re sure to enjoy. As always, everyone is welcome, whether you’re a resident, friend or family member, or you live near our home!

Our first very special event will be taking place on 3rd September, and we’re due to have a professional accordionist in our midst, Martina Schwarz. Martina will no doubt mesmerise us all with her rare talent. Secondly, on 20th September, we’re all going to enjoy an authentic Spanish experience with Flamenco Dancer, Juani! Juani will be accompanied by a very gifted guitarist, Mauricio, so it’s sure to be an engaging, entertaining and energetic event.

As with all our events, refreshments are included, and our chefs have some great culinary delights up their sleeves for September. Please be sure to RSVP to events@grovelandpark.co.uk or 01322 523 090 to give us an idea of numbers for catering purposes – we hope to see you there.


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Groveland Park Art Exhibition

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On Tuesday, we opened our doors to the community to show off just how talented our residents are here at Groveland Park – the day was so much fun, but we also managed to raise some money for charity!

By displaying pieces of artwork from both past and present residents, we were able to highlight the talent and hard work possessed by every single one of our in-house artists, and they really did enjoy every moment of the limelight.

We are delighted to say that by selling items of artwork, we managed to raise over £120 for the Greenwich & Bexley Hospice! Well done to all of our residents who took the time to create such wonderful pieces of artwork to help raise funds for such a worthy cause.


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August Events at Groveland Park

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With all this warm weather we’ve been having, things are hotting up at Groveland Park, and we have two very exciting events to look forward to in August!

In the coming month, we're holding two brilliant events, both starting at 6:45pm – you can find more information in the images attached to this article. We don’t know about you, but at Groveland Park, we’re really looking forward to these two fantastic evenings of entertainment ahead of us, and we're sure our residents will have a great time.

We’re pleased to be holding a Bollywood Dance Show and a Dusty Springfield Tribute, so be sure to get ready for two unique nights in the Groveland Park Bar & Bistro. Residents’ friends and families, along with lovely locals, are all welcome to join us – and as always, we’ll be serving delicious food and drink on both evenings too, courtesy of our wonderful team of chefs, so be sure to RSVP to confirm your attendance. You can do so by emailing events@grovelandpark.co.uk or calling 01322 523090 – we really hope to see you soon here at Groveland Park!


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Making friends with Mayplace Primary School

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On Monday, Wednesday and Friday last week, Groveland Park was a hive of activity, as we were visited by children from the local Mayplace Primary School as part of ‘Community Week’.

Kids from Year 6 came to spend some quality time with our residents on all three days, and they also brought in different pieces of artwork and other school projects that they’re proud of to show everyone and to talk about. Our residents thoroughly enjoyed spending time with the children and talking about different things that have changed over the years.

The idea of teaming up with Mayplace was to bring the two different generations together and to show the kids that getting older isn’t such a bad thing, as you have some wonderful memories to share! The children really enjoyed themselves, even asking to return to visit in the holidays – and what really made it all worthwhile was how the kids wrote some special letters to Groveland Park to say just how much they enjoyed their visit. We hope to see them again soon!


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National Care Home Open Day

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On Saturday from midday until 4pm, we opened the doors at Groveland Park as part of the National Care Home Open Day, and we’re pleased to say that this year, it was another great success for us – around 80 people attended, and even the sun was shining!

As an event put on for our residents, their family members, friends and members of the local community, we like to have a lot going on, so this year we decided to celebrate the Best of British! Everyone invited was encouraged to wear red, white and blue fancy dress, and a street party buffet was laid on by the fantastic kitchen staff.

With the weather in our favour, we were pleased to be able to spend the entire afternoon in the garden, with a traditional tombola, along with face painting by Sally. We also had a 1940s show, which was performed by the lovely vintage vocalist Marie – she performed ‘40s-style songs from British artists, along with a couple of patriotic numbers too! Last but most certainly not least, we were lucky enough to have The Great British Sing-off Cabaret Show, which was an absolutely hilarious show for all the family, containing great songs and funny costume changes throughout.

It was a fantastic day for everyone involved – if you missed it this year, keep an eye out for next year’s event!



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