At last the weather has started to improve and spring is in the air. We are beginning to look forward to the warmer weather and during recent activities we have recalled our ‘Bank Holiday’  trips and holidays in ‘Skeggy’.  We really did have the best of times.

With this in mind Shirley has been working towards bringing the seaside to the Grange and, after many sleepless nights, has secured an Art at the HeART project through the Erewash Public Health Locality Fund which will be managed by the Art Development Team at Erewash Borough Council.

The garden will become our very own seaside and your pieces of art work will brighten and the corridors and lounge areas.  Over nine weeks Karen Herrick, a professional artist, will be joining the Grange and bringing our thoughts and ideas to life while teaching residents and staff new skills.  The first session will be held on Wednesday 24th April when Karen will be helping you to make your own felt pictures from natural fibres.  Making  felt material isn’t something we do everyday so it will be an interesting start to all her visits.  Future sessions will include printing and stencilling, applique, making bunting and decoupage.  Your art work will be photographed and together with your holiday recollections professionally printed and made into a hardcover book.  The seaside event will culminate on Wednesday 3rd July when it will be Karen’s final visit to the Grange and we celebrate all your achievements. 

We would like to display a banner during this time

and choose a seaside name for the Grange. Please find a suggestion slip attached to the newsletter and discuss your ideas with Shirley.

Family and friends are invited to join residents at all sessions, the dates of which will be listed on both notice boards.

Karen’s works can be viewed on her own website     

We are looking forward to an exciting time which we hope you will all enjoy.

Quiz results

Last month’s quiz has resulted in a three-way tie for first place with Ernest, Terry and Sheila all gaining top marks.  Thank you to every one for

taking part.


April Birthdays

We have four birthdays during April starting with

Joan on the 2nd followed by Vera S on the 23rd, Joyce on the 25th and Margery on the 26th.  Everyone at the Grange send their best wishes and hope you enjoy your special days.



Wishing you all a Happy Easter

and may this special time bring the nicest of things to you and those you love.




Tuesday 2nd Sandiacre Churches Together.  Easter church service in the main lounge from 10.15am


Wednesday 3rd It is always a pleasure to welcome Alan Hill who usually entertains holiday makers on the Oceana cruise ship.  Today he will be visiting the Grange from 2pm in the main lounge with an afternoon of songs ‘his dad used to like’.


Friday 5th Be sure to see Shirley and receive your free sweepstake ticket for the Grand National  which takes place the following day.  

Saturday 6th Grand National from Aintree 5.15pm

on ITV.


Tuesday 9th Vintage Mark will be calling in with sing along songs and music from the Music Hall era. Join him in the dining room from 2pm.


Tuesday 16th Join Alice for an afternoon of your favourite songs from 2pm in the main lounge,


Friday 19th Good Friday

Sunday 21st Easter Sunday

Monday 22nd Easter Bank Holiday Monday


Tuesday 23rd St George’s Day.  Welcome Johnny Victory in the dining room from 2pm and be prepared for lots of flag-waving as we raise the roof and celebrate St George’s Day by singing good old traditional songs.  Family and friends always welcome.


Wednesday 24th Meet textile artist Karen Herrick of Harlequin Art in the dining room from 2pm.

During this session we will be making felt.

Family and friends welcome.


Tuesday 30th Our second session with Karen Herrick will continue with a seaside theme. 2pm

in the dining room.

Family and friends welcome.




Wednesday 1st May



The Breaston Ukulele Players are a group of keen

ukulele players who play just for fun with a bit of singing thrown in!  Please extend a warm Grange welcome and join them in the dining room from

2pm. All welcome.


Thursday 23rd May



Jade from Pony Magic will be calling in with a very special unicorn. If you have never seen or met a unicorn before make sure to put the date in your diary for a magical afternoon.









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