The Grange Gazette April Edition 2024

Katsumoto: The Last Samurai

The perfect blossom is a rare thing. You can spend your life looking for one, and it would not be a wasted life.

Spring has finally arrived with buds on the trees and our gardens are awakening and coming to life. With the lighter evenings comes a spirit of optimism and we have a wealth of entertainment and activities for you to look forward to over the months ahead


We are currently enjoying a project called ‘Memory Lane’ to be displayed throughout the second floor and landing areas and will include reminiscence activities, photographs and artwork.

Sir Robert Doncaster commissioned the building of the Grange at the turn of the twentieth century after marrying Gertrude Louisa Barber in 1896. The property became their family home. After much research we will include old pictures and photographs in our project and would appreciate it if any residents, family or friends have memories relating to the Doncaster family or the Sandiacre Screw Company and their premises on Bradley Street. Shirley would welcome your anecdotes.

Residents enjoy wonderful memories from their childhood including:

‘Sir Robert Doncaster and Lady Doncaster always insisted the local Carnival Queen had a proper photograph taken in the Grange gardens wearing their crown and robe’

‘Sir Robert had a parrot and we would peep through the gates hoping to see it in the trees’

‘I remember being about three years old and Sir Robert went by in his horse and carriage. All the workers stopped what they were doing and stood by the roadside and touched their caps in respect’

We look forward to enjoying this fascinating project and hope in due course visitors will take time to see our hard word.

While we always enjoy weekly entertainment from a variety of singers and speakers please make a special date in your diary on Tuesday 23 April when the Breaston Ukulele Group will be calling in at the Grange from 2pm for an afternoon of well known tunes. So bring along your finest singalong voices and welcome Rose and her ukulele players to the Grange. Residents, family, friends and staff are most welcome to join everyone in the dining room.

April Birthdays

This month we wish four residents the very best of days as they celebrate their birthdays. Betty’s special day is the 3rd April, Peter the 12th, Pat the 20th and Alan the 28th. Everyone at the Grange wish you happiness on your birthdays.

Staff News

We would like to welcome Karen to the Care Team. We hope you will be very happy at the Grange.

Vinnies Plant Stall

Thank you to everyone for supporting little Vincent who raises funds in aid of Treetops and Ward 2 at the Florence Nightingale Community Hospital Derby. Vincent has already set seeds for your summer planting and there are a few more alliums and herbs coming through which can be found for sale on his stall situated by the main entrance. All pots are reasonably priced and an ‘honesty box’ for your payments can be found in the porch area.

Dates for your April Diary

Thursday 4th Join CK Cody in the main lounge for an afternoon of gentle Country sounds from 2pm

Tuesday 9th Dave Johns and songs from the 60s and 70s in the main lounge from 2pm

Tuesday 16th Local historian Steven Flinders returns by popular request. Join him in the main lounge from 2pm for his quiz and discussion relating to another ‘box of curiosities’ from yesteryear.

Tuesday 23rd Breaston Ukulele from 2.15pm in the dining room. All residents, family, friends and staff are very welcome.

Make a special date on Wednesday 1st May when Russell Weaver brings the sound of Elvis to the Grange from 2pm

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