Come said the leaves to the

 wind one day,

Come o’er the meadows and

we will play,

Put on your dresses


                            and GOLD

For summer is gone and

the days grow cold.

                         by George Eliot.


British Summer Time ends at the end of this month and our clocks will turn back during the early hours of the 28th. We will wake up on  Sunday morning having enjoyed an extra hour in bed. The seasons are beginning to turn and October brings the chill of autumn and a bright low sun in the sky.  We think of playing ‘conkers’ in the school playground, looking at beautiful spider webs sparkling with dew in the hedgerow and huge garden spiders scurrying across the living room carpet searching for a warm spot in the house. How we enjoyed all the fun of Nottingham Goose Fair and Ilkeston Charter Fair.  Candy Floss, Toffee Apples, Brandy Snaps and Grantham Ginger Biscuits, Hook-a-Duck. Winning a goldfish as a prize…. which had to live in a trifle dish because no one ever had a spare goldfish bowl!  The Big Wheel and the Cakewalk. We enjoyed the Sunday School Harvest Festival and would sing ‘We plough the fields and scatter’.  Early Autumn is a lovely time of year.

October is also a very busy time at the Grange.  We only have a few weeks to complete our Poppy Project which began earlier in the year.  To date we have approximately 500 knitted poppies to decorate the garden and must extend our many thanks to our amazing knitters, Janette and Marion, for supporting the Grange and making this project a success. The finished poppy field will be displayed in the garden from the 8th November onwards and we hope residents, family, friends and staffs will take time to see the display.  As we reach November 2018 and the centenary marking the end of World War 1 it is a small token of our deep respect and gratitude for all those involved.

Throughout October we will also be creating wall hangings, paintings and poetry all relating to the Poppy and creative art works for our families. Family and friends are most welcome to join our activities.

We are also raising funds for the British Legion by selling reflective poppy-tags which can be used on dog or cat collars and as key rings or tags for your purse or handbag.  These cost £1.25 each. We would also like to display photographs of your pet wearing their poppy and Shirley looks forward to seeing your pictures.

We have also suggested the poppies from our knitted poppy field could be sold (week commencing 19th November) with donations shared between the British Legion and the Grange Resident’s Fund.  Please see Shirley who will be happy to discuss your thoughts and arrange any poppies for collection.


Clothing Event

We still have a number of letters and request forms in reception regarding the clothing event to be held on Wednesday 10th October.

Please see or leave a message for Shirley if you are unable to attend but would like to take advantage of this visit from PWS Clothing.






We have an extra special birthday on Tuesday 9th October. Vera celebrates her 100th birthday and everyone at the Grange send their congratulations and best wishes for a wonderful day.  We have entertainment in the dining room from 2pm when Johnny Victory will entertain everyone and help Vera celebrate her special day.



Thank you to everyone who took part in our September quiz. Congratulations to Sheila, Terry, Ida, Vera and Catharine for achieving top marks. The quiz competition is hotting up  and the winner of our trophy will be announced at the end of the year. Keep up the good work! 

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