The sun shone bright, and our ladies welcomed family and friends to The Hermitage Summer Fair. Great fun was had by all, we were joined by Burton Albion mascot Billy Brewer, there was a bouncy castle, cake stall, bottle tombola, grand raffle which the first prize was a luxury drinks hamper, kindly donated by the staff of the Hermitage, craft stall, refreshments, ice-cream and many other games including the very popular stocks, and thanks to some very wet and rather good sports (Louise Hurst, Ang Ashby, Charlotte Pearce, Lyn Watkins and Samantha Hurst) kept the crowds wanting more. Entertainers Trish and Dan sang with great voice and The Hermitage welcomed a new friend Mr. Phil Hudson from Shropshire and Staffordshire Blood Bikes with his Yamaha FJR1300 called Imogen. The children were allowed to look around her and sit on (Imogen) while their parents could find out about all the important work being done by the service. We would like to thank all that came out to support us and to all the staff who helped out on the day and behind the scenes.
After 4 years of keeping us fit maybe! The ladies and the staff said a fond farewell to our very own fitness instructor Oli Greatholder who has gone onto pastures new and will now be a primary school teacher. We would like to send him all our love and best wishes in his new career.
On 21st April 2017 residents and their families were cordially invite to join The Hermitage in celebrating her majesty the Queen’s 91st birthday and belated Sapphire Jubilee celebration marking our Queen as the longest – reigning monarch in British history. Andrew Little played the ukulele as we sang songs and reminisced while filling our bellies with tasty sandwiches and mouth-watering cakes! The ladies all wore tiaras and staff dressed up as queens for the day. Many thanks to all the families that came to help us celebrate and to all the staff for their hard work on the day.
7th April 2017 saw the ladies chancing their bets with The Hermitages’ very own Grand National. The ladies had the choice of three horses; Shelley Jump wearing the orange silks (Sue Woodward), Eiffel Over in the green silks (Oli Greatholder) and Neigh Good in the black and white silks (Samantha Hurst). After picking their horse it was up to the roll of a dice to see how far each horse moved along the course. Four games were played and one of the residents got 4 out of 4, think she must have been a horse whisper in her younger years!
Fun was had by all, although there was a steward’s enquiry into cheating allegations between Shell Jump and Eiffel Over. Neigh Good went lame and was put out to pastures green!
On 7th March 2017 the ladies had their nerves tested when the Zoo Lab came to visit The Hermitage and they didn’t come alone!
The ladies took it all in their stride making friends with a giant African snail called Gary, a giant slow worm, a giant millipede, a small tortoise, a albino corn snake, a mouse and a Netherlands dwarf rabbit! As you can see from the pictures the ladies showed no fear of creepy crawlies and had a great afternoon.