Christmas at Coxhill

We officially kicked off Christmas at Coxhill Manor care home with nursing in Woking with a wonderful performance by our very own ‘Coxhill Choir’ at the beginning of December. 

Sarah Clay our Choirmaster invited a few members of other choirs she leads to come and sing with us.  It was an amazing afternoon.  Coxhills answer to Bing Crosby, Fred, started the show with a solo of White Christmas. 

We sang a selection of Christmas songs and even had the upbeat ‘yellow submarine’ thrown in for good measure! Pastor Paul Harper delivered a Christmas message and we all enjoyed mulled wine and mince pies too!

The power of music and the feel good factor it invokes made this an amazing afternoon.  Huge thanks to everybody involved, including families and friends who came to watch.

Christmas Lights

We enjoyed an evening ‘Christmas Lights trip’ around Woking and Ripley – looking at all the Christmas lights in the villages and on the houses. We drove down our residents roads (on request) and saw their houses  – a real trip down memory lane.  We had mince pies and mulled wine on the bus but the highlight of the evening had to be our Christmas singing!.   We all sang our hearts out and had a jolly good laugh too!  The choir has definitely improved confidence when it comes to having a good sing song! 

We often take for granted that we all see the Christmas lights on the outside of Coxhill – and forget that many residents don’t!  So Mike our wonderful Bustler Bus driver drove round the island on the driveway a few times for us all to have a good look at Coxhill Manor by night!

Christmas Baking

We invited the children into Coxhill to join in the festivities by making gingerbread tree decorations. Thanks to Activity coordinator Julia for baking perfect ginger bread decorations for u all to decorate.  Some of the residents enjoyed it more than the children!!

Christmas Playgroup

We had a Christmas themed ‘Play Together’ (Our Inter generational Playgroup) – where our local vicar kindly arrived as Santa with a sackful of presents for the children.  He had to wear sunglasses so none of the local children recognized him.  We also got to enjoy more Bucks Fizz and mince pies!  The ‘Intergenerational Christmas Concert’ at the Electric Theatre that we attended in Guildford brought together the young and old in a beautiful way.  There was lots of singing, actions and interaction – and of course an appearance from Santa too!

Decorating Coxhill

Amazing decorations were displayed throughout the home as usual… Manager Alan assigns teams to different areas of the home – but there can only be one winner …which had to be  ‘Gables’ led by Carer Sharon!  See the stunning tree in the pictures.  A worthy winner indeed. 

Walton Leigh Christmas Choir

We were treated to Walton Leigh Choirs Christmas Performance.  Children with learning disabilities from Walton Leigh school visit us throughout the year and we have got to know these beautiful children and their teachers.   The hard work and effort of all the children and their teachers and leader Jo is inspring.  And humbling.   A brilliant performance – and the children persuaded Teacher Jo to include ‘Santa Bay’ by Mariah Carey – and they were right.  It was the show stopper by far!

The Four Horseshoes

We took some resudents on a Pub Trip to the Four Horseshoes – back by popular demand from our ‘bingo gang’!  Christmas wouldn’t be complete for Doris, Mary, Phylis and Joyce without a trip to their favourite pub.  Friendship and laughter is what its all about!… And a cracker or two!

Christmas Jumper Day

Christmas Jumper Day is somewhat a tradition at Coxhill where we all wear our favourite Christmas jumpers (head wear and light up earrings) this was teamed up with a Christmas tea party in the conservatory– with bucks fizz and more Christmas goodies – a Pass the Parcel , Christmas Quiz and of course it wouldn’t be complete without Christmas crackers – and the traditional cracker jokes – which are always good for a group groan! 

Christmas Performances

We had Christmas performances from Singers Claire and Nev,  and Bertie Boater with his trademark ukele.  Bertie brings Christmas cheer into residents rooms too as he gives personal performance to the residents who may be unable to join a group gathering.  Thanks Bertie!  Pianist Alan Poulton gave a superb Christmas performance and got everybody singing along around the piano.  Good old fashioned fun!  We also enjoyed an interactive and educational talk on ‘Christmas in the 1950’s’ from Nigel Dawson.

Festive Zoolab

Our residents (and staff!) enjoyed the ‘Zoolab Christmas Road Show’.  The Zoolab ranger dressed as a Christmas elf bought with her a selection of exotic creatures to entertain and educate us – and of course for us to handle too.  Surprising how many residents are keen to hold the snake!

Visit from St Lawrence Church Choir

We had our annual evening Christmas Carol Concert with our friends from St Lawrence Church in Chobham. A traditional Carol concert where we all come together as one big family.  And enjoy more mulled wine and mince pies…

Festive activities

Our Residents made all our Christmas table decorations and Christmas Wreaths complete with all the traditional holly, berries,  gold leaves etc.  They were stunning!  And we all agreed far more meaningful to be home made with love and laughter!

Christmas sing a longs , Christmas films, Christmas quizzes, Christmas music and reminiscing, Christmas baking… Our motto at Coxhill is ‘one size doesn’t fit all’ and we hope everyone agrees that  a variety of enrichment and activity, friendship and love by ALL the staff saw Coxhill enjoy a very Happy Christmas!

We have all had our fill of chocolate , bucks fizz, mince pies and mulled wine  –   till next year…!  Here’s to 2019 at dear Coxhill Manor!

At Coxhill Manor care home in Woking we provide residential, nursing and specialist dementia care for up to 58 residents.

If you would like to find out more about life at Coxhill Manor, our events and activities, meet our team or to arrange a visit, please contact us on 0808 223 5420 or email manager.coxhill@caringhomes.org.

Coxhill Manor

Home Manager

Alan Horler

Address

Station Road,
Chobham,
Woking,
Surrey,
GU24 8AU

Contact
0808 223 5420
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