Coxhill Manor hit all the right notes at Christmas

At Coxhill Manor Nursing Home near Woking we definitely hit all the right notes this Christmas. We love singing whether being entertained by a visiting performer or singing ourselves and our home is regularly filled with the sound of music and this year was no exception.

We held our annual Christmas Carol Concert on the evening of 20th December, courtesy of our local Vicar Chris Bedford and his choir from St Lawrence Church. Friends and family joined their loved ones in the conservatory and enjoyed socialising with a drink or two before the concert began.

All the residents, team members and families joined in the singing – and the choir definitely made the experience more interactive when they took requests from residents. The atmosphere was so homely and lovely, with the Christmas lights twinkling, the smell of the mulled wine and mince pies in the air and the almost tangible feeling of being one big family.  It’s a definite favourite night of the year for many of us.

Residents Lillian and Gwen also attended the Carol Service at Guildford Cathedral in the run up to Christmas. They were accompanied by Head of Activities Sandra Stock, volunteer Ally and Edwin from Housekeeping and a good morning was had by all.  Gwen was a regular attendee at The Guildford Cathedral Carol Concert so it was lovely for her to return and evoke some lovely memories for her.

We also enjoyed musical performances from entertainers such as duo ‘Claire and Nev’, singer Beverley Cassidy and Mezzo Soprano Jane Cuva. All very different in style – allowing something for everyone. We even had St Lawrence Chobham Handbell Ringers in but that’s another story. Read here…

Nev plays the guitar while Claire sings with him and they encourage good old audience participation with everyone enjoying a good old sing along.  Singing certainly does make you feel good – lots of smiling and beaming faces around our conservatory.  Residents who have communication challenges can certainly sing along to old favourite familiar songs too so great to get everyone involved.

The beautiful Beverley Cassidy also encourages audience interaction, singing to each resident as she meanders through the conservatory – making each and every resident feel very special. Beverley wears beautiful colourful dresses when she visits Coxhill Manor which makes for a very visual performance too. Our ladies love her dresses and dancing too. Being in a wheelchair certainly does not stop a resident from dancing whether it’s from foot tapping along to the beat to a full upper body workout.

Mezzo Soprano Jane Cuva is different again – with the focus on classical and opera, a style of music much loved by many of our residents. Jane’s Santa dress added the festive touch to her sensational voice! Read how she made one of our residents wishes come true this Christmas.

And of course we had our Christmas records playing on the record player throughout the season – to provide the festive atmosphere – and made the most of YouTube and our big screen in the conservatory to fulfil requests for Christmas hymns, carols and songs.

At Coxhill Manor, we never underestimate the power of music…!

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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