Gramophone in the Garden at Coxhill Manor

Friday afternoons are often dedicated to musical activities here at Coxhill Manor in Woking, Surrey. Residents gather in the conservatory at 2pm to enjoy a fun filled musical afternoon, be it a sing-a-long, Name that Tune quiz, Jukebox Afternoon or even a Karaoke to name but a few.

On Friday 7th April it was a beautiful sunny day and it seemed a shame not to make the most of the lovely weather – so we held our music session in the garden!   One of our resident’s Roy kindly brought his gramophone and a selection of his old records to share with us.

And what a treat it was…. there’s certainly something incredibly special and mesmerising about the sound of the gramophone. Roy educated us as to the workings of the gramophone and introduced each song before it was played. It certainly prompted memories and conversation and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the music, the nostalgia, the company and of course the sunshine. We had our afternoon tea and cake in the garden too – so we all got our quota of fresh air and vitamin D too!

Roy himself said it was a pleasure to share his music collection and gramophone with us and was looking forward to when we do it again.

Well he didn’t have to wait too long… the following Friday was Good Friday and Roy offered to set up the gramophone in the Garden wing and play a few records appropriate to the day, for anyone who was interested.  He was only expecting a few people to turn up.  Well what a turn out; we had over twenty residents and family members attend.  Everyone particularly enjoyed the recordings of the Boys Choir from the school Roy attended as a child which made the muscial afternoon even more special.

Special thanks to Roy from all of us.

We finished the afternoon in the conservatory by playing hymns appropriate to Good Friday on the big screen in the conservatory.  From the simplicity and beauty of the gramophone to the wonders of the internet and you tube in one afternoon…

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 or to arrange a visit, please contact us on 0808 223 5420 or email











Coxhill Manor

Home Manager

Alan Horler


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