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Bank Holiday BBQ

Sunshine and an air of excitement filled the garden at Holmwood as residents and their families gathered for the annual Summer BBQ over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Decorations and music added to the party atmosphere and everyone chatted over drinks whilst the delicious smell of cooking from the BBQ hinted at the hearty meal to come.

Beautiful songs by Vera Lynn prompted memories of days gone by and resident, John Grant, told stories of his days in India with the Royal Air Force and his experiences working alongside Lord Mountbatten.

Following the lovely meal, glasses were topped up and the guests split into two groups to compete in a quiz. After lots of conspiratorial whispering the quiz went to a final tie-break and the winners celebrated with their prize of chocolates to accompany their white wine and Baileys.

The event closed with a raffle and lucky seat prizes that reminded residents of previous get-togethers and winning raffles at local pubs. Several families lingered over drinks, enjoying the sunny afternoon as they reminisced about how they used to spend their Summer holidays.

Everyone agreed that they had had a thoroughly enjoyable day! #nsign007

Latest Wessex Care post on Facebook

Bank Holiday BBQ

Sunshine and an air of excitement filled the garden at Holmwood as residents and their families gathered for the annual Summer BBQ over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Decorations and music added to the party atmosphere and everyone chatted over drinks whilst the delicious smell of cooking from the BBQ hinted at the hearty meal to come.

Beautiful songs by Vera Lynn prompted memories of days gone by and resident, John Grant, told stories of his days in India with the Royal Air Force and his experiences working alongside Lord Mountbatten.

Following the lovely meal, glasses were topped up and the guests split into two groups to compete in a quiz. After lots of conspiratorial whispering the quiz went to a final tie-break and the winners celebrated with their prize of chocolates to accompany their white wine and Baileys.

The event closed with a raffle and lucky seat prizes that reminded residents of previous get-togethers and winning raffles at local pubs. Several families lingered over drinks, enjoying the sunny afternoon as they reminisced about how they used to spend their Summer holidays.

Everyone agreed that they had had a thoroughly enjoyable day! #nsign007

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September saw the introduction of a new activity – the Wessex Care Silver Screen Wednesday!

Residents from Kimberly West and Holmwood attended a special Wednesday morning screening at the Salisbury Odeon, taking along snacks of crisps and chocolate bars. Many could not remember the last time they had been out to the movies and were excited about the trip.

The movie, title Churchill, which was set during the preparations for D-Day and the liberation of France, revealed the real man behind the public face of Sir Winston Churchill.

The residents said that, by showing how Mr Churchill had felt before the D-Day landings, the film had shed a new light on his character and demonstrated how courageous he was. Resident, Dorothy Sheath, said that, although it had brought back memories of the war, she had enjoyed the movie.

Back in their respective homes they told all their friends about the trip and, due to the interest generated, Wessex Care will now run a monthly Silver Screen trip for residents. #nsign007

Corel reward loyal customers by charging them nearly double for an upgrade to Paintshop Pro x3 Ultimate

I have ended up with a lot of graphics software and often use an individual product for a particular feature. In the case of Paintshop Photo X3 Pro Ultimate I am buying it because it can handle the raw format of the pictures from my Fuji S200EXR – because Photoshop can’t!

Corel have a tendency to treat customers like idiots

One up to Corel. Of course then they shoot themselves in both feet by treating me like an idiot. They seem to think that sending me an email telling me that they were treating me as a loyal customer that I would believe that they were offering me the upgrade at a competitive price. At £49.99 it’s cheaper than their previous upgrade price of £59.99. Do they really not expect customers to feel unreasonably treated if they later discover that at the same time Amazon are selling the full boxed version with free delivery for £27.90

Unfortunately Corel are not the only graphics software company to treat users badly, Adobe being a case in point, but this really is a great way to alienate your “Loyal Customers”

A Paid-up Member of the Pudding Club…

Yesterday’s BBC regional lunchtime bulletin, Points West  with a blonde roving reporter possibly called Linda?

Reporting on a cook at the school who had managed to win the regional heats of a school cook’s competition and was now due to move forward to the national competition. The reporter looked a bit of a lemon trying to interupt the queue and get a comment from the lady involved.

She then turned around and approached a table of children sat at a table to get a further comment and said to the camera…

“The proof of the cooking is in the pudding” aarrrggghhh!

“The proof of the pudding is in the eating”

AA – The yellow team have lost their way going green

I received new AA membership cards through the post today.

With the information came an offer to “Help the Environment” by recycling our old membership cards – by sending them back to the AA to recycle! I think the AA have lost the plot on several levels here:

  • The environmental impact of returning the cards to the AA will far outweigh the benefits of doing so!
  • Why issue a new card every year. Wouldn’t it have a far greater environmental impact to only renew a card when the old one needed replacing?

Although the card does appear to have a data strip on the back it has never been used in my 10 years as a member – I have had to call them out once or twice or 10 times. But if a bank can manage to only renew a credit card every 3-5 years why can’t the AA.

As an AA member for 10 years I think the AA do a great job and I am not looking to move to another service any time soon. I just think they have got this wrong and will be contacting them on Monday to share my thoughts.