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Burns Day Celebration at Alma Barn Care Home Brings Joy and Scottish Spirit

8 February 2024

Clare Goodall, a beloved storyteller and musician, brought warmth and cheer to Alma Barn care home as she joined the residents in celebrating Burns Day. With her infectious enthusiasm, Clare enriched the day with tales of Robbie Burns and a melody of Scottish songs, setting the stage for an unforgettable event.

The highlight of the celebration was the traditional piping in of the haggis, a moment made all the more special as it was carried in by Kathy, one of the dedicated volunteers at Alma Barn, while Tommy, a proud Scottish resident, recited the address with heartfelt reverence. The room buzzed with anticipation and pride as the residents came together to honour Scottish tradition.

As the aroma of Cranachan, a traditional Scottish pudding, filled the air, residents eagerly lent their hands in its creation, adding their own touch to the cherished dish.

Clare, ever the entertainer, delighted residents with her balloon modeling skills, adding a whimsical touch to the festivities and spreading joy with every twist and turn. The evening culminated in a heartwarming rendition of “Auld Lang Syne,” a song that stirred memories and emotions in equal measure. Laughter filled the room as residents, staff, and volunteers joined in, their voices blending harmoniously in tribute to friendship and shared experiences.

Following the musical finale, the spirit of Scotland truly came alive as residents and guests participated in their own version of the Highland Games, with caber tossing bringing out the competitive spirit and camaraderie among all present.

Reflecting on the success of the event, Clare expressed her joy in being part of the Alma Barn community, eagerly anticipating her next visit to spread more laughter and cheer. Tommy, deeply moved by the festivities, praised the efforts of the activity team in organising such a memorable occasion, while Kathy, touched by Tommy’s gratitude, emphasised the profound joy of seeing residents’ faces light up with happiness.

Amelia, a dedicated member of the care home staff, shared her appreciation for the importance of honoring such events, noting the joy and sense of togetherness they bring to all involved.