Monday 21st March marked World Poetry Day, and all of our homes across the United Kingdom have been in the wax lyrical mood, either creating poetry of their own, listening to or reciting some of their favourite sonnets, haikus and limericks.
Poems have been flooding in from all corners of the UK, showcasing the talented residents, families and teams in the homes. We've put a link to a selection of the poems at the bottom of this page.
The homes celebrated World Poetry Day in various different ways.
Edgewater Care Home in Donaghadee created a poetry wall board, showcasing some of the poems written by residents, relatives and the team.
Residents and their families all got creative at South Park Care Home in York. There were numerous beautiful poems penned. A lovely short one written by a resident’s grandchild read: “The most romantic love story, is not Romeo and Juliet. But my grandpa and Grandma, who grew old together.”
Visitors to Meadowbrook Care Home in Oswestry helped residents to get into the poetry mood. Students from Trefonen Primary School visited in the morning and recited poems for the residents. In the afternoon staff from the library came in to read war poems. One of the residents, Hazel Blackwell, took centre stage and recited her favourite poem ‘Kingfisher’
Gowrie House Care Home in Kirkcaldy also welcomed local primary school children from Dunnikier into their home. The young children (aged 8 and 9) recited poems that they’d written for the residents all inspired by spring. Once the children had finished reciting, it was the residents turn to teach the youngsters some poems they’d learnt when they were at school.
Meanwhile at Laganvale Care Home in Moira, residents, relatives and the team all worked together to create a poetry tree showcasing people’s favourite poems, in a different decorative style.
Church and Manor View Care Home in Doncaster, had some very special guests on Monday. The Mayor and Mayoress of Doncaster attended their poetry recital. They both recited their favourite poems to the residents, and then settled down for some afternoon tea.
One of the residents from Courtenay House in Kings Lynn treated everyone to her rendition of her very own poem ‘How Well I can remember the cottage on the hill’. She was awarded with a visit from the Easter bunny (part of the home’s pet therapy session), who felt at home on her lap.
Local poet Tony Hillier visited Ladymead Care Home in Swindon, and entertained residents with his very energetic recital.
Residents from Ty Hafod in Capel Llanillterne got all dressed up for their poetry recital, whilst residents at Roseworth Lodge Care Home in Stockton-on-tees, Murdoch House Care Home in Wokingham and many others got all wax lyrical and created their own poems.
Flower Park Care Home in Doncaster celebrated their World Poetry Day by inviting a special guest to come along to the home to recite some of his lovely poems to our residents, relatives, team and friends of Flower Park. Former Denaby Main miner Benny Wilkinson (86) is known as the 'Conisbrough Poet' after writing hundreds of poems relating to places and events around Mexborough where he grew up and later Denaby and Conisbrough. Benny has been awarded the Radio Sheffield Poet Laureate award and the 'Pride in Doncaster Lifetime Achievement' award. We all had a lovely afternoon full of laughter brought on by listening to Benny’s poems and humurous stories from yesteryears.
Woodview Care Home in Lincoln invited one of our local schools to bring some of the students in for a poetry recital. About 30 children came in to recite some of their favourite poems, and even some poems they had written themselves. Our residents were thrilled to have the students in and there was lots of applause and even laughter at the funnier poems. It was a lovely afternoon with a lot of smiling faces. One of the residents loved it so much she had her photograph taken with some of the children. She also gave them a little sing song, reciting a favourite war time song.
Meanwhile Sycamore & Poplars Care Centre in Mansfield had their own little event to support our budding poets. They invited some local school children to create and read their own poems to residents. Being so close to Easter they themed their poems around Easter/Spring. A lovely afternoon was had by all!
Date published: 15 September 2017