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Spring Planting

To celebrate the Spring Equinox we planted seeds, bulbs and beans in pots, watered them, and put them safely in our greenhouse.  Lots of residents were involved, handling the soil, gently pushing the beans inside, carrying them indoors, and giving them water.  At William Blake House we like to be in touch with the seasons, and to remember where our food comes from.  Being involved in the planting, watching the growth, and then finally preparing and eating our own crops is a potent and rewarding way to be connected to the Earth.

  • Photos from our Spring planting activity
  • Photos from our Spring planting activity
  • Photos from our Spring planting activity
  • Photos from our Spring planting activity
  • Photos from our Spring planting activity
  • Photos from our Spring planting activity
  • Photos from our Spring planting activity
  • Photos from our Spring planting activity

Thomley

Thomley is an exciting activity centre with plenty of opportunities for exploring, relaxing, socialising, and being creative.  Our residents always enjoy visiting Thomley.

  • Photos from a visit to the Thomley Centre
  • Photos from a visit to the Thomley Centre
  • Photos from a visit to the Thomley Centre
  • Photos from a visit to the Thomley Centre
  • Photos from a visit to the Thomley Centre
  • Photos from a visit to the Thomley Centre

Valentine's Day

At William Blake House we love to get together and celebrate as many festivals and special occasions as possible.  For Valentine's day this year we decorated our homes, baked heart-shaped biscuits, and enjoyed a disco in the local school hall where we danced to folk music and romantic pop songs.

  • Photos from our Valentine's Day celebrations
  • Photos from our Valentine's Day celebrations
  • Photos from our Valentine's Day celebrations
  • Photos from our Valentine's Day celebrations
  • Photos from our Valentine's Day celebrations
  • Photos from our Valentine's Day celebrations
  • Photos from our Valentine's Day celebrations

Burns Night

For Burns Night we decorated the table with hand-coloured placemats, read a poem to Call the haggis to the table, and then tucked in to a delicious feast of haggis, neeps, and brussels sprouts.

  • Photos from our Burns' Night supper
  • Photos from our Burns' Night supper
  • Photos from our Burns' Night supper

Our Christmas party

We all got together in the local village hall to celebrate Christmas with poems, readings, songs, and a festive feast.  Our residents received gifts and we all enjoyed a warm sense of community in the beautifully decorated hall, filled with Christmas music and excited chatter and laughter.  Included here are also some photos of the decorations in our houses and the biscuits and chutneys we made for Christmas.

  • Photos from our Christmas party
  • Photos from our Christmas party
  • Photos from our Christmas party
  • Photos from our Christmas party
  • Photos from our Christmas party
  • Photos from our Christmas party
  • Photos from our Christmas party
  • Photos from our Christmas party
  • Photos from our Christmas party
  • Photos from our Christmas party
  • Photos from our Christmas party
  • Photos from our Christmas party
  • Photos from our Christmas party
  • Photos from our Christmas party
  • Photos from our Christmas party
  • Photos from our Christmas party
  • Photos from our Christmas party
  • Photos from our Christmas party
  • Photos from our Christmas party

Our November gathering

After celebrating Hallowe'en in our three houses, with autumnal displays and home-made pumpkin soup, we came together on November 1st to connect with the origins of this festival, which lie in the old autumn tradition of reflecting on those who've gone before us.  We gathered to sing a song and hear a reading and a poem before sitting quietly together by the light of 40 candles to respectfully remember loved ones.

  • Candles and flowers for our November gathering
  • Candles and flowers for our November gathering
  • Candles and flowers for our November gathering
  • Candles and flowers for our November gathering

Thomas Centre Holiday, October 2017

The Thomas Centre is located in the heart of the Lincolnshire tourist region.  It offered some wonderful on-site activities such as swimming, an outdoor adventure playground and green space, a sensory room and some super arts and crafts spaces. The residents also visited Lincoln to enjoy its tea rooms, country parks, and churches.

  • Photos from our Thomas Centre holiday, 2017
  • Photos from our Thomas Centre holiday, 2017
  • Photos from our Thomas Centre holiday, 2017
  • Photos from our Thomas Centre holiday, 2017
  • Photos from our Thomas Centre holiday, 2017

Butlins Holiday, October 2017

Butlin’s Minehead resort is located in the heart of Exmoor in Somerset and offered our residents activities such as exploring the beach, visiting the zoo, attending theatre shows, and socialising in the local restaurants.

  • Photos from our Butlins holiday, October 2017
  • Photos from our Butlins holiday, October 2017
  • Photos from our Butlins holiday, October 2017
  • Photos from our Butlins holiday, October 2017
  • Photos from our Butlins holiday, October 2017
  • Photos from our Butlins holiday, October 2017
  • Photos from our Butlins holiday, October 2017
  • Photos from our Butlins holiday, October 2017
  • Photos from our Butlins holiday, October 2017
  • Photos from our Butlins holiday, October 2017
  • Photos from our Butlins holiday, October 2017
  • Photos from our Butlins holiday, October 2017

Stackpole Holiday, September 2017

Stackpole’s resort is located close to the Pembrokeshire Coast Line and offered our residents activities such as coastline walks, beach adventure, and trips to the waterpark.  There was also time to explore the nearby towns and villages, visiting a few fascinating churches along the way.

  • Photos from our Stackpole holiday, September 2017
  • Photos from our Stackpole holiday, September 2017
  • Photos from our Stackpole holiday, September 2017
  • Photos from our Stackpole holiday, September 2017
  • Photos from our Stackpole holiday, September 2017
  • Photos from our Stackpole holiday, September 2017
  • Photos from our Stackpole holiday, September 2017

Harvest Festival at William Blake House

We celebrated Harvest this year with a big get-together in the village hall.  We danced, sang songs, and the whole community enacted a delightful story about the cycle of the year from sowing to harvesting.  Afterwards we ate home-made soup and cakes together.  The hall was beautifully decorated with our own produce from the Blakesley garden as well as other fruit and vegetables, floral displays, and six scarecrows we'd specially made for the occasion.

  • Photos from our Harvest Festival
  • Photos from our Harvest Festival
  • Photos from our Harvest Festival
  • Photos from our Harvest Festival
  • Photos from our Harvest Festival
  • Photos from our Harvest Festival
  • Photos from our Harvest Festival
  • Photos from our Harvest Festival
  • Photos from our Harvest Festival
  • Photos from our Harvest Festival
  • Photos from our Harvest Festival
  • Photos from our Harvest Festival
  • Photos from our Harvest Festival
  • Photos from our Harvest Festival
  • Photos from our Harvest Festival

Birds of prey at William Blake House

Some owl keepers visited us in April and gave our staff and residents close-up encounters with their fascinating birds.

  • Birds of prey visiting William Blake House
  • Birds of prey visiting William Blake House
  • Birds of prey visiting William Blake House
  • Birds of prey visiting William Blake House
  • Birds of prey visiting William Blake House

Our new fundraising page at Just Giving

We now have a page on the Just Giving website via which one-off or regular donations can be made towards our ongoing projects such as our garden and our sensory room.

We'll keep you updated as we move towards the completion of these exciting new developments.

Here is the link to our Just Giving page:

https://www.justgiving.com/williamblake-house

Spring at William Blake House

Spring flowers, first blossom, sprouting beans, and watercolour paintings - some of the signs that spring is here!

  • Signs of Spring around our homes
  • Signs of Spring around our homes
  • Signs of Spring around our homes
  • Signs of Spring around our homes
  • Signs of Spring around our homes
  • Signs of Spring around our homes
  • Signs of Spring around our homes
  • Signs of Spring around our homes

Robin Hood and the Archery Competition

Here our storyteller leads a group of residents and staff through a dramatic reenactment of one of Robin's most famous adventures.

  • Photos of a Robin Hood story
  • Photos of a Robin Hood story
  • Photos of a Robin Hood story
  • Photos of a Robin Hood story
  • Photos of a Robin Hood story

Pancake Day 2017

We celebrated pancake day with an indoor sports session in which the prizes for each event were... pancakes!

  • Photos of our pancake day sports session
  • Photos of our pancake day sports session
  • Photos of our pancake day sports session
  • Photos of our pancake day sports session

The Wednesday Music Club

We have monthly discos, relaxation music sessions, and folk dancing in our Wednesday Music Club, plus special events like our recent Valentine's Day dance, pictured here.

  • Photos from our monthly disco sessions
  • Photos from our monthly disco sessions
  • Photos from our monthly disco sessions

Indoor Sports at William Blake House

We have an indoor sports session every week.  Activities include football, throwing beanbags, passing games, relay races, ball rolling, and stretches.  It's good fun for all!

  • Indoor sports at William Blake House
  • Indoor sports at William Blake House
  • Indoor sports at William Blake House
  • Indoor sports at William Blake House

Our houses, Autumn 2016

We've had some beautiful interior and exterior photographs taken of our three houses for a magazine feature. We thought we'd share some of them with you here.

  • Photos of our three homes
  • Photos of our three homes
  • Photos of our three homes
  • Photos of our three homes
  • Photos of our three homes
  • Photos of our three homes
  • Photos of our three homes
  • Photos of our three homes
  • Photos of the holiday to Stretton Lakes, May 2015, 2015
  • Photos of our three homes
  • Photos of our three homes
  • Photos of our three homes

Stretton Lakes Holiday 2015

Two male residents enjoyed a week's holiday at Stretton Lakes in May 2015.

Accompanied by a small group of staff and volunteers, they explored the surrounding area and took a trip on the Nene Valley Railway.

  • Photos of the holiday to Stretton Lakes, May 2015, 2015
  • Photos of the holiday to Stretton Lakes, May 2015, 2015
  • Photos of the holiday to Stretton Lakes, May 2015, 2015
  • Photos of the holiday to Stretton Lakes, May 2015, 2015
  • Photos of the holiday to Stretton Lakes, May 2015, 2015
  • Photos of the holiday to Stretton Lakes, May 2015, 2015
  • Photos of the holiday to Stretton Lakes, May 2015, 2015

Getting out and about in spring

Fresh air and exercise are essential elements of the healthy lifestyle enjoyed at William Blake House.

Here are a few photos from our visit to a bluebell wood, a healthy walk, feeding geese, petting rabbits, our quails and chickens, walking with animals, and a morris dance in a nearby village.

  • Photos of our outdoor spring activities, 2015
  • Photos of our outdoor spring activities, 2015
  • Photos of our outdoor spring activities, 2015
  • Photos of our outdoor spring activities, 2015
  • Photos of our outdoor spring activities, 2015
  • Photos of our outdoor spring activities, 2015

The Gruffalo

As part of our Easter celebrations, we put on a performance of The Gruffalo.

This fun story was read, sung and acted by several of our staff and residents for the enjoyment of the whole community.

  • Photos of our Gruffalo performance, 2015
  • Photos of our Gruffalo performance, 2015
  • Photos of our Gruffalo performance, 2015
  • Photos of our Gruffalo performance, 2015