Children Join Residents for Poppy Project
For their bi-weekly visit with local school children from Bishop Chavasse Primary School, residents of Barnes Lodge Care Home spent time making poppies with their younger friends.
Ahead of Remembrance Day, this week saw the intergenerational project coming together for a creative morning and sharing wartime memories at the Tonbridge care home.
Tasked with making handmade felt poppy brooches, the group helped one another with the intricate details, resulting in a wonderfully vibrant poppy for everyone. Throughout the morning, residents helped to educate the children on what Remembrance Day is, why it is commemorated and their memories of the war.
Nicky Pett, General Manager of Barnes Lodge said: “It’s always a delight to have the children visit, every other Wednesday the residents’ faces light up when they arrive.
“Today was a very special visit, which provided an opportunity for the children to learn more about Remembrance Day and who better to learn from than those who were there and remember it best.”
The children of Bishop Chavasse Primary School have been visiting residents at Barnes Lodge for 18 months now, with many of the group forming some very special friendships. The school was even shortlisted for the category, ‘Intergenerational Activity Award’ at the Dementia Friendly Kent Awards 2019 for their commitment to the project.