Residents of Hampton House create a remembrance display

The Independent Living complex on Hampton Lane, Hampton House welcomed along Abbeyfield Community Engagement Manager Vicki Gillow for a creative session, with residents following step-by-step instructions to put together a 3D poppy display made out of tissue paper, glue and card.

Remembrance is extremely important for older people and many of the residents of Hampton House remember people who fought in Britain’s wars .They wanted to do something special to mark Remembrance Day, which Vicki’s activity provided.

Vicki said, “I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Hampton House, where residents gave me a warm welcome and we created beautiful poppies together. The residents were very engaged in making the collaged flowers and we spoke about the words we might use in the display and why the poppies were so important. It was the perfect start to the morning.”

Residents then attended a remembrance service, led by Abbeyfield Chaplain Rev. Dr. Anne-Louise Critchlow.

After the activity, one of the residents remarked;


I really enjoyed it. I’ve had a lovely morning, and the activity was very good, especially as I’m not usually artistic.

Care and Housing Manager Nicola Kirkham added, “We all greatly appreciate Vicki taking the time to come and visit us today and lead such a great and meaningful activity for us. All of the residents really enjoyed the workshop and we look forward to welcoming her back soon for some more arts and crafts.”

Hampton House offers modern one and two-bedroom en-suite apartments for older people, with care packages also offered bespoke to each person’s needs. The complex also comes complete with a communal lounge and dining areas, a hair salon, treatment room and a beautiful landscaped garden for the residents to enjoy. They are encouraged to live as independently as possible, while given the freedom to join in with a calendar of regular group activities including coffee mornings and armchair aerobics. Two home-cooked meals a day are also offered.

The poppies are now on display in Hampton House’s dining room. Try creating your own poppy display using Vicki's step-by-step guide

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