Sunday Service - Prior to moving to Westhill Park I was a member of our local church congregation. It was a huge part of my life. It allowed me to meet like-minded people, it gave me a sense of belonging, and a listening ear when I needed one. My faith has always been important to me. To be able to attend services connected me to God, gave me a sense of contentment and a feeling of serenity. In troubled times I have drawn on my faith and it has carried me through. In recent years I have found it increasingly difficult to attend church; mobility issues have hindered me somewhat. I’ve missed it.
When selecting a care home, it was important for me to consider my faith. I needed to live somewhere that would provide opportunities for me to continue to practice my religion, somewhere that would support my beliefs.
Westhill turned out to be just that place. Every Sunday we meet in the cinema room to participate in an online church service from our local church, Christ the King. The room is always full, it makes me happy to see so many people taking part. The vicar is so personable and eloquent. He ensures that we all feel included, as if we were right there in the church. Following the service, we are served tea and cake and we spend time discussing the service and reminiscing about our local churches and our involvement with them. It is the perfect start to the day.
Outings - For me, one of the most important things in life is having the opportunity to get out into the great outdoors. I don’t mind where; I am as happy to walk up and down the high street as I am to walk around a park or garden centre. I enjoy the freedom of the outdoors and feeling like part of a community. I love to people watch, to feel the buzz of life going on around me.
We get out as often as we can, sometimes we take a stroll around the garden, sometimes we hop into the minibus and venture further afield.
This year the weather could best be described as changeable. Summer was a bit of a washout, however last week we were treated to an Indian summer, and we made the most of it. From drinks in the garden to local events we soaked up every ray of sun on offer, we even took a stroll down to Rushden Lakes to take in the scenery.