(October/November 2019)


Welcome to our

Autumn 2019 edition!!


Firstly, we would like to welcome some new residents and staff to the home. We wish them all the best and hope they will be very happy here!!


We have just celebrated Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) and on the eve of Rosh Hashanah we celebrated with a lovely meal, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all our residents, and Walter Kammerling made kiddush!!

We have also just celebrated Sukkot (a major Jewish festival held in the autumn to commemorate the sheltering of the Israelites in the wilderness, marked by the erection of small booths (sukkah) covered in natural materials) and we have put up the sukkah in the garden.

Some of the residents were keen to help us decorate it!!

Now that the weather is on the change we are organising more inside activities, kicking off with a weekly bingo game with prizes!!

We are also aiming to organise a trip to the cinema, which the residents are really looking forward to!!

Our art Lady Sharon has been doing some very exciting things with our residents, in particular with Philip Fradley.

With Sharon’s encouragement Philip has been enabled to revisit old skills and celebrate his gilding career, when he gilded the Weathervane at the Christchurch Priory over 40 years ago. Philip is very proud of his achievement, which he has found enjoyable, fulfilling and beneficial to be able to share his experiences and skills with other residents.

Below is a creation Philip has made illustrating his gilding skills on the Weathervane. And below this, are old photographs (kindly supplied by Philip’s daughter Penny) of Philip outside Christchurch Priory gates, and as a Choir Boy!!

Three Psychology Master students from Bournemouth University will also be joining Sharon on her weekly visits to us, for the next 12 months.

The students will predominantly work on a one to one basis with our residents to discuss their past work history’s, hobbies and interests, encouraging our residents to find and utilise old skills.

Our residents are currently decorating & illustrating mugs, calendars and note cards which they find purposeful and gives value to what they are creating. Sharon has also got more exciting projects lined up for the future, which we will share with you in our forthcoming Newsletters!!

I am sure you will join us in wishing Herta & Walter Kammerling a very happy 75th Wedding Anniversary!! 

Herta & Walter married on the 11th November 1944.

We will of course be celebrating with them on their special day!!

We have Chanukah on the horizon in late December this year and we will be celebrating this with entertainment and a party for all!!!

Finally, we would like to take a moment to reflect on one of our residents… Mr Robin Segal. Robin is now 107 years young!! And he remained independent, up until the age of 104!!

Whilst Robin now needs more care, he remains happy at Hannah Levy House and is taking life a little easier in his more mature years!!

It is poignant to remember that Robin was actually born on the same day that the Titanic sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in the early hours of 15 April 1912, after colliding with an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City.

Until next time …… from everyone at Hannah Levy House!!