Youngsters bring Christmas cheer with visit to Ipswich residential home

St John's Playtime Pre School pay Shaftesbury House Care Home residents a visit. Left to right, Ron

St John's Playtime Pre School pay Shaftesbury House Care Home residents a visit. Left to right, Ron Cotton, Grace Chatfield and Ruth Flack. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Youngsters from St John’s Playtime Pre-School visited Shaftesbury House Residential Home yesterday to spread a little Christmas cheer.

St John's Playtime Pre School pay Shaftesbury House Care Home residents a visit. Left to right, Ron

St John's Playtime Pre School pay Shaftesbury House Care Home residents a visit. Left to right, Ron Cotton, Grace Chatfield and Ruth Flack. Picture: GREGG BROWN

The children visit the home once a months to see their friends at the home - to chat, play games and sing along with nursery rhymes.

St John's Playtime Pre School pay Shaftesbury House Care Home residents a visit. Left to right, Ron

St John's Playtime Pre School pay Shaftesbury House Care Home residents a visit. Left to right, Ron Cotton, Grace Chatfield and Ruth Flack. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Yesterday they opened a big box of Christmas crackers and residents entertained the kids by reading aloud the festive jokes.

St John's Playtime Pre School pay Shaftesbury House Care Home residents a visit. Left to right, Ron

St John's Playtime Pre School pay Shaftesbury House Care Home residents a visit. Left to right, Ron Cotton, Grace Chatfield and Ruth Flack. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Chris Bailey, activities leader at the home, said: “We had a lovely time.

St John's Playtime Pre School pay Shaftesbury House Care Home residents a visit. Left to right, Ron

St John's Playtime Pre School pay Shaftesbury House Care Home residents a visit. Left to right, Ron Cotton, Grace Chatfield and Ruth Flack. Picture: GREGG BROWN

“The children and residents love spending time with each other.


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“One of the residents said to me she loves it because it reminds her of when her own children were at that age.

“She said it really takes her back.”

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Sarah Knill, pre-school assistant at St Johns, added: “The children really enjoyed themselves visiting the residents.

“They really love going to see their friends.”

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