As we bid farewell to summer, we embrace Autumn with our ninth issue. And what an issue we have for you. Full of news, features and much more. We take a look back at our amazing Forever Young Festival, held on the grounds of our Grimston Court home, which attracted hundreds and raised thousands for two superb charities. We also set off in search to find the North East’s best Sunday Roast. See if your favourite made our shortlist. On the subject of food, we also serve up another delicious recipe, from our favourite TV chefs, The Hairy Bikers.

We have also made it into Alpine HC’s top 3 must reads for our Wellburn Post, take a look at the review here https://alpinehc.co.uk/engage/positively-caring/3-care-home-magazines-make-the-grade/. 

In our Wellburn Post you will also find Jessie Scott's story where she talks about her grandfather's poetry.  This poem was penned for his wife:

To Maggie

In this my eventide of life, retired and free from worldly strife, my memory still is fresh and clear, about my youthful love career, those happy times in live’s sweet spell, on them my mind delights to dwell, my fondest love for you still burns, as each successive year returns, for forty happy years and two, our love for one another grew, we’ve had our share of grief and joy, since first I was your darling boy, though faded now thy youthful bloom, no sign or trace is there of gloom, but wrinkles now instead replace, the rosy fullness of your face, those lips I have so fondly kissed, love’s passion swelling in my breast, are still to me as pure and sweet, as when in youth we used to meet, your busy life of care and toil, could not your kind good nature spoil, an if sometimes you were oppressed, your patience great put to the test, no word or look in angry style, you’d always greet me with a smile, could I by magic art obtain, the chance to live my life again, my course to yonder I would steer, where first I saw my Maggie dear, My best and dearest friend I’d claim, and light anew loves glorious flame.

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Helen Lawson