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Manager, Maggie Collins husband Martin kindly offered to do a photoshoot for any residents who wished to have their photo taken either by themselves or with their family and friends.

Martin set up the scene and was very professional in his approach when taking the photo's. Everyone had full confidence in him. Martin used all his time, equipment and finished prints free of charge and for this we were very grateful. Charges made were minimal and £165 was raised and donated to the Residents Fund.

Everyone loved their photo's and we have put here just a few.

Residents went out on a day trip to Paradise Wildlife Park in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire - with family, friends and staff. The weather was very sunny and after a picnic lunch they visited all areas within the park complex.

As a leading United Kingdom zoo, Paradise Wildlife Park gives a unique opportunity to get close and personal with wild animals including lions, tigers, snow leopards, cheetahs and zebras. They were able to see a wide selection of mammals and primates including meerkats and gibbons as well as reptiles, butterflies and birds, as well as visiting the farmyard. There was a variety of stalls to purchase items if they so wished. The park staff were very helpful and cheerful. One of the most popular attractions was visiting the area where dinosaurs such as Tyrannosaurus Rex are situated.

After a busy day, the residents arrived back home to Taymer for their supper and a well-earned rest for the night.

Residents, family, friends and staff assembled into the garden courtyard to watch a falconry display recently. The trainer gave information on each bird - where they originate from and what they eat etc. Everyone had a turn to hold the birds provided they wore a safety glove. The different birds i.e. owls, falcons could not wait to get out of their cages and loved the attention given to them. We were all amazed at the way they flew calmly onto the glove,supervised by their trainer.

The residents always enjoy going to Bedford River each year, and this year was no exception. The weather was glorious and we had a great time meeting the public and Jack especially loved his new doggy friend. After our picnic we walked along the river bank ending up at the waterside cafe where we all enjoyed a refreshing drink. From where we were sitting we could see in front of us the river. People in the cafe chatted to us and they especially loved Jack's rendition of the war. He was a big hit with everyone.

Len Bushby celebrated his 100th birthday with his family, friends and residents. We put a surprise present and past display on the notice board for him to view.

The day started off with his favourite breakfast egg and bacon and then he went to the lounge where his family assembled to show him his birthday cards. One card was from the Queen and a telegram was from Amber Rudd MP, Secretary of State for Works and Pensions. He had beautiful cards from his great-grandchildren.

He went out with his family for his birthday lunch and when he came back everyone joined in as Chris sang some of his favourite songs, Heather gave a short precis of his life and then he cut his cake which was made by his daughter. All in all, it was a wonderful day of celebrations as we sang HAPPY 100TH BIRTHDAY LEN.

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