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Local Care Home Goes Down Under for Australia Day

Residents at Ashcombe House in Worting road Basingstoke have been discovering all things Antipodean in celebration of Australia Day, which took place on Wednesday 26 January.

Residents took part in Australian-themed activities throughout the day including their very own Bush tucker trial, residents were informed before the trial there was nothing that would bite or sting them before putting their hands into a sealed box to hunt out stars.

Each star won a meal for a resident at the home.  Iris Foulger was giggling as she placed her hands into the unknown, a few squeals at what might be in there and lots of laughs from her Daughter who was visiting.  Iris didn’t find any stars so had the unfortunate task of eating a Platypus Egg (small chocolate egg ) which she actually enjoyed and won a meal for the home to which she was delighted.  Lots of resident took part eating their way through a variety of Baby Snakes ( jelly snakes), Rodent droppings ( liquorice) Crocodile Snot ( fizzy apple) Dead Ants ( Raisins) to name just a few , we were pleased to say all stars were won and everyone got a meal at the home!!

The afternoon continued with Australian Born singer David Woloszko who told us stories about his native country before entertaining us with a variety of Australian songs we even heard some famous Australian sitcom music which got us all singing along.

Abbie Johnston General Manager at Ashcombe said: “We’ve all had a brilliant day learning about all the wonderful things to see and do down under. Residents taking part in Bushtucker trails was fabulous and Those residents with friends and relatives in Australia were able to reminisce and share memories of trips down under.  It has made us all long for some sunshine and a trip to the beach!”

Our varied life enrichment programme keeps residents active, and provides a daily choice of engaging physical, mental and spiritual activities tailored to residents’ interests and abilities but most importantly we always try to have fun.