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Budding bards at care home Selly Wood House have created a summer ode as part of a regular poetry group which has gone from strength-to-strength since its launch.

The nursing care home in the heart of Bournville started the poetry group along with a knitting group to encourage residents to socialise and keep active.

Lisa Carnihan, Activities Officer at Selly Wood House, said: “The poetry and knitting groups have really blossomed since they were launched earlier this year. We read poems and discuss the memories they evoke. We also write poetry too.”

The poetry group meets weekly at the home which caters for people with residential, nursing or continuing health care needs.

Registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the home has 44 bedrooms across three floors, a large communal lounge, dining room and activities room. It has recently been rated ‘good’ by inspectors from the CQC.

For more information about Selly Wood House, click here.

Summer Poem by Selly Wood House poetry group

Oh, the sunny times that we recall

From all our summers past!

The days and years merge into one

But many memories last…

Long weeks of holiday from school

Brought many treats for free:

Tennis and football in the park,

Rode a bike, or climbed a tree.

Brum’s a long way from the sea

But that did not deter us;

A few owned cars or motorbikes,

Others went by train or bus.

Day trips to Weston or even Kent,

Sometimes a week in Wales;

Blackpool had its sun-drenched beach

– or its Tower closed by gales!

Boarding-houses, landladies,

Little cottages to rent;

Scouts spent all the day outdoors

Then slept, exhausted, in a tent.

One child’s lilo bobbed out to sea,

One rode a donkey who ran away,

One fell into the yachting pool –

All remembered to this day.

Horizons broadened as we grew up,

Some of us ventured abroad:

Switzerland, Italy, now we’re at work,

Were places we could afford.

Oh, the sunny times that we recall

From all our summers past!

The days and years merge into one

But many memories last.

 

 

 

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