Budding bards at Selly Wood House have created a festive ode as part of a new poetry group which has launched at the home recently.
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 are going well. We read poems and then discuss the memories and poems that we enjoy.
“As a group, we thought that it would be a good idea to talk about memories around Christmas and put a poem together.”
The poetry group, which has up to 12 members, 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. For more information about Selly Wood House, click here.
Christmas Poem by Selly Wood House poetry group
My dad made a different scene each year with little electric lights.
And I had to sleep in a strange attic room which made for scary nights.
Our stockings held an apple, orange, and one new penny – no more!
For all the people we knew in childhood were really very poor.
Our daughter woke at 2am to see what Santa had left by her bed.
After church, Vicar said to me: “You look quite exhausted!”
One little lad found a sword and shield of plastic gave the best fun.
Two brothers had asked Father Christmas for an identical toy gun.
At the family farm, the working dogs were jubilant and merry:
One day a year they’re allowed indoors – there may be a tot of sherry!
We drove slowly home through heavy snow that started on Christmas Day,
Our Austin 7 leading a lorry whose driver had lost his way.
Boxing Day brought my cousins for tea, and I could never wait,
Watching from the window upstairs ‘til I saw them reach our gate.
And we ALL remember the broadcast speech of the King – and then the Queen;
And carolling by lanterns round the tree on Bournville Green.