RESIDENTS and staff at a nursing home have been busy celebrating all things Irish in a series of exciting activities.

Those at Ashcombe House in Worting enjoyed the celebrations for St Patrick’s Day, which was celebrated on March 17.

They enjoyed decorating the house with shamrocks and everyone even dressed in green to mark the day.

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Mellissa Irwin, senior carer, said: ‘Our residents all had a brilliant day today, everyone enjoyed the festivities. We had a fantastic time listening to Irish music and watching Irish dancing, we also tasted Guinness.”

Held on March 17, Saint Patrick’s Day actually marks the death of St Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint, but the day has become a grand celebration of Irish heritage and culture.

The celebrations usually involve a range of activities including public parades, festivals, céilithe, and the wearing of green vestments or shamrocks, but they are widely celebrated by many.

House staff and residents also marked the special day by learning all about Ireland, reminiscing about visits to the Emerald Isle before a live singing and piano performance by Carl Cassidy of Reminisce Entertainment .

Carl really got the party started with residents in costume, singing and dancing as they all enjoyed the celebrations.

The afternoon of fun activities ended with Guinness chocolate brownies, which were washed down with a Guinness.

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The Homes Varied Life Enrichment Program hopes to keep residents active and provides a daily choice of physical, mental and spiritual activities tailored to residents’ interests and abilities.

Ashcombe House provides 24-hour nursing care services for older people in need of long-term care, respite or post-operative care.

For more information about the retirement home, visit: www.barchester.com.

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