Northampton's Mayor and Mayoress get a warm St Crispin's welcome
Customers and staff at St Crispin’s retirement village brushed up on their vocal skills recently, as they welcomed a very special visitor for their outdoor sing-a-long.
The Mayor and Mayoress of Northampton, Councillor Brian Sargeant and his wife Ray Kelly, visited our scheme at Duston to meet with residents and find out how they’ve been coping with life under restrictions.
And as part of their visit, they took part in the village’s weekly outdoor singing event, joining residents in singing popular tunes such as Mr Tambourine Man by The Byrds and Mary Hopkins’ Those Were The Days.
The VIPs were also introduced to resident Joe Brown, who showed off his impressive lockdown art exhibition made entirely from cereal boxes.
Lifestyle coach Anna King met the mayor and mayoress during their visit and said: “We had a fabulous afternoon. The residents really enjoyed it and there was such a vibrant atmosphere, which was especially great, given the tough months we’ve just been through.
“It was a blazing hot day and by the end, we were certainly all sung out!
“Joe’s exhibition went down brilliantly too. He’s so proud of his work but also so humble. He was very excited to have his models on show and asked me to send a photo of him with them to his family.”
In addition to the mayor’s visit, staff and residents at St Crispin’s have also celebrated the village’s 14th birthday with a socially-distanced garden party.
Staff arranged for local singer Graham Powell to perform much-loved hits from the garden and the scheme’s resident piper, Jackie Bougan played Happy Birthday to You on the bagpipes.
Anna added: “Our 14th birthday celebrations were a great success. I cut 270 pieces of cake and with the help of our scheme assistants delivered them to residents’ apartments. I know they went down a treat!”