Monday, 27 September 2021

Residents say farewell to their activities organiser

RESIDENTS of a Henley care home for the elderly organised a surprise farewell party for their activities organiser.

RESIDENTS of a Henley care home for the elderly organised a surprise farewell party for their activities organiser.

Cindy Bowman, who has been working at Acacia Lodge since January 2011, is leaving to go freelance.

The 59-year-old enjoyed drinks and snacks with colleagues and residents at the home in Quebec Road.

Mrs Bowman, who lives in Leaver Road with husband John, was responsible for arranging games, events and day trips for the 55 pensioners who live at Acacia Lodge. Among the activities she organised were debates, music and art afternoons, walks and reminiscence sessions.

She also booked visiting entertainers and took residents to choral evenings at the Christ Church Centre in Reading Road.

Mrs Bowman, who previously worked at Thamesfield Nursing Home in Wargrave Road, Henley, said she would return to Acacia Lodge whenever she could.

She said: “They are obviously sorry to see me go but it was time for me to move on. We have all become good friends since I started and I feel a bit sad to be going.

“It has often been challenging but I have enjoyed working here very much and it has given me a lot of valuable experience.”

Her leaving party was arranged by Tony Lane, 86, who lived in Western Road before moving to Acacia Lodge shortly after it opened in 2010. Mr Lane, who was Mayor of Henley four times, said: “Cindy has done a marvellous job and I’m sure I say that on behalf of everyone here.

“She works hard with the residents every day to keep their minds and bodies active, which is so important in later life.

“She listens to any problems or complaints they might have and does her best to sort them out.

“She’s a great ambassador for the home and will be greatly missed. We all hope she will be back to visit us from time to time.”

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