Davies Close Sheltered Housing

Davies Close Sheltered Accommodation
Davies Close Sheltered Accommodation is a group of bungalows in Davies Close. The bungalows are owned by Somerset Homes, the tenants are connected to a Piper System that allows them to alert and communicate with The Scheme Manager, Maureen Marsh, or the Control Centre in Yeovil when Maureen is not available. There are 32 Bungalows and at present there are 42 tenants and all are able to use the Communal room at any time during the day for rest, relaxation, to sit quietly or to join in the organised activities. Early this year a Loop System was installed in the Common Room to help the Hard of Hearing, this was paid for with monies raised by Mr. Paul Smith who manufactured and arranged the sale of Encapsulated Maps of the Parish.
Other Fundraising activities, including Quizzes, Raffles are organised by the tenants to allow them to purchase various items and to help reduce the cost of outings. In August of this year we purchased a Video Player to allow us to view some of recent and not so recent video releases.
Various activities are organised in the Communal Room these include Physical Activities, Whist, Scrabble, Video, Bingo and Darts/Social Evenings. Once a month on a Wednesday morning Mr. McMinn, from the chapel, conducts a Communion Service in the Common Room.
On the last Friday of every month the tenants meet to discuss anything which is bothering them and to arrange extra activities.

Some of the entries from our Year 2000 Diary: -
March 21st Theatre Trip to see Orpheus in the Underworld
March 27th Coach Trip to Otter Nursery
April 3rd Skittles Match in conjunction with another Sheltered Scheme from Bradfield Way,
Chard. (Unfortunately it snowed and the match was cancelled to be re-arranged later in the year) April 14th In the Morning the pupils from the local school paraded in the common room with their Easter bonnets. In the afternoon we had our own Easter Tea and Easter
Bonnet Competition won by Mrs Kath DowelI.
April 17th Coach Trip to Plymouth.
May 22nd' 26th Holiday Trip to Sandown Isle of Wight, this trip was also supported by tenants
families and senior citizens from the village. 
June 19th Coach trip to Paignton Zoo and Sea Front. 
June 24th Winsham Street Fair, we organised 2 stalls and raised 400. 
June 25th Winsham It's a Knockout, our team won the Winners Silver Cup. 
July 5th Cream Tea - fresh Forde Abbey Strawberries and Cream 
July 11th Trip to Forde Abbey to see A Midsummer Nights Dream. 
July 19th Quiz Night and Supper. 
July 24th Coach Trip to Monkey World. You will be pleased to know that we were all allowed
September 4th A talk on Distance Healing and Tarot Card readings. 
September 7th Video Evening Titanic' September 11th Coach Trip to Weymouth 
October 16th Pioughman's Lunch 
October 23rd Mystery Trip
November 7th Coach Trip to Exeter, Christmas Shopping
December 10th Christmas Carols with the Salvation Army in the Octagon Theatre. 
December 22nd Coach Trip to see local Christmas Lights, and Supper in the Communal Room
As can be expected with an organisation of elderly people we sometimes lose members, we could not write a description of our year without remembering those that we have said goodbye to during the year. On a positive note we also say hello and welcome to those lucky people who have come and joined our little group.
We all do our best to support the other village organisation 60's Club, British Legion, Social Club and of course the Street Fair, and appreciate the support that the people of Winsham give us.

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This page revised 01 May 2009