HOME AND COMMUNITY: Poems written at Springbank Care Home, Heywood

The following poems were written in Langley by participants of the Small Things Creative STORY BOX sessions held in at Langfield Care Home on 3rd & 4th June 2019. The sessions used the Overspill theme to share stories of Home and Community with participants who were living with, or caring for someone with, dementia.

Not a very nice street

I’m the char woman!

£5 an hour – that’s cheap!

I’m cheap because I help my neighbours.

We’ve got a chef – from Nandos – chicken, rice and peas.

We once cooked a meal for Gracie Fields.

It was years ago now.

I used to build tanks.

David’s a pilot – flies planes – to Blackpool

In an aeroplane?

Carry on cruising Margaret!

All round the Med.

There’s been a burglary on the street – she’s got sticky fingers that one.

She’s taken the sliver candlesticks.

We’ve got Calamity Jane on our street

I bring in the horses – Yeehah!

And Jack the lad too

He spends all the time in the pub!


Written in response to pictures of different community places and spaces

It’s a big block of houses

I’ve seen this on television.

Are these recent ones?

It’s alright but it’s the prices, isn’t it?

It reminds me of a train.

Flats – where people are living.

Depends on how thin the walls are.

You can hear your neighbours.

Tescos – where is it abouts?

A nice house.

I’d like to live in this one.

When I worked in a hospital – I had a flat there.




5 people.

The park – where the children play.

A nice housing estate wherever this is.

These look like maisonettes.


Written in response to images of houses

That’s gorgeous!

In the middle of the forest

That one’s a modern one.

I’ve seen one like that on television.

That’s like Snow White that one.

That would be cosy.

It looks really nice – a nice area.

Everybody got nice curtains.

It looks a happy place.


Big and cosy – nice at Christmas

(Not a nice electric bill though!)

Like the old homes at the top of our road.

I don’t like flats.

This is a nice house.

And a bike – oh my god!

“Get on yer bike, Alice!”

That’s all we had – a bike.

I like the bungalow.

It’s compact – not too much work.

Nice neighbours? I’ll have two chances

Every house is happy – it’s what you make it.

D’you fancy having a swimming pool? Ooh yeah!

We could paddle

Get the wellies on!

Nice house

On my bike.

Where would you go?

Probably in the river!

Too small – this house.

Too small to live in.

I like the square one.

I like this one cos it’s more open.

Ooh look – my dream home.