COMMUNITY & HOME: Poems written at Langfield Care Home, Langley.

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.

Community

Like a market

Wouldn’t go anywhere like that.

Too much.

Too busy.

Looks like a Roman building.

Does look Roman, doesn’t it?

Like Italy or Spain.

Greek or Roman. Two pillars.

Flats above a shop

Could be noisy.

I remember being in Newcastle.

I lived near the bridge – the River Tyne.

And a lovely park – Saltwell park.

It had 5 bridges. You had to pay a penny to cross over the bridge. Was it worth the trip? Oh yeah!

Take it with you.

Looking down and saying: “Oh that’ll do.”

Old house

Chimney pots

Smoking chimney pots – very bad for your health.

You got your fresh air at the park.

To me it looks like a café.

This reminds me of where I used to live.

Reminds me of the park in Langley.

Home Acrostic

H aving family inside

H igh chair

H appy

H appiness

O rdinary

O rnaments

O ranges

O ff – when someone comes to the door!

M y sister now lives in my flat

M emories

M other

M ouse……….

E ek!

E veryone is happy

E nd of the day

E xtra special people

Haunted Ham Shank

I’d live there, ‘cause I’m a silly mare

I’d live with my wife Joan, then I’m not alone

That might be better

I like that, ‘cause I’ve always fancied a bike

It’d be nice to go out at night

Be nice to live in the woods

I’d have a dog, then I wouldn’t be scared of the bears

We had a dog called Snoopy

Like a modern house

I like the reflection

The big tree is nice by the cottage

Then you find out you have an expensive electric bill

If you had a house you might get a mouse

I lived somewhere like that but it was a flat

I never had a garden so I liked living there

It was very quiet there

Set off a path

I don’t think we were allowed animals

COMMUNITY: Poems written at D’Oliveria Court, Langley.

The following poems were written in Darnhill by participants of the Small Things Creative STORY BOX session held in at D’Oliveria Court on 8th May 2019. The sessions used the Overspill theme to share stories of Home and Community with Memory cafe participants who were living with, or caring for someone with, dementia.

With thanks to the Alzheimer Society for hosting the session.

Our Street

Stella the keep fit instructor.

Pirate just moved in

With a budgie not a parrot.

Glittery hats – the party animals

Welcome to the avenue!

The Professor –

“If you don’t mind!

Got me strap n all”

PC Doreen to keep an eye on the rest of the street

No proper arrests

Just keeping an eye.

Nautical painter and decorator

Living near The Ship

A yacht on this drive.

A cowgirl with a whole herd of cows –

“I’ve got a funny feeling I know whose it is”

Lad in a cap

Too young to go in the pub

Kicked out by the policeman.

Mrs Bouquet

Paid to clean all the houses

Expensive or three pounds an hour.

The sensible observer from the end of the avenue.

“Unlucky for some.”

Wonderful

Interesting

Always something going on

Some earache

Never boring

Have to change our life

To be continued…

Togetherness

Friendship

There’s no answer

A mercenary collection

Easy to read

I like how it rhymes

Hangs all together

Says a lot in six verses

‘Protect from the gun and the knife’

I’ve lived in a few communities and they don’t get together

They just say ‘Hello’

But don’t get together.

In the army, they all stick together.

Pull together and fight.

We’re old enough to know what the fight was about.

Nice place. Growing up there were lots of families.

Open their doors for one another

Mix

Speak to their neighbours.

In a good community, you know who your neighbours are.

You have considerations for other people’s feelings.

It’s nice to have a community centre

A local pub!

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!

Community

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.

Doors

Cars.

Windows.

5 people.

The park – where the children play.

A nice housing estate wherever this is.

These look like maisonettes.

Home

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.

Definite.

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.

HOME: Poems written at Woodclough Day Centre

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.

Home

I wouldn’t like to live there, if the wind got up you’d blow over!

That’d be nice, I’d like a swimming pool

I wouldn’t like to pay the electric bill

I’d have that grass cut in no time

This house would be easy to do the pointing

I prefer this cosy cottage

I think that’s too big, I don’t like it

It’s not so much the house you look at, it’s your neighbours and your family

As long as it’s nice and cosy and doesn’t cost too much to run

Neighbours are important, they’re there 24 hours a day!

Not at this one!!

Nice and clean

It’s maybe by the sea, nice quiet street

We’ll move in next door, I’ll be your neighbour

I’m gonna move in on Stannicliffe Road, it’s got a pool!

Nice house, but neighbours on either side, not for me. I like to be alone

They look like hotels, I don’t like flats

Far too noisy, too many people, no privacy

Heaven, homely, happy

H eaven

H omely

H appy

O pen the door

M y friends are here

M ore cooking to do

E at, drink and be merry

Husband and me

H usband and me

H ousework never finished

H ello when you get home

O h, I’ve got a cleaner

O ur family

M ore housework

M erry family

M y lovely orange curtains

E verybody’s happy

E astenders is on the telly

COMMUNITY: Poems written at Woodclough Day Centre, Langley.

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

Here we are again

Anything good on the menu?

No, only pancakes!

I don’t cook.

Me daughter does that.

I’ll have two pancakes with butter and jam

Strawberry? That’ll be 3 and 6.

I’ll just have the one

Can’t afford two.

It was lovely in Mexico

I’m gonna fly away

I’m only £10 for cleaning.

You’re cleaning up

I’ve been in Rochdale for about a week

I came to see the Seven Sisters

I’ll have Nutella and strawberries on my crepe.

We had a fast flight.

Rushed back to get back.

It was a quickie!

Parlez vous francais?

I’d rather do it myself then you know it’s been done.

We’ve ah da tip off that there’s gonna be burglars.

Make sure there’s nothing to inch.

Where were you on Monday 17th August?

What year?

Up at my daughters

Where does she live?

I think he’s guilty

I’ll  throw ‘em in later.

Creative writing in response to images of community

Seven Sisters

Rochdale

Look at all the people though.

The flats in Rochdale.

Hard to decide – but it looks like this one.

How many floors? Were there 13?

No – in the picture.

I’ll tell you – 12 storeys.

I’ve never lived in one of the flats. My daughter did.

I’ll go shopping – what do you want?

My house looks a lot better than that!

I’ve got 4 bedrooms

And we’ve had it all done up.

And we’ve got a garden cos we’ve got a dog.

By the sea – I’d like that.

Kids playing out.

The best thing’s the bar.

All British.

I think we’re the only country in the world who drive on the left.

Looks like flats in Rochdale.

What a long road – you need a car!

HOME: Poems written at Roeacre Court, Heywood.

The following poems were written in Heywood by participants of the Small Things Creative STORY BOX sessions held in at Roeacre Court on 17th May 2019 which used the Overspill theme to share stories of Home and Community. Participants were living with, or caring for someone with, dementia.

Home

Peace and quiet and solitude

A walk in the woods

Hear the owls at night

Send him out to look for the dogs

It hasn’t got a big garden

Well established

Lots of windows to clean

Let in light

It’s posh

Room for chairs outside

Watch the world go by

A house with some history to it

Want to live in the past

Tudor house with timber frames

No 9. Council house

The only good thing was the football pitch at the back

Public house in Bacup

In a valley, hills at the back

Halloween the Mummers would come up with their horses

Our first home we bought together

It had bay windows

Stained glass windows

The one we live in now

The convenience of it

Nice neighbourhood

Good neighbours

Atmosphere and the people

Achievement that we could buy it

Comfort

Convenience

Happiness, a homely home

H appiness, a homely home

O utside playing football and broken windows on the rec. Organised Chaos

M aking cupcakes for cupcake day. Muddy boots at the back door and muddy paws. Making friends.

E asy chairs. Everyone happy and contented.

Here is happiness

H ere is happiness

O pen to everyone

M usic and laughter

E nd of the day