Matchstick Maestro Iain’s Masterpieces wow care home residents


Matchsticks Iain Love had his wife’s fellow Sherbrooke Lodge Care Home residents spellbound when he brought in large models which he made entirely out of matchsticks.

The 68-year-old and great granddad of four has spent two and a half years building replica models of a tram, two boats and two Grecian Coliseum clocks using kits, and they are something special to behold.

Iain kept the models at his home in Croftfoot, Glasgow and recently took them into Sherbrooke Lodge Care Home to show to residents where his wife Moira resides. Moira has been in Sherbrooke Lodge for the past four years and has one of the model boats and Grecian Coliseum clock in her room.

Sherbrooke Lodge Care Home is located in the quiet, leafy suburb of Pollokshields, but has easy access to Glasgow city centre with rail and air connections. Available to people over the age of 55, the accommodation includes opportunities for recreational and social activities, a range of dining options and services which range from occasional domestic assistance through to personal or even nursing care.

Mr and Mrs Love
Mr and Mrs Love

Mr Love, who worked in electrical industry offices for 40 years, said: “When Moira moved into Sherbrooke Lodge I had a bit of spare time on my hands, so I started making models. I think I just wanted to see what the models would turn out like. I am currently working on a model of John Constable’s ‘The Hay Wain’ before I start work on my next model, an American railway engine.

Before retiring Iain worked as a care assistant, an ambulance driver and now drives the minibus for Sherbrooke Lodge to take residents out and about on outings. Iain visits Moira, his wife of thirty seven happy years every day and on Wednesday’s spends an afternoon demonstrating to the residents how he makes the models.

Eveline McMurdo, a resident at Sherbrooke Lodge, said: “It was fascinating to watch Iain working on Moira’s Grecian Coliseum clock model and I told him I wouldn’t let anyone touch the clock if it was mine, so Iain made me my very own clock which I treasure and it works.”

Home Manager, Lorna Flanagan said: “I don’t think anyone realised how intricate they would be. We have the tram model on display in one of our lounges, where residents and visitors can admire it and they all think it is lovely.”


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