Smurfs ensure it wasn’t Blue Monday for residents at retirement village


Staff and residents at Middleton Hall Retirement Village, near Darlington took it upon themselves to ensure they were not party to the overwhelming gloominess that is normally associated with the third Monday in January, known to many as Blue Monday. Notoriously known as the most depressing day of the year, staff decided to banish the blues in their own unique way.

With staff dressing up, residents were welcomed to the coffee morning by blue faced Smurfs and any thoughts of sadness were removed immediately to be replaced with a little disbelief, huge grins and loud laughter.

Moira Taylorson, Front of House Supervisor said “We may look blue but we definitely don’t feel it.  Today is all about having a laugh, whether it’s dressing up, listening to resident’s favourite happy songs or hearing some of the limericks that staff and residents have composed for the day.”

All the staff had been asked prior to the coffee morning to compose their own little funny ditties or limericks with the aim to put a smile on everyone’s faces.

The pastry chefs and bakers paid their own special tribute to Blue Monday by baking and decorating some Smurf cakes.

The best laugh of the morning after the dance performance by the Smurfettes was when the limericks and poems composed by staff and residents were shared.  This definitely made the chuckle–o –meter register. There were many but one of the limericks composed by staff member Gail Jones, got a big applause from the residents.

Middleton Hall is a fab place to be, especially when you are over 50

Lots to do and lots to see, nice food for lunch, great snacks for tea

So friendly and caring reassuring to all, Life is just wonderful here at Middleton Hall!!!’


It was NOT BLUE MONDAY at Middleton Hall.


Pictured here left to right  (Sitting) Jan Hargrove, resident Kitty Nicholson Moira Taylorson, Standing Fiona Green and Gail Jones


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