Keeping their spirits high in the current situation and spreading a little joy and happiness, the residents of the new Castle View retirement village in Windsor have taken to their balconies to sing and exercise together, while maintaining a safe social distance from one another.
As well as the Dame Vera Lynn classic, ‘We’ll meet again’, other old favourites included ‘Always look on the bright side of life’ and ‘Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag’, while in between, Fionah Matthew instructed the group in some gentle exercises.
“It was fantastic,” said Lisa Fisher, village manager of Castle View, Windsor. “Led by our very own sales manager, Ruth Wilson on lead vocals everyone was game to give it a go – such spirit and camaraderie. I am really proud of them all.”
All the residents agreed that they should self-lockdown as a group in the village ahead of the Government’s decision to get everyone to isolate at home, and to support them, Lisa and her dog, Benjy and restaurant manager, Caz Hughes, moved in with additional support from other members of staff.
“Singing all together like this just illustrates the great atmosphere there is here,” said 78 year old Norma George. “There is a real sense of rolling-up-one’s-sleeves and getting on with things – a real Dunkirk spirit about the place and morale is high; the staff have been brilliant at keeping us all busy and entertained. We fully appreciate how extremely fortunate we are to be in such a safe and caring community, and know only too well what others are having to contend with.”
“The resolute spirit and unity shown by staff and residents is exceptional. Castle View is a fantastic place to live where our residents are able to mix with like-minded people, the importance of which is particularly evident right now. There is a great sense of fellowship and camaraderie where everyone can socialise together, keep fit and healthy and be fully supported by our talented and committed staff,” said Robin Hughes, CEO of Castle View.