Generations share nativity fun!

December 2018

Tenants at Rosemary Court extra care housing in Darlington were treated to a nativity by children from a local pre-school.

A group of three and four-year-olds from Maidenhead Nursery performed the traditional story of Christmas and sang a selection of festive songs to an appreciative audience.

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After their performance, the children visited Father Christmas and young and old alike enjoyed a visit from Mr P, a nine-year-old a Shetland pony, provided by K&L Pony Parties and Therapy.

The young performers have been visiting tenants at the sheltered housing scheme since November, when a partnership was struck up between the nursery and charity Making Space, which provides the care packages at Rosemary Court.

Stacey Beckwith, manager of the nursery, which is based at Firthmoor Community Centre, said: "We have built up a really good relationship with the tenants at Rosemary Court since we started our weekly visits last month.

"And when we approached them about bringing our nativity celebration they were really excited for it to go ahead.

"It was a fabulous morning and we've all really enjoyed ourselves. The highlight for the children was undoubtedly when the pony had a little accident on the stage!"

Kathleen Hankey, who lives at Rosemary Court, said: "I loved this. We've heard some lovely renditions of songs including Jingle Bells and When Santa Got Stuck Up The Chimney. All the children were brilliant and it was nice to see their happy smiling faces on a cold morning”.

Becky Liddle, deputy service manager, Rosemary Court, said: "Multi-generational events like this offer personal and social development opportunities for both our tenants and the children.

"When the children come on their weekly visits, they are so excited. Most of them now know the names of our tenants and most of the residents know the children by sight. I think this is really good partnership working."

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