All go at Ep­som Vil­lage

Central Leader - - LIFESTYLE & LEISURE -

Res­i­dents at Ep­som Vil­lage have been busy the last few months pre­par­ing for its very spe­cial arts and crafts ex­hi­bi­tion, held on Fri­day Au­gust 5 from 10am to 12pm.

The highly an­tic­i­pated event was or­gan­ised by res­i­dents Chris­tine and Di, who ex­tended an in­vite to those with a love for arts, crafts and other hob­bies to join them in pre­sent­ing their past and present works to staff and fel­low res­i­dents.

The turnout was spec­tac­u­lar and the main lounge came alive with their most trea­sured pieces, from hand­made cards, beaded hand­bags and hand­painted plates to em­broi­dery, cross-stitch, knit­ting and so much more. An es­pe­cially mem­o­rable fea­ture was the beau­ti­ful wood­work by res­i­dent David Harnes, which he hand­crafted out of re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als in the vil­lage’s on­site ’man cave’ and wood­work room.

This is one of many ex­cit­ing events that have oc­curred so far this month. Oth­ers in­clude the bus trip to Devon­port on Thurs­day Au­gust 4, con­sist­ing of a tiki tour and a visit to the pop­u­lar Es­planade Ho­tel for lunch, and the com­bined men’s out­ing along­side Re­muera Gar­dens to the clas­sic car mu­seum in Hamil­ton. Last week, res­i­dents also en­joyed an out­ing to the Ard­more Aero­drome, where they indulged in a spot of lunch and ad­mired some of the old planes.

As well as en­ter­tain­ment from fur­ther afield, the res­i­dents will have plenty to keep them busy in their own back­yard this month with mu­si­cal per­for­mances, weekly movies and talks from guest speak­ers in­clud­ing Grant Spencer, Deputy Gov­er­nor of New Zealand and Si­mon O’Con­nor, MP for Tamaki. Other high­lights in­clude the Alexan­dra Park horse races, a 98th birth­day cel­e­bra­tion, the in­ter­vil­lage quiz and the group din­ners ev­ery sec­ond Satur­day from 6pm.

Ep­som Vil­lage is at 67 Ran­furly Road, Ep­som. If you would like to have a tour of its im­mac­u­late grounds, con­tact Lyn El­lis on 630 4379 and she’ll be happy to show you around.

David Harnes with his hand­made wood­work.

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