Residents and staff members at The Orchards Nursing Home celebrated national Winnie The Pooh Day in style on Monday. The annual celebration honours the birth of A A Milne on 18th January 1882, who was inspired to write the Winnie-the-Pooh stories by his son Christopher’s friendship with a black bear named Winnie and a swan named Pooh.
Preparations for the fun day at the Amica Care Trust nursing home in Crewkerne, began earlier this month when residents enjoyed adding colour, using paint brushes and other artistic means, to printed pictures of Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends. The adventures in Hundred Acre Woods of the honey loving bear and his companions, Christopher Robin, Piglet, Eeyore, Rabbit, Roo, Kanga, Owl and Tigger, first appeared in the classic children’s stories in 1926, which were beautifully illustrated by E H Shepard.
Staff members joined in Monday’s celebrations by wearing the costume of their favourite character from Winnie-the-Pooh stories, helping to make it a fun occasion for everyone at the Orchards Nursing Home, where the residents are continuing to keep themselves busy with various indoor activities, including arts and crafts during the lockdown and while the friendly visits from local school children have been postponed.