Wonderful memories of days gone by were brought back to life for residents at a Sanctuary Care home in Bromsgrove, with a very special reminiscence afternoon.
Keen local historians Pat Tansil and Joanne Callings visited Breme Residential Care Home in Providence Road recently, where they treated residents to a trip down memory lane.
Pat and Joanne brought along stunning black and white photographs, many of which dated back to the 1940s, depicting everyday life in the town.
Activities leader at the home, which provides residential care and dementia care, Helen Barron said: “The residents had a wonderful afternoon – it was a day filled with nostalgia and we all loved every minute of it.
“The room was full of conversations ranging from how people would take a bottle to the local off license and have it filled with stout, to the jewellers where most people would have bought their wedding rings and the local cobblers where they would have shoes repaired.”
After the residents had looked through the photographs and memorabilia from the era, including old sweet tins, clothes and signs, they played a game where they would pick an object from the table and try to name the shop it was from – and the names of some of the shop keepers.
Helen added: “Amazingly the majority of our residents could go back in time and name every shop up and down the High Street!
The activity brought back some very fond memories for resident Nancy Wilkes in particular. The 79-year-old said: “I loved the smell of the old carbolic soap which we used to buy from the old Boots chemist.”
Meanwhile Margaret Devine, aged 91 recalled: “I used to buy material from Norman Vines and make dresses for my daughters.”