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Monkscroft Care Centre wins OSJCT’s Christmas Carol Competition

The musical talents of residents and employees at care homes run by The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) came to the fore in a creative challenge to write and perform original lyrics to a festive tune for its Christmas carol competition. Seventeen care homes entered, with OSJCT Monkscroft Care Centre announced this week as the overall winner. The Cheltenham care home’s entry was sung to the traditional tune of ‘The Holly and the Ivy’ carol.

The final verse pays tribute to night staff and reception:

The night team have been watching and listening for bells

We will bring them Christmas stockings and make sure all is well

Greetings from reception we are welcoming our guests

Christmas time at Monkscroft really is the best.

Competition Judge, OSJCT Chief Executive Dan Hayes said: “I have really enjoyed watching these wonderful festive performances by our residents and teams across our homes. Well done to all those who entered and especially to our winners and finalists.”

Doreen Paisley, Home Manager at Monkscroft Care Centre said: “The song was written by residents and team members. We all had a lot of fun putting the video together and including each department. Music has always been an integral part of what we do at Monkscroft. We are so honoured to have won and to share this song with our local community.”

Three best in county finalists were also announced: Boultham Park House, Lincoln; Marston Court, Oxford; and Athelstan House, Malmesbury. Additional finalists were: Skirbeck Court, Boston; Henry Cornish Care Centre, Chipping Norton; The Meadows, Didcot; and Seymour House, Chippenham.

Many of the performances have been shared on social media so that friends and family members of loved ones in OSJCT homes can also enjoy them in the lead-up to Christmas.

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