Woodley Grange residents get the full Burns Night experience

Woodley Grange residents get the full Burns Night experience

On 25th January, Woodley Grange residents were treated to a very special Burns Night, a well-loved Scottish tradition that celebrates the life of Scottish poet Robert Burns.

We were very lucky to welcome talented piper, Jim Stanley, who joined us in his kilt and full regalia and played several sets for us outside with the doors open. The residents thoroughly enjoyed singing along to familiar favourites of ‘Old Lang Syne’ and ‘It’s a long way to Tipperary’, whilst wrapped up warm in their blankets.

Jim then came in to address the haggis, which amazingly he did all from memory! The drinks trolley was brought in to toast the haggis and in full voice the residents cheered; “To the haggis!” before sampling it. Several of our residents tried haggis for the first time and liked it so much they had it for lunch and dinner, served with neeps and tatties.

Woodley’s Activities Coordinator, Erica, remarked that “it went down really well! We had a wonderful time.”

The residents all had a fantastic time. Sheila said; “That was splendid! You wouldn’t normally get to see something like that, as good as that, outside Scotland!”

Annette remarked; “Oh it was lovely! It’s so nice to see something like that so down to earth – see it live, you know.”

Everyone at Woodley Grange would like to say a “special thanks to Jim. You were brilliant!”









The residents are already looking forward to next year’s Burns Night celebrations! If you would like to know more about the events held at Woodley Grange, please click here.