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Nursery to nursing home: toddlers bridge the generation gap with residential home play session

PUBLISHED: 12:07 08 December 2017 | UPDATED: 12:11 08 December 2017

Marjorie Wakeford, 97, with 14-monrth-old Zara Norton and her mum Charlotte. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Marjorie Wakeford, 97, with 14-monrth-old Zara Norton and her mum Charlotte. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

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Tots at a north Norfolk parent and toddler group brought a little festive cheer to a group of over 60s, when they held their weekly play session at a local care home.

Crossways resident Peggy Archard, 96, meets eight-month-old Charlie Veary and his mum Bex. Photo: KAREN BETHELLCrossways resident Peggy Archard, 96, meets eight-month-old Charlie Veary and his mum Bex. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Noah’s Ark, which was founded more than 20 years ago at St Peter’s Church, Sheringham, was stuck for a venue when a two-week Christmas tree festival meant the group had nowhere to meet.

But, inspired by a Channel 4 documentary entitled Old People’s Home for Four-Year-Olds, group leaders Constance Tyce and Hillary Rayment came up with the idea of running sessions at Crossways Residential Home across the road.

Jose Baxter, 95, with five-month-old Matilda. Photo: KAREN BETHELLJose Baxter, 95, with five-month-old Matilda. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

“A lot of residents haven’t got grandchildren and after seeing the benefits for both children and adults, we thought it would be a lovely thing to do,” Mrs Rayment said.

As well as working on table decorations, youngsters and their parents played games with residents and sang songs including the Wheels on the Bus, Jingle Bells and Wind the Bobbin Up.

Christmas fun and games for toddlers and residents at Crossways Residential Home, Sheringham. Photo: KAREN BETHELLChristmas fun and games for toddlers and residents at Crossways Residential Home, Sheringham. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Noah's Ark toddler group members having a teddies' tea party at Crossways Residential Home. Photo: KAREN BETHELLNoah's Ark toddler group members having a teddies' tea party at Crossways Residential Home. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Noah's Ark leaders Hillary Rayment (left) and Constance Tyce lead a singing session with group members and Crossways Care Home residents. Photo: KAREN BETHELLNoah's Ark leaders Hillary Rayment (left) and Constance Tyce lead a singing session with group members and Crossways Care Home residents. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Jose Baxter, 95, with five-month-old Matilda. Photo: KAREN BETHELLJose Baxter, 95, with five-month-old Matilda. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

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