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Inside this issue: • Children’s Party • Cashin Scholarship winner announced • Garden Party • Meet Alwyn Rowena Jackson Retirement Village Autumn Newsletter 2018

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Greetings from Trudy... Welcome to our first edition of the Rowena Rambler for 2018. I am sure we all agree that our summer has been superb even if February was cooler than normal. Our refurbishment is progressing at a great pace with the second lounge and dining area ready to open late March. We are hoping to move onto our special care unit soon. The new spaces have meant that the residents are more comfortable, and our staff have found it easier to work in. We have had rave reviews about the gardens! The new perfume garden that was planted in spring last year has flourished, and is a very popular with our residents and visitors! In this Rowena Rambler you will read

about our fabulous Children’s Party and numerous other events. I hope that you enjoy this edition, and please call into the village to have a coffee in our stunning new café. As many of you know I will take on the role of regional manager at the beginning of May. I have loved my time here at the village and created many happy memories. Kind regards,

Trudy Shepard Village Manager

The Ryman Season of The Nutcracker The Royal New Zealand Ballet is hard at work to bring the new production of the muchloved Christmas classic, The Nutcracker, to New Zealand’s stages. The Ryman Healthcare Season of The Nutcracker will be the RNZB’s biggest tour of 2018, opening in Wellington on 31 October and touring the rest of the country. The Nutcracker is the third tour sponsored by Ryman, following the sell-out success of The Wizard of Oz and Romeo and Juliet. For information on the discounts available for Ryman staff and residents – talk to your village manager.

Trudy Shepard Village Manager Phone: 03 215 9988

Julie Crofts Sales Advisor Phone: 03 215 9752

Call Trudy for general enquiries, or any information about resthome, hospital and dementia care.

Talk to Julie about retirement living options and availabilities in the village.

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Our Children’s Party this year had a jungle theme! We couldn’t have asked for a better day as the sun came out to greet the children, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren of our residents and staff. Children were entertained with many fantastic activities including a jungle safari, photo booth in the jungle, an animal hunt, an obstacle course, coconut throw, a lolly scramble and of course, face painting! No party is complete without party food and we had an abundance of that with donuts, ice creams, milkshakes and a BBQ. We hope everyone enjoyed it and we are looking forward to the next one already.

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Animal prints were everywhere as residents and staff dressed up for the party

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<generic recipe> Bob Scott bowlers take on Melbourne While most of us were sleeping off our Christmas feasts on Boxing Day, four residents from Bob Scott Retirement Village were heading to Melbourne. The winners of the Ryman lower North Island regional bowls tournament, Arie Molenaar, Shirley Wilson, Ron Scott and Reta Morris, were eager to take on Australian bowlers in the Glen Waverley Bowls Carnival. “The atmosphere was brilliant. There was a lot of interest in us and people asking how we were doing,” Arie says. The team also enjoyed their visit to Ryman’s first Melbourne village, the Weary Dunlop Retirement Village, where they had a tour and morning tea with the residents.

ta t, Shirely Wilson and Re Arie Molenaar, Ran Scot a ent Bob Scott in Australi es pr re to d ou pr re we Morris talk there. It’s a social spot,” Arie says. “Sometimes we’re there for half an hour and we don’t play bowls we just talk!”

They all agree that it is the best thing to have a bowling green in a village as it brings people together.

They all give a very big thank you to Ryman and Denise Thompson, Ryman community and relations team leader, and Russ Nicholls, from the Glen Waverley Bowls Club.

“A lot of people go there just to sit and

“We’re just so proud to be part of Ryman.”

Cashin Scholarship Winner 2018 Emma Glasson is all set to pursue her dream career after winning the $5,000 Cashin Scholarship. The 18-year-old from Invercargill has started her first year studying for a Bachelor of Commerce and she says the scholarship has eased the pressure on her family. Emma’s mum Deanna is a senior caregiver at Rowena Jackson Retirement Village in Invercargill and started there in 2012 after the family moved south from Christchurch. Emma says the earthquakes were tough on the family. “The earthquakes took a toll on us all and mum and dad decided that Invercargill would be a good place to move to.’’ Emma is the seventh winner of the scholarship established in honour of

Ryman director Mike Cashin. Blair Cashin, Mike’s son, said Emma was a deserving winner. “We were delighted to support Emma’s ambitions to study accountancy. She’s part of a family whose lives were disrupted by the earthquakes but she is a determined character who has done well at school through her hard work.’’ The scholarship is open to all Ryman staff and their families.

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Ryman Healthcare is proud to be partnering with Child Cancer Foundation in the Haier Big Hoot. From 3 March till 6 May, 47 owl sculptures decorated by New Zealand and international artists will be displayed across Auckland. One of these owls has been sponsored by Ryman Healthcare. There will also be 60 owlets mostly decorated by children on display. Auckland sculptor Jeff Thomson has created the Ryman owl, which has landed at a location in Birkenhead. Jeff’s Tin Owl is made from corrugated iron and is quite striking against the other painted fibreglass owls. If you live, or find yourself in Auckland, grab some friends and go on a wander around the beautiful city and see if you can find Ryman’s Tin Owl! For a trail map and more information about the art trail, please visit

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Garden Party

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For our annual gard en party, we were fo rced to move inside beca use of the soaring temperatures. It was so hot that everyone opted for shade and aircon! A fabulous te a followed and the fo od was divine. The location change d but the party was still fantastic!

Introducing Dianne Smith Hello, my name is Dianne Smith and I am the barista at Rowena Jackson’s Café Positano. I joined the café in September last year, however, I started my career at Rowena Jackson in the O’Byrne hospital wing as a care assistant. I am already well known to many residents and staff, and my new position is great! Before I joined the team here, I was a successful glamping owner and developed a strong passion for making delicious food. I’ve enjoyed my role in the café because I get to tap into this passion and have created tasty favourites! The café also caters to those who wish to have meetings, get togethers and birthday

parties. If you have a request please don’t hesitate to come and talk to me about it! I thoroughly enjoy working in the village, the people are just so kind and their stories are always amazing to hear. They have lived such different lives! It is very humbling and it makes me appreciate the little things in life. I look forward to seeing you in the café, and remember, Café Positano is open every day from 9.30am - 4pm. See you there!

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Stocker when I was 21 years old. Charles was a stock agent who mostly worked for Dalgety’s. He was very well-known by the farmers and at the sales yards. Charles and I have two lovely daughters, one is living in Invercargill and the other is in Christchurch.

yn w l A t Mee Hello, my name is Alwyn Mary Stocker. I was born in Dunedin on 21 November 1932. We moved to Oreti Plains and I grew up on the family farm called Spring Burn. On my family’s farm we mainly had sheep but we also had quite a few cows. As a youngster, I went to Southland Girls High School and I trained to be a nurse at Kew Hospital at the age of 20. I met and married my husband, Charles Ferguson

I became the Head Practice Nurse at Winton Medical Centre and continued to work there until I retired. Nursing was a first love of mine and I was very passionate about it. When I wasn’t working I liked to dance, and my husband loved it too! We were often seen in the ballroom dancing together. My father used to import beautiful ball gowns, and I was lucky enough to wear them while I was dancing. I loved to be well presented. I am a bit of a perfectionist! I moved into the Donovan wing at Rowena Jackson in 2015, a few years after my husband’s passing. I really enjoy living here as I have made many friends. I enjoy the outings, craft activities and the baking!

Shortbread The Ralph Family Recipe Makes approx 30 pieces Ingredients: 250g butter 3/4 cup caster sugar 1/2 cup cornflower

2 cups flour 1/4 teaspoon salt

Method: • Cream butter and sugar well. • Add sifted flour, cornflour and salt. • Knead well, roll out fairly thick (1cm). • Cut into pieces, place on cold greased tray and prick with a fork.

• Bake for 15-18 minutes 180°C. • Leave to cool. Enjoy!

Rowena Rambler Van driver Philip Jackson-Cox with residents Carol Hitchcock and Noelene McKay, enjoying the view at Cosy Nook

Out & About Some of our residents had a lovely trip to Cosy Nook near Pahia, Southland. Cosy Nook is a delightful area, including Golden Bay, which is well worth the visit as you can see the picturesque Craggy Cove and many more amazing sites. It was a spectacular summer’s day and our 22 residents couldn’t wait for afternoon tea. Everyone took a moment to just take in the stunning view to relax and watch the waves crash against the shore. A wonderful trip with our residents and we will definitely visit this special nook again!

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