Residents of Lark Rise home, Banbury publish their own poetry book

Lark Rise Care Home, Banbury. The residents have published a poetry book. residents with, at the back, left, Lorraine Roberts and right, volunteer, Christine Savage.
Lark Rise Care Home, Banbury. The residents have published a poetry book. residents with, at the back, left, Lorraine Roberts and right, volunteer, Christine Savage.

A group of creative men and women living in a Banbury old people’s home have written and published their own book of poems.

The residents of Lark Rise home in Prescott Close, Bretch Hill have exceeded even their own expectations of the writing activity class they joined.

Their book, Lark Rise Larking About with Poetry, will be on sale at the home’s Vintage Christmas Bazaar on Friday, December 4 from 3pm-7pm.

Activity coordinator Lorraine Roberts said: “I started a poetry group and the residents felt they would like to go into it it more depth.

“With Christine Savage, one of our volunteers, we met once a week and looked at different poems of their choice.

“They chose life experiences expressed in different poems on subjects close to them, like childbirth, birthdays and pets.

“We had a lot of fun. Some residents never thought they could write poems and were amazed at how easy it became for them,” she said.

“Some, who have dementia, gained a lot from the group and as the weeks went by the family of some joined in and the group really gelled. Residents who never said much began to chat and make friends.”

When the project came to an end the group wanted to publish a book of their poems and an anonymous donor provided the printing costs.

Lark Rise Larking About with Poetry costs £5 and is available at the Vintage Christmas Fayre where there will be Santa’s Grotto, a craft stall, guess the weight of the cake, mulled wine and mince pies, a tombola, cake stall and games.