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Time to rhyme for World Poetry Day at Bury St Edmunds care homes

Added on: 13th March, 2018 by Francesca_27017

Time to rhyme for World Poetry Day at Bury St Edmunds care homes

Last Updated:
Tue, 13 March 2018

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Glastonbury Court and Davers Court care homes in Bury St Edmunds are inviting the local community to join residents in celebrating World Poetry Day on Wednesday 21 March.

World Poetry Day is an annual celebration of rhythmic literature and promotes the reading, writing, publishing and teaching of poetry throughout the world. This year, the Care UK teams at Glastonbury Court on Glastonbury Road and Davers Court on Shakers Lane will open their doors for a day of word play and rhyming fun.

Residents at the care homes will be celebrating the day by reading a number of their favourite poems and rhymes aloud. In preparation for the event, Davers Court residents have been writing their own poems, and working with local schools on an intergenerational poetry project. At the event, the residents will be joined by local poet, Alan Askew, who will be sharing some of his favourite rhymes.

Residents at Glastonbury Court will be joined by poet laureate, Alan Jones, for an afternoon of poems and conversations with the residents.

At both homes, residents are being encouraged to put pen to paper to create their own short verses and poems to enter into Care UK’s poetry competition, which is being run nationwide to mark World Poetry Day.

Home manager, Sharlene Van Tonder, explained why Glastonbury Court is taking part in World Poetry Day: “World Poetry Day provides a fantastic opportunity for residents here at Glastonbury Court to share their favourite poems, which has many therapeutic benefits, particularly for those living with dementia.”

Wendy Harvey, home manager at Davers Court added: “For many residents, it can evoke fond memories and emotions from their younger years. Whether reading, writing or listening to poetry, the calming effect that these activities have can ease anxiety and can help combat loneliness, whilst also bringing residents together through a common cause.”

“We are looking forward to welcoming local poet, Alan Askew, and the local community for what we are sure will be a fantastic day of poetry.”

For more information about Glastonbury Court’s World Poetry Day plans, call home manager Sharlene Van Tonder on 01284 848 709 email or visit

To find out more about Davers Court, please call customer relations manager, Harriet Maisey, on 01284 847 868, or email

Poetry reading and writing is just one of hundreds of great ideas for fun and meaningful activities that can be shared with an older loved one. To find out more about how Care UK is taking part in World Poetry Day, and to download Care UK’s free ‘As easy as ABC’ guidebook for hints and tips, visit

World Poetry Day encourages children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words and promote the teaching of poetry to all people. For more information, visit

Care UK runs 118 homes nationwide and was recently named Residential Care Provider of the Year at the prestigious LaingBuisson Awards. For more information, visit

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