National Conversation Week 2023 at Abbeyfield Wessex

National Conversation Week 2023 at Abbeyfield Wessex

This week, our Houses have been celebrating National Conversation Week.  This year, the theme has been asking questions and finding out a bit more about each other.  We also enjoy regular community events, such as Tea and Memories and Lunch Clubs where conversation is key.  Enjoying a chat stimulates the mind and promotes positive mental health.  


  • We started by having a chat with John, who is resident at Pennant House in Poole.  John shared his wonderful recollection of when he was at Sandhurst in 1952 doing officer training.  His troop, Ypres Regiment, were chosen to join HM The Queen at her coronation.  Like this year's remarkable coronation of King Charles III, the weather was not kind and John, along with everyone, had to march in the pouring rain and stand outside Westminster Abbey for three hours.  John recalls returning to barracks and having to wash and clean thoroughly his gun and dry his uniform!  Sadly, there are only three left from John's regiment.  However, they keep in touch and reminisce of their time parading for the Queen.


  • We are also proud to be visiting our local communities with Tea and Memories.  Each week, we have been visiting community spaces to join local residents and neighbours to have a relaxing chat about their memories from the 1940 to the 1970s.  We even bring the refreshments and freshly baked cake!  If you are interested in coming along to one of Tea and Memory sessions, get in touch today!


  • Did you know we hold community lunch clubs at our Houses? Instead of wondering what to eat this lunch time, why not book a place at one of our Houses!  We will do the cooking and washing up for you.   Come and join our residents and take lunch in our vibrant communal dining areas.  For just £7.50, you will enjoy a very warm welcome and a delicious home cooked, two course lunch.  Good conversation and company is absolutely free!


At Abbeyfield Wessex, we understand the importance of good conversation.  Also, the possibility of having a chat at any time of the day too.  At Abbeyfield Wessex, we want to help end isolation and loneliness in older age.  Come and join our conversation today.