June 2024

Everyone Gets On Board With New Games Initiative At Upton Manor


Competitive residents at Upton Manor had so much fun during a recent games afternoon that they have decided to make it a regular event.

The residents had originally planned a games and picnic event in their beautiful garden and invited family and friends. However, the weather had other ideas and as the rain blew in, the event was moved indoors.

Dozens of table games were set up and, not to have their spirits dampened by the unpredictable weather, the residents couldn’t wait to get started and show off their quick-thinking skills.

Resident Rissa Needham, aged 92, said:

“I very much enjoyed my game of snakes and ladders, although I didn’t win!

“I blame my daughter, my luck changed when she turned up. Jokes aside, it was great seeing everyone having fun together, and the food and music were brilliant as well.”



Games included tabletop football, Articulate and snakes and ladders.

Wellbeing and Lifestyle Coach Amy Morrison said:

“Games can help people unwind and relax and they certainly had so many of us laughing.

“Laughter is so good for all of us, and once we’re laughing, we forget our anxiety, and we get a lovely boost of energy. Board games also teach us patience!

“The games certainly brought out our competitive natures, but ultimately, the afternoon was just such good fun and enjoyed by family and friends as well.

“We have all decided that it was such a success this will now become a regular event.”


In addition to delicious cakes and refreshing tea, local musician Matthew West entertained the crowd with his classical guitar throughout the event.

Family member Norman Carey said:

“It was a lovely idea to have a games afternoon. We all enjoyed chatting with each other and moving around the room playing various games. There was something for everyone!”