Former residents and staff invited to reminisce
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THE LAST manager at a town centre care home hopes former residents and staff will attend a reunion this summer.
Morag Cunningham is helping to organise the event to celebrate Auchernack, a residential for elderly people at the West end of the High Street until its closure on July 31, 1999, which is now a Moray Council office and contact point.
She said: "I was very sad to see Auchernack close as it was indeed the end of a era for residents and long-serving staff who gave care and comfort to our older generation who so deserved it.
"Exactly 20 years later, we are going to have a reunion in the Ramnee to remember our residents and the time we spent together doing a worthwhile and rewarding job.
"I have nothing but pride in having been given the privilege of that role."
Morag has fond memories of being a key part of Auchernack, which provided living space for those who could no longer remain in their own homes.
Day care services gave people a chance to socialise while their carers got some respite.
Respite care was also provided to allow carers to have a break safe in the knowledge that their loved one would be cared for.
Morag said: "Although not having all individual rooms or on-suite facilities, Auchernack provided care from dedicated people who gave their all to ensure that people felt valued and their individual needs met. "Activities provided entertainment while social events were much appreciated and supported by relatives and friends.
"Thanks to our dedicated staff, some residents even had a holiday to Spain, having never had a passport or been abroad before!"
Contact Morag firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend the reunion dinner at the Ramnee Hotel on July 31.
The home's assistant manager, the late Sheila Duggie, wrote the following poem about Auchernack:
Where once Dr Bruce held his surgery
It now is a home and safe sanctuary
For folks young at heart but older in year
Who we try to treat kindly and allay secret fears
Where day care too arrive in style
Though some are gey sweert tae bide a wee while.
It's pronunciation is never the same
It's called by many a curious name
And where exactly is it's door
Across from the busy Post office store
Close beside Tom Logie's pride
A café on the other side
It's fine and handy for the shops
To buy a paper or strong pan drops
But traffic speeding on the way
Cause trembly legs to shake and sway
So that passing life is mostly seen
From behind a curtain or white net screen
The Mosset behind gives a beautiful view
There's plenty of laughter but tears are shed too
Hope is not gone life's lived with some zest
We trust one another and give of our best
And even the brightly flowering blooms
Are tended by hardedend thooms
There's staff to cook and staff to clean
And caring staff are never dae'n
Even night staff have no time to lose
In making sure they quietly snooze
But all is done and made worthwhile
With quiet thanks and beaming smile
Officer staff have their load to bear
To ensure to all that social work care
Is the best on hand for loved ones who are
Unable to dust or even walk far
But at the end of the year their put in a spot
They budget the monies and spend more than the lot
There’s memos for this and signatures for that
And everything written must be truly a fact
And if sometimes it seems they are all in a spin
The inspectors have been and checked everything
But that is the price we have to pay
To raise the standards for today
Then someone higher took the view
Auchernack needed to look more new
With safe electrics plumbed in loo
Papered walls plush carpets too
So with worldly goods off they all went
In Bishopmill house 6 months were spent
But at long last the day was named
Cases were packed and home they came
To sit again in well kent chairs
And say goodbye to worries and cares
To sit and watch with thankful sigh
The outside folk go hurrying by
But alas although couthy comfy and warm
And the folk who visit admire its charm
Auchernacks walls are old and worn
Monies for upkeep a hope forlorn
Now grand new plans for the plasmon mill
A brand new home but Auchernack still ?
But hae no fears they'll certainly score
With comfy flats and their own front door
the same kent faces to scrub their backs
Everything brand new there's nothing they'll lack
So look forward with hope it's a new way ahead
no draughty windows double glazing instead
And now those plans are very clear
And the date for moving is now here
The plasmon site has changed it's face
A pleasing complex in it's place
And the older folk of Forres toon
Will well remember the Forres loon
Signposts to there homes will sport
The name to be proud of