TAUNTON-based trumpet player Luis Martelo has scooped a top accolade at a major international awards ceremony.
Luís Martelo has this week won a bronze medal at the Global Music Awards in the United States, equivalent to the Grammys for independent musicians.
Luís was nominated for his solo show Chorando Saudade in two categories in the worldwide contest – best Latin jazz soloist and best instrumentalist, receiving bronze in the latter.
He has carved out a successful career in Portugal, where he was a band player in the army, and in bands and orchestras in the United Kingdom.
He has recorded for several well-known artists in studio sessions and a number of soundtracks for Hollywood films such as Uber Time.
He has performed internationally as a soloist, was nominated for the best theatre musician 2020 by the Cinderella Awards and has been invited to play and teach in masterclasses and international festivals including the VGBRASS festival in Croatia in June this year.
What an exciting ” joyous” time we have had during the month of December at Firs Nursing Home in Taunton.
We started the month of December with decorating our home. Marion our lovely housekeeper was so busy decorating our home with lovely shades of gold, silver, red and green ready for Christmas. Sparkly tinsel, glittery baubles and festive trees certainly make it feel a lot more like Christmas!
Christmas tree donation
We would like to say a massive thank you to Joshua Enright for kindly donating us a beautiful real tree. Our residents really enjoyed decorating it. They used tinsel, glittery baubles, shiny beads all in shades of blues, pinks, greens, reds, silvers – every colour of the rainbow! To finish the tree off, our carer, Clare bought each resident a personalised tree decoration. These were made by 2 little boys have been making to raise money for a charity called the rainbow children’s trust. Head over to our Facebook page www.facebook.com/thefirsnursinghome for pictures and the video
Gingerbread man decorating
A few of our residents have enjoyed decorating gingerbread men using colourful icing, smarties and sprinkles. They were very much enjoyed along with a cup of tea/coffee, yummy!
Christmas word puzzles and quiz’s
We have been having so much fun completing Christmas word searches and crosswords. Whilst together in a group, we discussed things relating to Christmas and we reminisced of past Christmas times. We would like to thank a kind lady from our local community who donated to us some Christmas work sheets of quizzes and word puzzles. Our residents certainly enjoyed doing them.
Christmas crafts at Firs Nursing Home in the Somerset County Town of Taunton
Thank you to Lynda for kindly donating us the materials to make a real Christmas wreath, Theresa, Betty and Mary really enjoyed making it, we hung it on our front door, for everyone to enjoy
Christmas film afternoon
We have had fun getting into the Christmas spirit with some Christmas films – north pole, snow queen, Romeo and Juliet and many more
Christmas presents at Firs Nursing Home in the Somerset County Town of Taunton
Jo has been busy shopping for our residents Christmas presents, each resident had a choice of what president they would like for Christmas
Christmas gifts from Asda staff, Mary and Elaine
Massive thank you to Mary and elaine at Asda for kindly gifting each resident a surprise Christmas present, how kind!
Safe to say everyone was really pleased with their presents!
Visiting booth update
We are over the moon, our visiting booth is built and ready to accept visitors when back at our home, yay!
Our handyman has been so busy putting it together along with Jo, Betty and Theresa who helped paint and decorate it. Doesn’t it look great!
Massive thank you to ABC Carpentry, CRS and Jewson for kindly donating us the materials, we are so grateful for your help.
Unfortunately, as from Monday 4th January 2021 following government guidelines to keep your loved ones, our staff and all visitors safe, we have sadly closed our doors once again to visitors due to the rapid increase of the virus. Our doors are closed until further notice. We will keep you fully updated on a regular basis.
Here at Firs we know how hard it can be for both you and your loved ones but we have done so well so far in keeping this virus out of our home and we aim to keep it that way. Keeping everyone safe is very important to us.
Please remember no fresh flowers. Only items that can be sterilised. Food must be brand new unopened in the original packaging.
Please book in with Jo for a skype call, Facebook chat or a WhatsApp video call as keeping in touch with your loved ones. This is very important to us and our residents.
Visit from Johnny and Frankie the dogs at Firs Nursing Home in the Somerset County Town of Taunton
Johnny and Frankie belong to our nurse, Ann. Our residents were over the moon to have a visit from Johnny. Lots of cuddles and smooths were given, its great therapy.
Christmas carols with wellsprings chapel
It was so nice to see Frances, a small group joined in for some Christmas carols, prayers and discussing within the group about the star of Bethlehem
Festive fun with trumpet player Luis Martelo
Wow Luis was amazing! He played the trumpet beautifully, some modern songs, Christmas songs , as well as some swing too, our residents really enjoyed his music and sang along to all the songs, please check out our Facebook page for pictures and videos
Christmas joy with family visits
It was really nice to be able to have some of our relatives visit in time for Christmas, some of our residents enjoyed opening up some of their Christmas presents with their loved ones
Wow what a great local community we have! Dunelm set up a “deliver joy this Christmas” initiative for our local community to buy a gift for care home residents. This included local primary school children and refugees. Each resident had a tag hung on the tree with their wish for Christmas. We were overwhelmed with the love and joy our residents received this Christmas. Particularly when Dunelm delivered bags of Christmas presents. Thank you! We hope all the staff at Dunelm and their customers have a great Christmas, from all of us at the firs!
It is great to have Nadine back doing hair again. Our residents have truly missed her
Firs Chaplin – Frances
We are so pleased to see our Chaplin Frances. Our residents so much enjoy a chat with her.
We are taking skype calls. It’s a great way to connect loved ones, near and far together,
If you would like to skype your loved ones please drop us an email to book in a slot