Home’s residents take lead roles

West Rise pupils with some of the residents
West Rise pupils with some of the residents

YOUNGSTERS met some of Eastbourne’s older residents and made a film about their lives.

West Rise pupils, who attend an activity club called Room 13, visited residents at Inglewood Nursing Home in Hampden Park and interviewed them about their school days, wartime experiences and family history.

Ten-year-old Sharn Falon enjoyed the experience and said it taught her respect for the older generation.

Sharn said, “It was really, really fun and I liked coming to meet all the people - they were really kind and nice.

“Sometimes teenagers and children can get a bit naughty and throw things so I think it was nice for them to know that not all of us are like that.”

And Teah Fulbrook, 11, said, “It is really nice to work with a different generation. Normal adults don’t always listen to us but the elderly people listened to us.

“I liked Jack’s story the best because he told us about his dad and I could tell he was really proud of him.”

And nine-year-old Kerri MacGregor added, “It is really interesting hearing older people’s stories.”

The three girls took part in the eight-week project with 11-year-old Samuel Kronsy to produce an edited film which included animations by the children.

The film had its premiere at Inglewood last week and the older residents were looking forward to seeing their stories appear on the screen.

Jack Urray, 96, told the children about his father who carried a barrel of paraffin on foot between Eastbourne, Hailsham and Pevensey to fill the oil lamps.

Jack said his father was known as the most hard-working man in Eastbourne. Avril Landess, 84, added, “I was thrilled with the children’s interest.”

Inglewood Nursing Home is now making a donation of £200 to Room 13, which is run as a charity.