Many events are inspired by the calendar, starting with Valentine Roses in February and Glamorous Granny and Gorgeous Grandad days with flowers and gifts to coincide with Mothers' and Fathers' Days. Wimbledon Cream Tea in June is a highlight of the summer, as is our 'Day at the Beach' in September.
Other notable events are marked. For instance in 2015 we commemorated 70 years since VE Day and the 60th anniversary of the Queen's accession to the throne.
Easter is marked by a special lunch and an Easter Bonnet Parade with bonnets made specially for the occasion.
Christmas events and celebrations begin during the last week in November with the Christmas Bazaar. The fun continues right through to Christmas, with Santa's Grotto opening from the middle of December and Christmas Lunch and Festive Entertainment provided in the week before Christmas.
Apart from Easter and Christmas, Professional Singers and Entertainers also visit the centre at regular intervals throughout the year. In 2015 the Saxon Centre hosted sessions from Roger Channing, SG Productions, Vic Parker, Santino, Corrianne Williams, Andrew Charalambous, Mark Sedgewick and J&M sounds.
We also have talks and slide shows from external speakers on a range of diverse subjects: Peter Jones from the National Trust described the Old houses of Old Orpington in January and John Beckham offered slide shows on birds and butterflies in February, March, May, July and October. Local Trading Standards and the Fire Brigade were also regular visitors, giving valuable advice on safety and wellbeing.
Visits from our feathered and furry friends occurred throughout the year: Pat Ponies joined us in Feb/Mar and Oct/Nov 2015 and Pat Dog Freddie made a visit in July. Dinky the pot-bellied pig joined us for a number of visits in August and we also enjoyed the company of Owls and other birds during the Falconry visits in May/June, September and November.
Physical activities and games include: Armchair Hockey and Netball, held in January and August, respectively; an event packed week of Sportsdays held in September; Chairdances in February and June and our own version of 'Play Your Cards Right' in January. Table games and Bingo are always available. Stimulating discussions come from well established Current Affairs sessions and the regular Quizzes are always popular. Creativity and wellbeing is encouraged and supported throughout the year and especially by in-house Fashion Shows in March, during a week of Flower Arranging sessions in April and the annual Pamper Week held in May.