Bromsgrove's Chandler Court care home on a mission to save 'lost' traditional past-times - The Bromsgrove Standard

Bromsgrove's Chandler Court care home on a mission to save 'lost' traditional past-times

A BROMSGROVE care home is on a mission to save old hobbies and skills from being forgotten.

Chandler Court has joined a nationwide campaign to safeguard the traditional pastimes for future generations.

A poll carried out by Care UK, which operates the home, found reading a map, using a compass and even simple handwriting are among the top 50 list of lost talents – and over three quarters of those surveyed blame modern technology.

In a bid to give hobbies and skills a new lease of life, Chandler Court is encouraging residents to join the ‘Long Lost Hobbies’ campaign to tap into thousands of older people’s expertise and knowledge.

As part of the scheme, residents across the UK are revisiting favourite hobbies and sharing their skills with younger generations – with those living at Chandler Court having the opportunity to join a gardening club or taking part in intergenerational activities regularly.

Vongai Mushinga, Chandler Court’s home manager, said: “Over time, many of us have become reliant on technology – meaning many hobbies that were once popular are now sadly being forgotten.

“Here at Chandler Court, we know residents have a wealth of skills and hobbies that are now considered to be on the decline – and that is something we wanted to celebrate.”

She urged everyone across the West Midlands to join in with the campaign by reaching out to their relatives or neighbours.

“We have so much to learn from older generations – and I’m sure they’d be more than happy to share all of their knowledge.”

Visit for more information and see below for the Top 50 list.


1.     Writing letters

2.     Map reading

3.     Knowing proper grammar

4.     Mental maths

5.     Remembering phone numbers

6.     Using a compass

7.     Handwriting

8.     Handwashing clothes

9.     Making a fire from scratch

10.  Stamp collecting

11.  Sewing/making clothes yourself

12.  Spelling

13.  Wiring a plug yourself

14.  Calligraphy

15.  Preserving food – such as pickling

16.  Sewing on a button yourself

17.  Making your own jam

18.  Making your own cheese

19.  Tying knots

20.  Knitting

21.  Identifying different plants, trees or insects

22.  Changing a tyre yourself

23.  Making your own bread by hand

24.  Remembering addresses

25.  Using an index in a book

26.  Giving directions

27.  Remembering dates

28.  Reading music

29.  Carpentry

30.  Baking a cake by hand

31.  Pottery making

32.  Storytelling

33.  Cooking something from memory

34.  Reading

35.  Putting up a shelf yourself

36.  Critical thinking

37.  Time keeping

38.  Caring for chickens

39.  Speaking/learning another language

40.  Budgeting

41.  Creative writing

42.  Finding facts

43.  Following instructions

44.  Caring for plants

45.  Gardening

46.  Following a recipe

47.  Drawing

48.  Fishing

49.  Taking photos

50.  Editing photos yourself

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