Different generations enjoyed their favourite hobbies when residents at a care home in Banbury shared their skills with local pupils.

Residents at Care UK’s Highmarket House, on North Bar Place, have been revisiting activities, including sewing, with schoolchildren as part of a nationwide initiative – Long Lost Hobbies.

The nationwide initiative sees care home residents trying new pastimes with younger generations after a national survey found 77 per cent of adults feel technology is the cause of traditional skills being lost, including flower arranging, knitting and woodworking.

Children from Hillview Primary School joined a fun traditional pastimes session, which included calligraphy, sewing and knitting.

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Francesca Cowley, home manager, said: “For those living with dementia, revisiting a past hobby, such as sewing, can help bring back memories, as well as providing an enjoyable way to connect with others through a familiar activity that once brought joy.

"These positive feelings gained from revisiting fond memories can help decrease stress, reduce agitation, and provide a feeling of success and confidence.

“Residents and team members at Highmarket House have loved revisiting their favourite hobbies with local pupils.

"It has been wonderful to hear residents talking about how they first discovered their favourite hobby and the fond memories this interest created – thank you to Hillview Primary School for joining us.”