Author’s memories of life and times in a care home

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A former Hipperholme resident has written about her first hand experience of living in a care home.

Sarah Farnell (real name Lionne Crossley, formally Lionne Bunce) is the author of “Yonderly, The highs and lows of living in a care home”.

Based on first hand experience and written in her first two years at the care home she now resides in, the book is a poignant and humorous story based around actual characters and events in the home, and the journey into what some might suggest is “the last chapter of your life”.

The book contains crafted short stories of the reality of life in old age, juxtaposed with memories of a different time and era when life was so very different - growing up before, during and after the Second World War.

It also provides an insight for those contemplating moving into a home or is indeed moving a family member into a home.

The book also won the Guardian newspaper’s “A way with words” competition.

Now 93, Lionne finished her book last summer on her trusty little computer.

Readers may recognise Lionne’s name in association with being the daughter of the proprietors of Sunny Vale Pleasure Gardens or, as the locals called it “Sunny Bunces” at Hipperholme.

This is where she was born and lived before, during and after World War Two, before marrying and living at Clifton and bringing up her own three children in Hove Edge.

It was during this period she became well known as a local oil painter and amateur opera singer, singing on numerous occasions with the Huddersfield Choral Society.

She moved to Devon in the mid 80s to help out as grandma to her daughter, who had married and settled there.

She now has two grandchildren and one “brand new” great granddaughter who all live nearby in Devon.

Yonderly is available from in either paperback or Kindle.