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Four-legged friend, 20-year-old Nelly the Donkey also joined in the fun, building a bond with one particular resident Geoffrey Havilland, who fed Nelly some ice-cream.

Royal celebrations for Care Home Open Day

The bunting was up, crowns were sparkling and cupcakes baked to perfection when a trio of Oxfordshire care homes celebrated an open day in regal style
Sheila Penney and Wendy Pill

"The Queen is 90 and has all these parties – how lucky is she?"

The team and residents at Sanctuary Care’s Wantage Nursing Home in Garston Lane, Iffley Residential and Nursing Home in Anne Greenwood Close and Yarnton Residential and Nursing Home in Rutten Lane threw open their doors to support the fourth annual Care Home Open Day.

 

All homes adorned in red, white and blue, when they hosted their very own royal inspired celebrations to mark The Queen’s 90th birthday – festivities included a high-tea party in Wantage, a Kings and Queens garden party in Iffley and a traditional street party in Yarnton.

Friday 17th June marked the fourth annual Care Home Open Day, when homes nationwide opened their doors and welcomed people to share a special day with their teams and residents, forging lasting links with their local communities.

Wendy Simmons, 72, who was joined by her husband Bill said: “The Queen is 90 and has all these parties – how lucky is she?”

 

Friday 17th June marked the fourth annual Care Home Open Day, when homes nationwide opened their doors and welcomed people to share a special day with their teams and residents, forging lasting links with their local communities.

The street party at Yarnton Residential and Nursing Home included live music from singer Andrew Francis, a performance from choristers at William Fletcher Primary School, as well as a delicious buffet, with a vintage sweet and ice-cream cart and jugs of Pimm’s.

Four-legged friend, 20-year-old Nelly the Donkey also joined in the fun, building a bond with one particular resident Geoffrey Havilland, who fed Nelly some ice-cream.

Home manager Sheena Montague added: “It’s really important to us to support days like Care Home Open Day as we work hard to be a part of the community and always look for ways to enable our residents to meet new people of all ages and our street party did just that.”

Meanwhile, Wantage Nursing Home hosted a royal-themed tea party, where residents were dressed in beautifully crafted crowns and tiaras, which they made for the special occasion.

There was also live music, homemade fish and chips for lunch and delicious cakes available throughout the day.

Wendy Simmons, 72, who was joined by her husband Bill said: “The Queen is 90 and has all these parties – how lucky is she?”

Fellow resident Sheila Penney added: “I love wearing a crown!”

The Sanctuary Care home’s activities assistant Wendy Pill said: “Our residents adore The Queen and all that she stands for so they all thoroughly enjoyed our Care Home Open Day celebrations – it was a lovely day filled with smiles.”

Iffley Residential and Nursing Home also hosted a fabulous King and Queen’s garden party, where singer Cody performed patriotic songs while handing out red, white and blue flowers.

 

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