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Care South care homes across Dorset celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with plenty of food, fun and friendship

Care South, a not-for-profit charity and leading provider of residential, nursing and dementia care across the south of England, has celebrated The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend with an abundance of Food, Fun and Friendship.

Fern Brook Lodge care home, nestled in the north Dorset countryside of Gillingham, kick-started the weekend with a fabulous garden party and barbeque which was officially opened by the new mayor of Gillingham, Sharon Cullingford, for residents, family and friends to enjoy. 

A local singer attended the celebrations and performed an array of classics from the 1950’s and 60’s which was the perfect way for residents to reminisce on lots of their own fond memories from the era.

Hannah Thompson, Activities Assistant at Fern Brook Lodge, commented: “The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee has been an exciting opportunity for us at Fern Brook Lodge as it has enabled everyone to get into the true British spirit with multiple celebrations across the home taking place in the lead-up to the big day. This included a wonderful afternoon tea enjoyed by residents which was created in house by our talented chefs. 

We also took a trip to Thorngrove Garden Centre where residents choose purple and sliver plants, which were planted in the garden ready for our Jubilee celebrations. A spectacular Platinum Jubilee was had by residents and their families and friends who got to enjoy this special celebration together.”

Talbot View care home situated on the edge of Bournemouth hosted its Platinum Jubilee celebrations at local farm community café, Slades. They had a live band alongside incredible dance troops performing alongside a bouncy castle for everyone to enjoy.

St Ives House, an exquisite country house care home near the market town of Ringwood, hosted a traditional afternoon tea based on The Queen’s favourite foods.

The home’s chefs sourced ingredients from those that have received the Royal Warrant from The Queen, so everyone had a taste of her Majesty’s select ingredients. Residents, families, friends, and staff came together to celebrate the momentous occasion.

Elizabeth House care home located in Poole hosted a fabulous garden party with two special guests, The Deputy Mayor of Poole, Julie Bagwell and actor and director, Sasha Paul in attendance. The event started with a Royal Jubilee quiz which everyone thoroughly enjoyed. Staff at Elizabeth House gave out wildflower seeds to all guests and each packet had a number on the back where guests could win little prizes, with the star prize being a wonderful fluffy Corgi. Julie and Sasha read out poems and joined in with the National Anthem before giving the Queen three cheers.

To finish the day, friends and families in attendance were treated to a beautiful buffet which included delicious scones with jam and cream.

Les Johnson, Regional Support Manager, commented: “Everyone had a marvelous day celebrating at Elizabeth House. The Deputy Mayor, Julie was an inspiration and has left a lasting positive impact on the home, and everyone is still talking of her visit to this day. I would like to extend our warmest and sincere thanks to Julie and Sash. Everyone is already looking forward to the next visit at Elizabeth House.”

Wickmeads, Queensmead at Castle Dene, Fairlawn, Alexandra House, Dorset House, Buxton House and Maiden Castle House, all Dorset-based Care South homes, also took part in the royal celebrations with delicious afternoon teas, fabulous garden parties and wonderful live entertainment spread across the week.

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