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Home's covered in red, white and blue for the Queen's birthday celebrations

Last week we profiled some very special residents who shared their birthday with the Queen. Now we thought we’d show how our homes raised the flag to celebrate Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday.

South Park Care Home in York held a spring fair, complete with sweet stalls, a hot dog stand and homemade cakes. The residents had a fantastic time, and were even joined by members of the local community who raised a glass for Her Highness. The home held a raffle with lots of fantastic prizes. Everyone felt like a winner and the day was rounded off beautifully.

Regency Care Home in Whitefield had a slightly more serene celebration. Residents watched the Queen on TV as she made her way up the Mall – some it appeared had very similar fashion sense to Her Royal Highness – and raised a glass to her health. The residents then took a look at a Royal Scrapbook detailing how things had changed in the 63 years Queen Elizabeth has been on the throne. Later on the residents enjoyed a quiz which had a royal twist.

Hesslewood House Care Home in Hessle celebrated the Queen’s birthday with a little bit of nostalgia. In 1981 the Queen opened the Humber Bridge. At that time Hesslewood was an orphanage. One of the maintenance men at the home was working at the orphanage, and alongside some of the children welcomed Queen Elizabeth II as she opened the bridge.

Church and Manor View Care Home in Doncaster had a royal visitor in the shape of team member Joanne Morley, who came dressed as the Queen. The residents and their families were also joined by local radio station TMCR who turned the home into a royal disco, at which everyone danced the afternoon away.

Up in Berwick-upon-Tweed at Hillside Lodge Care Home residents settled down and watched a film all about the Queen. After the movie the residents all donned their Union Jack hats and waved their flags as they sang ‘God Save the Queen’ quickly followed by Happy Birthday, before enjoying a well-deserved cup of tea and slice of cake.

At Croxteth Park Care Home in Liverpool the residents took to the garden for a party, all thanks to the lovely spring sunshine – and the team. The garden was decorated with bunting and the residents raised a glass to her Majesty’s health.

There was a stamp of approval at Hallgarth Care Home in Durham as resident Margaret Dawson aid tribute to Her Royal Highness by creating Queen Elizabeth II’s portrait made solely of stamps from the realm. Entertainer Colin Summer helped the afternoon go with a swing. The ‘Queen’ made time in her busy schedule to make a special guest appearance and after blowing out her birthday candles, she settled down to a slice of cake and cup of tea with the residents.

Up in Scotland the sun was shining too. At Cumbrae Lodge Care Home in Irvine everyone took to the garden for a party, complete with bunting, party hats and a BBQ. Everyone had a fantastic time and sang a special rendition of Happy Birthday for the Queen.

Meanwhile, over at Laganvale Care Home in Moira residents basked in the spring sunshine whilst having a royal BBQ before tucking into a beautiful birthday cake.

At Courtenay House Care Home in Kings Lynn the celebrations started with the team dressing up in the iconic 1920s fashion. Everyone sang the national anthem, before having another good old sing song this time focussing on classics from the 1920s. It did seem like a step back in time at the home.

Romford Grange Care Home in Romford threw a street party fit for a Queen, which included guest appearances from Soap royalty, June Brown (aka Dot Branning – Eastenders) and the Pearly Queen. The Court Care Home in Ballymoney also threw a royal birthday bash with residents wishing Queen Elizabeth II man happy returns.

Meanwhile at Marlborough Court Care Home in Thamesmead residents embraced their arty nature, creating all the decorations used to adorn the home, before settling down to a royal banquet all in honour of Her Majesty’s 90th year.

At Woodview Care Home in Lincoln they marked the Queen’s birthday by having their very own bake off competition. Cakes, brownies and flapjacks were presented to a panel of very willing residents to judge the competition. Entries were marked on both their appearance and taste and awards were given to best decorated, best taste and best overall bake. Best overall bake went to a carrot cake which was made by administrator Sarah.

Balmoral Care Home in Sheffield celebrated the royal birthday alongside some fluffy friends, as Pet’s At Home brought some rabbits for the guests to enjoy. Residents and the team dressed up and had a right royal time.

At Botham Hall Care Home in Huddersfield residents sat down to a royal tea party to commemorate Her Majesty’s birthday.

Other parties were held at other homes across the UK, including Highstone Mews Care Home, Hartwell Care Home, Ladyville Lodge Care Home and Cherry Trees Care Home. Meanwhile Laurels Lodge Care Home in Woodside held a party which everyone near and far attended. A resident's relative said: "the party was brilliant, the decorations was out of this world, a lot of work was put into it, and the food was great. The people were amazing, everybody was having fun and Norman who played the music was very good to the residents.”

Flower Park Care Home in Doncaster welcomed the community and the all of the royal family, including Princes William and Harry to their royal tea party, which then turned into a disco. Everyone had a fun afternoon.

In Nottinghamshire, at the Old Vicarage Care Home, everyone nominated resident Audrey to be Queen for the day - complete with tiara and pearls. The 'Singing Major' came in to entertain everyone, and got them all singing and dancing. Everyone then settled down with a glass of fizz and slice of cake - cut by Queen Audrey - to round off the day.

Everyone at Four Seasons wishes Her Majesty many happy returns.

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18 Dec 2017

Residents and the care team at Murdoch House Care Home in Wokingham had a lovely Christmas treat as some local school children from St Teresa’s School Choir came carol singing.

Christine Tyrrell, Home Manager, said: “The residents really enjoyed listening to the carols. Some even got up and sang along with the children, especially when Jingle Bells and Silent Night were sung. The spirit of Christmas has definitely arrived at Murdoch House.”

Are you looking for a care home in Wokingham? Murdoch House Care Home offers support for residential care and respite care.


18 Dec 2017

Residents, relatives and the care team from Campsie View Care Home in Glasgow got into the Christmas spirit last week as they celebrated Christmas Jumper Day.

Everyone did their best to wear the most novelty jumper possible, and the results (as you can see by the picture) are quite outstanding.

Katy Jenks, Home Manager, said: “We all thought we’d wear our best novelty jumper to raise some money to provide special experiences for the residents in our care. We all had lots of fun and I want to thank everyone who donated.”

Are you looking for a care home in Glasgow? Campsie View Care Home offers support for nursing care.


17 Dec 2017

Residents, relatives, the care team and local community have all been helping get Riverside View Care Home in Darlington in the festive spirit.

Claire Westmorland, Home Manager, said: “Firstly we want to thank the local Co-Op who raised a lovely £180 for our resident’s fund. This will go towards our Christmas entertainment. On behalf of everyone in the home I want to thank Co-Op for their kind donation.”

Christmas has definitely hit the home, as they all got ready for their Christmas raffle. Complete with their very own naughty elf.

Claire added: “I want to thank everyone who donated to our raffle. The monies raised will go towards providing special experiences for our residents over the festive period. Merry Christmas from everyone at Riverside View.”

Are you looking for a care home in Darlington? Riverside View Care Home provides support for residential care, dementia care, respite care, end of life/palliative care and intermediate care.


16 Dec 2017

The team at Laurels Lodge Care Home in Woodside pulled out all the stops last week as they took part in Laurels Lodge has got talent.

It was an afternoon full of fun and laughter and the team were up for the challenge and showcased their talents amazingly.

Children from Donbank Nursery also joined the residents that day and they got involved and joined in dancing to the birdie song with the Marlene Smith, Personal Activities Leader. Relatives who came also joined in the dance and had a fun afternoon.

May Duncan said “this is great”! as she danced the birdie song.

Other relatives such as Lorna Graham and Irene Sivewright commented on how good the show was.

The headline acts included:

  • Linda Mason (Deputy Manager) and Lynn Smith (Home Administrator) - ABBA
  • Morag Leslie (SNCA) & Jenny Watt (Care Assistant) – as Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers
  • Rhodora Antiojo (Staff Nurse), Felix Mahinay (Care Assistant), Ewa Misztal (Care Assistant) & Arlene McGillivray (Care Assistant) as the Village People danced the YMCA music
  • Nomeda Jackstienne (Cook) as Madonna
  • Jolanta Nieckarz as Lady Gaga
  • Marlene Smith (PAL) dressed up as Chicken
  • Sheila Gesma (Home Manager) as the DJ

Marlene Smith, Personal Activities Leader, said: “The whole show was fabulous! The teachers from Donbank Nursery said to me that what we did was fantastic and they were very happy that the kids thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon. Sheila our manager was our DJ. It was also great to see relatives participating; it was indeed an afternoon full of fun and entertainment!”

Are you looking for a care home in Woodside? Laurels Lodge Care Home offers support for dementia care, nursing care and respite care.

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