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Posted by: Lizzie Gurr, on 23/03/2015

Young and old produce art together at Crowborough care home

Residents at Woodlands care home in Crowborough welcomed young people from 1st Crowborough Guides for national care home open day on Saturday 21 April.

Together, they enjoyed an intergenerational art project and painted a large canvas with images associated with the Queen and looked at artefacts from the Queen’s coronation and jubilee. These activities support the national open day theme to ‘link communities’ and ‘celebrate the Queen’s birthday’.

Woodlands resident Denys Gage, 90, said: “It’s been a great project I’ve very much enjoyed meeting the youngsters and talking to them and sharing what’s going on in our lives. I once met the Queen in Manchester, she’s a lovely person and very easy to talk to, I’m a true royalist and felt very proud.”

Ella, 13, from the Guide group said: “We’ve never done anything like this before at Guides and the art has been fun. We’ve met older people today who were in the Guides many years ago and it’s interesting to hear their stories, they’ve all said how different the uniform was in their day!”

Councillor Peter Ellefsen, Mayor of Crowborough, kindly supported the event and spent time talking to residents, staff and visitors.

Lee Hares, Care Home Manager of the Sussex Housing & Care owned home, said: “Our mission is to help people live their later lives to the full and today has very much supported this mission. Our residents have had a great time meeting local young people and we’re keen to continue to build meaningful relationships with the local community to enrich the lives of our residents. Today has been an opportunity to showcase Woodlands and see that it’s a friendly, happy and exciting place to be.”

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