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

Crowborough Care home throws 1940s party for national care home open day

On Friday 16 June residents and staff at Woodlands care home in Crowborough celebrated National Care Home Open Day with a 1940’s themed afternoon with live music and a vintage cream tea.

Residents got together for a war time reminiscence activity and their experiences have been captured and are on display at the home. Family, friends and staff joined in the fun and sung along to a 1940’s musical tribute act.

Deputy Mayor Councillor Martyn Garrett visited the not for profit home run by Sussex Housing & Care and said: “Residents were proudly displaying the medals that had been awarded to them, and there was a table of memorabilia of personal items. Encouraged by staff they reminisced about the period, and there was clearly a great deal of camaraderie between the residents.  Later we were entertained by a first class singer of Vera Lynn, swing and tunes of the era who had everybody singing and foot tapping along. Altogether, a most enjoyable and educational visit”.

Peggy Cooke, resident at Woodlands said: “I love to hear the wartime stories, I’m 91 so have many memories. I like meeting people and enjoy having a good time, we had many visitors at the open day.”

Lee Hares, Care Home Manager said: “National care home open day is a good opportunity to get everyone together and celebrate what life is like here at Woodlands and how much fun we have. Our residents, staff, family and friends created a real buzz around the home and I’ve had such positive feedback from the day.”

National Care Home Open day enables homes to connect with local communities and develop lasting relationships. The theme this year was ‘friendship’.

We have a photo album to share which captures moments from each of our four care homes.


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