On Friday June 17 I was invited to attend a street party at Gregory House. My aunt is a resident there and I went with her daughter.
On arrival, due to the adverse weather conditions it was being held indoors, but I’m sure nothing could dampen the spirits of the staff, residents and guests that day!
What a joy to see all the residents in their pretty inhouse made pinafores, seated at a very long table surrounded by bunting and balloons. Bedecked in party hats, all smiling in anticipation of the party about to be started.
Sherry and soft drinks were offered on our arrival, the piano was being played, and then came plate after plate of crustless finger sandwiches of egg, cheese, spam, ham, corned beef, prawn and even dripping. Sausage rolls, crisps and other nibbles accompanied.
Chocolate dipped strawberries, assorted cakes and pastries, jelly and cream, fruit and blancmange. Dishes of sweets from our school days.....sherbet dabs, black jacks, fruit salad chews, jelly beans, little jems and so many more.
The entertainment, a blast from the past was provided by Dave Knight (thankyou Dave, I’m sure your voice is as good, if not better than I remember it over 40 odd years ago) who sang all our old favourites. Doreen’s skill on the piano assured our vocal chords were well exercised.
Ice cream cones followed for all who had room after such a feast.
The raffle was drawn, and there must have been about 30 prizes. I understand over £200 was achieved.
It was such an inspiration to see the dedication of manager Ann Upton, Zenda, the kitchen staff, the carers and everyone else who worked so tirelessly to put this day together and ensure a smooth and successful enjoyable day for all who were there. I can think of nothing that was missed and nothing was too much trouble....so lovely to see the care and compassion showed to the residents throughout.
I want to thank you all for a wonderful and unforgettable day, such a great experience and a sincere hope that all care homes would exercise such professionalism, patience and love of their work in caring for the elderly and vulnerable.
Thank you to you all.
Nadine Wetz (niece of resident, Lily).