Birds Hill Nursing Home in Poole, Dorset opened their doors to family and friends this weekend; hosting an afternoon tea party in aid of the Royal Legion and in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of WW1.
The ambience was set with a musical session from local entertainer Jaime Frances, who sang an array of war time songs, to which some residents happily danced. The chef created a beautiful tea party with home-made cakes and tasty traditional sandwiches. There was a traditional sweet trolley which was a real hit too! It was wonderful to see so many grandchildren and great-grandchildren enjoying games with different generations of their family. They loved the old games of shove ha’penny & bagatelle and even outdoor skittles.
One of the Home’s owners Seema Seewooruthun said “Many of our residents have been affected by their experiences of war whether WW1, WW2 or younger generations of family going to war abroad. We wanted to acknowledge what they have gone through and experienced and to realise how lucky we are to be able to hear these remarkable stories.”
Due to the predicted stormy weather, the plans for a street party theme was adapted and tables were set up indoors, with the room decorated in traditional bunting with a British/war time theme. On the tables were reminiscence memorabilia relating to WW1, for everyone to read and talk about. Many residents took the memorabilia back to their rooms, as a souvenir of the wonderful day
One of the Home’s three activity co-ordinators said “It was wonderful to see so many generations of friends and family coming together for one cause and being able to help create more happy family memories!”