Gravesend tenants go back to the 50s

Tenant Terry behind the wheel
Tenant Terry behind the wheel

Nostalgia was in the air on Saturday 12th September at Watling Court, when the home was transformed back to the 1950s for a retro party.


Staff and tenants of the Gravesend extra care scheme got together with their family and friends, for an evening of reminiscence and a drink or two at the scheme’s fifties function. Guests enjoyed dancing the night away to a soundtrack of fifties melodies, whilst dining on hot dogs and burgers from the diner and sipping Babycham. A few tenants even treated their guests to their own rendition of the retro records!


The reception and lounge were adorned with ample imaginative handmade decorations, which staff and tenants had created together ahead of the big day. There was even a retro car photo board, skilfully made by carer, Julie, which residents and staff enjoyed posing behind.


As well as the party, staff of the home were also keen to transform the scheme’s activity room into an on-going vintage exhibition for tenants to browse. The exhibit features old records, games, tenants’ wedding photo albums, local photographs and news stories and even a beautiful vintage wedding dress.


Helen Goulding, scheme manager of Watling Court said: “The party was a great success and the decorations looked wonderful, everyone commented on how impressive it looked as they really enhanced the atmosphere. We are very lucky to have such resourceful staff and tenants who are always keen to get involved with events, try new activities and get creative.


“The exhibition was also a great idea, the tenants are enjoying browsing the displays and in particular, the photographs of how Gravesend used to look!”


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