Warrington care home’s Punch and Judy party a hit with local school children

Pupils George May and Niamh O'Connor with residents Brenda Coleridge, 91, and Mary Murray, 82
Pupils George May and Niamh O’Connor with residents Brenda Coleridge, 91, and Mary Murray, 82

There may be a chill in the air this spring, but that didn’t stop residents at Holcroft Grange, the CLS-run care home in Culcheth, Warrington, from turning up the heat and hosting a beach party for local pupils from St Lewis Catholic Primary School.


Residents and schoolchildren came together to enjoy a Punch and Judy puppet show, followed by a fish and chip lunch served in classic paper cones, and an afternoon of beach-themed party games. Some residents even came dressed for the occasion, embracing the beach party theme and sporting shorts and Hawaiian shirts in preparation for a day of beach party fun.


The event, organised by Holcroft Grange Activity Coordinator Nicola Newens, was held entirely at the home.


Michael Boland, Headteacher at St. Lewis Catholic Primary School in Croft, commented on the school’s relationship with Holcroft Grange: “The school choir has visited Holcroft Grange for years, usually to sing carols at Christmas, and the children and the residents all really enjoy getting together. We really do appreciate the chance to meet more often, and the children were eagerly looking forward to seeing Punch and Judy.”


Holcroft Grange residents Ken Perkins, Jean Ridge and John Barton
Holcroft Grange residents Ken Perkins, Jean Ridge and John Barton

Shirley Paton, Home Manager at Holcroft Grange, commented: “It was fantastic to see the residents and the children get together to enjoy the day’s beach party. As a charitable organisation, we strive to forge links within the local community. The residents really enjoy it when pupils from St Lewis Primary School come to visit and sing, and it’s great to be able to give something back.”

She continued: “Furthermore, everyone at Holcroft Grange would like to say a huge thank you to our Activity Coordinator, Nicola. She is always giving the residents lots of different fun activities to do, and the event would not have been possible without her efforts. She always has bundles of enthusiasm and a smile for everyone, and we really appreciate all of her hard work.”



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