A host of Royalty-themed parties is under way at Colten Care homes as residents, families and staff celebrate the culmination of the Queen’s 90th birthday festivities.
Each of the family-owned provider’s 20 homes in Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire and Sussex is staging events to share in the Commonwealth knees-up.
Amid Union Jacks and bunting, there are garden parties, vintage-style cream teas, treasure hunts, sing-a-longs and quizzes, with live music from brass bands, ukulele ensembles, accordionists and vocalists.
To prepare for their party, residents at Amberwood House in Ferndown made colourful crowns and birthday beer mats while decorating photo portraits of Her Majesty to hang from their garden pergola.
Jan Burns, Activities Organiser at Amberwood, said community friends were welcome to attend the event on Sunday, 12th June, with a raffle and collection taking place for the home’s nominated charity, the Forest Holme Hospice. The Mayor of Ferndown, Councillor Mike Parkes, is among the guests.
Jan said: “Our residents love hosting parties and welcoming visitors and it’s fantastic to be able to share in this national and indeed international celebration.”
Among other homes, The Aldbury in Parkstone, Poole, is hosting a high tea in the garden served by children from Upton Cubs. Residents, staff and visitors have also been pinning messages to a ‘wish tree’, continuing the sentence, ‘If I were Royalty for the day, I would…’.
Residents at Colten Care’s newest home, Wellington Grange in Chichester, have already enjoyed a Royalty-themed picnic hosted in May by community partners and neighbours the Roussillon Park Residents Association.
Jo London, Activities Manager at Colten Care, said: “The Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations are all about communities throughout the Commonwealth coming together and hosting parties. Residents across our entire family of homes have been keen to play their part in the festivities.”