A family-owned Dorset care home opened its doors to mayors, councillors and an MP for a morning of conversations with residents.
Newstone House in Sturminster Newton welcomed a 44-strong civic party as part of a tour hosted by the town’s Mayor Andrew Donaldson and Mayoress Heather Johnson.
Visitors included North Dorset MP Simon Hoare, High Sheriff of Dorset Sir Philip Williams and Sturminster Newton Town Crier Kevin Knapp.
The visit lasted two and a half hours and later in the day the host Mayor and Mayoress returned with a thank-you bouquet of flowers for the staff and residents.
Councillor Donaldson said: “We were shown splendid hospitality at Newstone House and we were all greatly impressed with the care of the residents. The happiness of all those we met shone through. This is an excellent facility, clean, tidy and comfortable.”
Simon Hoare offered his “huge praise for the resources and care on offer” and added: “This was an informative and interesting visit with knowledgeable staff. Newstone House is a valued asset to the community.”
As well as Sturminster Newton, there were mayoral representatives from Yeovil, Sherborne, Shaftesbury, Wareham, Verwood, Wimborne, Gillingham, Blandford, Lytchett Minster, Bridport, Weymouth and Portland.
Anna Shutler, the Mayoress of Yeovil, said: “Newstone House is fresh and clean. The staff are friendly and there is a lovely atmosphere.”
The tour included conversations with residents in their own rooms and a look round the home’s therapeutic sun spa which provides safe, daily doses of light in a tropical beachscape environment.
Tracey Wyke, Newstone House Customer Advisor, said: “Our residents really enjoyed meeting this very large civic party and were talking about it for the rest of the day. From the staff point of view, it was a great chance to explain to our civic leaders what we do here and to introduce them to some of those we care for.”
In line with the town’s annual September cheese festival, the home offered the mayoral party the chance to sample local specialities such as Dorset Blue Vinny, a regular treat for residents.