To get into the spirit of the day residents at St John’s Care Home were served an authentic 1940s lunch menu. They enjoyed a pea and mint soup starter, followed by spam fritters and vegetables, with prune and bread pudding with jam sauce for dessert.
After lunch residents gathered in the lounge to reminisce about what they were doing in the 1940s and how much things have changed. Residents enjoyed sharing stories of how a gentleman’s suit would have cost 26 ration coupons and Mabel told us all how she would re-use the trousers of her husband’s suit to make into a skirt for her or her daughters.
There was a fantastic sing-a-long led by the home’s Dementia Champion and Senior Carer Samantha McMurray. Together with Wellbeing and Activities Co-ordinator Stephen Smith and supported by St John’s staff, they led a great sing-a-long and dancing. Staff dressed up as land-girls and in uniforms from the era and were joined by resident’s families and friends. The day was finished off with cups of tea and cakes from the era.
“It was lovely to see our residents enjoying the day, we love a party at St John’s and there was a very special atmosphere as we looked back on the 1940s era” Said Anna Lewkowicz, Home Manager “All the staff, catering company and residents all put 100% effort in to make this a special day to remember”.