Care home’s garden party celebrates 50 years of caring in Kent


From humble beginnings in Kingswood Road, Gillingham, The Abbeyfield Kent Society has grown to become the biggest independent Abbeyfield in the world. This week, it celebrates its 50th anniversary.


The Dynes Residential Care Home in Kemsing hosted a celebratory garden party on Saturday 20th May, to mark the Society’s 50th anniversary.


As the rain and thunder cleared to make way for glorious sunshine, staff were delighted that they could set up the marquee and tables and chairs outside, ready for the afternoon’s garden party.


Residents, their relatives, staff and friends of the home, gathered together in the garden to relax and relish the live entertainment, whilst sampling the treats of the delightful afternoon tea, which the kitchen staff had prepared for the occasion. Staff had also prepared a celebratory cake with the Abbeyfield Kent logo, as well as accompanying cupcakes and biscuits.


Nicky Pett, home manager of The Dynes commented: “We are very proud of the Society’s accomplishments over the years and believe it is a huge achievement that we have come so far since 1967 and are looking to the future in a time of uncertainty for the sector.


“Everyone had a great afternoon at our garden party, the entertainment was brilliant and the residents enjoyed singing and dancing to the nostalgic songs of their past – we were also very lucky that the sun shone all afternoon!”


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