An extravagant and thoroughly mad Tea Party was enjoyed by residents in a St Annes rest home.
Rosewood Lodge, which celebrates its 30th Anniversary this year, hosted a Mad Hatters Tea Party – complete with costumes, entertainment and delicious delights to tempt even the Mad Hatter!
Visitors and guests flocked to the invitation from ‘Queen of Hearts’ host Fiona Fox as she invited them to the join in the celebrations.
Fiona, who is the manager of the family owned and run establishment, explained “The Mad Hatters Tea Party was our Open Day for family, friends and visitors to join us for lunch or a snack, to meet our residents and the team, and to share in our celebrations. I was delighted to see so many happy faces and I must congratulate everyone who worked so hard to make the day the success that it was. We all had huge fun.”
Everyone thoroughly enjoyed seeing the wonderful costumes worn by family members and staff, and resident Joan Barnes commented, “What a fantastic event – I saw Mad Hatters, Queen’s and Alice’s in all ages, shapes and sizes. I thought I might be seeing things!’
Staff too shared Joan’s enthusiasm. Kate Chadwick said, ‘Events like this are why I love working at Rosewood Lodge. Residents, their families, our staff and their children go above and beyond, and get to become children all over again at the same time.’
Local group Two’s Company provided entertainment, and in addition, everyone had the chance to enjoy some of the wonderful food and drinks, including the rabbit shaped sponge cake and the ‘treasure cupcakes’, sweets and cocktails.
Resident Arnold Craig said “The party was a chance for us to have a bit of fun and to kick off our summer events, whilst inviting people into our home, just as we did in our own homes.”
“It was a wonderful day – the best day I have had in a long time. The event was homely but professional. There is not a single member of staff who isn’t 100% committed to the residents, a truly wonderful achievement.” said fellow resident Joan Wightman.
Rosewood Lodge is one of the four Lakeview Rest Homes, and director Nick Wood has every reason to be proud of their achievements. He commented, “I just wanted to say how proud I am to be part of the Lakeview team. The Open Day was brilliant, and the effort that was put in by everybody was touching and very much appreciated by us all. There were great contributions across the group. It was really clear that people went the extra mile in terms of effort, imagination and co-operation.’