Fun time as care home staff stages Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at Dorset care home


A North Dorset care home created its very own wonderland when it hosted a highly successful Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.

You need hands: Staff at Colten Care’s Newstone House enjoy the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.

Staff at Colten Care’s Newstone House in Sturminster Newton dressed as characters from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland for the fun afternoon.

Home Manager Sohail Daniel led from the front as the Mad Hatter while other team members came in a variety of guises including the Cheshire Cat, March Hare, White Rabbit, Queen of Hearts and, of course, Alice.

Residents, families and guests from the community, including Sturminster Newton Mayor Cllr Andrew Donaldson, enjoyed performances from local singer Christina Jeavons as well as games including croquet and ‘hook a duck’.

VIP guest: Sturminster Newton Mayor Councillor Andrew Donaldson was among the guests.

Meanwhile Newstone House’s chefs laid on a lavish tea including traditional favourites such as scones, jam and cream and a selection of mouth-watering cakes.

Imogen Deacon, Activity Organiser, said: “The party was a huge success and everyone had a really lovely time.

“We like to hold two themed parties every year, one in summer and the other in December. Previous themes have included a 1940’s day, Gatesby-style party and a day at the Ascot races.

The team at Colten Care’s Newstone House, including Home Manager Sohail Daniel (right) dress up for the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.

“This time our team really went to town with their costumes which was really appreciated by all our residents. It was great fun.”

A total of £164 was raised for Dementia UK which provides specialist dementia support for families through its Admiral Nurse service.

Colten Care has its own Admiral Nurse, Kay Gibson, in partnership with Dementia UK.


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