Classic memories revived at Hampshire care home


Memories were revived when a Hampshire care home hosted a mini classic car show.

In the driving seat: Chris George, a resident at Colten Care’s Linden House, tries the controls of a 1932 Austin 7 called Agatha, watched by Activity Organiser Donia O’Connor and owners Keith and Judith Bloodworth.

Six vintage cars, dating back as far as 1925, took part in the event at Colten Care’s Linden House in Lymington.

Residents at the specialist dementia care home had a fascinating afternoon, viewing the cars and, in some cases, even sitting in the vehicles.

The mini-show was the brainchild of Activity Organiser Donia O’Connor whose friend, Liz Comber, is the proud owner of a restored 1964 Austin Healey 3000 MK3.

She, in turn, enlisted the help of five other classic car owners who generously agreed to come to the New Street home with their respective pride and joys.

The vehicles included a 1925 Singer, 1932 Austin Seven, 1934 Ford Woodie Wagon, 1965 E-Type Jaguar and 1976 Triumph Spitfire.

John Bramwell, proud owner of a 1925 Singer, with Pearl Durrant, a resident at Colten Care’s Linden House, and Colten Companion Chris Dimmick.

Liz said: “I had a great response from fellow owners who were only too happy to come and display their cars.”

For one Linden House resident, Chris George, the 1932 Austin Seven owned by Keith Bloodworth and named Agatha, brought back special memories.

“It’s absolutely superb. I briefly owned a car like this and it does take me back to those days,” he said.

Donia said the afternoon, which finished with cream teas, had been a huge success.

“It really did revive memories for our residents. Liz did a brilliant job enlisting the help of so many other owners and we’re very grateful,” she added.