25th anniversary celebrations for Gillingham care home


Rogers House Residential Care Home in Wigmore, Gillingham, celebrated its 25th anniversary this week, with a party alongside family and friends.

Opening its doors in 1992 as the first care home in the county to provide 24-hour care, compassion and companionship, The Abbeyfield Kent Society’s Wigmore care home celebrated the significant milestone with a party on Thursday 19th October, 25 years to the day that it officially opened.


Whilst a singer provided nostalgic entertainment from the 40s, 50s and 60s, staff, residents and their families danced the afternoon away whilst enjoying a tipple or two in celebration of the significant occasion.


Following the entertainment, longstanding resident, Bill Baker chose to say a few words to his fellow residents about his experience of the home and thank the staff for their hard work and support over the years. Trevor Cox, a volunteer who was instrumental in the opening of the home, also addressed residents. Following the speeches, the partygoers enjoyed a buffet tea and a few glasses of Pimm’s.


Lorraine Laker, care coordinator at Rogers House has worked at the home since day one, she said: “I remember the staff coming in for training when the home was preparing for opening and the kitchen staff were trying out recipes for the new residents, so we were sitting on rolls of carpets sampling sponge puddings!


“I was very impressed when I came to Rogers House, compared to the home that I came from, the facilities were excellent with several lounges and ensuite bedrooms. I am delighted to have seen how the Society has grown over the years but I am also pleased that our values and purpose remains the same.”


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