Residents, families and team members at Colten Care homes in Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and Sussex are staging a host of events to celebrate the Royal Wedding.
Some of the get-togethers are in aid of charities and other good causes such as the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.
Julia Hough, Companionship Team Leader at Amberwood House in Ferndown, said: “Lots of our residents have taken the Royal Family to their hearts over many decades and they are really excited about this month’s wedding with all its pageantry and glamour.”
Amberwood is the venue for a lunchtime ‘street party fit for a king’ on the wedding day itself, Saturday 19 May. Tables in the lounge will be lined up street party-style for a three-course celebratory lunch amid Union Jacks and other decorations.
Among those attending are two ladies who were involved in the Queen’s Coronation in June 1953. One was actually in Westminster Cathedral for the coronation service itself as her husband was an officer in Her Majesty’s Colonial Service. The other was a nurse stationed on the route of the procession ready to help with any medical incidents among the vast crowds.
Celebrations at Newstone House in Sturminster Newton include an unusual afternoon tea party on Friday 18 May. On show will be a series of wedding dresses from different eras dating back to 1949. Staff will be dressing up as bridesmaids and in other wedding-related costumes.
Cake, bubbly and a big screen will feature among Saturday’s festivities at Castle View in Poundbury, a home which hosted the groom’s father Prince Charles on a visit four years ago to the day. He also performed the opening ceremony of the home, which is in his Duchy of Cornwall community, in 2002.
Among other Colten Care homes:
- At Belmore Lodge in Lymington, residents and visitors will enjoy a lemon and elderflower sponge cake on the 19th baked to the same recipe as the real Royal Wedding cake. Residents have been busy making flags, bunting and decorations for the big day and will be dressing up in tiaras and other fancy costumes.
- Wellington Grange in Chichester is hosting a ‘Right Royal Tea Party’ on the 19th with the local Mayor attending to ‘cut the wedding cake’.
- Whitecliffe House in Blandford is holding a drinks and canapés morning on the 19th.