Staff at a Winchester care home ‘teed-up’ a perfect day out for one of their residents recently.
Former Ladies Captain at the Royal Winchester Golf Club, Ann Tubbs, told companionship team member Laura Sheldrake at St Catherines View, it was her dearest wish to visit the club and meet up with old friends.
Laura explained: “We like to be able to make the wishes of residents a reality so I contacted the club and they very kindly arranged a delicious lunch and invited members who knew Ann.”
During her captaincy, which ran from 1993 to 1994, the club hit the headlines when fire broke out and the clubhouse was severely damaged.
“It was a dramatic time, “ recalled Val Day, who served as Secretary at the time and has kept scrapbooks full of newspaper cuttings.
“All our silver trophies melted in the heat of the fire – in fact the only one that survived was the lady captain’s cup as Ann had taken it home.”
Alma Allen, who has been a member of the club for 46 years, said: “She was a lovely captain. I remember her playing the organ at the Christmas service and being very good at flower arrangements too.”
Ann enjoyed lunch with her former golfing friends before happily posing for photographs on the balcony which overlooks the course – the fourth oldest in Hampshire.
St Catherines View offers a dedicated dementia community from its location close to the historic city centre of Winchester.
The home is part of Colten Care, an independent and family-run company determined to set the highest standards in all aspects of care for the elderly.