Christmas spirit well and truly alive in Tonbridge


An anonymous donor has paid for thirty residents of Barnes Lodge Care Home to enjoy a Christmas Party at their local pub, proving kindness, generosity and Christmas spirit are well and truly alive in Tonbridge.

The pub regular, who wishes to remain anonymous, paid for the residents of the care home, which is just around the corner, to tuck into a full turkey roast, followed by Christmas pudding, mince pies, coffee and drinks.

In addition to their festive lunch, residents were greeted by Santa, his elves and his beautiful Huskies, all of whom took a day’s holiday from work to volunteer and help out with serving lunch. But that wasn’t all, after lunch, each resident was given an individual gift, thoughtfully and kindly donated by one of the pub’s regulars. The afternoon concluded with a game of Bingo, with more donated prizes.


Melanie, Landlady of The Cardinals Error said: “We believe that pubs are the heart of the community and we are keen to do our bit for and give back to the community we serve. It was a lovely afternoon and we thoroughly enjoyed seeing the joy it brought to the residents, we’re hoping to do it again next year.”

Nicky Pett, General Manager of Barnes Lodge added: “The lunch was truly special, and we are so very grateful to the pub and donor for doing this for us.

“The pub was decorated beautifully with lights and trees and the tables laid with crackers and festive decorations, it was a wonderful experience and both the residents and staff were overwhelmed with the kindness and generosity, we can’t thank them enough!”


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