Orchard Gardens care home in Bishopstoke was decked out in Valentine’s decorations and bunting for a 1940s tea dance on Tuesday 14 February.

Residents and staff from Anchor’s Orchard Gardens were transported back in time to the post-war years for a strawberry and cream high tea during a nostalgia evening. Tables that were covered in traditional doilies as well as Valentine’s chocolates adorned the dining room, while a high tea was served using recipes from the era.

Music from Vera Lynn and other war classics were played throughout the home with a special guest performance by one of the homes Team Leader’s, Hollie Thompson, who sang a selection of songs. Staff also dressed in 1940s costumes to add to the experience. 

Orchard Gardens Deputy Manager, Heather Mintrim said: “We put on a lot of themed activities here because the residents really enjoy them. It’s important to offer interesting events which stimulate the residents mentally and physically.

“Despite food shortages during the war, fruit and veg which could be grown in people’s gardens were more available and our menu reflected the food available during that time, as well as a few of our resident’s favourites!”

For more information on Orchard Gardens contact 0845 140 2020.

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