Borrage House residents celebrate the opening of a virtual train station
Residents in a care home celebrated the opening of their ‘railway station’ on Tuesday 10 December – the first since the closure of Ripon’s railway station in the 1960s.
Harrogate Borough Mayor Stuart Martin officially opened the virtual train station at Anchor’s Borrage House in Borrage Lane watched by residents and staff from the care home.
The staff spent months transforming the communal lounge into the themed area which will be used by the residents for reminiscence sessions.
‘Denton Station’, which was funded by a bequest from former resident Jean Denton, includes a café, a vintage sweetshop, ticket office all built by father and son team Paul and Tim Humberston, and two virtual train journeys which mimic those of Ripon Station.
The themed area is made up of RemPods which are designed as unique pop-up reminiscent screens for residents, particularly those with dementia.
Borrage House Manager Sarah Aitken said residents and their relatives were over the moon about the launch of Denton Station.
She said: “Many of the residents vividly remember Ripon Station, and we were proud to showcase Denton Station to our community.
“The station is so much more than just a great way for residents to spend time with their families, we are commemorating Jean and something that is special to all of us. Because of Jean, Ripon has its station back.”
Resident Rachel Maister said, ‘It’s certainly really good for when families visit to be able to sit on the train and see the scenery go by.
“I used to catch the train as a young girl to go to Chester where I was at school. I used to have to change at York which was always a bit scary.”