Turning back time and getting in that '˜40s swing

Life in the 1940s could certainly still be fun, as shown by a special event at a St Annes rest home.

Friday, 18th August 2017, 11:30 am
Updated Monday, 11th September 2017, 11:59 am
Harry Compson, resident and Tudor Anghele, carer, at Rosewood

Rosewood Lodge, on Clifton Drive North, one of four Lakeview rest homes, hosted a flirty ‘40s garden party.

Staff and residents from the other Lakeview rest homes – The Moorings, Lakeview and Newfield Lodge – came along to get into the swing of things and join in the fun.

The tone was set with an army Jeep, owned by Eric Gaskill, who was in attendance in 1940s clothing, with his wife Valerie.

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Garden party at Rosewood Lodge

Many of the residents and care team donned suitable historic attire too.

Registered care manager Fiona became a soldier for the day, deputy manager Kate Chadwick dressed as a land girl and carer Jess Sommerville transformed into a 1940s nurse.

A 1940s entertainer kept guests amused, and there were stalls and a bouncy castle.

While the Second World War saw rationing, there was no shortage of food at the garden party. Rosewood’s chef Paul Brett cooked up a barbecue and the dining room was turned into a 1940s tea room with cuppas and home-made cakes. The tea room was decorated with bunting, historical photographs and memorabilia.

Lilly Harrison and Rita Hilton from the Moorings helped on the charity stall

The garden party raised £500, which will go towards a grand charity total raised by Lakeview Rest Homes over the year and be shared between Brian House and The Diana Award Anti-Bullying Ambassadors.

Fiona Fox, care manager, said it had been a successful event and a “great day”.

She said: “I am so proud of every one of my staff at Rosewood Lodge for all the hard work they put into organising this event. They always go the extra mile for our residents.

“Thank you to everyone who helped us – we had a lot of fun with the residents and it was lovely to hear their stories.”

Eric Gaskill, Jeep owner, with Fiona Fox, Kate Chadwick and Eric's wife Valerie

Resident Ron Humphrey said: “It brought back a lot of memories for me. We had such a lovely afternoon.”

Jess Sommerville, carer, at Rosewood
Harry Foster, Rosewood resident with Tracey Bradley, carer
Malick Sowe (centre), manager of Newfield, with ladies from Newfield and Paul Brett (back row), chef at Rosewood
Tudor Anghele and Jess Sommerville, carers at Rosewood
Kate Chadwick, deputy manager, dressed as a land girl, with Fiona Fox, registered care manager of Rosewood, dressed as a soldier
Joyce Edwards with her daughter Denise, from The Moorings
Garden party at Rosewood Lodge
Lilly Harrison and Rita Hilton from the Moorings helped on the charity stall
Eric Gaskill, Jeep owner, with Fiona Fox, Kate Chadwick and Eric's wife Valerie
Jess Sommerville, carer, at Rosewood
Harry Foster, Rosewood resident with Tracey Bradley, carer
Malick Sowe (centre), manager of Newfield, with ladies from Newfield and Paul Brett (back row), chef at Rosewood
Tudor Anghele and Jess Sommerville, carers at Rosewood
Kate Chadwick, deputy manager, dressed as a land girl, with Fiona Fox, registered care manager of Rosewood, dressed as a soldier
Joyce Edwards with her daughter Denise, from The Moorings