Home holds right royal knees-up
WHEN staff at a Hanham care home realised the Royal Wedding coincided with the home's own 30th anniversary, they decided they would make it a day for all to remember.
The Beeches, in the High Street, was transformed with bunting and flags while residents and staff gathered around television screens to witness Harry and Meghan's romantic nuptials.
Food and drink was flowing and entertainment kept everyone in a party mood. Residents were visited by councillor Matthew Riddle, former South Gloucestershire Council leader, and the CEO of Care and Support West, a representative body for those involved in social care.
The family-run residential care home opened in 1988 with Janet and Mervyn Windows and their daughter Julie at the reins.
For the past 10 years the couple's grandson Matthew has been manager and runs it alongside wife Donna and mum Julie.
Matthew said his grandmother was special guest and had the honour of cutting the celebratory cake.
"Everyone had a great time and we have had lots of great feedback and positive comments about the event," he said.
"The home was decorated with bunting and flags throughout including outside to highlight the Royal Wedding and to show the local community that we are celebrating this event.
"One of the highlights was having Matthew Riddle take part in a duet with one of the entertainers, singing Wurzels' tunes!"
The Beeches has been forging links with the community, including Hanham Abbots Junior School and Hanham Woods Academy, saying it helps keep residents young at heart.
As part of the home's community work, tots from Mama Bear's nursery and Acorns Pre-School in Hanham visit residents every week.