Sleigh bells ring as New Forest care homes host winter wonderland
Colten Care's New Forest homes celebrate Christmas with fundraising events for charity.
Opportunity for informal visit to see what care home life is really like
A sparkling sprinkle of festive fun is under way as five New Forest care homes celebrate the Christmas season with fundraising events for charity. Winter Wonderland at Colten Care features fairs, markets, live music, food and drink, and visits to Santa’s grotto – all involving residents and open to the community. These are good opportunities for anybody considering a care home to visit informally and see what life there is really like.
First to stage a bazaar was Woodpeckers in Brockenhurst, adorned with 5,000 fairy lights and hosting a dozen stalls sporting Christmas gifts. In arts and crafts sessions leading up to the event, residents and team members made items to sell including tea light lanterns, decoupage stars and hearts, bath bombs, handwarmers, and jars of mincemeat and onion chutney. Visitors included children from Brockenhurst Primary School and performers from the New Forest Singing for Fun choir.
Home Manager Janie Pearman explained the idea of having a winter wonderland season stemmed from seeing so many members of the community involved in summer events with Colten Care. These included the Lymington Carnival and a Mary Poppins stage show at Woodpeckers.
Janie said: “Christmas is another ideal chance to dress up and have fun, with outfits and decorations from the sublime to the ridiculous. All of us - residents, relatives and team members - have been really looking forward to another great community event. It gets everyone excited and residents always welcome the chance to do their bit for charities they choose to help.”
Among those supported by the Winter Wonderland season are Oakhaven Hospice, Bramshaw Riding for the Disabled, the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, and Honey Pot Children’s Charity.
Community organisations helping the homes include the Sway-based plant nursery Agrumi who are providing topiary reindeers.
Following Woodpeckers, the other Winter Wonderland events, all free to attend are detailed below - click on the links for more information;
- Kingfishers, The Meadows, New Milton, BH25 7FJ, at 10.30am on Thursday, 30 November
- Belmore Lodge, Milford Road, Lymington, SO41 8DJ, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm on Thursday, 30 November
- Linden House, New Street, Lymington, SO41 9BP, at 2pm on Saturday, 2 December
- Court Lodge, Court Close, Lymington, SO41 8NQ, all day on Sunday, 3 December
Considering a care home?
If you're considering a care home whether for yourself or a relative this is a good opportunity to pop in informally and get the feel of one or more of the local Colten Care homes, experience for yourself how the staff work together as a caring and supportive team, how happy and involved the residents become in the Christmas festivities - above all how natural and homelike the atmosphere is.
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT COLTEN CARE'S LOCAL HOMES
Colten Care operates six residential nursing and care homes in the local area, including three in Lymington: Belmore Lodge, Court Lodge and dementia specialist Linden House. There are also homes in Brockenhurst (Woodpecker's), New Milton (Kingfisher's) and Mudeford (Avon Reach). Click on the links to find out more about each home...