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New Forest Colten Care home Kingfishers hosts Oktoberfest fun

"Guten Tag und ein bisschen Bier" Bavarian transformation

New Forest Colten Care home Kingfishers in New Milton ‘turns Bierkeller’ to host Oktoberfest fun

Companionship team member and native German speaker Christina Holliday, left, and Companionship team leader Rose Arcellana

Colten Care's Kingfishers care home in New Milton was temporarily transformed into a ‘bierkeller’ so residents could say ‘Guten Tag’ to the traditional Bavarian celebration of Oktoberfest.

It staged a host of festive fun including singalongs, beer and sausage tasting and even some beginner-level German language tuition.

To recreate the atmosphere of a Munich beer hall, team members decorated the main lounge of the Outstanding-rated New Milton home.

They put up garlands and arranged long tables so residents could sit next to and opposite each other just like revellers at the real annual event.

Pretzels and bratwurst, mustard and pilsener, oompah, singing and smiles!

Kingfishers’ chefs baked fresh pretzels which they and colleagues served along with bratwurst and mustard and pilsener beer.

Residents dined along to a soundtrack featuring typical German ‘oompah’ brass band music.

And there were opportunities to learn basic greetings in German from Companionship team member and native speaker Christina Holliday and resident Florence O'dell who is also fluent in the language.

“It all went down very well indeed,” said Companionship team leader Rose Arcellana. “The residents clearly enjoyed their afternoon of singing and smiles. It was something different and out of the ordinary.”  

"I've been to the real Oktoberfest" says Joan

Resident Joan Graves said: “I've been to the real Oktoberfest in the past. Everyone dressed up, had lots of beers to drink and enjoyed the music. I had a wonderful time.Companionship team member and native German speaker Christina Holliday and Chef Chris Warren serve freshly baked pretzels (Brezel in German) to Kingfishers residents June Price, seated centre, and Joan Graves

“We are just as fortunate to celebrate it here in our home Kingfishers. For me, it brought back lots of happy memories.

“A big thank you to our staff team for all their time and hard work in putting this on for us.”

Ein bisschen Bier

Dating from 1810, Oktoberfest is the world’s largest beer festival and funfair. It is held annually in Munich, Bavaria, and typically lasts up to 18 days.

More than six million people attend in normal times and versions of the event are held in many other cities around the world.

Images

Main image: PROST. Kingfishers residents Bill Newenham, left, and Christopher Place raise their glasses of pilsener lager, with Companionship team leader Rose Arcellana behind. 

Top right: WUNDERBAR. Companionship team member and native German speaker Christina Holliday, left, and Companionship team leader Rose Arcellana.

Beneath: BREZEL. Companionship team member and native German speaker Christina Holliday and Chef Chris Warren serve freshly baked pretzels (Brezel in German) to Kingfishers residents June Price, seated centre, and Joan Graves.

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With more than 30 years’ experience, Colten Care is an award-winning family-owned care home company. It has 21 quality care homes covering Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and Sussex and offers a range of services spanning residential, nursing and dementia care. Seven of the homes are rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission and Colten Care earns a consistently high group score, currently 9.9 out of ten, on the public review site Carehome.co.uk. Based on such third-party advocacy, Colten Care is the UK’s highest-rated care home group for its size.

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Colten Care operates six residential nursing and care homes in the New Forest, three of which are rated Outstanding and three of which are in Lymington: Belmore Lodge, Court Lodge and dementia specialist Linden House (Outstanding). There are also homes in Brockenhurst -Woodpeckers (Outstanding), New Milton - Kingfishers (Outstanding) and Mudeford - Avon Reach. Click on the links to find out more about each home... 

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