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Kingfishers New Milton prepares to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee

Right royal fun as New Forest care home residents get ready to party

Along with other Colten Care homes, Kingfishers in New Milton is preparing to celebrate the Queen's historic Platinum Jubilee in style

ON THE BUTTON. Kingfishers residents from left, Joyce Russell, Terry Vass and Patricia Cooke, spell out the ‘ER70’ message in a decoration made with buttons

Preparations are under way for a host of fun at Colten Care homes in the New Forest, with residents keen to celebrate the Queen’s historic Platinum Jubilee.

The bunting will be out and the flags will be flying during ‘street parties’ at the homes over the specially extended Bank Holiday next weekend.

Sprucing up gardens, making decorations, knitting royalty-themed tea cosies, rehearsing songs to perform and planning games!

In the run-up to the much-anticipated occasion, residents and staff have been busy sprucing up gardens, making decorations, knitting royalty-themed tea cosies, rehearsing songs to perform and planning games.  

At Kingfishers in New Milton, residents are making ribbon wreaths in red, white and blue to add a dash of patriotic colour to the Outstanding-rated home.

And a further wreath, made with pom poms, will be in Jubilee purple, synonymous with royalty.   

Among the residents practising their skills on the handiwork is Joyce Russell who at 96 is the same age as the Queen.PATRIOTIC. Kingfishers resident Joyce Russell is all smiles as she makes a ribbon wreath for the New Milton home’s Jubilee celebrations

Recalling Her Majesty’s ascension to the throne and coronation, Joyce said: “I was 26 at the time and living at a naval base in Dunfermline, Scotland. When we heard of her ascension, I was excited that there would be a Queen. Myself, an uncle and two more family members had tickets for the actual Coronation Day celebrations in London. We had a viewing box in Northumberland Street and could watch the entire procession.”

Asked for her thoughts on the Queen today, Joyce said: “I think she has done very well. I admire her.”

As well as the garden party, Colten Care residents are invited to gather for the planting of a commemorative Jubilee tree at each home.

Part of the Queen’s Green Canopy national tree-planting initiative, every Colten tree will be accompanied by a plaque made by military veterans supported through the Royal British Legion’s charity activities.   

Her Majesty is the first British monarch to reign for 70 years, eclipsing Queen Victoria who, on her death in 1901, had reigned for almost 64 years. 

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Top: ON THE BUTTON. Kingfishers residents from left, Joyce Russell, Terry Vass and Patricia Cooke, spell out the ‘ER70’ message in a decoration made with buttons

Below: PATRIOTIC! Kingfishers resident Joyce Russell is all smiles as she makes a ribbon wreath for the New Milton home’s Jubilee celebrations

Find out more about Colten Care

With more than 30 years’ experience, Colten Care is an award-winning family-owned care home company. It owns 21 quality care homes covering Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and West 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.

All Colten Care homes are registered for nursing care

All homes are registered for nursing care and four are dedicated dementia care homes with Admiral Nurse support. Unlike people who receive domiciliary care in their own homes, residents in Colten Care homes have the reassurance that 24/7 nurse-led care with companionship is on hand whenever they need it. Residents live in the highest standards of accommodation, enjoying homecooked food, fresh laundry and housekeeping services, and safe, peaceful and inspiring gardens. Colten Care also supports residents to raise thousands of pounds for charities of their choice every year. Founded more than 35 years ago, Colten Care has won multiple awards for the quality of its care and remains an independent, family-owned care home provider. For more information, visit www.ColtenCare.co.uk

Three Colten Care homes in the New Forest are rated outstanding

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... 

Colten Care's Avon Reach    Colten Care Court Lodge Lymington    Colten Care Linden House Lymington 

Colten Care Belmore Lodge Lymington    Colten Care Kingfishers New Milton    Colten Care Woodpeckers Brockenhurst

 

 

 

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