New Forest Colten Care homes celebrate Afternoon Tea Week

Glamour and glitz light up ‘Tea at The Ritz’

Two New Forest Colten Care homes came together to celebrate Afternoon Tea Week.

Singer Wills Bailey-Hobbs provides the jazz soundtrack for the Afternoon Tea Week celebration at Colten Care’s Belmore Lodge in Lymington.

Roaring Twenties’ glamour sparkled anew at Belmore Lodge in Lymington

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The glamour and glitz of the jazz age were in vogue once again as residents from two New Forest care homes came together to celebrate Afternoon Tea Week.

Flapper dresses, sequins, forearm gloves and peacock feather headbands were de rigueur as Roaring Twenties’ glamour sparkled anew at Belmore Lodge in Lymington.  

Residents there welcomed a visiting party from fellow Colten Care home in the town, Court Lodge, for a lively, stylish afternoon of music, dance and conversation.

The fun took place in the sunshine of the Belmore Lodge garden with family and friends among the guests.

Jazz singer Wills Bailey-Hobbs performed popular hits and jazz standards from the 1920s decade.  

Colten Care chefs prepared homemade quiches and cakes and a photobooth gave residents the opportunity to capture precious memories of their look and outfits on the day. 

"We never need an excuse to dress up!"

Belmore Lodge resident Maureen Marks said: “We never need an excuse to dress up, especially when it’s all about the elegance of the 1920s.

“It was a joy to welcome family and friends, including our fellow residents from Court Lodge, and experience ‘The Ritz’ being brought into Belmore.”

Janie Wilkins, who recently returned to Belmore Lodge as Home Manager after a period away, said: “Everyone had fun enjoying a glorious garden party full of lovely music and dancing.”

As well as care homes, venues taking part in Afternoon Tea Week across the UK included bakeries, cafés and hotels, all keen to celebrate ‘the great British tradition of afternoon tea’.


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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 home Woodpeckers in Brockenhurst
Colten Care home Linden House in Lymington
Colten Care home Kingfishers in New Milton
Colten Care home Court Lodge in Lymington
Colten Care home Belmore Lodge in Lymington
Colten Care home Avon Reach in Mudeford


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