Published: Tuesday 4th December 2018
A dedicated care home Lifestyle Manager has fulfilled residents wishes to remember and honour fallen soldiers with a Centenary Ball. Catherine Goddard, who works with Coppice Lodge in Arnold and Fairway View in Bulwell as well as other Ideal Carehomes’ Midlands homes, arranged for nearly 100 residents and their guests to attend a lavish remembrance ceremony at Stoke Rochford Hall in Grantham in November.
For residents of a care home, memories of war and its losses are always with them and with 2018 being 100 years since the guns finally fell silent from the First World War, they wanted to make sure the occasion was marked with an extra special event. With residents’ help, Catherine organised the ball to the last detail, from the elegant harpist to the poignant Remembrance Service to honour the fallen. Guests were even treated to a red-carpet experience on arrival at the impressive Stoke Rochford Hall – which has its own rich history from war times.
Catherine said, “We started discussing the event in the summer in our Social Committee Meetings and it was something that the residents wanted to do. However, the day actually exceeded all our expectations and was amazing from start to finish.”
Arriving at the venue on a sunny day, guests wore traditional poppies with ladies in their gowns and decorated ex-servicemen showing off their medals with pride. Residents were keen to recount tales of war to younger guests to keep the tradition of remembrance alive, ensuring no one forgets how many people gave their lives fighting for a better future. Guests enjoyed mingling with the Sheriff of Nottingham, the Mayor of Charnwood, other councillors and members of the British Legion before the room fell silent for two minutes in honour of the fallen soldiers.
Catherine continued,“Residents ate, drank and danced their way through the afternoon! Our staff did residents proud making sure they had the day that they had dreamed off. Everyone was part of the team and just seeing all the happy residents having a wonderful day, reminiscing and creating lasting memories was amazing."
Coppice Lodge residents, Gillian and Graham Freeguard, said:“We thoroughly enjoyed the day. The setting was fantastic the whole building, especially the Library in particular where we had our meal and listened to the entertainment. It was very well organised and the harpist player replicated the sense of era.”
Jim Brack who lives at Fairway View stood to read a passage during the Remembrance Service with his son and daughter in law looking on. Jim said,“It was an absolutely wonderful day and the place was amazing. I really enjoyed every minute and it was an honour to be involved in the service.”
Catherine continued:“The best feeling in the world is to create something special that everybody has had a say in. To see it actually come together for our wonderful residents and for them to have such a great time is priceless and that’s why I do this job.”