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Gallery: Care home residents transported back to the 1940s during celebrations for national initiative

13:18 24 June 2014

Staff and resident John Maidment, 72, at the open day event at Cranvale Residential Care Home

Staff and resident John Maidment, 72, at the open day event at Cranvale Residential Care Home

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Care home residents were transported back to the past in a day of fun marking a national initiative.

Chadwell House Residential Care Home and Cranvale Residential Care Home both held themed events to celebrate National Care Home Open Day on Friday.

Cranvale Residential Care Home, in Buntingbridge Road, Newbury Park, hosted a 1940s themed day, which saw residents and staff dress in clothes from the decade.

The event also featured live music, an English and American buffet and a Winston Churchill impersonator.

Cranvale’s manager, Irene Prasad, said: “We had a fantastic time going back to the 1940s - it went down a storm with our residents.

Resident Josephine Chapman dances at the open day event at Chadwell House Residential Care HomeResident Josephine Chapman dances at the open day event at Chadwell House Residential Care Home

“They especially loved the old-fashioned food and drink and seeing our team all dressed up.”

A tea room was created at Chadwell House, in Chadwell Heath Lane, Chadwell Heath, complete with team members dressed up as old-fashioned waitresses.

Staff and residents enjoyed nostalgic live music, arts and crafts sessions with children from Furze Nursery School and afternoon tea.

The home’s manager, Chris Gammons, said: “The day was absolutely brilliant - everyone enjoyed themselves so much and the home looked absolutely fantastic.

Staff and residents dance at the open day event at Chadwell House Residential Care HomeStaff and residents dance at the open day event at Chadwell House Residential Care Home

“Residents were singing and dancing all day and even had a little dance with the children from the nursery school, which they loved.

“One relative said she had never seen her loved one so happy and full of joy as she did on the day.”

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