Santa brought Christmas cheer to young and old when he came to see us on Sunday 9th December.
He took time out from his busy schedule to come to our Christmas fair. We welcomed families and friends, some of whom drove nearly two hours to spend the afternoon with their loved ones.
Two year old Amiyah, whose great-grandmother Sheila Walmsley lives in Churnet Lodge on the site, stole the hearts of many, together with eight month old ‘elf’, Ronnie.
Residents and visitors of every age enjoyed sitting with Santa, sharing their wishes for Christmas and enjoying mince pies.
“It was a fantastic afternoon, and a chance not just for families to get together but the community too,” said activities manager Karen O’Moore.
“We made some new friends in the community. People from Rocester who didn’t know we were here came to join in. It was great to introduce ourselves to them.
“We were thrilled to see the families of some of our residents who’ve passed away – they’re never forgotten and are always welcome – and one of our regular entertainers brought his family along.
“I think it says a lot about the home we have here.”
The Christmas fair also included craft and gift stalls hosted by local traders and volunteers from St Michael’s Church in Rocester.
Musical entertainment came from festive singers and the Alton Handbell Ringers.
The Shetland Lollipop ponies, which visit the home regularly offering calming interaction for residents, got into the Christmas spirit too with festive hats and tinsel bridles.
“My little visitor, Phoebe, was so taken with the ponies she asked me if she could have one for Christmas!” said Santa.
“I think she’d be much better off with a reindeer!”