Residents and their families enjoyed afternoon tea with entertainment
Residents, their families and staff gathered in the garden at Fairfield on Saturday 25th September for a party to celebrate the 3rd birthday of the opening of the new Fairfield home.
We were entertained by The Lollipops, a vintage female vocal trio who sung songs from the 1940s and 1950s. The Lollipops, who were dressed in red polka dot dresses, captivated us with authentic dance moves as they sang their close harmony arrangements of some of our favourite and well-known songs from the wartime era. Some residents sang along and the care staff were on hand to dance with those who wanted to get up and boogie.
Our chefs had prepared a wonderful traditional afternoon tea served on tiered platters. Tiny sandwiches, homemade cakes and scones topped with jam and cream were enjoyed with mugs of tea and glasses of fizz. The tables were decorated in red, white and blue with union jack bunting and paper plates.
Michelle Williams, Director of Care said, “The party was a real celebration of life at Fairfield. The residents enjoyed having their families with them after a tough period of separation during COVID and we were all able to celebrate the achievements of some of our staff. It really was a very happy occasion enjoyed by all.”
The 3rd birthday party was to mark the anniversary of moving in to the brand new Fairfield home from our original Victorian building, where Fairfield had been for 75 years.
The party was also an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of some of the staff who have achieved NVQ qualifications over the last year. Despite the additional challenges of working in a care home during COVID, Fairfield staff have still managed to study to further their skills, showing outstanding commitment and dedication.
John Guy, chair of trustees, dressed in his full academic gowns in order to present NVQ Level 2 in Health and Social care certificates to Tina, Jade and Ella; NVQ Level 4 in Management to Karen and Sue; and Assistant Practitioner to Shannon and Laura.
John Guy said, “ Rarely have I been so moved by the commitment and motivation of these women who, in such difficult recent circumstances, have achieved so much as today’s graduates.”