On Sunday 12 June, customers at Orbit Heart of England’s independent living with care housing scheme in Leamington Spa, Queensway Court, hosted a ‘Best of British’ summer garden party to commemorate the Queen’s 90th birthday.
Everyone came along in their fancy Britannia outfits to celebrate the special occasion with live music, dancing and a buffet lunch and the damp weather did not dampen their spirits. The scheme was decorated in red, white and blue. There was a live singer, Phil Kelsey, who got customers in the mood singing along to well known songs.
Christine Holland, who dressed up as the Queen, thoroughly enjoyed the day. She says; “I travelled back early from visiting relatives in London so I could make it in time to be Queen for the day. I’ve had a great day, it’s been a lovely atmosphere with amazing food and everyone has being even nicer to me today than usual because I’m the Queen!”
Michelle Hart, Activities Co-ordinator at Queensway Court, says: “It was a fabulous day for everybody! Everyone had a really great time and all the scheme staff gave up their Sunday to come in and help with the celebration. Customers really played their part from helping staff with decorating the scheme, making some of the bunting in craft sessions in the run up to the event and getting involved in the fancy dress/colour scheme. The buffet and live singer was funded by customers after they raised money at a Spring Craft Fayre at Queensway Court back in April.”
Queensway Court is an independent living with care scheme designed exclusively for local people aged over 55 in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire. It contains 178 one and two bedroom apartments, along with a wide range of communal facilities including a hairdressers, gym, shop, restaurant and games room. Independent living with care is the term used to describe housing schemes with a number of self-contained apartments which incorporate design features to allow residents to live independently. Not to be confused with retirement homes and care homes, the focus of independent living with care is to allow customers to remain independent for as long as possible; should the day arrive when a level of care is required, the scheme is flexible enough to be able to offer that care.