Family and Lavender hills care home surprise 100 year old Mary taking her back 80 years!
Mary Bell at Lavender Hills was 100 last weekend and she had a very big celebration 1930’s style.
Mary’s daughter Gail contacted Channel 4’s extreme cake makers about making Mary a birthday cake to take her back 80 years! Back in the 1930’s Mary worked in the local theatre where she met her late husband who also worked there showing the films. Mary often talks about her theatre days and when extreme cake makers heard Mary would be celebrating her 100th Birthday on 29th June at Lavender Hills they planned a big surprise in the form of a theatre cake!
Everyone at Lavender Hills and all Mary’s family came together to plan a 30’s style party in the home, all staff got dressed up and were in character for the big party taking Mary back to her 20’s, this wasn’t the biggest surprise of all as there was a knock at the door of Lavender Hills which turned out to be channel 4 and the Extreme cake makers Molly with a huge cake in the shape of a theatre advert that was all about Mary. The cake had Mary’s face painted on to the cake in all edible paint, Mary’s face from 1930’s took her back 80 years! The cake even had flashing lights and all edible popcorn make from cake around it.
Not only Mary was stunned but the entire room at Lavender Hills care home in Ramsbottom as the detail was so spectacular. The residents at Lavender Hills couldn’t wait to taste the cake as Mary cut in to it not wanting to spoil the design that would have even impressed Pablo Picasso.
Jackie senior carer at Lavender Hills said “It was fantastic, we all had such a good time and it’s lovely to be able to celebrate this mile stone with Mary and her family.”
Mary received letters from the Queen and two local MP’s James Frith and Jake Berry congratulating her on her 100th Birthday celebrations, these came as another surprise to Mary as they were read out to her during the party.
All staff at Lavender Hills went above and beyond with the effort and their outfits on the day, the atmosphere was electric, and everyone had a dance while Vintage Pearls came in to perform making it all the more spectacular.
From all of the staff at Lavender Hills, Happy Birthday Mary!
Saturday 30th June Norley Hall celebrated Veterans day with summer garden party!
Celebrations to mark Armed Forces Day were a big success at Norley Hall, Staff planned a fun-filled day which included entertainment, a singer, homemade afternoon tea made by the inhouse chef, refreshments, raffles, games and special entertainment for children.
Paula Finance administrator at Norley Hall went a step further as she put her head in the stocks for people to throw wet sponges at her throughout the day, many people took great pleasure in ensuring the sponges didn’t miss. Paula say’s “It was good fun and all for an excellent cause, someone went a bit too far and tipped the whole bucket over me but I’d do it all again.”
As it was a very warm sunny day Norley Hall put up a gazebo to provide shade to their residents, families and the local community along with providing cold beverages throughout the day.
Everyone had a fantastic time at the garden party especially Norley Hall’s very own WW2 Veterans who everyone saluted after a few words to commemorate Veterans day.
Irene a veteran resident at Norley Hall said “Oh it was fantastic”
Irene’s daughter Carole Latimer said “The things they do at Norley Hall, it’s marvellous I can’t praise them enough, my mum was in the land army and she had such a fantastic time celebrating veterans day at the garden party, the effort Joan, Janet and all the staff went to was amazing, they made sure there was a lot of shade for my mum, lovely music was played by an artist and they came round with wine, afternoon tea, sandwiches and all sorts. There was a lovely friendly atmosphere me and my husband stayed all afternoon it was that good. The trouble they always go to, it’s amazing!.”
The dress code for the garden party was to wear a hat which was a good dress code with the resent scorching temperatures, ladies
wore their best hats and gentleman wore caps which protected them from the sun.
Children very much enjoyed the garden party and especially enjoyed the new Norley Hall ice cream parlour in the garden where they could enjoy an ice cream and then have a game of bowls with the Norley Hall residents, Norley Hall have recently come together with the local community to bridge the generation gap and have plans to work closely with their local school St Cuthbert’s in the near future which will involve regular visits between the school and the home, both residents at Norley Hall and the school children enjoy learning from each other, activities will include crafts, knitting and reading clubs.
Joan Stonehouse Manager at Norley Hall said “It was a lovely day, well received by everyone who came and a great way to say a big thank you to our veterans.”