Love is in the air at Hailsham care home

Hailsham valentines day
Hailsham valentines day

Love was in the air last week at a Hailsham care home when residents celebrated Valentine’s Day (Friday February 14) with an afternoon tea event.

Residents at Bowes House were entertained by singing duo the Swingtime Sweethearts, who performed songs by legends Vera Lynn and Glenn Miller.

Members from the Hailsham community also attended the event and enjoyed Valentine’s themed afternoon tea and cakes.

Speaking about the afternoon, Alison Barnes, manager of Bowes House, said the songs brought back memories for the home’s residents.

She said: “The Valentine’s Day event was wonderful and everyone had a great time.

“Many of our residents remembered the songs from their youth and the event brought back some lovely memories.”

The Swingtime Sweethearts are Annie Riley and Le’arna Castle.

Both women were successful solo artists and have been singing for more than 20 years.

The duo perform songs from the 1940s, wartime, and swing, which includes the works of The Andrews Sisters, Vera Lynn, Anne Shelton, Gracie Fields and Glenn Miller.

The duo perform at events all over the country.

Last week the Express reported how the care home in Battle Road scored highly in a recent care survey.

The home, run by Care UK, scored an overall performance rating (OPR) of 972 out of 1,000.

The nationwide survey, Your Care Rating, was designed to give residents a voice to help judge how well care homes perform.

Bowes House achieved scores of 981 for choice and having a say, 974 for quality of life, 971 for staff and care and 965 for home comforts.

The home, which opened in 2013, caters for different needs, from short respite stays, through to full time nursing and residential care.

It has modern facilities for residents, including a cinema and a beauty salon, and staff said the residents and the home play an active part in Hailsham life.

The staff also support and raise money for local charities.