Right royal fun as Chichester care home residents get ready to party

Preparations are under way for a host of fun at Chichester’s Wellington Grange care home with residents keen to celebrate the Queen’s historic Platinum Jubilee.

Robin Bowley, a resident at Colten Care’s Chichester care home Wellington Grange, remembers families renting TVs to watch the coronation
Robin Bowley, a resident at Colten Care’s Chichester care home Wellington Grange, remembers families renting TVs to watch the coronation

The bunting will be out and the flags will be flying during a ‘street party’ in the garden of the Colten Care home in Broyle Road over the specially extended Bank Holiday weekend in June.

In the run-up to the much-anticipated occasion, residents and staff have been busy making decorations, rehearsing songs to perform and planning games.

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The royal buzz due to the Platinum Jubilee has prompted residents to share memories and thoughts about the Queen.

Doris Englefield, a resident at Colten Care’s Chichester care home Wellington Grange, says the Queen is ‘absolutely wonderful’

Robin Bowley said: “I was only 12 when the Queen was crowned. My family didn't have a television but I was aware of lots of families renting TVs for the occasion. I watched footage of the coronation at the cinema. I greatly admire the Queen. She has been so steadfast over many years.”

Fellow resident Doris Englefield said: “I think the Queen is absolutely wonderful. She's never put a foot wrong despite having to deal with so many difficult family issues over the years. I remember watching the coronation on a very small screen at home with my family.”

As well as the garden party, Wellington Grange residents will gather for the planting of a commemorative Jubilee tree.

Part of the Queen’s Green Canopy national tree-planting initiative, the columnar apple tree will be accompanied by a plaque made by military veterans supported through the Royal British Legion’s charity activities.