Feb 2010 - Our First new home receives a Royal Opening
Chestnut Court at Quedgeley is one of our first 80 bed care facilities and has been operating as a nursing home and specialist dementia unit since December 2009 and we were delighted to hear that HRH Duke of Gloucester was coming to officially open the home by unveiling a commemorative plaque on 16 February 2010. As you can imagine this type of event took an enormous amount of organisation from colleagues at Head Office in Lincoln in liaison with county office and the team at the home. We were joined by local community members, including GPs, local and County Councillors and Trustees. As with all Royal visits, the Lord Lieutenant, Sir Henry and Lady Elwes welcomed the Duke to the home and introduced him to The Mayor of Gloucester and the High Sheriff.
Sir Henry Elwes and The Duke of Gloucester meeting the local dignitaries.
Members of staff from the nursing & care team, activities coordinators, reception and a volunteer were invited to meet with the Duke during his tour of the home, where the home manager, Tracy Nurding, was able to showcase the interesting aspects of the Dementia Unit.
The Duke was given some in depth information of reminiscence projects, was able to observe a SONAS session and experienced the Snoezelen room, where residents can enjoy the senses of sight, sound and smell to promote relaxation and stimulate the memory.
Tracy showing the Duke some unusual artwork; a black and white photo of Westgate Street in the 1950s, which many of our residents remember very well.
Resident, Julia Gillett, met the Duke in her room and showed him around the en-suite bedroom.
Tracy and the Duke looking through the window at the residents’ SONAS session.
The Duke was particularly interested in the Webskate technology available to all residents enabling them to surf the internet, play games and communicate via a webcam with relatives in the UK and overseas.
After his tour, the official opening took place in the “Heart of the Home”, beginning with a Service of Dedication by the Trust’s two Chaplains, the Rt Rev Alec Knight, OBE and Dom Aiden Bellenger, OSB. Our Chairman, Peter Loyd then invited the Duke to unveil the plaque and was presented with a special bottle of Champagne by one of our residents, Mary Webb to say thank you on behalf of us all.
Trust Chairman, Peter Loyd and The Duke and meeting two of our residents, Mary Webb and with Head of Care Maria Lewis.
Resident, Mary was delighted to be asked to make the presentation of a commemorative bottle of champagne to the Duke on bahalf of all at Chestnut Court to thank him for opening their home.
And finally, the visitor's book is signed by our very special guest.