• Care Home Open day 2019 Wiltshire

Care Home Open Day 2019 takes place on Friday 28th June and is 'Celebrating Arts in Care'. Here is a snapshot of what Wiltshire is up to...

Care Home Open Day this year is on Friday the 28th of June and the theme is ‘Celebrating Arts in Care’. The day allows care homes across the country to open their doors to the public for a fun-filled event promoting interaction, experiences and memories for the residents in the homes.

Carehome.co.uk has noted that care homes are “incredibly creative communities”. The Care Home Open Day gives residents the opportunity to be part of a national event showcasing their hobbies, talents and enjoyment through painting, sculpture, photography, poetry, movement, drama and music. Any art form can be portrayed.

At OSJCT our county homes are busy preparing for the day. Here is a snapshot of Wiltshire’s plans.


Ashwood – An arts and crafts exhibition will be held displaying resident and employees’ creations. Also showcased will be photography from The Warminster school and winning creations from an art competition entered by pupils from St Johns school.

Athelstan House – Is making a giant mural of Malmesbury in tapestry which will involve residents, relatives, staff and the larger community in this art project.

Avonbourne Care Centre – Is holding a day filled with art. The local school will be attending to create paintings and crafts of residents lives and their past. These will then be gifted to the residents. There will also be a competition for residents and carers to create pieces of work.

Buckland Court – Will be ‘Celebrating our Creative Arts’ during the week leading up to the 28th of June. Residents along with children from local schools will be present to help assist. Entertainers will also be visiting the home to promote music and an open day/community café will be held with cream teas.

Coombe End – Photos are being created for a calendar entitled “growing old disgracefully”. These will be printed onto canvas to exhibit on the open day.

Fives Court – Is celebrating ‘Arts in Care’ with residents painting individual canvases and a larger canvas will be on display for family and visitors to contribute to. There will be an exhibition of all at the end of the day. A Greek dancer has been invited to share music and dance as well as a local quilters group and literacy group. A photography session will be held in the garden for residents and all to learn and enjoy.

Goodson Lodge – White Horse Pottery is coming to the home to give a talk, demonstration and practical experience to the residents on the pottery wheel. Throughout the day all will be doing hand prints which will be varnished and placed on the home’s art wall in the garden.

A community choir will be visiting the home on this day to entertain and interact with the residents.

Hayward House – Is doing a coffee morning and art exhibition with residents which will include the use of salt dough made by children from the local school. There will be a poetry corner done by residents and photographs they have taken will also be displayed. Also, on show will be mosaic tiles made by scouts and residents.

Hungerford House – Residents will be painting on large blank canvases which once complete will be placed on the walls of the home. A barbeque will be at lunchtime and then a session of marble art through the use of polystyrene balls and sticks to create garden ornaments to place in flower beds and pots. A tropical/Hawaiian theme will be part of the whole day with a magician entertaining everyone in the afternoon.

Seymour House – Sainsbury’s Chippenham will be coming along on the day to help support the home with painting on glass and fabric. All under a Caribbean theme which they have also been helping to create in the garden.

St Wilfrid’s Priory – An ‘rockabilly’ entertainer will be coming into the home to talk to residents about theatre life. This will be followed by a picnic lunch and then the entertainer will do a performance of old classics.

The Cedars – A Dementia Friends session will start the morning followed by Alzheimer’s Support visiting and providing talks to the community. Alongside this will be a ceramic pottery class. A Hawaiian picnic will follow and in the afternoon a keyboard entertainer and pets as therapy session.

Willowcroft – A travelling farm will visit in the morning on the day. Local schools have been invited and to join a picnic and in the afternoon the residents will be doing an art show.