On the 26th February St Wilfrid’s Priory opened its doors to the local community for the day; joining other The Order of St Johns Care Trust Care Homes across the country to help bust some of the myths about living in a care home.

The dining area and corridor leading up to the dining area were transformed into an old western set, which included bales of Hay (provided by Marsh Farm, Walberton) and crafted decorations designed by the residents gave the home that old western feel. Staff and residents were dressed up as Cowgirls and Cowboys ready for the main event of line dancing.

Children from a local school, Residents friends and families and people from the local community arrived promptly at St Wilfrid’s Arundel Priory for an American style Hoedown. The day was packed full of amazing activities for all ages. Two ponies arrived at 10:30 much to the surprise of the residents, staff and children. The children and residents were taught the safe way to feed the ponies and lots of carrots were eaten!

Once the ponies had eaten the home out of carrots, it was time for the main event, Line dancing! The staff had practised their best moves in the run up to the day and all that hard work payed off as they put on a fantastic show. It was then time for the school children to learn how to line dance, a few brave children came up to learn and once they got the hang of it, got to line dance to a full song.

As the morning drew to a close, American style food was served up and this included burgers, hotdogs and key lime pie.

It was an amazing day and we look forward to welcoming the community again at our other events later in the year.