​Boultham Park House in Lincoln welcomed a special visitor on 6 July when HRH The Duke of Gloucester dropped in during his day of engagements in Lincoln.

OSJCT Trustee and former High Sheriff of Lincolnshire Jill Hughes greeted the Duke on arrival and home manager Andrea Brooks escorted him on a brief tour.  His Royal Highness met Activities Co-ordinator Carole Nutting, who was conducting a reminiscence activity in the summerhouse in the garden.  The Duke took the opportunity to chat with the four residents involved, as well as hearing from Carole all about the recent cognitive therapy project the home has been engaged in.  Taking advantage of the warm sunshine, the Royal visitor also met handyman Graham Clayson, who was proud to show off the new vegetable patch that has been created, as well as introducing some of the residents who had helped him.

The Silver Jubilee Silver Birch tree was shown off before the Royal Visitor came back inside.  He met volunteer Sue Hughes, giving resident Audrey Jesson a manicure  and managed a sneaky catch up on the tennis at Wimbledon - where his wife was attending the day's matches!  Ted & Maggie Ford, a married couple living at Boultham Park, welcomed His Royal Highness into their private lounge for a brief chat.  The Duke then joined a throng of residents, family members and friends in the dining room to enjoy some light refreshment, taking a detour to meet the kitchen team.  After signing the Visitors' Book, His Royal Highness bade farewell to everyone to go on to his next engagement, leaving a sea of smiles behind him.