Madley Park House, operated by The Orders of St John Care Trust, held a tea dance at the home on Valentine’s Day and were joined by military personnel from RAF Brize Norton.

Both residents and the uniformed service personnel spent the afternoon talking over cups of tea and slices of cake whilst being entertained by a guitarist who played and sang a medley of songs.

Flight Sergeant Pete Newnham came along to the event and surprised his wife’s grandmother, Marge Kingdon. He said: “A real pleasure and an honour to be invited to the Valentine’s tea dance and to also be able to catch up with Gran.”

Wing Commander Neil Bunce was also present and greatly enjoyed the afternoon and noted: “It was a great opportunity to meet the residents at OSJCT Madley Park House care home and to learn about their life stories and to tell them more on RAF Brize Norton. It was so nice to make some new friendships across generations.”

Laura Berry, Madley Park House Home Manager, commented: “We were very thankful to RAF Brize Norton for coming to join our tea dance. The residents had a wonderful time and really enjoyed conversing with the service personnel whilst having a lovely afternoon tea. Our employees as a Trust are dedicated to our residents and it is very fulfilling to see them so happy and for us to be able to initiate experiences such as this event and in liaison with our local community.”