A year in the life of Wellington Grange

Members of the Chichester Festival Youth Theatre paid a visit to Colten Care's Wellington Grange care home to perform an excerpt from their forthcoming play Peter Pan and meet residents. Darcy Collins as Tinker Bell, wand in hand, with Wellington Grange residents.

It’s a whole year since the opening of our first Sussex home, Wellington Grange in Chichester, and a number of initiatives have helped build community links for the benefit of residents, including a partnership with Chichester Festival Theatre.

Visits to the home from cast members on productions including Half A Sixpence and a youth theatre staging of Peter Pan have proved very popular. Residents have in turn enjoyed going to see shows and having an exclusive, backstage tour.

At the same time, rugby fans among our residents had the chance to watch live matches through a partnership with nearby Chichester Rugby Football Club.

Clare with members of Chichester Rugby Football Club

Here we recount just some of the highlights of the year:

April 2016:  The home is officially opened by the Mayor of Chichester, Councillor Peter Budge. TV’s Dr Hilary Jones hosts a public open day.

First resident Pat Carter, 94, (seated) at the official opening

April 2016:  Residents’ links with the Royal Engineers begin with a talk on bomb disposal, to be followed by a special lunch in the summer.

June 2016: Time capsule buried in the garden with help from children at nearby Jessie Younghusband Primary School.

August 2016:  Half A Sixpence cast members perform at the home.

September 2016: On a sponsored head shave, team members raise more than £2,100 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Residents and team members at the sponsored head shave for Macmillan

December 2016: Actors from Chichester Festival Youth Theatre perform scenes from Peter Pan at the home.

Cast members from Peter Pan with residents

December 2016: The independent review site Carehome.co.uk awards Wellington Grange an exceptionally rare 10-out-of-10 rating. It was based on comments in 19 online reviews by residents, relatives, friends and other visitors.

January 2017: Residents enjoy a VIP backstage visit at Chichester Festival Theatre.

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