Carnival is a veritable Wonderland

Carnival capers (left): Court Lodge Companionship Team Leader Julia Puia with residents Joan Johnson and Graham Burley.

Our residents helped bring to life one of the most popular children’s stories of all time to entertain thousands of onlookers lining the streets at a town’s community carnival.

A 30-strong Team Colten – a mix of residents, relatives, staff and volunteers – led the annual procession in Lymington on the theme of Alice in Wonderland.

All the traditional story characters were on show, including the Cheshire Cat, Mad Hatter, Queen of Hearts, White Rabbit and, of course, Alice herself.

Five homes were involved with residents and staff, spending weeks in advance making costumes and props ready for the big day.

“The carnival atmosphere was fantastic,” said Jane Porter, who has a relative living in Linden House in Lymington.

“It’s so lovely to know that even if you are living in a care home you can still play a full part in a community procession like this. There was a real group effort to make this happen.”

Little’ Alice is Evie Baxter, whose mother is a team member at Kingfishers, while ‘Big’ Alice is Angelica Maddrell-Thompson, a team member at Kingfishers. They joined Court Lodge Companionship team member Joanna Wozniak and resident Vera Diplock.

This is the fifth year in a row that we have supported the Lymington Carnival. As always, the aim is for residents and relatives to have fun, retain their community links and do their fundraising bit for the event’s good causes.

For those of our residents who didn’t take part in the procession, there was still a chance to enjoy the day from a special VIP viewing area.

In true Alice-style, the vantage point also doubled as a comfortable outdoor tea party.

As well as Linden House, the homes taking part were Kingfishers in New Milton, Woodpeckers in Brockenhurst and the Lymington homes Belmore Lodge and Court Lodge.


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