VE Day Celebrations at Riverside

VE Day Celebrations at Riverside

VE day stands for Victory in Europe Day which occurred on May 8, 1945 when the German Army offered a complete and unconditional surrender to the Allied Forces.

Here at Riverside we wanted to make VE Day very special for our residents. We advertised the party for the 7th May 2020 on our notice boards in the home. We printed out and gave invitations to all the residents in the home so no-one would be left out. We had to think outside the box with things we had available to us due to the lock-down.

We managed to get some bunting and hats for all the residents. We copied ration book covers along with clothing ration book covers and laminated these with each resident’s name on them and used them for placemats for each resident for the party and to keep later on if they wished on their tables in their rooms. We also printed Union Jack name cards for each place at the tables. We decorated the tables with red and white gingham table cloths, jam jars with two flags in each and fresh wild flowers in little vases on each table. Red Napkins and white plates finished the look. If a resident did not want to join in the dining room or were unable to join we set up their placemat, name card and flowers on their table in their room so they could also feel a part of the celebrations. Gary (from laundry) made bread and a fruit cake using authentic recipes from WW2. He made little cottage loaf rolls in white and brown. The fruit cake was the one Winston Churchill ate whilst signing the treaty. We also had sausage rolls, cucumber and corned beef sandwiches, crisps and chees in little cubes. We also got some balloons, blew them up and using a bath sheet as a sling attached to the ceiling to hold the balloons which we could release as part of the celebrations.

The residents came down to the dining room at 14.30 and were very surprised. They made their way to their places with their hats and decorations. We were playing war time music in the background and once they had all arrived and settled in it was explained why we were having the party and what it should mean to each of us. I talked about what peoples families had fought for and how much our lives would be so different if we had not won the war.

We then sang some war time songs off song sheets which the residents enjoyed immensely with all joining in clapping and swaying to the music and singing if they could.

After the singing we all enjoyed the food and the residents ate very well while enjoying the nostalgia of the music playing in the background and the chat between themselves followed by cups of tea. The staff came in and joined in the fun with the residents, helping where needed. Photos were being taken here, there and everywhere of everyone enjoying the fun.

On Friday the 8th May 2020 the residents enjoyed a concert put on by The Unforgotten Association for care homes. The concert had Dame Vera Lynn and many other celebrities singing and reminiscing about the war. There were also clips from the war shown during the concert. The residents were able to come and go from the dining room and were able to have their lunch while the concert was playing. The residents sang along or just watched the concert.

Please click the link below for the pictures of the celebrations 

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Added: 8th May 2020

Testimonials

Thank you so very much for all you did for Mum.  You took such great care of her and we are so grateful to you all.

E, L and C, Relatives

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My husband has been in Riverside Nursing Home in Sherborne for five months now. He took a few weeks to settle down in his new surroundings at first but now has got to know the Staff. The Nurses, Carers, the Chef, all have been so kind, respectful, most of all understanding the needs of not only the residents but their families. Only recently we enjoyed an outing to Weymouth organised by the Activities Co-ordinator. Matron Judith Maidment waved us off as our special coach left Riverside. Thank you all

PW, Wife

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I wanted to thank you and all your staff for the care and kindness you showed my father during his final weeks and days with you.  I can honestly say that it felt that you had all become part of the family.

ED, Daughter

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The kindness you all showed us as a family meant so much in such sad and stressful times.  Thank you

ED, Daughter

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My family and friends will not forget the kindness, caring, love and support you gave to all of us from the minute T arrived at Riverside.

PW, Relative

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Words are never enough sometimes, but the hugs, smiles and laughs worked every time.  In other words 'you cared'.

PW, Relative

Testimonials

Thank you for arranging such a very enjoyable lunch for D on his 92nd birthday.

DH, Wife

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Please thank all the staff, we will never forget you all for making P's last weeks so comfortable for him and bearable for us.  You are fortunate to have such a wonderful team of caring professionals at Riverside.  We cannot thank you enough.

WS, Relative

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Riverside Nursing Home
Westbury
Sherborne
Dorset, DT9 3QZ

01935 812046

care@riversidenursinghome.co.uk