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‘Enchanted Forest’ Gives Care Home Residents an Early Taste of Christmas Magic

Residents from four New Forest care homes took the chance to decorate Christmas trees they contributed to a Lymington church festival.

Parties from Colten Care’s three homes in the town – Court Lodge, Belmore Lodge and Linden House – were joined by residents from Kingfishers in New Milton to add colour and sparkle to their trees at St Thomas Church.

They then returned a couple of days later to admire the full community collection of more than 60 trees going on public display in what the church described as an ‘enchanted forest’.

Colten Care was among the businesses, organisations and charities to partner on the Christmas Tree Festival, creating a hands-on opportunity for its residents to support a community cause.

As well as viewing the display, residents enjoyed tea and cake and live music performed by Milford West Gallery Quire and the Forestina Concertina Group.

 

Court Lodge resident Joy Blackmore said:
“It was so lovely to be a part of something so traditional and like old times. I had such a wonderful afternoon.”

Colten Care’s Chief Operating Officer, Elaine Farrer, said:
“Our residents have had a magical time being involved in the festival, preparing their trees in advance and visiting again for the opening.

“They had great fun looking through the collection knowing that hidden amid the sea of tinsel, lights and baubles they would find a tree of their very own.”

 

 
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