‘Everything Stops For Tea’ As Care Home Residents Take To The Dance Floor

Colten Care Tea PartyTwinkle-toed residents at a New Milton care home danced the afternoon away to the soundtrack of their very own radio request show.

A tea dance at Colten Care’s Kingfishers home was the perfect chance to take to the floor and enjoy the bespoke podcast featuring waltzes, tangos and pop hits from yesteryear.

The occasion was organised by team members at the home along with volunteer presenters at Lymington-based New Forest Hospital Radio.

Residents Jack Tolson and Syd Davison were among those quickly up on their feet to tunes such as ‘Everything stops for tea’ and ‘Tea for Two’.

Joining them were special guests the Mayor of New Milton, Councillor David Hawkins, his wife Trish and hospital radio station president Michael Robinson.

Introducing the latest ‘Memories are Made of This’ monthly show, presenter Jan Duke told residents: “We know a lot of people love listening but of course we also know many of you love dancing, especially to old favourites.”

Carlie Nicholas, Activities Organiser at Kingfishers, said: “We thought a tea dance with Jan actually present would highlight the latest podcast and help everyone dance along to the music at the same time. The show is a fantastic way for relatives and friends to suggest dedications for loved ones’ birthdays and anniversaries. The choice of music is very wide.”

Kingfishers is one of five Colten Care homes to have its own monthly request show specially produced under a partnership with the radio station. The others are Linden House, Belmore Lodge and Court Lodge in Lymington and Woodpeckers in Brockenhurst.