The residents and staff at West Cliff Hall in Hythe enjoyed a visit from the Hon Mrs Mary Montagu-Scott DL, one of Hampshire’s Deputy Lieutenants who supports Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, Mr Nigel Atkinson.
As the Queen’s Representative in Hampshire, Mr Atkinson has been keen to show appreciation to companies such as care homes for all their hard work and extra effort during the COVID pandemic.
West Cliff Hall was delighted to welcome the Hon Mrs Montagu-Scott who met and talked to staff members and the residents, who enjoyed a party to celebrate their VIP visitor.
The Deputy Lieutenant was then invited to plant an apple tree in West Cliff Hall’s garden to mark Apple Day (Thursday 21st October). To accompany the planting, West Cliff Hall resident Molly Erskine read a beautiful poem about the importance of the tree to everyone at the home. Molly then helped the Hon Mrs Montagu-Scott, a keen gardener, to plant the apple tree.
The Hon Mrs Montagu-Scott was then shown around some of the rooms at the care home before being presented with a bouquet by Aga Gierek-Tan, West Cliff Hall’s manager.
Aga said afterwards: “It was such a pleasure to have the Deputy Lieutenant with us for the afternoon. She thanked all the team here, met the residents and was particularly impressed with the location of West Cliff Hall, which has the most stunning views across Southampton Water.
“Her visit has really lifted the spirits of us all and planting the apple tree is the perfect memory of this very special occasion.”