Residents at Pelsall Hall, owned by Greensleeves Homes Trust, regularly open their doors to a host of cherished guests from children, authors and even unusual pets but none has been so esteemed as those on Friday 18 October 2013.
HRH The Earl of Wessex popped in for tea, alongside the Mayor and Mayoress of Walsall, Cllr Mohammed Nazir and Riaz Begum Nazir. Visiting in the area, HRH couldn’t resist the opportunity to meet with residents and see Pelsall Hall, which has recently been extensively redeveloped and extended at a cost of several million pounds. The development includes a request from residents for a beautiful woodland garden.
Resident, Iris Ordidge, aged 90, who regularly helps with serving teas at the Hall said: “We understand that His Royal Highness takes honey in his tea, so we sourced a local variety for him. Of course we served it in a china cup – he is Royalty after all!”
Whilst there, HRH saw activities such as felt-making and flower-arranging and 94 year old Dennis Mountford presented him with a copy of the book The Charles Family and Pelsall Hall which was written by local historian Annita Bates. Mr. Mountford said: “As I am a Normandy Veteran, it is an honour to wear my medals and to represent the residents in saying thank you for taking the time to visit us.”
As part of its commitment to person-centred care, Pelsall Hall is a Registered Eden Alternative home. This scheme supports residents to take an active role in home life with contact with animals, children and plants and to banish loneliness, helplessness and boredom. In connection with this, Pelsall Hall often arranges open days with local children in fun schemes such as making kites and helping to develop the home’s wildlife area, within the new woodland gardens, by building animal and insect habitats.
Steve Brookes, Pelsall Hall Manager, said: “There has been a real buzz of excitement for residents and staff ever since hearing the news of His Royal Highness’ visit. This is the first time Greensleeves Homes Trust has welcomed a Royal visitor to one of its homes since 1990 when HRH The Earl of Wessex’s Grandmother, the late Queen Mother opened Queen Elizabeth House in Bromley, Kent.
“2013 has been a fantastic year for Pelsall Hall. We received Walsall Council’s continued support for our vision for the new garden area to the tune of a £10,000 grant. There was a £10,000 successful lottery bid to bring artists to the Hall to provide Art and Craft Workshops and we also worked closely with young people from the Princes Trust. And now the Royal visit! This finishes the year off nicely!”