The team and residents at a Sanctuary Care home in Ivybridge have been galloping together in their finest hats and bow ties for a ‘day at the races’.
In true Ascot style, the residents from Ivydene Residential and Nursing Home in Staniforth Drive leaped at the chance to look the part for a novelty horse race event.
Homemade racecourse accessories
The community event, which took place at The Watermark in Erme Court, kicked off with the Sanctuary Care residents rolling up their sleeves to create their masterpieces.
Vibrant coloured ribbons and feathers were all that were needed to meet the racecourse etiquette in Ivybridge. Proudly showing off their homemade bonnet style hats and bold bow ties, all who attended enjoyed the racecourse festivities.
On your marks, get set, GO!
The stage was set, the ‘horses’ on the electric race table were named, the bets were in and the whistle was blown. Before anyone knew it, a horse named ‘Ginger’ crossed the line in first place at a nail-biting finish.
Before calling it a wrap, everyone got together to discuss the wins and defeats over a cup of tea and a delicious cream cake.
Enjoyed by all
Ivydene resident Dorothy Pope said: “It was a lovely afternoon – I always find it exciting to meet members of the community!”
Jill Currie, area manager of Devon Libraries, added: “We are thrilled to be able to welcome community groups such as Ivydene into the Library. It was a lovely event and, as staff, we had as much fun as our guests did.”
Ivydene’s activities leader Laura Charters concluded: “The residents had a fantastic time! Everyone thoroughly enjoyed making their hats and bow ties and couldn’t help get in the spirit of things when the novelty horse race was set up!
“Our residents always love to meet new people and take part in fun activities – so the ‘day at the races’ was the perfect trip!”