Four Sanctuary Care homes dotted throughout Oxfordshire are inviting local older people along to nostalgic tea dances for Silver Sunday.
There will be live music and fabulous food when homes in Wantage, Yarnton, Iffley and Watlington throw open the doors this Sunday (2 October) between 2pm and 4pm to host themed celebrations to mark the national day that rejoices older people.
The team and residents at Wantage Nursing Home in Garston Lane are inviting local people along to their 1950s rock n’ roll tea dance, where there will be live music from the era with residents choosing the playlist – picking hits that mean something to them.
Sheila Penney, 83-year-old resident said: “I can’t wait for the rock n’ roll music, I used to go rock n’ roll dancing with my husband so it will bring back some lovely memories.”
Activities Leader Wendy Pill added: “There is so much to look forward to for our Silver Sunday celebration – there will be great food, wonderful company and toe-tapping entertainment.”
Meanwhile, residents and the team at Yarnton Residential and Nursing Home in Rutten Lane will be transforming into jazz jitterbugs at their 1930s themed tea dance.
Taking a trip down memory lane to the 1930s – an era that the residents chose to celebrate for Silver Sunday – there will be live music from performing jazz duo and a delicious high tea menu for everyone to enjoy, with a variety of finger sandwiches and cakes.
Deputy Manager Ally Ellis added: ““Our residents really enjoy occasions like this, especially as it celebrates who they are and all the wonderful older people in our community – a generation that sometimes can be forgotten about. We are proud to bring everyone together in a joyous setting to celebrate how truly fabulous they are.”
Elsewhere in Iffley
Flower power will be enjoyed in Iffley, when Iffley Residential and Nursing Home in Anne Greenwood Close host a swinging 1960s tea dance with live music from a pianist who will be bringing song sheets for residents and the local community to sing along to.
The team will also be dressed in psychedelic prints and colours for the very special event.
Resident Aileen Crauford, who is 89 years old said: “I can’t wait to celebrate the 1960s – I love the music and can’t wait to dance along.”
Home Manager Sue Stubberfield continued: “It’s the first time we are taking part in celebrating Silver Sunday and we’ve planned a fabulous event to mark the wonderful older people in Iffley so we hope they can join us for what promises to be a very special day.”
The 1950s rock n’ roll will also be enjoyed in Watlington, when the team and residents at Watlington and District Nursing Home in Hill Road host a themed tea dance to remember.
There will be a dancing display from Golden Toes and mouth-watering cakes as the team rejoice their first ever Silver Sunday celebration.
The address for those who wish to attend any of the fabulous events in Oxfordshire, which take place on Sunday 2 October between 2pm and 4pm are as follows:
- Wantage Nursing Home, Garston Lane, Wantage, Oxfordshire OX12 7AR
- Yarnton Residential and Nursing Home, Rutten Lane, Yarnton OX5 1LW
- Iffley Residential and Nursing Home, Anne Greenwood Close, Iffley OX4 4DN
- Watlington and District Nursing Home, Hill Road, Watlington, Oxfordshire OX49 5AE