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The royal treatment – Stroud care home residents celebrate the Platinum Jubilee with special guests

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Residents at a care home in Stroud have been enjoying a Platinum Jubilee celebration fit for a queen – with a special visit from Stroud MP Siobhan Baillie.

Care UK’s Scarlet House, on Westward Road, has marked the Queen’s official 70-year milestone with a royal-themed, four-day celebration and a visit from Ms Baillie, and British Army veteran Christopher Auker-Howlett.

As part of the celebrations, which included a street party in the home’s garden, residents and team members got busy adorning the home with bunting and took part in jubilee-themed craft activities to create regal decorations.

The highlight of the weekend was the team at Scarlet House planting a flowering cherry tree as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative, with Ms Baillie and Auker-Howlett unveiling a plaque to mark the occasion.

Residents Councillor Siobhan Baillie and British Army veteran Christopher Auker Howlett cheer for jubilee | The royal treatment – Stroud care home residents celebrate the Platinum Jubilee with special guests
Care UK Scarlet House staff and residents with Stroud MP Siobhan Baillie and British Army Veteran Paratrooper Christopher Auker-Howlett, whilst planting a tree for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at Scarlet House, Stroud, Gloucestershire Pic: Paul Nicholls

Residents have also spent time reminiscing about their own memories of jubilee celebrations gone by, including 91-year-old Christine Rees, whose husband was the town clerk at Swansea, where the Queen herself arrived and went for lunch with Christine and Neil at the Guild Hall. Christine has also told stories of going to several impressive garden parties at the palace.

Commenting on the day she had lunch with the Queen, Christine said: “I had a really memorable afternoon – it was lovely to drive around Swansea together with everyone watching, and it made me feel very important.”

Patricia Jamieson, Home Manager at Scarlet House, added: “We had a fantastic time welcoming Christopher Auker-Howlett for our tree planting activity to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee.

“It’s been a busy 70 years for the royals, with big birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and new additions to the family – conversations about the Queen are never too far from our lips here at Scarlet House. Many residents remember her coronation too, so it was great to be able to share those memories and reminisce with the local community.

“We’d like to say a big thank you to those who joined us for our celebrations, including Ms Baillie and Christopher Auker-Howlett – we hope to welcome everyone again soon!”

To find out more about Care UK’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, please visit: careuk.com/platinumjubilee

Scarlet House is a state-of-the-art care home and provides full-time residential, nursing, dementia care, as well as short-term respite care. The care home, which features 86 ensuite bedrooms, has been designed to enable its residents to live active and fulfilled lives, while also promoting independence. The care home incorporates space for hobby and leisure activities, and includes its own cinema, hair salon and café.

To find out more about Scarlet House, email Customer Relations Manager, Katerina Pippi, at katerina.pippi@careuk.com, call 0333 321 0932, or visit careuk.com/scarlet-house

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