Fun in the sun at Queensmead

9th September 2011

A Queensmead resident and staff members taking part in their summer fayre. All Care South homes have events and activities open to the public throughout the year to encourage and maintain links with the local community. Many of the children who attended had their faces painted!


After early torrential rain, the sun shone on the Summer Fayre at Queensmead residential care home in Christchurch.

The fun-filled event, which was opened by the Deputy Mayor of Christchurch Councillor Nicholas Geary, raised over £1,800 for the home’s amenity fund which provides activities, entertainment and outings for its elderly residents.

“We had a fantastic turn out!” says home manager Janine May. “The day started with rain, but when it was time to open those gates the heavens were bursting with sunshine!”

A local Zumba dancing class got the party off with a swing and it wasn’t long before guests and staff were joining in. When the children weren’t being entertained by Ivo the Clown, there was a bouncy castle, face painting, and pony rides provided by Paradise Ponies to keep them busy.

Funds were boosted by a cake stall for which produce was given by friends and families, a raffle of 50 prizes donated by local businesses and friends, and a further donation of £500 made by a visitor who had enjoyed the occasion.

Queensmead’s chef, Danny, and assistant chef James started preparing the hog roast spit and accompanying sauces and salads at 5am, and were well prepared for the brisk demand for their food throughout the afternoon.

Bournemouth 47 Air Scouts helped with the setting up and clearing away of stalls, tables and displays and also found time to sample the hog roast and join in the Zumba dancing.

“It was a brilliant afternoon, and the residents thoroughly enjoyed all the activity and entertainment!” says Janine.

Queensmead is one of 16 homes in Dorset operated by Poole-based charity Care South, a leading provider of residential, nursing and home care in the south of England.