Cedar Lodge’s Grand Summer Fete

by | Aug 31, 2023

This July we ran our summer fete a little different. 

In a contrast to our regular tradition, where we invite the community into our home for the summer festivities, we decided instead to take the care home out into the community, by hosting our fete at the Offenham village hall.

As after years of pandemic restrictions, we were keen to turn our summer fete into a true village party – so everyone could feel welcome without the worries of capacity restrictions inside the home. 

We spoke to the lovely team at Offenham Village Hall, who kindly lent us use of the space for the day. We advertised the summer fete on social media, in the parish newsletter and the local Vale Magazine, and we made sure to call round all our families and friends to check they would come. It wasn’t too long before we began to garner interest from local companies, who booked stalls at our little event to sell their wares. From handmade soaps, to glassware, cakes and curries, model cars and even a wifi supplier – there was a wide array of local businesses represented. 

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The day of the fete rolled round quickly, and despite the threat of summer showers, the weather was largely on our side. We set up the stalls, lit the BBQ and our care home manager Rupert began to serve hot drinks and cream teas to our fete visitors. Fete-goers tried their luck on the tombola, enjoyed face-painting and did their best to win a prize in the novel ‘Welly Wanging’ competition on the village green. And at 2pm we were treated to a fabulous performance by Betsy Harmony, who sung our residents’ favourite songs. 

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It was a wonderful afternoon that gave Cedar’s residents and staff the chance to connect with our local community. Thank you everyone who came along, worked a stall or spread the word about the event – we raised a fantastic £700 for our residents fund through your kind generosity. A special thank you to Cedar Lodge’s Care Home Coordinator Michelle and Deputy Manager Jess for their hard work organising the day too.

We’re already planning for our next community event – so watch this space!

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