Bowood Court & Mews in Redditch celebrated the official Grand Opening of its new onsite Pub, The Queens Elizabeth Arms on Monday 26th June 2023.
Residents can now enjoy a tipple down at their ‘local’, after the care home transformed its leisure and wellbeing facilities to include a traditional English Pub and Beer Garden, where the authentic pub atmosphere comes to life.
Named by the residents, ‘The Queen Elizabeth Arms’ provides a luxurious and familiar space for residents to meet and socialise with each other or with families and friend at any time, while taking part in the home’s regular scheduled activities.
To mark this years ‘Care Home Open Week’ the residents, their families and friends, joined by the home’s local community and special guest, Former Redditch Mayor, Ann Isherwood who cut the ribbon and poured the first drinks at the official grand opening. The afternoon continued with a pub-themed lunch and pub quizzes and games and a very special video message from the Beefeaters at the Tower of London.
The home will also be using the space to build closer links with the local community by opening their dominos tournaments up to other care homes in the surrounding area.
Home Manager, Cindy Hawkins said: “We have so many residents, some living with Dementia who have past connection to their local pubs, from Landlords and Lady’s, to Barmaids and Brewery team. Initially, we wanted to create a new environment for residents to enjoy, which would give them a change of scenery and a place to meet in any season. The pub is proving a fantastic addition to our home and has become a real focal point for everyone. We’re really pleased with the positive feedback we’ve had.”
Resident Margaret Gedge (81) said: “It brings me back to my time as a Barmaid – the echoes of laughter, clinking glasses, and heartfelt conversations still resound within me and it is so nice to be able to relive it here with my fellow residents. We have such good times, sitting around having a drink and a chat, while playing dominos and cards.”
Please do give us a call on 01527 388 426 if you are looking for care or need any further help.”