To mark its 10th anniversary, on Saturday 17th August, Grove Place retirement village near Romsey in Hampshire celebrated with a ‘Wizard of Oz’ themed garden party for residents and staff.
Grove Place is one of the UK’s most sought-after retirement villages – and with a fascinating list of owners including King Charles I, it’s not hard to see why it’s referred to by Hampshire County Council as ‘Hampshire’s Treasure’.
Today, with the historically important Elizabethan manor at its heart, Grove Place is owned and operated by LifeCare Residences and stands proud as a retirement village offering purpose-built apartments and bungalows set in 27 acres of beautiful grounds.
This is combined with outstanding, hotel-inspired facilities and the reassurance of 24-hour care.
Along with private living comes an extensive range of facilities to enable optimum well-being and social life, such as a chef-led restaurant, bar, billiards room and library.
For health and fitness there is an on-site swimming pool, spa, gymnasium and a new kitchen garden where residents can grow their own produce.
So to proudly mark ten years as an award-winning retirement village – and with the traditional tenth anniversary gift being tin – Grove Place held a special garden party based on the theme of the famous film ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and the Tin Man.
The village was transformed with its very own ‘yellow brick road’ which led down to the village’s new gazebos, filled with celebration.
There was a rainbow photo backdrop for residents to capture memories with family and friends, plenty of fancy dress in the form of Dorothy and the Wicked Witch of the West, while resident Gail Ashworth took on the role of the Tin Man and the care team dressed up as Munchkins.
Entertainment included jazz singer Katie Francesca and in attendance was the Mayor of Romsey.
One of the most important moments of the day were presentations of engraved gifts, as a special recognition to the longest-serving resident, Joan Norman, and three of the original members of staff.
Head Housekeeper Lisa Mills, Housekeeper Angie Maule and Maintenance Manager Colin Penny, are all celebrating ten years of dedicated service at the village.
As a gesture to mark this special anniversary, the team also preserved the day’s festivities for posterity, taking photographs to be placed in a time capsule – to truly capture history in the making.
Grove Place’s General Manager, David Knight said, “We’ve really been looking forward to the 10th anniversary garden party and have spent some time planning a fitting tribute and a truly stand-out event.
It’s also important to acknowledge the staff who have been here from the very beginning, who do so much to make Grove Place the outstanding retirement village that it is”.
Echoing the words of Dorothy who famously said ‘there’s no place like home’, resident Peggy Bigglestone said of Grove Place “Once you see it, that’s it. It’s just home”.