Bunting is being strung up around our homes in preparation for a weekend of Coronation celebrations in honour of His Majesty King Charles III.
Each of our five homes has a host of activities planned to mark this moment in history, and activities have been themed around the Royal event in recent days and weeks.
We are inviting relatives and friends to join our festivities, to make memories with loved ones and below are details of the individual events.
Amberley Hall Care Home
The home is hosting a Coronation crown competition with entries created during Lifestyles session during the build up to the big day. These will be judged on the day and on display for everyone to admire.
They will be screening the Coronation in the cinema room for everyone who would like to watch together, and if the weather is fair they will be setting up the projector in the garden.
TVs will be on in all of the lounge areas within the communities for those who prefer a more intimate watching spot.
There will be a special Coronation lunch, and the bar will be open so everyone can raise a glass to the new King.
Aria Court Care Home
There will be a whole weekend of celebrations starting on Saturday with the Coronation being screened around the home, ahead of a Royal party with buffet menu. Residents have been practicing their hand bells to take part in Ring for the King on Sunday.
The Lifestyles team will be holding a Royal-themed reminiscence session on Bank Holiday Monday giving residents a chance to share their memories of the Queen’s Coronation back in 1953, Royal weddings and their own Royal experiences.
Ashlynn Grange Care Home
Each community at the Peterborough home will be hosting a party for residents and guests, with buffet-style food. The Coronation ceremony will be screened on all communal TVs so everyone can watch this prestigious event.
In celebration of the many cultures within the home, team members will be dressing in national party dress for the event, sharing their own heritage with the wider Athena family.
Avocet Court Care Home
There will be a traditional British street party – held inside if the weather is also traditionally British. Expect finger sandwiches and scones as the catering team create an afternoon tea style spread of the party.
The Coronation will also be screened on all communal TVs while team members will ensure those who prefer their own environment can watch it on their own TVs.
Goodwins Hall Care Home
In true Goodwins style, the Coronation will be celebrated with great fanfare. There will be a grand party for everyone to enjoy, screenings of the Coronation around the home – and even in the garden if the weather is conducive.
Cakes will be served in the afternoon and the whole family, including children, are encouraged to join in.
Olive, known to everyone at Aria Court Care Home as Sybil, will be among the many residents watching.
She said: “I love the Royals, I am so excited.
“I have so much respect for them as a family, I grew up in Sheffield in the war and I was so scared of the bombing. They stayed in London when they could have gone anywhere to get away from it.
“I remember celebrating the Queen’s Coronation with a street party in Sheffield
The 92-year-old has partial sight loss but will be watching as best she can, and listening to the commentary, keen to be a part of this ceremonial event.
At Athena Care Homes we have been talking to residents about their brushes with Royalty and their memories of Royal celebrations ahead of the Coronation, using it as an opportunity to reminisce.
Leslie Wright, 84, who lives on the newly-refurbished Milton Lodge community at Ashlynn Grange, in Peterborough, shared his memories of meeting the Queen twice.
While Vicki Boatwright, finance assistant in our Central Office, proudly shared her story of creating standards for the armed forces to parade at prestigious events.