Snappy dressers strut their stuff on fun day for care homes

Snappy dressers strut their stuff on fun day for care homes

Lily Walden

From left, Dorothy Sheppey, volunteer Christine Savage and Joyce Osborne

First published in News

PENSIONERS boogied down at a party in Oxford.

Some 200 residents and staff from 17 county care homes run by The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) attended a dance-themed fun day at The King’s Centre, in Osney Mead.

They wore fancy dress representing dance styles from different eras and were treated to wartime music and dancing dogs.

Marston Court, in Marston, won an award for the best fancy dress with their 1920s Charleston theme, with residents decked out in sparkly headgear, feather boas, boater hats, braces and bow ties.

Resident Lily Walden, 94, said: “It was very lovely to get out and I really enjoyed it.

“It was great watching the dogs performing and I had a great day.”

The Marston home’s activities co-ordinator, Paul Lucas, said: “They absolutely adored it.

“They showed that just because you’re elderly it doesn’t mean you can’t have fun.

“The days are gone where old people’s homes were just about getting pushed in front of the TV all day and the only exciting part was meal times.”

Guests had a fish and chip supper and took part in a ‘Wake Up, Shake Up’ group exercise, while there were performances from My Favourite Things jazz trio and a young dance duo.

Residents at Larkrise Care Centre in Banbury dressed in sailor outfits and performed a dance to What Shall We Do With the Drunken Sailor? at the party, held on Wednesday.

  • Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS or SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT, depending on which services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone's contacts as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.

Send your Letter to the Editor: What do you think? We welcome letters from our readers on a wide variety of subjects and you can send us a letter for publication here

11:20am Monday 28th July 2014

What do you think? We welcome letters from our readers on a wide variety of subjects and you can send us a letter through the blue headline above.


Our top stories

Nicola Blackwood: I'm battling a genetic mobility condition

Oxford Mail: Nicola Blackwood

8:00am Tuesday 31st March 2015

NICOLA Blackwood has revealed she has been battling with a genetic condition for years but believes it has not affected her performance as a politician.

Google Maps lets you play Pacman around the streets of Oxford

Oxford Mail:

6:56pm Tuesday 31st March 2015

Arcade game aficionados will be in heaven as Google has enabled people to play Pacman around the streets of Oxford.

Two appear in Oxford court over slavery charges following raids in Redbridge Hollow

Oxford Mail: oxford magistrates court

1:27pm Tuesday 31st March 2015

TWO people appeared at Oxford Magistrates' Court today following a series of dawn raids by police investigating slavery allegations.

Gold engagement ring stolen in Banbury burglary

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

11:22am Tuesday 31st March 2015

Burglars broke into a property in Banbury and stole jewellery including a gold engagement ring.

Food ratings: Kennington Bangladeshi restaurant gets zero star rating

Oxford Mail:

7:10am Tuesday 31st March 2015

THE manager of a Bangladeshi restaurant given a food hygiene rating of zero out of five has branded the decision unfair.

Letitia and Elliot take gold for Britain in ice skating champs as they dream of Olympics

Oxford Mail:

10:00am Tuesday 31st March 2015

A TEENAGE ice dancing couple from Oxfordshire have taken another step closer to their Olympic dream with a first European title.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree