Care home jazzes up for party

Birchwood House, a Tunbridge Wells-based care home, recently opened its doors to the community, friends and family when it held an open day and Gatsby-themed event on August 31. The landscaped gardens of the manor house were bedecked in jewel-toned drapery, set amongst art-deco Gatsby banners, balloons, streamers, and champagne towers. The residents, staff and families stepped out in their favourite outfits and hand-crafted headwear to match. There was also a flapper dress or two on display, in homage to the Roaring Twenties.

Guests shimmied to the jazz-inspired sounds of the Roaring Twenties with a live performance from Vintage Ruby. Magician Adam Smith, a member of the Magic Circle and multi-award-winner, also joined the festivities. Between turns on the dancefloor, residents enjoyed delightful appetisers like cheese trays, finger sandwiches, and icy refreshments.

Claire Tye, Deputy Manager of Birchwood House, said: “Seeing everyone come together while having such fun was touching. I’m so proud of the team here at Birchwood House for all they do.

“The home looked amazing and so did all of the guests.”

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