From humble beginnings in Kingswood Road, Gillingham, The Abbeyfield Kent Society has grown to become the biggest independent Abbeyfield in the world. In May, it celebrated its 50th anniversary.
As the gloriously warm weather continues, Saturday 27th May proved to be the perfect day for Connors House Residential Care home to host their 50th anniversary barbecue.
Accompanied by the Mayor of Canterbury, residents and their guests gathered in the courtyard, keen to bask in the sunshine and commemorate the milestone achieved. Partygoers relaxed in the sun whilst singer, Donna D’Sylva, provided live music, some residents even joined in playing some instruments!
Throughout the afternoon, residents and their guests were also treated to a tasty barbecue, as well as a wonderful celebratory cake, which had been created by Matthew Meiling, who works in the kitchen.
Christine Devlin, home manager of Connors House commented: “Everyone had a wonderful day on Saturday and we were very lucky that the sun shone all afternoon, making it perfect for a barbecue.
“I’d especially like to thank the Mayor of Canterbury for joining us. As well as volunteers, Jean and Barbara and our activity coordinator, Bev, as they all worked tirelessly to ensure the afternoon was a success.”
Kent got its first Abbeyfield home in 1967, when Rev Tom Rogers noticed that older people in the area were lonely and in need of care. From that first small house in Kingswood Road, the Society continued to grow over the years and in 1992, Rogers House opened in Gillingham, it was the first residential care home in the county to provide 24-hour care and compassion.