Burns Night at Galsworthy House

Residents at Galsworthy House in Kingston-upon-Thames regularly enjoy a themed event or activity on Sundays to coincide with a special occasion or a commemorative event.

On the 29th January this year, we decided to celebrate Burns Nights which marks the anniversary of Robert Burns’ birth on 25th January each year and is held throughout the world on Burns Night (or on an evening close to it). Robert Burns was a Scottish poet and lyricist who is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and his birthday is celebrated with a traditional Burns supper and a chance to celebrate Robert Burns’ life and work.

To mark this occasion, our Activities Coordinator and a couple of our resident’s friends and families, planned together and arranged for one of our residents’ family member to join us for dinner dressed in Scottish attire.

The relative came along dressed in his kilt and brought CDs of bagpipe music for us to listen to and we all enjoyed a Burns night inspired dinner; the full ritual of the night involves whisky, haggis, neeps and tatties and of course, poetry readings.

He addressed the Haggis  (which of course was on the menu for the night) with his sgian-dubh and as per tradition, quoted a poem followed by a toast.

All the residents thoroughly enjoyed the food and atmosphere with one resident making a comment “Oh look he’s got a kilt on!”

Other comments received re. our Sunday activities…
“The Sunday Tea Time provides a change to the usual supper and are an informal way for residents to meet. These themed evenings provide a welcome change to the routine, add variety, food and drink. The dining room is themed differently on each occasion and family members are welcome to join. My father and family think they are a great idea.”
Daughter of Resident

 Located on Kingston Hill overlooking Richmond Park, Galsworthy House provides residential and nursing care for up to 64 elderly ladies and gentlemen.

If you would like to find out more about life at Galsworthy House, please contact us on 0808 223 5506 or email reception.galsworthy@CaringHomes.org.



Galsworthy House Nursing Home

Home Manager

Zoe Smith


177 Kingston Hill,
Kingston Upon Thames,

0808 223 5506
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To Whom it may concern,

RE: A message from the CEO and Clinical Director

At Caring Homes we are following the latest Government advice and stopping visitors to all our homes, except for essential visits by healthcare professionals who will be required to adhere to strict protocols.

We understand that this may be very difficult for families but we are clear in our duty to ensure we protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our Residents and Colleagues as our top priority.

We want you to know that you can contact your loved ones through calls, emails, video and social media and we will support our Residents to view any messages you send over. We are confident that the teams in our homes are doing all they can to ensure that life remains as comfortable and sociable as possible. There will be a full programme of activities delivered by our in-house health and wellbeing teams.

We hope you will understand and support these actions and any further subsequent measures we might need to put in place.

Yours sincerely