Chelsea Pensioners visit Southlands Place

Southlands Place care home, in Bexhill-on-Sea were delighted to host a visit from a group of Chelsea Pensioners this week. The special guests travelled down from London to enjoy the seaside air at our new purpose built care home.

The Chelsea Pensioners are the iconic faces of the UK’s veteran community and reside at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, their 300-year-old home founded by Charles II, in the heart of London. They usually go on a trip to Margate but following a suggestion from our Home Manager Brigid, they decided to come to Bexhill and see what our home could offer.

Dressed in their traditional uniform of scarlet long coats and caps, the ten gentlemen who made the trip made a striking impression when they met with Brigid, our residents and team members. We were also very excited to welcome the Mayor of Bexhill, Cllr Simon Elford and members of the public and local community into our home.

After enjoying a traditional seaside treat of fish and chips, the assembled company made the most of the September sunshine and enjoyed relaxing and socialising in our home’s landscaped gardens. They were also entertained by local singer Hannah Bradbeer, who treated them to war-time favourites such as ‘A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square’ and various Ella Fitzgerald numbers.

To end their trip, they took a stroll on the promenade close to our home and enjoyed one last treat of ice cream. tea and cakes before heading home.

Brigid Sedour, Home Manager at Southlands Place, said:

“We were delighted to welcome these special guests – it was fascinating speaking to all of the pensioners about their life histories and their time in the armed forces.

“The Royal Hospital Chelsea is 300 years old, while Southlands Place has not yet been open a year, but the pensioners enjoy many of the same pastimes as our residents, so there was lots to talk about.

They had a lovely day and the weather was perfect for their visit.”

All in all it was a great day and we have already received an invitation to visit the Chelsea Pensioners in their home in London and are already planning our next activity.

For more information about life at Southlands Place, or to arrange a visit, please call 0808 202 3303 or email us on

Southlands Place

Home Manager

Heather Nwansi

0808 202 3303
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