Floral Fountain a big hit at Rectory House

 A Rectory House resident has set about resurrecting a beloved old fountain at the front of the Sompting Care Home.

Despite the water pump being beyond repair, resident June Hughes (82) had the vision of creating a ‘fountain garden’ for residents and visitors to enjoy. June, a lifelong lover of gardening, has begun planting a range of flowers to return the fountain to its former glory. The fountain has always been a focal point at the front of the magnificent Georgian period house.

The broken water pump has ensured that the fountain can no longer serve its primary purpose, but not to be disheartened and ever creative, June decided that she wanted to plant a variety of flowers to make the fountain a spectacle of colour. Prior to moving to Rectory House, June’s garden was the envy of all her neighbours as she lovingly cultivated a vast array of colourful plants and flowers. No one could grow flowers like June!

June decided that she wanted fuchsias and other flowers and provided a lengthy list of what would be suitable for each tier of the fountain! June painstakingly spent time planting each flower by hand and walks out to the fountain each day to check the flowers are healthy and ensure they have enough water.

Jackie Cox, Home Manager, said:

“I am so proud of June. She was determined that the fountain should remain a focal point of the home and used her initiative and skill to create something special for her fellow residents. It is so important for residents to feel at home and to use skills that they have in playing an active role in life at Rectory House.”

Rectory House Nursing Home

Home Manager

Fiona Wiederkehr


West Street,
West Sussex,
BN15 0DA

0808 223 5530
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