Summer BBQ at Coxhill Manor

We had our second summer bbq of the year here at Coxhill Manor in Woking on Wednesday 20th July.  It was a chance for all the residents, friends, family and our care team to come together and enjoy a traditional garden party setting and enjoy the summer sunshine. It was lovely for us all to be outside and enjoy the beautiful gardens here at Coxhill.

Our residents really look forward to the bbqs we host here as it is a chance to welcome loved ones into the home and a great opportunity for everyone to come together and socialise.  It is also a chance to dress up and wear the clothes they often save for best and there were lots of hats and ties/cravats to be seen.

It is a big event here at Coxhill and is eagerly looked forward to and talked about for weeks beforehand. The residents enjoy sharing the experience with their families too, sharing their life and friends at Coxhill. It’s all hands on deck and all the team pitch in and attend to ensure the day goes well. It is hard work but seeing everyone with big smiles, relaxing and enjoying themselves makes it all worthwhile.

The chefs started cooking on the outside BBQ late morning and the delicious smells filled the air tantalising everyone’s taste buds. It took many of our residents back to their own BBQ days and very happy memories!

Menus were available on each table and the team here at Coxhill waited on our residents and ensured they were served exactly what they wanted, while family members and friends were happy to serve themselves. A wide selection of fresh salads and potatoes were available alongside the bbq meats and many were so impressed with the delicious food served, they had seconds too!

The bbq provides a great opportunity for the team here at Coxhill to relax, socialise and eat alongside the residents and everyone enjoyed this as it reinforces the feeling that we are one big family.

Our chefs did us proud, as they always do, and a  fantastic selection of mouth watering desserts was also on offer… needless to say everything went! In fact – one of the desserts was a cheesecake which the residents had made with Julia (one of our activity ladies) during a cooking session the previous day.

The sun was shining, the Pimms and wine were flowing and our garden was awash with the sound of laughter and conversation.  We had gazebos and parasols set up to provide much needed shade and comfort for everyone.

During the afternoon we had live entertainment from a saxophonist quartet – ‘The River City Saxes’. They played music of all styles ranging from early baroque to swing. It was much appreciated by our residents, some of whom put in requests and Glen Miller was a clear favourite. The music created feelings of nostalgia, as some residents talked about how it reminded them of the dances they used to go in their younger days. It was the first time River City Saxes have been to entertain us here at Coxhill and needless to say by the rousing applause and compliments received, they will definitely be invited back!

We held the much loved raffle which was a great success and we would like to say a big thank you to Maggie for organising. We had some great prizes donated to us from families and local businesses – a round of golf for four at the local Chobham Golf Club, restaurant vouchers, garden centre vouchers, family voucher for a local football match and Tesco vouchers to name but a few! A very big thank you to all our contributors. We could not hold this raffle without you and we are very grateful for all your support.

We are proud to say that Coxhill raised £400 towards our iPad fund for future activities! One of our residents was thrilled at winning her favourite champagne (see attached picture). There were big cheers for each winner and it was the much anticipated highlight of the day.

We also had a resident’s husband/volunteer celebrating his 80th birthday with us. Happy Birthday Bryan! ( see attached picture) The saxophonists played ‘Happy Birthday’ while we all sang along before presenting his cake, presents and card. We all signed the card so everyone felt part of the birthday celebrations.

The day was a great success. We took lots of photographs and displayed a slideshow of the event on the big screen in the conservatory the next day. We have also managed to email photographs to family members (who weren’t present) of their loved ones enjoying the day so even those were not with us, felt a part of our event.

All in all, it was such a fabulous day for all and everyone (residents, guests and team alike) all slept well that night.

Coxhill Manor

Home Manager

Alan Horler

Address

Station Road,
Chobham,
Woking,
Surrey,
GU24 8AU

Contact
0808 223 5420
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