Last weekend it was a pleasure to have been invited to the garden party at the New Dawn service in Norfolk. Every year during the Summer New Dawn hold their annual garden parties, and they sure know how to have a party! This year in memorial to the soldiers that lost their lives in Horsford, they had a 1940’s themed party. It coincided this year with 100 years of RAF which is rather poignant.
Everyone including the people supported at New Dawn, had taken on board the theme of the day with many people dressed up as soldiers and nurses. Families were also invited to participate in the celebrations and memorial. Each person was given a ration box for lunch, don’t worry inside there was more substantial food, the box was just a prop! Everyone had there drinks in an enamel cup, so for one moment you did feel like it was the 1940’s again, with strict food rationing. Obviously I’m far too young to have known how it felt in the 40’s but it gave me a good taster.
The whole garden was dressed beautifully, with bunting and straw bales scattered around for people to sit on. Towards the end of the day there was a brilliant 1940’s singer, which went down a treat with everyone. There was also a raffle, but somehow I seem to always miss out on the prizes.
The garden parties were started at New Dawn to have a day of celebration and interaction with families, but not only that every year the money from the raffle is donated to a charity of New Dawn’s choice. For the last 4 years they have been supporting the charity ‘Each’ which is a Children’s Hospice. The hospice supports families and care for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk. This year they have raised £299.05 and in total over the years they have raised £1500. This is a fantastic achievement, and a very worthy cause. Congratulations! If you would like to learn more about the charity please follow this link: https://www.each.org.uk/.
Martin the Home manager told me how they hold regular parties and lunches, but by far everyone’s favourite event is the Christmas Party which has now been running for 5 years. This year the theme will be ‘Glitz and Glam’.
I will leave you all with a quote from Martin, and some photos that were taken on the day.
Martin Rendle-Hunt, New Dawn Home Manager
“Everyone embraced the 1940’s theme and were interacting with one another. Around 20 family members came, it was wonderful to see them having fun with their loved ones”