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Surbiton community joins Royal Star & Garter’s Caribbean-themed Carnival Open Day

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Anne and Healthcare Assistant Abraham at the Carnival Open Day

Caribbean calypso came to Surbiton when a care home hosted a Carnival Open Day.


A steel pan drum band, Jamaican food and carnival procession and Carnival Queen were all part of Royal Star & Garter’s Caribbean-themed Carnival Open Day, on Tuesday 22 August.


The event was part of the Surbiton Home’s 10th anniversary celebrations, and also tied-in with the 75thanniversary of HMT Empire Windrush docking in England in 1948.

Royal Star & Garter residents Janet and Vera, with Surbiton Firefighters

Royal Star & Garter provides loving, compassionate care to veterans and their partners living with disability or dementia. The charity also has Homes in Solihull and High Wycombe.


The event was open to members of the public and those who wished to tour the award-winning care home. Among guests attending were Cllr Richard Thorpe the Deputy Mayor of Kingston, local Police and the Fire Brigade service. Children from nearby Child’s Play Nursery also attended and dressed for the carnival celebration.

Drummers from Phase 5 Steelband entertained relatives, relatives and visitors at the Caribbean-themed open day

The Caribbean-themed Open Day took place days before the Notting Hill Carnival. It was organised after veterans at the Home told staff of their wish to attend the famous West London street-party. This is not possible as the Home’s residents live with complex care needs, so staff brought the festivities to them.


Army veteran Bob said: “It was the perfect afternoon. I really enjoyed all of it, especially dancing to the steel pan drum band, who I thought were fantastic.”


‘Marvellous, colourful, wonderful’


Karen spent the day with her father Arthur, an Army veteran. She said: “I thought it was a marvellous event. It was very colourful, with wonderful music and a lovely atmosphere. I thought everyone enjoyed themselves and credit must go to the staff for arranging such a great day.”

Carnival Queen Jenny, with her friend from Child’s Play Nursery

‘Celebrating the Windrush generation’


Home Manager Helena Maher said: “This was a really memorable way for us to celebrate our 10th birthday together with residents, their relatives and guests from the wider Surbiton community, which we love being part of. I’m grateful we were also able to use the day to celebrate the Windrush generation and the contribution they’ve made to this country, and show visitors around our beautiful Home.”


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Royal Star & Garter residents Suhail, Jack and Vera enjoy the Carnival entertainment
Iraq veteran Stephen with Royal Star & Garter staff Natalie and Sam
Carnival Queen Jenny with Kingston’s Deputy Mayor Cllr Richard Thorpe
Local police, who visited the Carnival Open Day at Royal Star & Garter, with Air Force veteran Lily
Carnival Queen Jenny with Care Manager Yasmin and Lead Nurse Abbas
Wellbeing Coordinator Suzie serves a refreshing fruit punch to Cllr Richard Thorpe, Kingston’s Deputy Mayor
Air Force veteran Lily enjoying a fruit punch at the carnival in Surbiton
RAF veteran Vera with Leading Firefighter Ben from Surbiton Fire Station
The Jamaican food truck was a hit with residents and visitors
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