What a busy, but rewarding weekend for the chefs and staff at Knowle Park Care Home. They had been working non-stop to provide amazing treats for the residents, visitors, and staff over the Coronation Bank Holiday weekend.
A momentous event in our history, the Coronation of King Charles III and his wife, Camilla, as king and queen of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms. It took place on Saturday 6th May at Westminster Abbey and many of our homes organised celebrations to mark this occasion.
Saturday, we provided our guests with a selection of finger sandwiches including coronation chicken, cucumber and cream cheese and cheese and pickle. Also, roast ham and mustard mayonnaise and of course smoked salmon and crème fraiche. We also made some pork, apple and thyme sausage rolls that were hugely popular. And of course, the coronation quiche was an immense success.
We made a spectacular coronation cake which was decorated in the Union Jack style, with fresh fruit and lashings of cream. The residents loved the food, which was accompanied by Prosecco, sparkling elderflower or tea for the traditionalists.
On Sunday, we stepped up the celebrations with one of Knowle Park’s favourite singers, the fabulous Jane Beaumont joining us. Everyone sang and danced, fuelled by the afternoon tea with scones and clotted cream and strawberry jam, cupcakes, mini chocolate éclairs and freshly baked chocolate brownies as well as more exquisite finger sandwiches.
On Monday we held a BBQ, but of course it wouldn’t be a bank holiday without the rain making an appearance. Our residents, their family and friends and staff were also joined by members of the local community. This included our close neighbours, some lovely ladies from Bright Care, a local care provider. Also president of the Cranleigh Rotary Club, David Barry with his lovely dog, Millie.
Burgers, sausages and BBQ chicken were on the menu alongside some delicious salads including chef’s fantastic courgette and raisin cous cous and feta salad.
Many enjoyed a little taste of the huge Eton mess or fruit salad. Then we were promptly greeted by ‘Mirabelle’, the vintage ice cream truck providing hand crafted ice creams by Moooh Ice Cream parlour.
A special red, white and blue cocktail, which residents aptly named ‘The King Cocktail’ was served as well as British favourite Pimms. Our residents provided sentiments to the new King and Queen on a Union Jack pin board that they made earlier in the week.
Overall, it was a huge success, the staff and residents had a wonderful time celebrating the coronation of our King and Queen and even the wet weather couldn’t dampen our spirits. Sincere thanks to the whole team who worked incredibly hard to make it happen.
Knowle Park provides residential and nursing care on a permanent or short stay basis. If you are looking for a care home and want to find out more about our home call freephone 0808 223 5518.