RESIDENTS and care teams at Ross Court in Ross-on-Wye, hosted a day of music, dancing and crafts for families, friends and neighbours in the local community on June 28 for National Care Home Open Day.

Janet Auty, manager of the home, which is run by brighterkind, said: "We wanted to bring together the whole of the local community in line with National Care Home Open Day. We covered so many aspects of the arts to showcase all the activities we offer to our residents. The day started with our Creative Writing Club, run by a local author & poet, whilst our magic moments club co-ordinator Clare Lockley made collages with residents too. After lunch residents enjoyed a Belly Dancing Class from a local teacher and a visit from friend of the home Vic Lockley who brought in his vintage 1953 MG TD Sports Car.

"The day finished off with music and song from a local group called Limoncello who performed various songs from the 50's through to the 80's and finished with the residents joining in with some classics.

"Various visitors joined us through the day including members of the Royal British Legion and our local councillor Chris Bartrum. Refreshments and cake were served to all who came along.

"We welcomed families and friends of our residents as well as people from the local community who wanted to see for themselves what living in a care home can offer."

There are 70 brighterkind care homes across the country, many of which hosted their own National Care Home Open Day events.

The home is located at Overross Close, Ross-on-Wye, and you can visit its web page on

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