High tea brings an end to Olympic celebrations

STAWELL - Olympic and British fever spread throughout Eventide Homes during August, with residents enjoying some special activities organised by lifestyle staff to coincide with the Olympic Games in London.

A wonderful London extravaganza was enhanced by Cashin Hall being decorated with typical London icons such as Big Ben, the famous double decker red bus (including pictures of various staff as passengers!), our London Tavern and Tower Bridge.

Of course, no London extravaganza would be complete without the royal family making an appearance. The Queen's coach was on display and the door decorated with the Queen's guards, making a spectacular entrance way into the hall.

Residents enjoyed a visit from staff performers Bobby Baltimore and Gardewine Grenadier who created much laughter in their efforts to locate the Queen's corgis and crown jewels, with resident participation being enjoyed by all.

A mini Olympics was also held over the two weeks with many residents participating in the true spirit of the games - sporting events that were held were basketball, hockey and the triathlon.

Just like the Olympics in London, residents received medals for their efforts and opening and closing ceremonies took place with guest artists performing.

Eventide Homes was also honoured to have Olympian John Hudson, who competed at the 1960 Rome Olympics in the rowing, pay a visit.

Mr Hudson and his wife travelled from Melbourne to speak to the residents, sharing his wonderful memories of his own Olympic experience.

Residents also enjoyed guest speaker Kerrie Wilson, who showed slides of her trip to London.

A high tea afternoon completed the British celebrations at Eventide, with special guest, Mayor Dorothy Patton attending.

Tables were beautifully set with the finest china, menus of fine foods and a wide variety of teas, equal to 'High Tea at the Windsor Hotel'.

Guest artists, Kaleidoscope provided entertainment for the residents to enjoy, which was a wonderful way to complete the Olympic and British celebrations at Eventide Homes.

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