This summer the Garden Club at Trewartha care home celebrated the grand opening of Tilley’s Tea Room.
The team at Trewartha, Cornwall Care’s award-winning nursing home in the beautiful Carbis Bay, opened their garden summerhouse as a tea room in honour of one of their residents, Herbert ‘Rex’ Tilley. It was created as a space for families to spend quality time together; a welcoming and colourful room to relax in.
Rex, who sadly passed away earlier this year, had been a resident at Trewartha since February 2010. He was a lovely, kind gentleman who was well loved by staff. Trewartha would like Rex and his wife Betty to be remembered.
Betty has been very supportive over the years and is still involved with Trewartha, so the staff at the nursing home felt that naming the tea room after them would be a great way to say thank you for all she has done and for their wonderful time together. Betty was invited to cut the ribbon at the Grand Opening of the Tea Room, where the gardening group invited relatives and staff to join the celebrations.
Trewartha’s Manager Julia Tyldesley opened the afternoon with a beautiful speech, presenting bouquets of flowers to Di Webber and Wendy Mears of the Garden Club, thanking them for their hard work, and Geraldine Lavery (Board of Directors) and Dawn Matthews-Smith (Operations Director) for attending.
“Di and Wendy have helped make the garden look so beautiful again”, says Natalie Hudson, Cornwall Care’s Deputy Manager at Trewartha. “This year the Garden Club has been a huge success with flowers, fruit and vegetables in abundance. It has been a joy for our residents to get outside, get their hands dirty and feel included.”
The Garden Club and residents have also produced some delicious jams and cakes this year, which they are selling to raise money for future gardening projects.
It was an emotional opening, especially when Betty was presented with flowers, and a truly lovely afternoon. Lots of people turned out to support the team and residents, enjoying the delicious homemade cakes and tea in the tea room, celebrating the moment together in their sun hats and paying their respects to Rex Tilley.
“It’s a day which I shall never forget and one which I shall always remember with great pride and love”, says Betty. “I’m sure Rex was watching from above and feeling very proud too.”