A care home in Aylesbury opened its doors to members of the local community on Friday June 17 as part of a nationwide celebration of the care sector.

Anchor’s Buckingham Lodge care home on Buckingham Park took part in Care Home Open Day, along with thousands of care homes across the country.

Care Home Open Day is an annual event aimed at encouraging members of the public to see the high quality care in their local care homes.

Fancy dress fun at Buckingham Lodge

Residents and staff at Buckingham Lodge enjoyed musical entertainment, fancy dress and lovely food. The occasion was also a chance to celebrate the good work achieved by the home’s staff in the past year.

A spokesman for Buckingham Lodge said: "We were delighted to welcome Cllr Barbara Russel, Mayor of Aylesbury, who came along and joined in the fun and who kindly judged the fancy dress competition. We also enjoyed the music of Phil Homer on his saxophone and guitarist and singer, Nick Garrie."

Deputy Home Manager Sarah Clarke added: “We hold a host of activities throughout the year to keep residents mentally and physically stimulated.

"Many of the events involve bringing the outside community into the home. Over the next few months, Buckingham Lodge will be celebrating Armed Forces day with music, poems and reminiscence, as well as having a Caribbean party and enjoying Wimbledon, Henley Regatta and Independence Day themed days

“Care Home Open Day is part of this packed activities programme. We’re really proud of what we have achieved over the last year. We wanted to take this opportunity to celebrate the fantastic life our residents have here.”