Residents who transformed their retirement home into Wonderland are celebrating winning a national scarecrow competition.
Richmond Northampton has been voted the top entry in the Richmond Retirement Villages annual scarecrow event.
After research Richmond Northampton’s team decided to theme their scarecrows inspired by Alice in Wonderland, choosing to host a Mad Hatter’s tea party.
Residents were helped by activities co-ordinator Lorriane Adams to assist designing scarecrows and costumes for the inter-retirement village competition.
As part of their weekly craft sessions residents spent hours preparing the props for the day which included making party hats a delicious selection of cakes and jam tarts, as well as costumes for the characters, table decorations and metres of bunting.
A marquee was decorated with the home-crafted Alice inspired ornaments made by the crafters.
Members of staff donated vintage china to be used by the guests to provide authentic crockery for the celebration.
Guests were welcomed by a human-sized white rabbit scarecrow who presided over the tea party.
Dressed in clothes donated by the residents’ carers and families, the white rabbit sat on a gold chair to greet the guests.
Party goers in the Mad Hatter’s tea party marquee, were entertained by The Queen of Hearts and The Mad Hatter by a playing card dance troupe of activity co-ordinators and volunteers.
Ace performances were given by four playing cards who demonstrated a card shuffle to the Alice in Wonderland theme tune, a dance especially created for the day.
Chris Rayatt Howard, head of activities said: “To say we are over the moon is an understatement.
“Everyone thoroughly enjoyed taking part and it has been so beneficial to residents social life and wellbeing.”
All five Richmond Villages in the UK took part in the event with different themes which incuding the of Wizard of Oz and nursery rhymes.