Duchess opens care home’s new ‘Memories cafe’

Staff celebrate the opening of the new 'Memories Cafe' at Belvoir Vale Care Home at Widmerpool EMN-160410-155015001

Staff celebrate the opening of the new 'Memories Cafe' at Belvoir Vale Care Home at Widmerpool EMN-160410-155015001

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A new café for residents of a care home and their families and carers was opened by Her Grace, Frances, the Duchess of Rutland.

The ‘Memories Café’ has been created at the Belvoir Vale Care Home at Widmerpool.

Residents and their families enjoy the new 'Memories Cafe' at Belvoir Vale Care Home at Widmerpool EMN-160410-155003001

Residents and their families enjoy the new 'Memories Cafe' at Belvoir Vale Care Home at Widmerpool EMN-160410-155003001

The duchess enjoyed a VIP of the facility before being served afternoon tea and cupcakes.

The transformed former library also boasts an indoor garden room and vintage sweet shop.

A spokesperson for the home said: “Memories Café is the brainchild of care home manager, Jo Widdowson, who wanted to create a secure and beautiful environment where people could relax and enjoy coffee and cakes in a safe and risk-free environment.

“Jo is hoping the residents and families utilise the café every day and get pleasure out of it.”

The café and its accompanying rooms will also be open to the public on alternate weeks, on a Thursday, for those needing a break or a change whilst caring for someone with dementia.

The home is a complex sited over three buildings, offering residential care in Granby Lodge and The Gate House and residential dementia care in Rutland House.

The home features beautiful internal courtyards and a sensory garden.