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Care homes hold their own Yorkshire Show after favourite outing is cancelled

Ernest Hewick taking part in the Wellie Wagging competition at The Manor House Harrogate

Five Anchor care homes decided to hold their own Yorkshire Show after this year’s event was cancelled due to the coronavirus.

The Manor House in Harrogate, The Manor House in Barnard Castle, Oulton Manor in Leeds, Wetherby Manor and The Manor House in Knaresborough held a range of fun events for staff and residents in their grounds and on Zoom this month.

Lifestyle Co-ordinator, Helen Maude, said: “We organise a wide variety of meaningful activities for our residents, which includes visits to the Yorkshire Show.

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“The residents were so disappointed when it was cancelled so we decided to organise our own Yorkshire Show to showcase the great talent we have in Anchor’s five care homes, whether it is master bakers, talented dogs and their owners or keen gardeners.

“We also wanted to bring life in the country to our residents hence us organising films of local Morris dancers and different types of horses.

“It was such a fun day with everyone having such a great time, and it was an opportunity to bring back many happy memories for our residents.”

The country-themed events included the largest vegetable challenge, best Yorkshire pudding, a dog show or most impressive flowers grown in your garden.

Former farmer Ernest Hewick, 85, (pictured) of The Manor House in Harrogate, took part in the Wellie Wagging event.

Ernest said: “The day brought back many memories. I worked for three generations of the Dent family while working on the Ribston Estate, and that’s where I met my beautiful wife, Vera, who was employed as a nanny.”

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