Care home is given the royal seal of approval for Queen’s 90th birthday plans

Baylham Care Centre staff member Louanne Pfisterer (left) and manager
Sandie Oxborrow with the letter from Windsor Castle. ANL-160525-113337001
Baylham Care Centre staff member Louanne Pfisterer (left) and manager Sandie Oxborrow with the letter from Windsor Castle. ANL-160525-113337001
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Plans by a care home to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday have been given a royal seal of approval.

Residents and staff at Baylham Care Centre, near Needham Market, knew it was a long shot when they invited the monarch to be guest of honour at the party being organised in her honour on June 17.

They were surprised and delighted when a reply came back from Windsor Castle saying that, while Her Majesty would have to turn down the invite to sit down with them for high tea, she wished them an enjoyable time.

In the letter of invitation, prompted by resident Iris Pontet, the residents described themselves as ‘your loyal servants’.

Derek Jaggard said he wanted to express to the Queen how ‘amazing you are to be as mobile as you are’ while Ruby Blowers said: “Our Queen is such a wonderful lady.”

Writing on behalf of Her Majesty, Lady-in-Waiting Jennifer Gordon Lennox said the Queen had been very interested to hear of what was being planned to mark her 90th year. The letter said: “Her Majesty greatly appreciates your good wishes and supportive comments at this time and The Queen was interested to hear about the special event you have planned for June 17 .”

Manager at Baylham Care Centre, Sandie Oxburrow said: “Everyone was delighted, they are really pleased.”

In addition to high tea, the party will include entertainment with music and dance from the 1940s and 50s.

The letter from Windsor Castle is being exhibited in the foyer of Baylham Care Centre surrounded by a patriotic display.

Residents will also take part in a fund-raising ‘cycle’ ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats, starting in early June. They will use two exercise cycles and a hand operated exercise bike to cover the 847 mile route without leaving Suffolk.

The event is in aid of the Stroke Association and British Heart Foundation.