Saluting Our Heroes
27th June 2017
For the third year running, the residents, staff and Trustees celebrated Armed Forces Day in style on Saturday 24 June.
Three residents were presented with beautiful HM Armed Forces enamelled pin badges at our celebration event at the weekend. In the presence of their families and other invited guests which included Mayor, Cllr Julia Soyke and her Escort Mr Peter Soyke, the event commemorated and recognised the valuable contribution made by the residents in serving their country. It was also an opportunity to salute the brave men and women from the present day combined services located in all corners of the globe.
Among those recognised were Rusthall Lodge residents Mrs A. Breacher, Mr D. Cowley and Mr G. Williams who each received their ‘veterans’ pin badge. Resident Mr R. Bailey (pictured) who had been in a reserved occupation during the Second World War but had still contributed to the Home Front defences with the Homeguard was presented with his Defence Medal by the Mayor.
Mr Bailey couldn’t remember whether he’d ever received a Medal after the war but General Manager Hilary Taylor said: “It was a pleasure to be able to present him with one now”.
We were delighted to once again be joined by the Chairman and Membership Secretary of the Tunbridge Wells branch of the Royal British Legion, Mr Gary Faulkner, who precided over the formal part of our afternoon. Guests were able to enjoy a tremendous RAF memorabilia display provided by Derek Beevis and his son Martin and a selection of the most wonderful military vehicles was also present.
Entertainment was provided by the Homefront Lindy Hoppers, the Take 3 Trio and the glamorous Haywood Sisters (pictured) who took everyone back on a nostalgic musical journey.
General Manager Hilary Taylor added, “We are truly honoured to have had the opportunity to organise and host this event again this year. It remains a small gesture on our part when you consider the huge contribution all our residents have made.”
Rusthall Lodge began life as the home of Miss Fremlin (of the brewery family) and became a care home in 1968. From its beginnings as a grand Kentish family home it has undergone a series of redevelopments over the years and has just completed a major refurbishment and decoration programme.
Hilary said “We are a unique care home in the area as we are not part of a larger group. We pride ourselves on our genuine warmth and friendliness as well as our commitment to delivering the best possible service for those people in our care.”