Residents, relatives and staff from Colten Care's Court Lodge with members of Lymington Croquet Club at Woodside GardensCroquet on the lawn helped a Lymington care home party prove it’s never too late to try a new sport.

More than a dozen residents from Colten Care’s Court Lodge enjoyed a gentle afternoon at the town’s Woodside Gardens park receiving tips from members of Lymington Croquet Club.

Among those swinging the mallet for the first time was 87-year-old great grandmother Phyllis Walbanke. 

“It’s so nice to come along here and try something new,” said Phyllis, a former photographer for Woman’s Own magazine who has Lived in Lymington for 40 years.

Court Lodge resident Eileen Simpson swings her mallet accompanied by Home Manager Sam Reid.Phyllis and fellow resident Eileen Simpson were the first to knock a ball through the hoops under the guidance of Club Chair Margaret Skeldon and Deputy Chair Gordon Carter.

Margaret said: “We were only too pleased to welcome our friends from Court Lodge and give them a taste of what is a very sociable sport that is becoming more and more popular.”

As well as the chance of some hands-on practice, the visitors were treated to afternoon tea at the club house.

Home Manager Sam Reid said: “The idea of playing croquet was mentioned at one of our regular residents and relatives’ meetings. The club is virtually on our doorstep and we thought we would give it a go. Everyone has had a super time and I’m sure we’ll want to come back again. We thank all at the club for their help.”

Lymington Croquet Club was founded in a back garden in Sway in 1995 and now has a dedicated lawn at Woodside Gardens.

According to the Croquet Association, there are more than 200 croquet clubs in the UK with top players competing internationally.

Among the Court Lodge party visiting Lymington Croquet Club are, from left, Colten Companion Catherine Loubser, resident Eileen Simpson, Home Manager Sam Reid, resident Phyllis Walbanke, Customer Advisor Hayley McMillan and Clinical Lead Sheeja Lolamony.Lymington Croquet Club plays both Golf Croquet and Association Croquet, and has use of the lawn and part of the nearby Woodside sports pavilion seven days a week - morning, afternoon and evening - unless the pavilion is in use by another organisation. The club offers three free sessions for you to try the game. Free coaching is available for beginners and the club has mallets you can borrow. Find contact details for Lymington Croquet Club here.

Croquet is just one of the fun activities organised for residents living in a Colten care home. If you or somebody you know would be interested to see what it's like to live in a quality care home, the special short stay offer is still available at Court Lodge:

Court Lodge special short stay offer 4 weeks for the price of 3 

 For full details visit Court Lodge website ...

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Colten Care operates six residential nursing and care homes in the local area, including three in Lymington: Belmore Lodge, Court Lodge and dementia specialist Linden House. There are also homes in Brockenhurst (Woodpecker's), New Milton (Kingfisher's) and Mudeford (Avon Reach). Click on the links to find out more about each home...

Colten Care Belmore Lodge Lymington  Colten Care Court Lodge Lymington  Colten Care Linden House Lymington

Colten Care's Avon Reach  Colten Care Kingfishers New Milton  Colten Care Woodpeckers Brockenhurst


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