Over 70 Lincolnshire Care Home residents showcase homegrown and homemade goods


Some of Lincolnshire’s finest arts, crafts and produce were on display on 5th October, as over 70 care home residents from across the county came together to share their homemade and homegrown items.

The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT), one of the UK’s largest not-for-profit care providers, hosted its annual Lincolnshire Harvest Festival at The Venue in Navenby, with residents from its county care homes displaying a huge array of self-made goods and locally grown produce – from baked goods and ceramics to jams, floral arrangements and vegetable displays.

As part of the festival, all entries were judged by six strong panel headed up by OSJCT’s Trustee for Lincolnshire, Jill Hughes. Five awards were presented, including a ‘Best In Show’ award for each category. First, second and third place winners were presented with a rosette and commemorative certificate to celebrate their hard work dedication.

Below is a list of this year’s winners:

  • Best Flower Arrangement – Eresby Hall in Spilsby
  • Best Homemade Preserves – Ermine House in Lincoln
  • Best Homegrown Fruit & Vegetable – Whitefriars in Stamford
  • Best Home-baked Item – Foxby Court in Gainsborough
  • Best Handicrafts – Gregory House in Grantham
  • Best Overall Display – Ermine House in Lincoln

In addition to resident awards, Gregory House in Grantham was named 2016’s Trust in Bloom Competition winner for being home to the Trust’s best care home gardens in the county.

Caroline Dunagan, Lincolnshire Assistant Operations Director for OSJCT, said:

Not only did this year’s festival offer residents a chance to get back into an old hobby, like gardening, baking or crafts, but it also gave a chance to meet with and share their creations with residents from other care homes throughout the county.

We often hear residents say they’ve given up an old hobby because they think they can’t do it well anymore, so events like our annual harvest festival offers the perfect opportunity for them to give it another go and see for themselves that they’ve still got the skills and knowledge to grow fruit & veg, to bake a delicious cake or make a cosy knitted scarf or blanket.

All of our residents worked really hard on their displays this year, so we couldn’t be prouder of the effort and dedication they have shown getting involved and showing off their creations.

For more information about OSJCT, visit www.osjct.co.uk.

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