Here’s Margaret’s story of how she embraced and encouraged the sense of community where she lives at Park Court during lockdown with a VE Day celebration and socially-distanced quizzes.
Margaret lives at Park Court and worked with the warden, Adele, to put on a socially-distanced VE Day celebration for all of the residents. It was a day of activities and celebrations, with 40s music playing and red, white and blue decorations and bunting in place to set the scene.
Margaret and Adele put together picnic packs for each resident containing picnic classics such as sausage rolls, pork pies, sandwiches and cakes, there was also a quiz and a game of bingo for people to enjoy.
Margaret said: “The way the community has come together during lockdown has been really heart-warming. So many residents of Park Court have helped out their neighbours, checked in to see how they are or participated in the socially-distanced quizzes we’ve been doing from our gardens.
“One of my neighbours, Peter, has even been cooking Sunday dinners and delivering them to people’s doorsteps. He’s also been getting shopping for people who are isolating, he’s been so good to everyone here.
“Another thing we did as a community was host a collection for the local ambulance station to say thank you for everything they’ve done. The amount of tea, coffee, cakes, biscuits and snacks everyone donated was overwhelming and the ambulance crews were over the moon.
“I think we can all safely say we’ve got to know our neighbours better during lockdown, we’ve met people we’ve only known by sight and that can only be a good thing for our community.”