Swanage’s care home residents get to offer their condolences

The Swanage Town Mayor accompanied by her deputy, took the town’s book of condolence following the death of the Queen, round to Swanage’s care homes.

On the day before the Queen’s funeral on Sunday 18th September 2022, the mayor Tina Foster and the deputy mayor Chris Moreton took the time to visit Heathcote Care Home, York House, Gainsborough Care Home and Clifftop Care Home in Swanage.

Book of condolence for the Queen

The book of condolence has been available to sign at Swanage Library

Not everyone could get to Swanage Library

Swanage’s book of condolence has been available for residents to sign at the library over the last week but realising that not everyone would be able to get into town, the councillors spent the afternoon handing round the book in the care home lounges.

While not an official engagement during the period of mourning for the Queen, they thought it was appropriate to enable everyone who wanted to, the chance to sign the book.

The mayor Tina Foster and deputy Chris Moreton takes book of condolence to care homes

Deputy mayor Chris Moreton (left) and the mayor Tina Foster (right) with Hubert Beavis (centre)

The mayor Tina Foster takes book of condolence to care homes

Brenda Bradford, wife of former Swanage Mayor Bill Bradford gets to sign the book of condolence with current mayor Tina Foster

“Greeted very warmly”

The mayor, who was also accompanied by her husband and mayor’s consort Leslie Parkinson, said:

“We were greeted very warmly by the staff and were able to chat to lots of residents.

“For many, especially among the older generation, this is a sad time and we were pleased to be able to give as many as possible the opportunity to sign the book themselves and write a message. And also those who asked the staff to make an entry on their behalf.”

Clifftop memorial tree for the queen

The memory tree to the Queen at Clifftop Care Home in Swanage

Memory tree

At Clifftop Care Home the staff organised a memory tree for the residents where they could write down their memories of the Queen and many will be watching on television the funeral from 11 am on Monday 19th September 2022.

The mayor Tina Foster and deputy Chris Moreton takes book of condolence to care homes

The book of condolence at Heathcote Care Home

The mayor Tina Foster and deputy Chris Moreton takes book of condolence to care homes

Arriving at Gainsborough Care Home

Floral tribute

Earlier in the week, a group of students from Swanage School on a preplanned London theatre trip were able to leave a floral tribute to the Queen in Green Park near Buckingham Palace.

Floral tribute to the Queen from the Swanage School in London
The Swanage School
Floral tributes in London to the Queen
The Swanage School

The flowers left in Green Park near Buckingham Palace in London from The Swanage School

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