Latest News from Watling Court, Gravesend

Residents pot plants in the sun

Watling Court in Bloom - Extra Care Residents Spruce Garden for Summer

With summer having well and truly arrived this week, residents of the Ifield Way housing scheme decided to soak up the sun and spruce up the garden.

Residents make bunting

Watling Court Hosts Right Royal Knees up!

Residents of Watling Court Extra Care Housing Scheme in Gravesend enjoyed a week of royal activities fit for a queen, in celebration of the Royal Wedding.

Tenants were awarded prizes

Tenants Treated to Cracking Weekend of Easter Activities

Tenants of Watling Court Extra Care Housing Scheme in Gravesend spent an egg-cellent week together embracing Easter activities.

Hats off to Tenants at Watling Court

The Easter Bunny dropped by to Watling Court Extra Care Housing Scheme this week and inspired the tenants to get creative and make some special Easter bonnets.

Watling Court Tenants Delighted to Bring dog to new Home

Dave and Gillian Sayer, new tenants at Watling Court in Gravesend, were delighted they could bring their border collie of seven years, Rusty, to their new extra care apartment.

Tenants Enjoy Valentine's tea Dance

Love was in the air at Watling Court Extra Care Housing Scheme on Valentine's Day when tenants got together for a themed afternoon tea celebration.

Former Bomb Inspector Shares Stories From the Forties

Edna Neilson, a tenant at Watling Court Extra Care Housing Scheme, shared her stories of her time spent working as a bomb inspector during World War Two.

Gravesend Tenants Festivities Continue

Tenants of Watling Court Extra Care Housing Scheme spent a day at Ruxley Manor Garden Centre, browsing the festive displays and finishing their Christmas shopping.

Extra Care Tenants Enjoy Evening of Festive fun

Tenants at Watling Court Extra Care Scheme in Gravesend had a great time enjoying a tipple or two at their annual Christmas Party.

Watling Court's Festive Fete Raises £800

With Christmas in their sights, tenants at Watling Court Extra Care Housing Scheme helped staff with their annual Christmas Fete, raising £800 for their future activities.

Watling Court Tenants Kick Start Festive Celebrations

Christmas cheer was in the air at Watling Court Extra Care Housing Scheme last week, when tenants got together to put their Christmas decorations up.

Bonfire Night Goes off With a Bang

Sparks were flying at Watling Court Extra Care Housing Scheme in Gravesend on Saturday night, when tenants got together for a special Bonfire Night Bonanza.

Gravesend Extra Care Scheme Hosts Halloween Spooktacular

Tenants of Watling Court Extra Care Housing Scheme got together on Saturday evening for some frighteningly good fun, to celebrate Halloween!

Coffee and Cake Raises £270 for MacMillan

Staff at Watling Court hosted a coffee morning at the Extra Care Housing Scheme on Friday 29th September, raising £270 for MacMillan.

Gravesend Tenants Spruce up Garden for Summer

With the Great British Summer seemingly in full bloom, tenants of Watling Court Extra Care Housing Scheme spent an afternoon preparing their garden for the warmer months ahead.

Extra Care Scheme Event Concludes 50th Celebrations

From humble beginnings in Kingswood Road, Gillingham, The Abbeyfield Kent Society has grown to become the biggest independent Abbeyfield in the world. On 17th May, it celebrated its 50th anniversary.

Gravesend Tenants Have Hoppy Easter!

Tenants of Watling Court Extra Care Housing Scheme didn’t put all of their eggs in one basket over the Easter holidays, with plenty of fun activities taking place.

Tenants Bake Eggcellent Cakes

With the Easter weekend just around the corner, tenants of Watling Court Extra Care Housing Scheme whipped up a batch of Easter themed goodies.

Extra Care Tenants Spring into Spirit of Easter

The spirit of spring was in the air at Watling Court Extra Care Housing Scheme last week, when tenants got together to enjoy a spot of seasonal crafting.

Love is in the air for Valentine’s Tea Party

Romance was in the air at Watling Court on Tuesday 14th February, when tenants of the housing scheme were treated to a special Valentine’s Day tea party.

Gravesend Tenants Grab a Slice of the Action on National Pizza Day

Tenants at Watling Court Extra Care Housing Scheme in Gravesend grabbed a slice of the action on National Pizza Day and enjoyed tucking into a tasty treat.

Tenants get a Taste of Chinese New Year

A taste of the Orient was on the menu at Watling Court in Gravesend on Saturday, when tenants got together to get into the spirit of celebrating the Chinese New Year.

Tenants get Together for Evening of Festive fun

Tenants at Watling Court Extra Care Scheme in Gravesend had a great time enjoying a tipple or two at their annual Christmas Party.

‘Tis the Season for Panto for Extra Care Tenants

Following their Christmas party this week, tenants of Watling Court spent another festive evening getting to the spirit of Christmas watching the annual pantomime at The Orchard Theatre.

Gravesend Extra Care Tenants get Into Spirit of Christmas

Christmas spirit was in the air at Watling Court this week, when tenants got together to decorate their home for the season and indulge in some festive fun.

Gravesend Tenant get Crafty for Christmas

With Christmas quickly approaching, tenants of Watling Court Extra Care Housing Scheme decided to turn their hand to some festive crafting.

Bonfire Night Goes off With a Bang at Gravesend Extra Care Scheme

Sparks were in the air at Watling Court on Friday 4th November, when tenants and staff were joined by their friends and family, for an evening of fireworks and fun.

Watling Court Tenants Enjoy Spooktacular Halloween Party

Staff and tenants at Watling Court Extra Care Housing Scheme in Gravesend, enjoyed a spooktacular Halloween, filled with lots of ghostly games.

Watling Court Hosts Coffee Morning for MacMillan

Staff at Watling Court hosted a coffee morning at the Extra Care Housing Scheme on Wednesday 28th September, raising £310 for MacMillan.

Tenants Celebrate Her Majesty's 90th With Tea Party Fit For a Queen

Tenants at Watling Court got together on Friday 10th June for an afternoon tea party fit for a queen, to commemorate Her Majesty’s 90th birthday.

Tenants get Arty for Ascot

Tenants at Watling Court Extra Care Housing Scheme in Gravesend got into the spirit of the upcoming Royal Ascot by injecting a bit of extravagance into their weekly craft sessions.

Gravesend Tenants Ring in National Doughnut Week

Never ones to miss out on a celebration, tenants at Watling Court in Gravesend marked National Doughnut Week by tucking into some tasty treats in the sunny garden.

Gravesend Tenants Take a Crack at Easter Activities

Tenants at Watling Court Extra Care Housing Scheme in Gravesend got into the spirit of spring with some cracking Easter activities, including making bonnets and tucking into hot cross buns.

Tenants Treated to Special St Patrick's Celebration

Tenants at Watling Court Extra Care Housing Scheme in Gravesend flew the Irish flag and got into the spirit of St Patrick’s Day with a visit from some very special guests.

Tenants Tuck Into Pies for British Pie Week

Tenants at Watling Court Extra Care Housing Scheme in Gravesend got into the spirit of National Pie Week by tucking into some classic British favourites.

Romance is in the air at Watling Court

Tenants at Watling Court got into the romantic spirit of Valentine’s Day by getting together for a masquerade party and an evening of Valentine’s themed fun.

Tenants Take on Pancake Tossing Tournament

Shrove Tuesday at Watling Court was flipping good fun, as tenants got involved in a pancake tossing competition, before tucking into the tasty treats.

Watling Court Marks Chinese New Year With Themed Feast

Tenants at Watling Court in Gravesend, celebrated the start of the Year of the Fire Monkey in 2016 with a delicious Chinese themed lunchtime buffet.

Wish Appeal Brings Separated Couple Back Together

The Wish Appeal granted a surprise wish on Thursday 28th January, for Watling Court tenant Ray to be visited by his wife, Joan who had to leave their home to move into a nursing home.

Wish Appeal Grants Xmas Wish to Bring Sisters Together

The Wish Appeal granted a Christmas wish for Watling Court tenant, Anne Richardson, enabling her to have a festive lunch with her sister.

It's Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas

Tenants at Watling Court got into the spirit of Christmas with a range of festive activities from decorating the tree together to singing carols with the local schoolchildren.

Watling Court Tenant, Poppy, Recalls Time as Land Girl

Born on November 11th 1926 and named after the enduring symbol of remembrance of the First World War, Watling Court tenant, Poppy Youseman shared her story of her time working as a land girl in post-war Britain.

Extra Care Tenants Enjoy Spooktacular Halloween Party

Tenants, staff and friends of Watling Court got together on Saturday 31st October for some frightfully festive fun their annual Halloween party.

Watling Court Tenants get Crafty for Halloween

With Halloween just around the corner, tenants at Watling Court embraced their artistic sides and made some spooky decorations for their upcoming party.

Extra Care Scheme's Tea Afternoon Raises £280 for Macmillan

Watling Court Extra Care Scheme in Gravesend hosted a charity tea afternoon for the local community, raising £280 for MacMillan Cancer Support.

Gravesend Tenants go Back to the 50s

Nostalgia was in the air on Saturday 12th September at Watling Court, when the home was transformed back to the 1950s for a retro party.

Saturdays are Strictly for Strictly at Watling Court

Tenants at Watling Court Extra Care Scheme in Gravesend, celebrated the start of the new series of Strictly Come Dancing with fish and chips and a few drinks.

Gravesend Tenants Knit and Natter for Local Hospital

With the chilly dark evenings drawing in, tenants of Watling Court are planning to keep busy by knitting goodies for the baby unit at Darenth Valley Hospital.

Watling Court Celebrates Wimbledon with Strawberries and Cream

To celebrate the final day of Wimbledon, tenants and staff at Watling Court Extra Care Scheme in Gravesend enjoyed a garden party in the sun.

Gravesend Tenants Take Dance Lessons

Watling Court’s regular tea afternoon took a slightly unusual turn when staff decided to offer up some on-the-spot dance lessons for the tenants.

Tenants Bring Chelsea Flower Show to Gravesend

To celebrate the annual Chelsea Flower Show, which took place over the Bank Holiday weekend, tenants at Watling Court indulged in some spring themed crafting, whilst watching coverage of the show on the TV.

Tenants' Home is Transformed into Zoo

On Friday 17th April, Wild Science visited tenants of Watling Court for an educational and exhilarating animal show.

Tenants get Stuck into St George's Day Celebrations

Tenants at Watling Court extra care scheme in Gravesend embraced some creative and patriotic fun, whilst celebrating St George’s Day on Thursday 23rd April.

Tenants Enjoy Eggcellent Easter Activities

There were seasonal crafts, hidden egg hunts and tasty food aplenty at Watling Court this weekend, when tenants came together for some Easter celebrations.

Tenants Take a Crack at Easter Crafting

In celebration of National Craft Month and to prepare for the upcoming Easter weekend, tenants of Watling Court extra care scheme in Gravesend indulged in some holiday related creative crafting.

Working for The Abbeyfield Kent Society: Mel’s Story

Mel Martin started working for The Abbeyfield Kent Society at Watling Court in November 2011, in just three years she has progressed from support worker to care team leader, here she shares her story.

Tenants Take Trip Down Memory Lane with Valentine's Tea Dance

In celebration of Valentine’s Day on Saturday 14th February, tenants at Watling Court Extra Care Scheme enjoyed a romantic themed vintage tea dance.

Tenants Take on Tossing Tournament

Frying pans and strong arms at the ready, tenants of Watling Court didn’t just eat their pancakes this Shrove Tuesday, they held a pancake flipping tournament.

Tenants Shake up Their Wake up With Breakfast Week

In celebration of National Breakfast Week, tenants of Watling Court spent a morning socialising and starting their day with tasty breakfast rolls.

Tenants Grab a Slice of National Pizza Week

January may typically be a time for detoxing and tucking into green juices and plenty of veggies but at Watling Court, tenants aren’t punishing themselves for a little over indulgence during the Christmas holidays.

Watling Court's 12 Days of Christmas

Proving that Christmas in care isn’t dull, tenants at Watling Court extra care scheme enjoyed a cracking Christmas of action-packed activities.

School Choir Sings Carols for Tenants

Riverview Junior School Choir visited Watling Court Extra Care Scheme tenants for an afternoon of festive fun and carol singing.

Watling Court Tenants get Together for Christmas Party

Tenants at Watling Court Extra Care Scheme in Gravesend had a great time enjoying a tipple or two at their annual Christmas Party.

Christmas Fete Raises Over £700 for Tenants

Watling Court Extra Care Scheme in Gravesend held their annual Christmas fete on Saturday 29th November, raising over £700 for tenants of the home.

Christmas Comes Early with Creative Crafting at Watling Court

Proving it’s never too early to get into the Christmas spirit, tenants at Watling Court embraced an afternoon of seasonal artistry and festive fun.

Watling Court's Fireworks Extravaganza

Tenants at Watling Court wrapped up warm and celebrated Guy Fawkes Night during an evening of spectacular fireworks and tasty treats.

Tenants Enjoy Traditional Tea Party

Tenants at Watling Court extra care scheme in Gravesend had a lovely afternoon tucking into delicious cakes and sandwiches at a vintage tea party.

Watling Court Tenants Tie the Knot at Home after 40 Years Apart

Ted Newins and Gloria Blandford, tenants at Watling Court, tied the knot in the comfort of their own home on Saturday 17th May.

Watling Court’s Wish Appeal Fund Receives Generous Donation

Watling Court, The Abbeyfield Kent Society’s award-winning extra care scheme in Gravesend has received a generous donation from their local pharmacy.

Sweethearts Celebrate 60 Years of Marriage

Sweethearts since they were 18-years-old, Watling Court tenants Ray and Joan celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary on 20th March.