Oh what an exciting day! 2016 is the 30th Anniversary of the opening of Inchmarlo but as you will understand, I wasn’t present at the opening since I am only 6¼ years old.
All the Home Owners were invited to a celebratory supper in Inchmarlo House and, Head Gardener, Jim Wilkie and his staff put up two marquees. Tables and chairs were set up and everybody arrived for 6.30pm. Daddy repeated the same procedure as happened in the previous two celebratory events, 20 and 25 years, and most of the Home Owners joined me and other senior staff and directors for a celebratory photograph.
That’s me bang in the front in my rightful place as somebody who walks all around the estate with Daddy, speaking to all the Home Owners. This of course, is in addition to my main duty in the Care Home, where I regularly speak and cheer up the Residents.
After the photograph was taken, we all went back into the Picture Gallery where a harpist was playing.
And in due course everybody except me, went through to the main dining room and marquees to have supper. I am not allowed to be in the dining rooms when people are eating. However Head Chef, Colin, frequently keeps some of the main courses for me to eat later.
The Shepherd’s Pie (recipe by Gordon Ramsay) was followed by a choice of four desserts – Grapefruit Cake (The Brown Derby Restaurant, Hollywood), Rhubarb Pie (Paul Bocuse, Lyon), Key lime Pie (The Breakers Hotel, Palm Beach) and Gateaux Diane (Lady Claire MacDonald). These desserts are some of Daddy’s favourites, and they are regularly on the menu for Residents and also for Home Owners and their guests dining in the bar or the Green Drawing Room. Since the kitchen delivers meals every day to Home Owners, they also enjoy the desserts when on the menu.
Prosecco was served throughout the evening and a very good time was enjoyed by all.
The Press & Journal attended and they printed a double page supplement which I will try to include. We have people living at Inchmarlo from all over Scotland and England, and also from a handful of overseas countries.
Amongst those attending the 30th Anniversary, were two groups of Home Owners who were the second generation of Home Owners (from the same family), living at Inchmarlo. This must show satisfaction with the service for the children to also move in to the Retirement Village.
Daddy was down in London at the end of last year at a function in the Conrad Hotel, to be recognised for the second time receiving a Global Award. Representatives from Care Homes and Care Villages, and those providing housing for the over 55’s, were at the event. They came from New Zealand, Australia, America and many other countries to be recognised for their involvement in leading the way forward in providing accommodation for the over 55’s. Esmonde Crawley, who presided, said there were over 900 people or developments considered for the awards. When presenting the award to Daddy he said –
“This is the first time we have done a double induction into the Global Awards Hall of Fame (Daddy was inducted into the Global Hall of Fame in 2012) and now into the UK Hall of Fame). Mr Crawley went on to say:
“This really is a tribute to a man who has been largely working in isolation in his part of the UK, who I consider to be the father of CCRC (Continuing Care Retirement Communities). The man who has contributed most, right from the beginning, and what I consider to be the first CCRC in this country that is the indomitable Professor Charles Skene”.
Daddy told me he felt very honoured.