Residents and staff at Cornwall Care’s Headlands home in Carbis Bay celebrated in style when Dot Lord, 101, and Jessie Rheel, 92, officially opened a new summer house in the garden.

Donated by a relative who doesn’t want to be named, the summer house has been fitted out in vintage style and named ‘Godrevy Tea Room’ in memory of the donor’s late sister who lived at Headlands and loved looking out towards Godrevy lighthouse.

“It’s a wonderful gift and one that is much appreciated by everyone,” said Cornwall Care home manager Julia Tyldesley. “We made the opening a real occasion with tables on the lawn, a special tea and musical entertainment provided at a safe distance by Duane AJ. There was even some impromptu dancing!”

101-year-old Dot Lord, who has lived most of her life at Sennen, and her friend Jessie Rheel, from Carharrack, were clearly enjoying themselves.

“It’s marvellous,” said Jessie. “We love living here. The staff look after us very well and the food is wonderful.”

Visitors are not yet allowed into Cornwall Care’s sixteen homes, but relatives can meet up with loved ones in the open air.

“Our gardens were made over by a team of volunteers from The Eden Project and Cornwall College during lockdown and have proved even more of an asset than usual during this pandemic,” said Cornwall Care CEO Anne Thomas. “Whilst observing social distancing guidelines, families have been able to use them to see each other there and that has been a real bonus.

“Godrevy Tea Room is a fantastic addition to Headlands and, on behalf of everyone, I would like to say a huge thank you to the lady who kindly donated it.”

Cornwall Care is a charity that employs 1500 staff and looks after elderly and vulnerable people in the community as well as in care home settings.