Waterlooville College Pupils Welcome Elderly Care Home Residents For A Three Course Lunch - The Directory Group

Waterlooville college pupils welcome elderly care home residents for a three course lunch

Waterlooville college pupils welcome elderly care home residents for a three course lunch and a manicure.

More than 25 elderly residents from local care homes enjoyed a special treat when they were invited to Havant and South Downs College in Waterlooville for a manicure and three-course meal.

It was an opportunity for students to show off their skills in celebration of National Apprentice Week.

Beauty therapy students painted visitors' nails, before aspiring chefs cooked them a delicious meal using food rendered surplus by supermarkets in a bid to cut down on waste.

Hermione Pipon, 90, from Abbotts Barton Care Home in Winchester, said “The food has been very nice and it’s nice to be here with my friends and residents from other homes”.

Margaret Fry, from Belmont Castle Care Home in Havant, sat down for a manicure with 17-year-old pupil Kasey Cripps. It was a trip down memory lane for Margaret, who used to work at the college decades ago. The 98-year-old said “It’s so utterly different here now and the whole atmosphere is not what I knew. ‘But it’s lovely, and it’s been very pleasant to sit down and be pampered.’ 

George Huxtable, 17, who is studying the college’s commis chef apprenticeship in partnership with pub chain Fuller's, said it was ‘a real pleasure’ to cook for the residents.  ‘It’s great to get the chance to put some good food in front of them and I hope they’ve enjoyed it.

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