Make Mine a Tea Please! New ‘Pub’ Opens At Winchester Care Home.


Posted by Andy Goddard

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Winchester Care Home - Pub
In the pub at Winchester Care Home
(Photo left to right: Lesley Brunt (Deputy Manager) 
Karen Stokes (Unit Manager), 
Christine Chirimumimba (Nursing Home Manager), 
John Gardiner & Kay Gardiner (resident), 
Karen Watson (Assistant manager) 
and Ethel Hutchinson (resident).

A new ‘pub’ is hoping to make the environment at a Winchester care home more dementia-friendly for the residents.

The facility is at Westholme, Hampshire County Council’s residential and nursing care home in Winchester, providing the opportunity for recreation and reminiscence.

This is recognised as a very effective way of communicating with people with dementia at the same time as empowering them and improving their wellbeing.

Westholme manager, Christine Chirimumimba told Winchester Today more about the facilities:

“We have created a permanent replica pub in one of our communal rooms. Our residents will benefit from the new pub, which has a dry bar, and have been voting to decide upon its name, which is The Mary Rose.

“We will be making full use of this new facility with social activities such as pub quizzes and other games such as cards and darts. It will also provide residents and their families and friends with a new place to socialise.”


Some of the County Council’s other residential homes have pubs or bars already – and the feedback from residents and their relatives has been encouraging, both in terms of social interaction and encouraging residents to drink and thereby helping with hydration.

Local GP, Dr Jason Bradbury welcomed guests at the opening and declared the Mary Rose open, praising the efforts of staff in creating the room as part of reminiscence therapy.

Cllr Liz Fairhurst is responsible for Adult Social Care and Public Health:

“The Mary Rose opening at Westholme is just one example of the work happening across Hampshire to make it a more dementia friendly county.

“We already have dementia friendly high streets in Winchester, Fareham, Lyndhurst, Romsey, Fleet and Alton where local businesses are signing up to training to help support people with dementia and displaying dementia friendly stickers.

“This all signifies that their business is working hard to create an inclusive and supportive environment for people with dementia and their carers.”


As part of its programme to make Hampshire Dementia Friendly, the Council is looking at all its homes to ensure they offer the very best environments for people with dementia.

Awareness training will also be seen across all Hampshire libraries and is starting to go into country parks. It’s hoped this will raise awareness of dementia, calling on individuals and businesses to embrace the need for more understanding of how to support people with the condition.