Harvest Thanksgiving at St. Dominics, Kelvedon

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Giving thanks for the fruits of the harvest proved great fun at St. Dominics residential care home in Kelvedon, near Colchester.

We were delighted to be part of the thoroughly enjoyable celebration which included secret envelopes, wellie boots and lots of laughter.


Alberto, who is a volunteer with the My Home Life Essex Community Association, organised the event along with Vanessa and Margaret, the home’s activities co-ordinators, and they combined a traditional thanksgiving with a touch of fun.

Debbie, our Development Officer, was there and told us: 

I’ve never enjoyed a harvest festival so much. Residents and their families were each given an envelope which when opened revealed the vegetable or fruit they were to collect from the harvest table. I laughed so much to hear the comments that followed and if you look at the photos you’ll see what I mean!

Amy, one of our Community Visitors at St. Dominics, said:

Alberto provided all of the harvest fare and created a lovely display complete with hay, wellie boots and a fork and spade. Also, he brought in a batch of seeds which he invited the residents to sow in a basket of soil and this was a lovely reminder that these seeds will provide next year’s harvest.

The residents and their families were invited to join the thanksgiving and the singing was accompanied on the piano by Pauline, a volunteer at the home, and Alberto. Vanessa and Margaret put together a selection of hymns on song sheets so that everyone could sing along and have a good time.

Jean Dolmor is the manager of St. Dominics and she gave us her verdict:

What a lovely afternoon! We work closely with the My Home Life Essex Community Association and our harvest celebration proves how much our residents benefit from this friendship. Everyone who came enjoyed themselves and alongside the fun we were able to reflect on the meaning of the autumn harvest. I’m so grateful to everyone who helped to make it a success.

I head a great team at St. Dominics and as our mission statement says: Our aim is to maximise our residents’ quality of life, while making every effort to maintain at all times, their independence, privacy and dignity. I’m confident that we’re doing just that and if you’d like to find out more please take a tour of our website or call us on 01376 570359.

The My Home Life Essex Community Association is a non-profit organisation committed to supporting older people to live with dignity and enjoy life to the full as part of their community. Take a look around this website to find out more and feel free to contact our Development Officer Debbie Tanner for an informal chat, or call her on 0845 017 1095.