Double celebrations at Seckford Care in Woodbridge

Double celebrations at Seckford Care in Woodbridge

A street party was held for residents and volunteers of Jubilee House and Seckford Almshouses to celebrate the launch of the new brand “Seckford Care” on Thursday 6 June, which was also held to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

The eye-catching new signage was unveiled in glorious sunshine by the Seckford Foundation Director, Graham Watson, while inside the Almshouses, staff were wearing their colour-matched uniforms and ready to serve a delicious lunch.

Why change the name:

Locally, there are a number of misconceptions about the Almshouses and what happens there.  The old name no longer really reflected our current purpose and does not fully describe the many different aspects of the care provision run by the Seckford Foundation. 

Now that there is a new, descriptive name, they have taken the opportunity to create a bright new look with a some history too and have taken all of this eye-catching imagery from the Seckford Coat of Arms; having looked at what each element means.

Using the new name “Seckford Care”; it describes the part of the Seckford Foundation’s activity which encompasses the delivery of care, support and/or accommodation to older people, whether this is independent living within the Seckford Almshouses, Residential Care in Jubilee House, Extra Sheltered Care at The Terrace, as well as the Seckford Day Club and services delivered to members of the wider community.

As well as looking fresh and attractive with the stylish, heraldic imagery and strong but soft colours, the icons used have significant meanings. “All of these elements we feel are key to life here at Seckford Care and we feel we have created a new look to reflect the quality of care we provide for everyone. I was proud to unveil our new signage on this significant anniversary and hear the memories of some of our residents” Graham Watson, Seckford Foundation Director

The Street Party took place in the historic setting at the Almshouses and each table was named in connection with the D-Day landings – after the boats and beaches.

Many residents living here have still vivid memories of the D-Day Landings – there’s Ernest who was age 20 at the time, for him it was a bit of an adventure, waiting for a couple of days with his unit before they ‘went for the push’ and he was there another two years, not being de-mobbed until 1946 and was stationed in northern France before crossing the Rheine on a floating bridge. He married a WAF once he came home.

And Jean remembered how she was planting potatoes in a field on her father’s farm near Halesworth when the airmen were all flying back – as the planes flew over them she could see the airmen waving and victorious as they flew over, she could even see bandages on some of them and damage to some planes too, they were that close.

There is also Mike, who was a boy messenger around Woodbridge passing on all the war messages.

Also Gladys, better known by her nickname Bomber as she was a WAF, having volunteered at the start of WWII and worked for the supplies department of No. 617 Squadron, better known as the Dam Busters, and knew all of those airmen of the ‘bouncing bomb’ campaign. Even her daughter calls her Bomber!