Brompton Court Duty Managers, Sally and Suzie, accompanied 18 owners on a day trip to Sherborne Castle which was built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594 and the stately home of the Digby family since 1617. A fascinating visit to the historic home awaited us all as we walked in the footsteps of SIR WALTER RALEIGH in the home he built more than 400 years ago. We discovered magnificent staterooms, a Tudor kitchen and the Family Museum in the Castle's cellars! With 42 acres of beautiful English landscape gardens, we marvelled at the spectacular views. We took lunch in the award winning Tea Room and then browsed the Gift Shop for a souvenir or two of our visit. Derek the coach driver was a star and a good day was had by all. Thank you Sally for organising a great day... next stop- Kinston Lacy!
Oh what better way is there to see in the Spring at Brompton Court! Owners, friends and family enjoyed an afternoon of homemade scones, jam, clotted cream with lashings of tea in the company of the Voice Community Choir.
Rosemary and the choir revisited the Court on Saturday 11th May with a selection of choral tunes based on the subject of ‘Dreams’… dreams of romance, freedom, new adventures…just dream away…
What a wonderful atmosphere with songs that brought joy and songs that brought a little tear to the eye…
Thank you to Rosemary and the choir, and Tim the pianist, for such a lovely afternoon. See you again at Christmas! It was a busy afternoon, so thank you to Kelly & Sarah who worked tirelessly alongside Duty Managers Raf & Suzie, and to chef John for all that baking!
We had an afternoon talk with Sandra from the Russell Cotes Museum which is situated here in Bournemouth just a stone throw away from Brompton Court. Sandra, using power point and our projector system in the Hobbies Room, gave an insight to the fascinating history and background of the Victorian Villa called East Cliff Hall which was the home of Merton (1835-1921) and Annie Russell-Cotes (1835-1920). The building of East Cliff Hall was begun in 1897 and was completed in its first form in 1901. The house was designed by the architect, John Frederick Fogerty, but Merton and Annie had a great deal of input into the design. It was designed so that Merton and Annie could live in style and comfort and to house their growing collections. The house was to be a showcase, not simply for their own enjoyment, but also for the people of Bournemouth to whom it was given. On 15 July 1901, Merton presented East Cliff Hall to his wife as a gift on her 66th birthday. This was the same year that Queen Victoria died, making the house one of the last Victorian buildings ever built.
Tea and scones with cream were served which topped the afternoon! We thank Sandra for her visit and look forward to her return with another talk!
Tuesday April 2nd, saw the return of Brompton Courts ever popular Quiz night under the ever-watchful eye of ace quizmasters Carl Milner (Court Manager), ably assisted by new duty manager Mr. Donald Halliday.
In all 36 people attended and all reported how much fun it had been but a few of the ladies did optimistically comment that perhaps a few less sports questions may well would have seen them ‘romp to victory’.
The winning team - ‘Grahams Gang’, captained most ably by Mr. Graham Harrison, won by a whisker and each member of the team received a bottle of wine; mercifully there were no reports of drunkenness or rowdy behaviour! Several of the owners brought chocolates and other epicurean delights with which to share around.
The whole evening was a great success with repeated calls for “we must do this again – and soon!”
echoing throughout Brompton Court. Watch this space for further developments!
What better way to start 2019 than with our traditional Burns Night at Brompton Court. It was the best yet! Owners ate, sang and drank to the best of Scottish tradition. Thank you to fellow resident Gordon Duff who was our Chieftain and to our piper, Jim. Thank you to David Walsh our singer/pianist who set the perfect tone to this delightful evening... 'You take the high road and I’ll take the low’…
Brompton had a super baby shower for Anna, our Housekeeper, and Laura, the Court Manager. Both girls are due in the New Year, so owners had a glass of bubbly and cake to celebrate with the girls. Both promise to be in with babies for cuddles in the New Year. The owners and staff showered the girls with some beautiful gifts. A BIG thank you from Anna and Laura to all at Brompton Court.
Brompton had their Christmas Party last night in the Great Hall. The wine was flowing along with soft drinks and a beautiful finger buffet cooked by our guest chef. Owners were entertained with our live singers who sang 50’s, 60’s and Abba songs, plus some Christmas Classics for all to enjoy. Thank you to Lynne, Donald, Suzie, Sally and Kelly for all their hard work on the night. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Brompton to all.