Care home residents raise a glass after transforming the garden shed

People living at a care home in Shrewsbury won’t have to travel far to go to their local for a tipple.

A disused summer house in the grounds of Coverage Care's Coton Hill House, in Berwick Road, has been transformed into a free bar offering drinks to thirsty members.

After clearing out the garden hut two residents in their 80s came up with the idea of transforming it into a pub. It is now being stocked up with beers, largers, wines and sherry and a variety of soft drinks to serve to residents on the lawn.

The summer pub is part of a larger makeover project for the garden which also includes creating a barbecue and putting in new plants.

Residents have been helping out with the weeding and watering the flowers. They are looking forward to whiling away the warm summer months with drinks on the lawn.

Alison Gough, manager at Coton Hill House, said: “The summer pub has been created as part of the activities we run at the home.

“Our summer house is only the size of an average shed. It wasn’t being used. We have a couple of likely lads, who are members here in their 80s, who were up for some fun and made the suggestion.

“We have cleared it out and have stoked the bar with beer, larger, wine and sherry.
“It will be free of charge for the residents.”

She said the pub was created in July for the summer months and was opened on Thursday(JULY25) at 3pm when residents had a barbecue.

Coton Hill House is on the outskirts of Shrewsbury town centre and has views across the River Severn. It is operated by Coverage Care which has 16 care centres in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin, all run on a not for profit basis. The company employs around 1,000 staff and provides a range of care services for more than 1,300 mainly older people across Shropshire.


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