New residents bring wealth of stories to Cofton Manor Care Home

A man who once danced for the Queen, a former milkman and a cookery teacher are delighted to be new residents at the luxurious Cofton Manor Park.

Cofton Park Manor Home, situated on Lickey Road, opened this month, welcoming in some wonderful residents who are already delighting staff with their fantastic stories.

Former insurance clerk and driving instructor Alan Rainey has told how, at aged just seven-years-old, he performed Scottish dancing in front of the then Princess Elizabeth at Villa Park.

Villa supporter Alan, who grew up in Longbridge, is a keen trainspotter and is also an avid stamp collector. He has two children and three grandchildren.

Fellow resident and Villa supporter Keith Marsden worked not far from Cofton Park Manor on the assembly line at the Rover factory for many years, having also worked as a milkman as well as at the iconic Cadburys factory.

The father of two is also a huge fan of classic cars, and when he’s not enjoying the outdoors loves listening to a bit of Elvis. Keith has a granddaughter and two great-grandchildren.

Former cookery and sewing teacher Jill Bretherton has also joined Cofton Park Manor and is looking forward to joining the activities as well as carrying on with her love of sewing.

Although a mother of two, Jill worked as a teacher for years, she has also worked in administration for a nursing agency.

The inspirational great-grandmother of three loves her sewing group and is a keen birdwatcher.

Cofton Manor Wellbeing & Lifestyle Coach Gail Bessent said: “We are all having so much fun getting to know each other and realise we all have so much in common.

“I feel very privileged to meet our new residents, and hearing their stories is fascinating. We are looking forward to enjoying each other’s company and making new memories in our wonderful home here at Cofton Park.”