CARE home residents in Gloucester welcomed the Bishop of Tewkesbury for a rare afternoon tea.

The Bishop the Rt Revd Martyn Snow, accompanied by the Reverend Janet Faull from St Barnabus Church, dropped in to The Knoll Nursing Home in Tuffley to see how the local church is working on a number of projects with staff and residents.

The home in Stroud Road has forged strong links with neighbouring St Barnabas Church with a programme of events being organised as part of the care home’s social and community programme.

One of the events, the monthly ‘Knit and Natter’ afternoon, has become a regular fixture in the calendar at the care home with church volunteers joining in with residents.

Debbie Davis, activities co-ordinator at The Knoll, said: “We work really hard to make sure we can offer a regular programme of events for residents.

"This includes outings to places of interest in the county or hosting our own events in our lounge or within our gardens.

“Our link up with St Barnabas Church has been so successful and residents really enjoy spending time with their volunteers and hearing about the fantastic work they are doing.

“I thought we could take things one step further and recently asked if it was possible for the Bishop to visit during one of his regular trips to the church.

“He was happy to oblige and residents were delighted to have afternoon tea with him and Reverend Faull.

"It’s rare for them to have such close access to people so senior in the church here in Gloucestershire and everyone really enjoyed it."