Spring sunshine smiled on the Old Vicarage care home in Leigh, near Sherborne, as it celebrated a successful 30 years of caring for the elderly.

Residents, visitors and staff enjoyed musical entertainment, a buffet lunch, cream tea and champagne to toast Ian and Annie Sinnott who opened the 40-bed home in 1984 with one resident and one staff member. “I don’t know where the time has gone, but we are very proud of what we have achieved,” said Annie, who in 2007 was awarded an MBE for services to social care.