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Wingco, the one winged cockerel

Sarah Neale from Bath City Farm said about our recent visit:

“It was lovely to welcome the ladies from Bridgemead on Wednesday.  It’s so rewarding to share the farm’s beauty, and my love of chickens, with others, and to watch how much pleasure simple things like smoothing the silky feathers or admiring the beady-eyed looks of our friendly birds can bring.  Irene summed it up for me when she said to Wingco, our one-winged cockerel, ‘I didn’t think it was possible to like a chicken, but you really are quite sweet.’ “

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Shetland Surprise

Thank you to Anne Allen at Wellow Trekking Centre for bringing her Shetland Pony, Little Bee, to visit us – much petted by all!

Anne said: ” It was great to see everyone’s reaction to Little Bee.  The residents liked her and she brought back some good memories of New Forest ponies, and breeding horses in Ireland. We always enjoy our visits here.”

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Big Cheese

Five residents went out to Bath Soft Cheese Company in Kelston on Thursday 10th May. Grateful thanks to Hugh Padfield and Ellie Watts who organised the visit and made a huge effort to arrange access for us when disabled access is difficult.

Sheila, Julie, Edward, Christine and James enjoyed the artisan cheese tasting, the ripening rooms and the cafe. Julie told the organisers about her triumphs of a triple win at the Cheese Roll in Cooper’s Hill, Gloucester in 1940’s. She explained that the cheeses had to be made of wood because of shortages and she described her winning technique.

Ellie from Bath Soft Cheese said: ” It was great to invite people who would not normally come to visit us and to reach out to this part of the community. They responded really well; we discussed how Camembert was born about the same time as Bath Soft Cheese in the early eighteenth century and there was a cross fertilisation of ideas and trade. The visit felt like a real conversation rather than just a talk.”

Michelle who organised the trip said: “We all had a brilliant time and the cheeses were marvelous!”

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98 year old founder of Silver Ring Choir sings three solos at Bridgemead

Kelvin Thomas, MBE, aged 98 was in fine voice at Bridgemead Christmas Concert, performed by the Silver Ring choir on Monday 11th December. Mr Thomas who founded the Choir in 1951, said jokingly “I’m not going strong, but I’m still going…” as he sang ‘Trade Winds’, ‘The Little Road to Bethlehem’ and a solo in Welsh. “His voice is even better than it was 10 years ago,” said choir member Jane Tabb, whose sister Mary Bradley is having respite care at Bridgemead.

Mr Thomas was welcomed to Bridgemead by the Mayor of Bath, Councillor Ian Gilchrist, who is 790th Mayor of Bath. Mr Thomas said that his relation Sydney Smith was Mayor of Bath in 1956. The current Mayor who had already been to five functions on Monday and has five more booked in for the next day said: “I’m really happy to be here and represent the City at your lovely event.”

Thirty-five members of the choir performed a lively Christmas recital, led by conductor Philip Draisey, with John Lowe on the piano. Colin Gilbert, whose mother had been in respite care at Bridgemead said ‘The Choir sings for pleasure. We delight in using our gift as a gift to the audience. My mother was here for 5 weeks and Bridgemead is a marvellous place.”

Pam Bourton, Manager of Bridgemead said: “It is such a pleasure to have the Silver Ring Choir here, everyone enjoys their visit so much.” The residents loved the performance and the mince pies made by Mark the chef were highly praised and the mulled wine provided by Caroline Curnock and served by Friends of Bridgemead, was delicious. Ruth Holbrook, a former Chair of Friends of Bridgemead who has been a volunteer for 24 years, and Elizabeth and David Kavanagh who have led ‘Quiet Time’ at Bridgemead for 12 years were thanked for their help and presented flowers.

Marian McNeir, MBE, Patron of Bridgemead thanked the Choir for coming to Bridgemead. She said that the Choir had just performed at the Guild Hall in a ceremony presenting the Legion D’Honneur to three veterans, on behalf of the French Government and would be performing on Wednesday 20th December at St Michael’s Without, Broad Street.

         

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Ho! Ho! Ho! at the Christmas Fayre

” The Fayre raised £762.95 – an excellent result!” says Una McCullough the organiser of Bridgemead Christmas Fayre on Saturday 2nd December. 

She says: “It was a happy afternoon with a number of new faces there. I spoke to Philip, the vicar of St Stephen’s Church who was there with his two children. He had been visiting his Father-in-law. Weston Village Townswomen’s Guild has Bridgemead as their 2018 charity so many of our members were present; and one was lucky enough to win the hamper! ”

The raffle was very popular and there was a  wonderful selection of crafts on display. Two tombolas tempted many visitors and as always the cake and book stalls were crowded. Pam was kept very busy serving the refreshments and the delicious mince pies cooked by Bridgemead were greatly enjoyed by all.

Una says: “What pleased me most was the wonderful team spirit which prevailed throughout, all the helpers were great!”

 

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Bridgemead Christmas Fayre

All welcome to Bridgemead Christmas Fayre on Saturday 2nd December at 2.30pm. We have stalls offering:

  • Craft items of purses, jewellery wraps, peg bags, Christmas table runners, hand painted silk scarves
  • Phoenix cards
  • Homemade cakes
  • Book stall
  • Christmas tombola
  • A hamper raffle
  • General raffle
  • £1 stall
  • Delicious refreshments

This festive event will take place at Bridgemead, and we look forward to seeing everyone there!

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Generations together

Some Bridgemead residents went to visit Widcombe Acorns Pre-School on Wednesday 18th October. Dena Moore, the nursery manager says:

“What a wonderful time we had meeting some of your residents yesterday, the children have talked of nothing else, and I have had such lovely e-mails from some of the parents this morning saying that their children told them all about it. Such a great result, I really hope that our visitors enjoyed themselves as much as we did welcoming them.”

Transport ideas?

Pam, Michelle and Dena are trying to arrange a regular activities afternoon where the children come to Bridgemead, rather than taking residents to the Pre-School, but the sticking point at the moment is affordable transport. They are investigating how to achieve this, as Dena says: “I am even more determined to make this work after seeing how happy our new friends looked as they played, it has given me a huge warm glow inside!”

If anyone can help or has any ideas please contact Pam.

  

 

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Murder Mystery Evening

Murder Mystery Evening, organised by Friends of Bridgemead will take place on Friday 27 October at 7pm at the ‘Longs Arms’, South Wraxall.
Tickets are available from Rosemary at Bridgemead reception at £25 for a delicious three course meal and entertainment where the plot thickens….

Many thanks to Rob and Liz for hosting.

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It’s Samba time!

Lauren from Golden Toes got everybody moving with a tropical themed seated dance class this week. Everyone had a go at the samba, flamenco and hula dance and Bridgemead was dancing! Lauren said “Everyone performed beautifully and it was a great pleasure to dance with and for everyone.”

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Blooming in the Botanical Gardens

Five Bridgemead residents, along with Heather, Denise and Sonia took advantage of the sunshine by taking a stroll around Bath Botanical Gardens this week,and admired the flower borders in full bloom.

Residents enjoyed watching families and children picnicking and playing in the sunshine. Dog walkers stopped to chat and their dogs were petted by all. It was the perfect day for ice-cream at the Royal Pavilion Café in Royal Victoria Park afterwards with a lovely view of the bowling green and tennis courts.

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