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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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Murder Mystery solved and raised over £1000!

Una McCullough, Chair of Bridgemead Friends, says “The Murder Mystery evening at  Long’s Arms at South Wraxall was a great success. There were  45 guests and nearly all of the guests, or suspects, dressed up so they could be questioned and the murder solved. I think the Elvis impersonator, Mr Lee Hayward, was great, even down to a convincing drawl.

The Mystery was set mostly in Atlantic City, outside a Casino, and the murderer was revealed at the end of the meal.

The food was delicious – a lovely three course meal which was cooked, served and very generously donated by Rob and Liz of the Long’s Arms. They allowed us to use their pub  free of charge, whilst donating the whole evening to Bridgemead – we are very grateful. Many thanks to Pam and Bev who organised the whole event.”

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

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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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Bridgemead rebranded!

Bridgemead’s new branding is revealed today. We needed to refresh our image after 25 years and want our new logo to reflect, in a modern way, some of the best things about Bridgemead. We asked our staff and others to say what Bridgemead means to them.  Main themes were:
    • Caring
    • Family
    • Community
    • Homely
    • Inclusive
    • River setting
    • Environment (trees,wild life, etc)
    • Location near Cleveland Bridge
    • Good food.

A logo was designed by Mytton Williams based on this research and incorporating the reliefs on Cleveland Bridge.

The symbol from the bridge is shown in two colours: the bridge and its reflection in the river. The colour for the bridge was selected to represent the environment (trees, foliage, etc). The whole image symbolises a community setting, people gathered together in a circle, eating together or enjoying friendship, all of which which we feel are at the heart of Bridgemead.
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World’s largest jigsaw puzzle donated to Bridgemead

Mr James and Mrs Joanna Whitehead, owners of the world’s largest jigsaw puzzle –  about 6m wide and 1.5m high when assembled, and 32,256 pieces, donated it to Bridgemead today.

Mr Whitehead says: “My wife Joanna and I were one of the first to complete the puzzle in the UK not long after it came out. We have only made it once after which we took it apart in large panels and put it into bags back into its rather large box. Rather than selling it on, we wanted to find a community group that might enjoy assembling it and are very happy to give it to Bridgemead.”“We bought the puzzle as a nice challenge and really enjoyed chatting together as we put it together. It took us 8 weeks in total to complete, but that was before we had children!” Mr and Mrs Whitehead enjoy a challenge, they set up the world’s largest Umbrella Dance in Laura Place in 2009 and the world’s largest Group Waltz in Abbey Square in 2008.Their daughters Lydia (2) and Freya (14 weeks) joined them at the presentation.

 

 

The Mayor of Bath, Cllr Ian Gilchrist thought of Bridgemead straight away when Mr  and Mrs Whitehead asked him to suggest a home for the giant puzzle. When visiting his mother in her care home he saw how much pleasure the residents gained from completing puzzles. He said “Bridgemead occupies a position of great respect and authority in the world of Care Homes, so it was the first place I thought of as a recipient for the puzzle.”

Marian McNeir, MBE, Patron of Bridgemead, said: “We are thrilled to receive this most unusual gift: the largest puzzle in the world, which even has its own trolley! It will great fun for the residents and we will also invite some of the children in local schools to come and help.  When completed we will be auctioning it at our charity auction at the Gainsborough Hotel on 7th March 2018.”

Listen to the interview on Radio Bristol on 20th October

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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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Rock of Life support Bridgemead

Thank you to Rock of Life who are performing at Widcombe Baptist Church, Pulteney Rd Bath BA2 4JR, on Saturday 11th November at 7.30 in aid of three Bath charities: Bridgemead, Emmaus School, and The Life Project.

There will be a Christmas market with crafts and produce from 7pm  along with a free glass of wine/soft drink and mince pies.

Tickets can be purchased from http://buytickets.at/therockoflife/113832 and cost:

  • Adult –  £12
  • OAP/Student – £7
  • Under 12s – £3

Tickets can also be purchased on the door at £15 Adult | £8 OAP/Student | £4 Under 12s

Come along for a great evening!

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Tambourines, maracas and garlands

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Frankie Johns came to Bridgemead yesterday for the afternoon with his tambourines, maracas, hats and garlands for an afternoon of country and western, and fun. He said ” Everyone joined in the singing and we all enjoyed it. I’d not been to Bridgemead before but everyone was very welcoming.”

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An Extraordinary Life

Maria Borkowski, who comes to Day Club at Bridgemead, will be 90 on 18th September 2017 and tells her extraordinary story.

Taken from her family at 13 years old

Looking immaculate and with twinkling eyes she tells how at the age of 13 she was taken from her family by the Gestapo from her home in Poland: “If they had not taken me it would have been my parents,” she says. She travelled on a very crowded train with no windows to Gagindrach.

There she had to milk seven cows twice a day, her hands swollen with cold. She had never milked a cow in her life. She was given one dress, petticoat, and wooden shoes and was extremely cold. She was forced to steal eggs as there was so little to eat. Bombs fell frequently but she was too scared to go to the shelter and hid in the hay. She worked with two French prisoners of war in the day and they went back to the Camp at night. She could not communicate with her family at all: “I just lived each day at a time,” she says.

Rescue

After two and a half years the English and Americans came to rescue her: “We had an Easter Sunday dinner – it was lovely” she smiles. She was transferred to the Polish ATS in Berwick-on-Tweed, where she met her husband: “A lovely man, everyone loved him, they still love him”. Sadly, he died 4 years ago, after 66 years of marriage.

Moving to Bath

After he was demobbed the couple moved to Bath. It was very hard to find somewhere to live; after moving round they finally found one room near the current Marks and Spencer’s building. Originally, they were told they could stay for nine weeks, but ended up living there for nine years, the two of them and their three children in one room. “There was no water and just a gas ring to cook on. I had to fetch the water. I knitted and sewed clothes and when I took the children to the clinic the doctor always said how nice and clean they looked.”

“Then we moved to a cottage in Hedgemead Park where we stayed for 30 years. My husband had to fix up everything, the walls were full of holes – he was a clever man and did it all except the gas and electrics. My fourth child was born with a dislocated hip. It was a hard decision, but she had to wear a splint for 3 years, but it was all worth it, she recovered and she still has the splint now.” Maria is very proud of her four children, nine grandchildren and eight great grandchildren, with another one expected on 17th December.

Bridgemead Day Club

Then Maria and her husband moved to Brassmill Lane where she now lives. She heard about Bridgemead Day Club through friends and has been coming here since July. “I enjoy the lovely people here”, she says “I love the colouring – making poppies, ladybirds, mushrooms and flowers.  I love my food and there is a very nice lunch. We do exercises. I exercise every morning at home for 20 minutes. I sleep well, eat well (but I don’t like fatty meat) and enjoy different people.”

It was very inspiring to have coffee and her favourite cinnamon biscuits with Maria, and hear her extraordinary story.

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