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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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Happy 25th birthday Bridgemead!

Geoff Weekes, Chair of Bridgemead Trustees, thanked all the friends and supporters of Bridgemead at the 25th birthday party held at Bridgemead on 23rd November. Around 60 supporters came including the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Rob Appleyard, who said  “I’ve visited Bridgemead several times and really feel the incredible warmth of the place.”

A Happy Place

The Revd Neville Pearce said:

“This takes me back 25 years, going round all the churches with Ray King and raising money for Bridgemead to be built. It’s a wonderful place, and now I’m a potential resident…”

Ex volunteer Morfydd Jones agreed: “Bridgemead is such a happy place. I volunteered doing the trolley here for six years, but then had to stop when I got shingles. Now I’ve got my name on the list….”

Delicious

A vast array of enticing canapes were provided by Una McCullogh and her team. Sally Fuller and Frankie Knapp who have visited Bridgemead for many years said it was a very good event and “the food was wonderful.”

Vision

Geoff Weekes said: ” We are so grateful for everyone for all their contributions, giving their time, money and prayers. Through your support many lives have been touched and elderly people have flourished.”  Marian McNeir, MBE and Patron of Bridgemead explained that her mother was a resident and she “spent her last years here being loved and cherished. My family is so impressed by all the staff and trustees who care so passionately and it is that passion which will help us realise our vision.”

Geoff Weekes went on to talk about the need for a new vision for Bridgemead which is informed by today’s needs – the rising river levels, and the increasingly complex care needs of the residents.

He said:

“Some of the people here have been involved since  Bridgemead was built, or even before that, and some are far more recent, but everyone’s contribution is so valuable. We are so grateful and it is lovely to see so many people here and feel the huge support for Bridgemead both in the past and in the future. We can continue to make a difference to the lives of our residents and their families, as well as to the community of Bath.”

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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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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Planning Permission Granted for New Wing

The trustees of Bridgemead Care Home are delighted to announce that planning permission has been granted to enhance and carry out a major upgrade to their current building in St John’s Road, Bath. The new wing will extend services for vulnerable older people in a dementia-friendly setting. The building will also be protected from flooding. The trustees need to raise £4,400,000 to carry out the work.

Work is planned in three stages:
Stage 1. Flood Resilience £670,000

Stage 2. New South Wing £2,740,000
A new south wing will create an enclosed external courtyard and restructuring will provide 12 en-suite rooms which are dementia friendly, with new equipment such as bariatric hoists to help patients out of bed, and into a wheelchair.

Stage 3. Improvements £990,000

A riverside lounge and an upgrade of five residents’ rooms with en-suite facilities, and upgrades to the main reception area are planned.

Geoffrey Weekes, Chair of the trustees, says: “We have a lovely home with caring staff and have maintained our values which are driven by the same Christian principles on which Bridgemead was founded. Yet we have to be realistic and adapt to today’s challenges. We are delighted that planning permission for our imaginative but sympathetic extension, designed by SRA Architects, has been granted and are excited to start fundraising.”

As well as extending the Care Home it will be protected from further flooding. On Christmas Eve 2013, the River Avon was dangerously high and was only 5 inches or 130mm from flooding the ground floor of Bridgemead. The 32 older Bath residents would have to be evacuated. How could this be done, and where could the vulnerable residents go on Christmas Eve? Fortunately, levels receded and residents and families could enjoy Christmas in the comfortable homely environment of Bridgemead. However, every time there is heavy rain, the manager, Pam Bourton, says “I have an awful feeling and worry we might have to consider evacuation procedures again.”

This threat coupled with more complex care needs in our older population often with increasing levels of dementia have been the spur to prepare vital new building plans.
The plans also incorporate a community suite where services can be offered to older vulnerable members of the community who are not residents.

Plans have been granted approval on 5/6/2017.

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London Marathon 2017

We are delighted to announce that Stuart Weekes completed the 2017 London Marathon in 4.44.49 and has raised an amazing £3,000 for Bridge Care. We are extremely grateful for this support and would like to congratulate him on his achievement.

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Bath half marathon

On March 13th Bridgehead were lucky enough to get a team of individuals who were willing to put themselves through their paces in order to help raise money for us.

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