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Bridgemead was very privileged to welcome Bath All Comers Orchestra on a beautiful sunny evening. They performed a lively selection of music from Handel to a Polka for our residents and staff.
David Sibley the conductor said: “This is the fourth time we have played here and the orchestra look forward to coming. We can’t have the whole orchestra, as we number 55, but we have a good selection here tonight.”
Iris Stanton, a resident said: ” It was beautiful, we are very lucky to have them.”
Peter Bazire, aged 87, has played the violin for 6 years with Bath All Comers Orchestra and prior to that for 45 years with Bath Symphony Orchestra. He learned to play the trumpet in a Japanese Prisenor of War camp as a young man.
It was a lovely evening and Bridgemead were delighted to have the orchestra play for all the residents.
Bridgemead was decorated with Union Jack bunting, a royal wedding display, silver hearts on the tables, and union jack placemats for the Royal Wedding on Saturday. The event was much enjoyed by all.
Some of the residents have had a brush with royalty already, Doris told me how she had seen George VI walking by in Downing Street when she worked at the Foreign Office during the war. Jean described how she went to see Princess Elizabeth at her visit to Bath in 1945 and her brother shouted out “Isn’t she beautiful!” to the delight of the crowds watching.
Jean said “I loved the wedding – I always love these events – you can’t beat the British!” Everyone enjoyed themselves and Mary said of Bridgemead staff: “They really have gone to a lot of trouble today for us.”
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!”
Una McCullough and the Friends of Bridgemead organised a very successful fish and chip and quiz night on Friday.
48 people attended and Una says: “Everyone appeared to enjoy both the quiz and the food! Thank you to the three quiz organisers Liz and Trevor Cocks and their daughter Sally and to everyone who helped.”
The joint winners were The Leas and Four For Luck.
It was a fun evening and made a profit of approx £360.
Bridgemead residents and day club members were delighted to welcome back Widcombe Acorns pupils after the Easter break. The 3 and 4 year olds enjoyed playing the old favourites, ‘Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’, ‘Grand Old Duke of York’, ‘Bouncing Teddy’ and ‘Feather Tickling’ with the residents. Bridgemead is so grateful to Dena Moore for taking her mini-bus license so that the children can come and visit. She said ‘It is nice for the kids to get out,’ and it was so lovely for us to see their enthusiasm and enjoy their laughter. We look forward to their next visit!
Friends of Bridgemead organised a Musical Quiz for the first time on 6th April.
“We had a happy evening which I think everyone enjoyed,” says Una, Chair of the Friends. Helen Schofield set the questions which involved listening to music – mostly classical and then answering a pre written question – a sort of musical consequences.There were questions on classical, some jazz and folk/50s music.
There were 4 teams and Una says: “Annoyingly my husband’s team won and appropriately they were Team 1!” She adds: “It was a fun evening with very good food – a big thank you to all the caterers. We were delighted to raise £260 and are looking forward to the next event which will have a more show music and musicals theme.”