Our next event organised by Friends of Bridgemead is the Fish & Chip Supper and Quiz which is on Friday 11 May at Bridgemead at 7pm. Cost is £12 – bring your own tipple. Tickets are on sale from Rosemary on reception. [email protected]
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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.”
Despite the snow the Easter Fayre on Saturday was a great success, with visitors enjoying home made Easter cakes and biscuits, crafts, cards, books and the Easter egg tombola among the many popular stalls.
Una McCullough, Chair of the Friends of Bridgemead said: “We actually raised £414.30 yesterday which under the circumstances was very good.”
“It was a happy afternoon with lots of good humour and bonhomie! There’s always a core of loyal supporters who turn up time after time and we are very grateful to them. It was also good to welcome several new faces. A big thank you to all the helpers and supporters.”
Ten children, aged 3 and 4 years old, from Widcombe Acorns Pre School were welcomed at Bridgemead today. The children were all eager to join in the fun, making flower pictures, bouncing a teddy on fabric, playing with a giant balloon and singing songs.
Irene Weller, resident at Bridgemead said: “It’s always a good idea for children to come. I am very children orientated, I trained at Great Ormond Street, my husband was a pediatrician and I had four of my own as well as grandchildren and great grandchildren.”
Mary, another resident said, “It is something quite different and really cheers us up to hear children’s voices – modern children are so outgoing.” Jean Tranah said, “I’d like them to come again, it’s lovely to see all the children.” Iris Stanton said: “They enjoyed themselves and so did we – they are all so well behaved.”
Michelle Jenner, who co-ordinated the visit said:” I had a whale of a time!” and Jean Holden said while patting the balloon to the children;” Everybody likes it. I’m not sure what I’m doing but it’s fun!”
Pam, the Manager of Bridgemead said: “It is so lovely to see the interaction between the residents and the children, and the absolute delight on the residents’ faces is heart-warming. The children are so unselfconscious and talk to everyone, it is such a pleasure for us to have them here, and we look forward to having them back very soon.”
Dena Moore, leader of Widcombe Pre School, said: “Thank you so much for the warm welcome. I think it is incredibly beneficial for both the pre-school children and the residents to meet and we hope to bridge the generational gap and build up relationships with all at Bridgemead.”
Don’t forget to come along and support Bridgemead’s Easter Fayre at 2.30pm on Saturday 17th March.
80 people attended the Bridgemead Charity Auction at the glamorous Gainsborough Hotel on Wednesday 7th March. Addison Gelpey was the auctioneer and did a brilliant job of selling the money can’t buy prizes including a tour of the House of Commons with Wera Hobhouse, a Westminster experience with Lord Foster of Bath, and a trip behind the scenes at the Holburne Museum with the Director, Dr Chris Stevens to raise over £6000 for the not for profit residential and nursing home.
Bridgemead’s patron, Marian McNeir, MBE said; “I am thrilled to see so many people here. Bridgemead is one of Bath’s most loved and respected residential and nursing homes. We are so grateful for everyone’s support and help in moving forward with our vision to make Bridgemead fit for the future. I can feel the energy here in the room, Addison was a star and the musicians were lovely. We are delighted this has been such a successful event.”
Jeremy Sparks, a son of a resident at Bridgemead said: “It is so nice to support Bridgemead at something as different and entertaining as an auction like this.”
Matthew Blower of Fine & Country Homes of Bath, a sponsor of the event said: “We wanted to show our respect and appreciation for all the incredible work that Bridgemead achieves and to highlight this to our community.” Bridgemead are very grateful to Wessex Water and the Gainsborough Hotel who also sponsored the event and to all the generous donors of the fabulous prizes offered for sale in the auction.
Bridgemead residents were delighted to welcome Bath’s MP, Wera Hobhouse on 14th February.
Wera understands the importance of excellent care for older people, having personal experience of her mother caring for her grandmother and her father over a long period. Wera said: “I have learnt how important it is to be patient and to enjoy what life there is.” She was very impressed that Bridgemead offers respite care, one of the only care homes in Bath to do so, to give carers a well deserved break.
Wera had visited Bridgemead for Jean Tranah’s 100th birthday party and was pleased to see her enjoying herself again. She also spoke to Iris Stanton who said; “It’s lovely here, I can recommend it. I love all the entertainment.” Maria Borkowski, a Day Club member told Wera that: “There’s always a lovely atmosphere here, it’s a beautiful home.”
Wera stressed the importance of good local services for local people, rather than anonymous big business taking on this work.
She heard about the link Bridgemead has with Widcombe Acorns pre-school. Bridgemead residents went to the pre-school and joined in with crafts there and the children and older people all had a great time. She heard about the need to get better transport links between the two organisations so that the young children can easily come and visit the residents at Bridgemead. “Intergenerational integration is so important,” she said. “I am very happy to support Bridgemead and have great empathy with many of your ideas. With an aging population we need to work at looking after older people well. This is a happy community here.”