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Visitors brave snow to come to Easter Fayre!

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.”

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Welcome Widcombe Acorns!

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.”

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Easter Fayre 17th March 2.30

Don’t forget to come along and support Bridgemead’s Easter Fayre at 2.30pm on Saturday 17th March.

We shall be having stalls offering cards, cakes, books, gifts and crafts and of course our ever popular Easter Egg Tombola.
There will be a raffle and refreshments will be on sale.
Do join us!


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Bridgemead Charity Auction raises over £6000

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.




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Wera’s Valentine’s Day Visit

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.”


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Volunteering at Bridgemead by Esther and Genevieve

Esther and Genevieve, two students at Monkton Combe School talk about their experiences volunteering at Bridgemead:

Genevieve says: “I started volunteering at Bridgemead every Wednesday in September 2017 and since then I have learned a variety of new skills and even made new friends! At the start, I was always nervous to initiate a conversation with residents but once I noticed how some of their faces lit up when we walked into the sitting room, I was encouraged and have now found that my conversational skills have indeed got better. My afternoons at Bridgemead are the highlight of my week and what I look forward to. Each week we serve tea and cakes at tea time, once we’ve cleared up, we chat to the residents. After coming for five months, I know most of them fairly well and therefore have weekly catch ups.

I can definitely say that this has boosted my confidence and has made a more caring, understanding and patient person.”

Esther says: “Every Wednesday afternoon as part of community service from our school, my friend and I come to Bridgemead care home to volunteer by doing the tea round and chatting with the elderly residents. I have found that by investing the time to sit down, have a conversation and listen to the residents’ stories I have learnt not only about all the many paths people take in their lives and the wisdom they have learnt but also how to be patient, kind and how to genuinely take interest and learn from someone in such a different stage of life from me. I began this volunteering thinking it would be just another good item to put on my CV but after lots of cups of teas and a few months later I have realised that it so much more than that, it’s given me a chance to make connections with people I otherwise would never have spoken to, to show me the importance of valuing and respecting our elderly population and how to always be ready to help others and be there for whatever is needed. I am so grateful for the opportunity Bridgemead has given me and I would encourage anyone to take the time to go and volunteer there, as the reward is so much more than that amount of time could get you.”

Bridgemead and its residents are very grateful to the girls for giving up their time to help. Geoff Weekes says: “Having the girls with us has been a pleasure. They have clearly benefitted from the experience but the residents themselves have so enjoyed the experience of having the girls with us. I found their attitudes to the residents and to their work amongst us to be both a credit to themselves and to the school. The statements made by the girls are both heart-warming and inspirational.”


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Lord Foster of Bath visits Bridgemead

Lord Foster of Bath visited Bridgemead on 13th January. He came down from Suffolk to see some of the residents, Iris Stanton, Jean Kemmery and Ruth Hewetson.

He said: “I like to go off and talk to people rather than follow a script, and when I do that here I find that everyone is so positive. This is a huge testimony to the staff who work here. Bridgemead always gets very high praise. I have been to a number of events here. I remember coming here with Shirley Williams to a concert and we were told off for singing too noisily! When I was Deputy Mayor of the Paralympic Village I went to an Olympic event here too. At Bridgemead there is always something going on, there are a lot of activities to engage people. People always have a chance to do new things rather than just fade away. They are given care and support to get on and do the things they really want to do. I love this place.”

Iris Stanton told Lord Foster: “This is a super place. We are well looked after and I feel safe.”

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Nativity at Bridgemead


Widcombe Baptist Church Sunday School performed their Nativity service on Sunday 17th December; a highlight of the Christmas calendar at Bridgemead for many years. The teaching staff and children have been hard at work for the past six weeks learning their parts and songs, accompanied by piano and guitar. This year the story was told using hand-held puppets.

As part of their contribution towards Christmas at Bridgemead the children prepared personalised cards and hand-made presents for each of the residents and, after the performance, presented their gifts individually to each resident at the service, and delivered gifts to residents who were in their rooms: all were delighted with their Christmas treats.

Karen Tyler, the leader of the Sunday School, commented “It is a privilege for the children and teachers to come to Bridgemead for the Nativity service each year.  The children enjoy preparing to tell the Christmas story through drama and song and love making presents and cards to give to the residents.  We would like to look into the possibility of coming on other occasions during 2018 and would love to come again next Christmas if we’re invited.”

More than twenty children performed to a packed hall of residents, visitors and parents. The residents, in particular, enjoyed the performance. Afterwards everybody joined with the children and their teachers singing Christmas carols. Geoff Weekes, Chair of the Trustees, said: “It was, as usual, an uplifting experience. The blend of all ages reminded us once again, from the lips of children, the real Christmas story:  Emmanuel ‘God is with us’ in the birth of a child who was destined to become our Saviour.”



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Christmas Cheer

Thank you to our  Senior Carer, Denise Harris for creating our ‘Bridgemead Christmas Table Display’ and for dressing the house ready for Christmas for us all to enjoy.

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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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