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Friday’s Fish and Chip Triumph!

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.

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Bridgemead Music Quiz

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.”

 

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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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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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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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