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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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