To read July’s Bridgemedia click Bridgemedia July 2018
Welcome to Bridgemead
Open Reception : Monday to Friday - 9am to 5pm
Contact : 01225 484904
Don’t forget to come along and support Bridgemead’s Easter Fayre at 2.30pm on Saturday 17th March.
Exciting ‘money can’t buy’ auction prizes are on offer at the auction in aid of Bridgemead on March 7th. Lots include:
Other prizes include a week in Cornwall for 4, a week in Marbella for 8, a group Yoga session for 6, a framed signed current season Bath Rugby shirt, an original oil painting by Bath artist Diane Taylor, Spa day for 2 at Royal Crescent Hotel, Sunday lunch for 2 at the Boatman, Tea for 2 at No15, Great Pulteney Street, Golf day for 4 at the Manor House Golf Club.
The brochure is online at https://www.bridgecare.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Charity-Auction-Programme-Charity-copy.pdf
If you would like to bid, please contact [email protected] by 1pm on March 7th
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.”
Miss Jean Tranah’s 100th birthday was celebrated in style on Saturday 10th June at Bridgemead.
Guests included Wera Hobhouse, Bath’s new MP, Councillor Rob Appleyard, Deputy Mayor, and his fiancée Amanda Fraser, Marian McNeir, patron of Bridgemead, Geoff Weekes, Chair of the Trustees, Pam Bourton, Head of Care at Bridgemead, Rev John Farren and Rev Peter Taylor, former ministers of Hay Hill Baptist church, Rev Andrew Shergold, Philippine Independent Catholic Bishop in Europe, Gillian Murray, Miss Tranah’s niece from East Kent, and many friends, residents, and staff.
There was a service led by Rev Alan Ashworth, the chaplain of Bridgemead, and Mrs Norrey Taylor played the harp. Miss Tranah gave an inspiring speech saying she did not feel her age, that her faith had kept her going, how important it was to look forward and not back, and praised the staff of Bridgemead for being ‘ministering angels’ to her.
Over a delicious cream tea, the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Rob Appleyard, said, “To get to be a hundred years old with all the pressures, wars and political unrest of the world, but with such a good heart is marvellous. She has such faith and is an incredible person. Bridgemead is brilliant. I first came here a few years ago as Chair of the Council. There is a sense of grace and love here, and the food is amazing!”
Wera Hobhouse, after chatting to Miss Tranah, said:” This home shows what a care home should be like. It is happy and warm, people are well looked after and appreciate the care they receive. I cherish listening to someone of 100 years old who has so much wisdom and is so positive – it is extraordinary.”
Marian McNeir, patron of Bridgemead said “I loved Jean’s speech which reflected her very positive attitude to life and I am especially impressed by her continued interest in people – she said, ‘I lose myself in people’ – that is a great gift. What I admire so much about Bridgemead is that it is a real community where people are loved and cherished.”