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Widcombe Acorns return

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!

                       

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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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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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Generations together

Some Bridgemead residents went to visit Widcombe Acorns Pre-School on Wednesday 18th October. Dena Moore, the nursery manager says:

“What a wonderful time we had meeting some of your residents yesterday, the children have talked of nothing else, and I have had such lovely e-mails from some of the parents this morning saying that their children told them all about it. Such a great result, I really hope that our visitors enjoyed themselves as much as we did welcoming them.”

Transport ideas?

Pam, Michelle and Dena are trying to arrange a regular activities afternoon where the children come to Bridgemead, rather than taking residents to the Pre-School, but the sticking point at the moment is affordable transport. They are investigating how to achieve this, as Dena says: “I am even more determined to make this work after seeing how happy our new friends looked as they played, it has given me a huge warm glow inside!”

If anyone can help or has any ideas please contact Pam.

  

 

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