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Happy 100th Birthday Miss Jean Tranah!

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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.”

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How to live to be 100

Miss Jean Tranah, who has lived at Bridgemead Care Home for the last ten years, and will be 100 on 10th June, reveals her secrets for those who aspire to centenarianism. Jean, who was born in Wimbledon, left school at 15, was a children’s nurse, then volunteered for the WRNS in World War II. After the War she worked in a children’s home, and then became a companion for 28 years to a lady who was an optician in New Bond Street.

1.Be positive and cheerful

“It’s what you make of situations that counts. I try to think of others and how they are feeling, and be happy and cheerful and not think of myself too much. I would have liked to have been married, but some people are called to a single life and can be a blessing to others and try to help.”

2.”Live one day at a time, one step at a time, and trust in the Lord. I have a deep faith and trust in the Lord, He’s seeing me through. I have lots to thank the Lord for – he has granted me many blessings. I had a fall and was in hospital. My friends prayed for me and their prayers were answered in a wonderful way. There was one vacancy here and I moved in to Bridgemead with these wonderful kind people. People say this is the best home and I agree. I call the staff ministering angels – they are very caring and look after me. It’s lovely to see the river and the greenery around.”

3.Eat well

“My favourite meal is chicken, cream potatoes, sprouts and carrots and strawberry pavlova for pudding. The food is good here.”

4.Keep moving

“ I don’t like to sit too long. I use a frame now as two sticks were not enough support, but I like to keep going. We do exercises with music and I enjoy skittles.”

5.Get involved

I have the great privilege of being asked every Thursday to help choose the hymns and give the Bible reading in “Quiet Time”. I used to be very shy as a girl, but this has helped me a lot.

After my lovely Japanese spaniel was put to sleep I wanted to help the RSPCA cats and dogs home, so I have been knitting blankets for the cats and dogs and they are sent up to Claverton. I’m now on my thirtieth blanket.”

6.Look forward

“I’ve had joys and disappointments – I have no children, my sister was killed in a car crash in America, I lost my lady I worked for, but I keep on going and don’t give in. It’s important to go forward and not keep looking back.”

7.Be interested

“I try to think of other people and be interested in them – I can lose myself in other people.”





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