A Great Lunch Out in The Fox

10th July 2017

There’s nothing wrong with the delicious, home-cooked meals we enjoy every day at the house but it’s lovely to visit other venues and eat out once in a while. It’s also nice to see our fellow residents in a different setting. Here we are having a lovely lunch at The Fox in Yate – with […]

Do You Really Need a Care Home?

6th July 2017

ABBEYFIELD HOUSES IN THE BRISTOL AREA AREN’T CARE OR NURSING HOMES, but we still want you to be aware of this report, and follow Age UK’s guidelines if you think you need a care, or nursing home. The Care Quality Commission publishes its report today having looked at 24,000 services and branded their findings “completely unacceptable” […]

Welcome to Maureen

6th July 2017

A huge welcome to Maureen who has just arrived at our house in Henleaze. Maureen is currently staying in our guest room while her family is away and plans to move into her new flat in the house shortly. We are always happy for potential new residents to stay with us on a trial basis […]

Manager Pauline on Life with Abbeyfield

3rd July 2017

This month, our very own Easter Compton house manager, Pauline Warbutton, talks to Bristol Life magazine about the general standards of elderly care in Britain, and what it’s really like to live in an Abbeyfield house in Bristol. When asked how we will cope with our growing elderly population, Pauline said, “There just have to […]

Sunshine and Flowers in Henleaze

30th June 2017

Our five houses look lovely all-year round, but we can’t deny that the combination of flowers and sunshine really brings out the best of everything. Our fabulous retirement house on Westbury Road in Henleaze, offers studio and one-bedroom flats to rent for older people wanting to live independently. The fees are inclusive of all utility bills […]

New Brochures are Here!

28th June 2017

They’re here! Our new brochures have arrived. There are fabulous photos of all our houses, team members and residents. You can pick up a brochure in any of our houses, or call us and we’ll pop one in the post. 0117 973 6997

We’re Talking Loneliness in July’s ‘Bristol Life’

27th June 2017

Fantastic to see Bristol Life magazine highlighting the ever-increasing problem of loneliness among the older generation this month. Loneliness is a silent killer, affecting around 1 million people in the UK. Says Marcus Land, director of the Campaign to End Loneliness, “It’s bad for our health, bad for our society and bad for our future as […]

Grand Opening of Keynsham House

17th June 2017

We had a truly wonderful afternoon today, when we invited our local community, along with supporters and residents’ families, to celebrate the Grand Opening of our newly refurbished Keynsham house. Thank you to Tim Bowles, the West of England’s first metropolitan Mayor; and Former Chairman of Bath & North East Somerset Council, Alan Hale, for […]

Volunteers, We Salute You!

5th June 2017

June 1st-7th is National Volunteer Week and we want to thank all the fantastic men, women, boys and girls, who walk through our doors every week to help in some way. Whether it’s to accompany a resident on an appointment, play a game of scrabble, take a keep fit class, or organise a pub trip […]

Garden Expert, Betty, Enjoys Retirement Living at Abbeyfield

28th May 2017

Meet our newest resident to come and rent a retirement flat at Abbeyfield House in Henleaze, Elizabeth (Betty).  A keen gardener, she came to live with us only 2 months ago. Her retirement flat overlooks the garden, of which she is already very proud. Each morning, the first thing Betty does is grab her secateurs and […]

Spreading the Abbeyfield Word

25th May 2017

It was great to have a stall at the Bristol Older People’s Forum (BOPF) Information morning in the city centre today. Lots of people came to chat to us and find out more about what Abbeyfield has to offer in the Bristol area. And it was wonderful to meet other organisations such as The Alzheimer’s […]

Sunny Lunch by the Weir

24th May 2017

Residents at our fab house in Redland are getting excited about lunch in the sun, sitting by the weir, today, with a trip to the Jolly Sailor inn Saltford. The residents really benefit from a fantastic ‘Friends’ committee: a group of volunteers who organise trips and events. Mrs Valerie Brooks, who has volunteered for the […]

We Welcome New Mayor of West of England

17th May 2017

We are delighted to announce that Tim Bowles, the new Mayor for the West of England, will officiate the opening of our newly refurbished house in Keynsham next month. We also look forward to welcoming Alan Hale, Chairman of Bath & North East Somerset Council and long-term Abbeyfield supporter. Around the formalities and ribbon cutting, guests […]

It’s Bloomin’ Gardens in Keynsham

10th May 2017

We’ve been enjoying the glorious sunshine at our house in Keynsham today, where residents and volunteers are busy planting and tending borders. We recently moved back into the house following an extensive refurbishment, so this is our first summer in the new garden. We’ve even taken the bold step of entering the Keynsham in Bloom […]

New Abbeyfield book for volunteers

9th May 2017

Thank you to The Abbeyfield Society for putting together this gorgeous book, “The Little Book of Making Time…”. It’s full of useful ideas about how you can get involved in a variety of ways; with lovely illustrations and quotes from existing volunteers. We have copies to give away so get in touch today and we […]

Gearing up for Keynsham’s Great Bike Trail 2017

1st May 2017

We are getting ready to take part in the Great Bike Trail 2017, which is organised by Keynsham In Bloom Community Group. All of the bikes are old, unwanted, and have been donated to this event. So far over 50 groups, schools, individuals, community groups, local businesses … and of course fantastic retirement houses (ahem..), have […]

Road Info for Keynsham Visitors this Weekend

28th April 2017

We wanted to share this information from the Keynsham Voice newspaper. We are just a street away so do read this if you’re planning to visit soon. NEW TRAFFIC arrangement for Keynsham supermarket (TESCOS) entrance While works take place this week to implement the new one-way system for Keynsham High Street, the opportunity is being […]

Cheese and Wine at Henleaze house

28th April 2017

Our annual cheese and wine party at Abbeyfield House in Henleaze was a huge hit. It could have been the abundance of goodies on the raffle table, the fantastic buffet, or the company of family and friends on the night… but either way, it was quite simply, GREAT FUN! Thank you to everyone who came. 

Michelle’s Dotty Day in Keynsham

27th April 2017

  Keynsham team member, Michelle Burke, is taking part in the Macmillan Cancer Cotswold Way Mighty Hike in July. Last week, she hosted a Dotty Day at the house, to raise money towards her sponsorship. It was an afternoon of Dotty Games, Dotty Cakes and a Dotty Quiz. Joan and her daughter ran the tombola […]

Team Together in Easter Compton

26th April 2017

We usually work in teams of 4 or 5 so it’s a rare event when the WHOLE team gets together all at once. But when we met last week for some team training, we took the chance to have a group photo in the sun – and here we are!