All Ears for Poetry Afternoon

16th October 2017

We were all ears at our house in Keynsham for our first afternoon of poetry. Night manager, Jude Sweet, encourages the residents to bring along some poetry that they would like her to read aloud. We had a lovely time yesterday afternoon. It was wonderful, poignant, funny. And even a little “risque” poem was requested […]

We’ve Won 3 Blooming Awards!

18th October 2017

Woo hoo! We are over the moon! We’re are totally thrilled to have received, not one, but 3 AWARDS last Thursday at the RHS – Royal Horticultural Society evening in Keynsham. ** RHS and South West in Bloom ‘2017 It’s Your Neighbourhood’ Award** Gold Award in the Keynsham in Bloom Community Category** 3rd place in the Great Bike […]

Abbeyfield Talk with Local Baptist Group

15th October 2017

Thanks so much to the ladies Keynsham Baptist Church who kindly invited us to talk to the group last week. Abbeyfield Trustee, Sue Hopkins, and house manager Charlene Fleck, brought photos and slides along to talk about the history of The Abbeyfield Society; the 2-year refurbishment of the house in Keynsham; and what life is like now living in one of […]

A Welcome Distraction in the Office

13th October 2017

What a week it’s been! Without a doubt, national Chocolate Week was a great opportunity for our cooks to showcase their talents and for our 5 houses to get their teeth into some sweet competition. On Monday, Connie (Hanham), baked a gorgeous chocolate pudding, and then Sue (Keynsham) made some delicious chocolate mousse cups for […]

Chocolate Competition Hots Up

10th October 2017

As if we need more encouragement to eat chocolate, we’re rather enjoying #chocolateweek this week. Our cooks are preparing wonderful chocolate desserts for residents all week in the hope of winning the much-coveted prize (a chocolate trophy)… Today, residents at Abbeyfield House in Keynsham enjoyed the “ultimate makeover chocolate mousse” prepared by cook, Sue.  10 out of 10 […]

Mouth-watering ‘Chocolate Week’ in Hanham

9th October 2017

You don’t have to be a chocoholic to love chocolate!! It’s #chocolateweek and our 5 fabulous Bristol houses are celebrating our national penchant for the delicious brown stuff by cooking up some special desserts for our lucky residents! Here is Connie at Kift Lodge in #Hanham, with a mouth-watering pear and orange-flavored chocolate pudding. Not surprisingly, everything went down […]

Gearing up for Winter

9th September 2017

Our fantastic bike, which was so popular on the Keynsham in Bloom Great Bike Trail this year, is getting ready for Winter! Huge thanks to a neighbour of ours, Jim Bernard, who popped round this afternoon and replanted our bike with some fresh winter pansies. Looks wonderful again, thanks Jim!!

“Thank You Lunch” at The Fox Inn

28th August 2017

Here are residents and team members from our fabulous house in Easter Compton, enjoying lunch at The Fox Inn on Friday. Landlady Lucinda raises money for local charities and VERY kindly donated fans for all the resident rooms this summer. As you can see, we had a great time out together and sent Lucinda a very big […]

Welcome to new Hanham Manager, Joleigh

31st August 2017

Introducing the new manager of our fabulous house in Hanham!! Welcome Joleigh! With a full house and residents currently occupying all 20 apartments, it’s our largest house in the Bristol area, and it’s wonderful to see Joleigh lead the team into a new era. We’ll let her do the talking: “Hi! I’m Joleigh Hayward, a […]

A Wonderful Alternative – that’s us!

15th August 2017

We offer a WONDERFUL alternative for retired people who might be just struggling to live on their own. If the idea of renting a lovely flat with all inclusive AFFORDABLE fees; DELICIOUS home-cooked meals; PRIVACY when you want it AND a calendar of social activities (when you’re in the mood) sounds good, GET IN TOUCH!! […]

Enjoying Home-Grown Vegetables

7th August 2017

Here’s Pat, our fabulous chef from Abbeyfield House in Keynsham, showing off some of our home-grown runner beans. We are collecting them in every couple of days and freezing them until we have enough for everyone to enjoy. Yum Yum!

Creative Afternoons

10th August 2017

We had a great craft afternoon this week at our house in Keynsham, making these gorgeous tea light holders. Sarah comes every 6 weeks with lovely ideas like this for our Craft Afternoon. It’s a great way to catch up with friends and feel rather accomplished at the end of the session too.

Be a Star

2nd August 2017

We’re always looking for volunteers at our houses in Redland, Henleaze, Easter Compton, Keynsham and Hanham. If you fancy taking a quiz night, organising a trip, or just coming along for a game of Scrabble, please message us or call on 0117 973 6997.

Blackpool Comes to Hanham

31st July 2017

Today, some of the residents at our Hanham house enjoyed a seated dance class given by Lauren of Golden Toes Bristol. We loved the BLACKPOOL theme! Great exercises and stretches for achy joints and muscles. We felt amazing afterwards and can’t wait for next week’s class. Bring on Strictly!!

House in Bloom

31st July 2017

Great news this week from Abbeyfield House in Keynsham! One of the judges from Keynsham in Bloom was so impressed with our garden, and horticultural team of residents, staff and volunteers, that she has now entered us into the RHS Community Garden. Judging takes place soon and we are just thrilled to be invited to […]

Heavenly Gardens in Hanham

26th July 2017

Our fabulous house in Hanham is surrounded by gardens and places to sit outside, but we’ve particularly been enjoying this little corner recently. Here’s Brenda on dead-heading duty, doing the daily inspection. We’ve just welcome 2 new residents to the house and we’ll be updating you on news and events from Hanham shortly.

Beautiful Gardens are ‘Highly Commended’

19th July 2017

Well done to our houses in Redland and Henleaze for entering The Abbeyfield Society’s inter-house horticultural competition, the Doorstep Challenge, this year. Residents and team members worked tirelessly to create fabulous, colourful displays at the front of the houses, and in and around the back gardens too. We really enjoyed the taking part and, although we missed […]

Cream Tea a Summer Hit

24th July 2017

Our Strawberry Tea Party at our lovely house in Redland Road was a big hit again this summer, despite having to stay indoors due to the rain. Families and friends came along to enjoy cream tea with our residents. As always, there was a lovely atmosphere and we are grateful to our volunteers (of all ages!) […]

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” […]