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!

Meeting with Queens Road Ladies Group

23rd April 2017

Thank you to everyone from Queens Road Ladies Group who attended our presentation today at Keynsham Methodist Church. Abbeyfield Trustee and Keynsham resident, Sue Hopkins, together with manager, Charlene Fleck, met with 18 ladies from the Group. Some of the attendees were already familiar with The Abbeyfield Society, and the Keynsham house, but enjoyed listening […]

The Family of Doris Cross Donate Lovely Bird Table

13th April 2017

Thank you to the family of Doris Cross, from all of us here at Abbeyfield House in Keynsham, for donating this beautiful bird table in memory of their lovely Mum. It was wonderful to see Doris’ sons Mike and Colin again, and their wives Penny and Linda; and Doris’ granddaughters, Becky and Alex. Before she […]

Village Singalong on Mother’s Day

7th April 2017

Hi! I’m Pauline, house manager Abbeyfield’s lovely house in Easter Compton – where the sun’s out and the flowers are starting to bloom. It’s this time of year when our characterful, welcoming house really starts to look it’s best. There’s a true sense of family here, and right now, we’re looking forward to spending time […]

Sunshine and Chips in Chew Valley

6th April 2017

Residents across our 5 houses enjoy regular trips out to local attractions, groups and events. For one Bristol house yesterday, it was a wonderful afternoon-out to Salt n Malt, a popular restaurant in the Chew Valley. It’s an annual trip to this fabulous lakeside venue, and it is always much enjoyed by residents. It was […]

Sunny Day out to Chew Valley Lake

5th April 2017

Members of the Redland Friends committee treated residents to a wonderful afternoon-out to Salt n Malt today, a popular restaurant in the Chew Valley. It’s an annual house trip to this fabulous lakeside venue, and it is always much enjoyed by residents. It was fish and chips all round, accompanied by some lovely wines … and […]

Songs and poetry with the local Brownies

31st March 2017

This week we enjoyed a visit from our local Brownie group, which was arranged by Wendy Coe, a volunteer here at Abbeyfield House in Keynsham. We had 20 Brownies, Brown Owl and Snowy Owl, who all sang and danced with great actions. We also heard some poetry that the girls had written themselves. The residents […]

Celebrating Brenda’s Birthday

31st March 2017

This week we helped Brenda – a resident here for 3 and a half years – to celebrate her 89th birthday.  It was wonderful to see her enjoying a special birthday tea with fellow residents, and blowing out the candles on her beautiful cake. Happy birthday Brenda! 

Staff Spotlight

30th March 2017

As part of our new Staff Spotlight, we’re going to introduce you to team members across our 5 houses from time, so you can really get to know us. First up is the very WONDERFUL Andrea Richards. Andrea has worked at our house in Henleaze for over 8 years, initially as housekeeper and more recently, […]

All smiles at Hanham open day

25th March 2017

Here’s the wonderful team at Kift Lodge, our house in Hanham, smiling after a really successful Open Afternoon today. Around 50 visitors came to enjoy a tour and see our lovely show apartment. There were fabulous home-made cakes and great live music. Thank you to our residents who were more than happy to show off their flats, […]

Angela Rippon presents Frances with baking trophy

22nd March 2017

Not only is our chief exec the hardest-working person we know; a dedicated champion of issues among older people; AND Woman In Business Customer Service Finalist 2017, but she’s a passionate baker – and a good one to boot. “Hello, I’m Frances Stretton, Abbeyfield Bristol & Keynsham’s chief exec. I wanted to share the news from […]