MP One to Ones in Hanham

13th June 2018

It was lovely to meet Chris Skidmore, this week, the MP for Hanham, when he came to see us at Kift Lodge, our gorgeous retirement house on Memorial Road, Hanham. Mr Skidmore had a great time meeting several of our residents one-to-one, and then chatting to a large group over coffee. Residents enjoyed listening to Mr […]

It’s Tea Cups for the Birds in Hanham!

2nd June 2018

We’ve enjoyed watching the wildlife so much at our house in Hanham, that residents have made some stunning, new teacup feeders to help the array of wild birds that visit our lovely gardens. Thanks to Soraya Babai from Kift Lodge for this gorgeous photo. 

Creative in Keynsham

1st June 2018

We’ve been getting creative in Keynsham. We bought snazzy new chalk pens and our very artistic night manager, Judy Yeo-Walker, worked some magic with the Menu Board! We’re definitely giving this a 10!

New Minibus Gets Out and About

22nd May 2018

Whoop whoop! We’re so excited to meet our new minibus for the first time. Our old, dark blue bus had served us well, but it was time for a new kid on the block. We are loving our new, white bus, with fresh branding along the lines of our house signs, Here is Pauline Warbutton, […]

Flowers for New Hanham Resident, John

5th May 2018

  New resident, John, is loving life at our retirement house in Hanham, and took part in some summer flower arranging this week. Originally, from Redfield in Bristol, John says he loves gardening, and is enjoying helping out, where he can, around the retirement house. John joined our lovely community at Kift Lodge when his […]

Weekly Visits from Local Toddlers

26th April 2018

Earlier this year, some of the younger children from Torwood House School & Nursery started to visit our residents for a morning each week and we are delighted that both children and residents are now enjoying this as part of their weekly routine. Over recent years we’ve seen programmes on the TV, and read articles, about intergenerational […]

Sunny Lunch at the Saltford Inn

25th April 2018

Thanks to Kelly Englander, team member at our gorgeous retirement house in Hanham, for this great photo of residents enjoying a sunny lunch at The Riverside Inn in Saltford ast week. The Inn is set in picturesque surroundings, beside Kelston Lock, overlooking the River Avon. As you can see, we had a wonderful day enjoying great pub […]

Happy UK Coffee Week

19th April 2018

We’re coming to the end of UK Coffee Week and it’s all about getting together to enjoy the nation’s second favourite hot drink. We’re no stranger to coffee mornings in our Abbeyfield houses. They’re a daily occurrence and a great chance to get together to catch up and enjoy conversation with like-minded people. Here’s our […]

Thanks to our Gardening Volunteers

16th April 2018

A big thanks from Charlene Fleck, manager of our retirement house in Keynsham, to our hard working gardening volunteers who have been working hard to prepare our garden for Spring. Richard, Dave, Sue & Wendy … THANK YOU!

Our New Deputy Manager, Kirsty Hale

12th April 2018

Congratulations to Kirsty Hale, who is coming to the end of her first week as Deputy Manager of Abbeyfield House in Redland after a much-deserved promotion. Kirsty first came to Abbeyfield as a carer for some residents at our Redland and Henleaze houses, and started a permanent position in 2015 at the charity’s house in […]

Spring Trip to Garden Centre

11th April 2018

We had a wonderful day today at Almondsbury Garden Centre today. With SO much to look at inside the fabulous shop, and outside with the wonderful range of indoor and outdoor plants, we’re definitely feeling that Spring is in the air now. Thanks to manager Pauline and, handyman and our driver, Rob, for making sure […]

Curly Surprise for National Pet Day

11th April 2018

It’s National Pet Day, and no, we didn’t find this in the kitchen cupboard! Cook Paul, at our retirement house in Redland, Bristol, keeps some weird, and wonderful, pets, and wanted to bring in his pet tarantula, Curly, to show to the residents. Believe it or not, Paul has 3 more tarantulas at home and, […]

Beryl’s the Winner of Spring Bouquet

10th April 2018

Congratulations to resident, Beryl Holt, who won the raffle to keep the gorgeous spring bouquet today. Local florist, Sue, came along to show us how to make the most gorgeous bouquet and we had a lovely morning learning. Thanks to Sue. 

Celebrating our Abbeyfield Siblings

10th April 2018

It’s National Siblings Day today, and we’re celebrating the fabulous siblings who work across our Abbeyfield retirement houses in Bristol.  Meet Amy (Henleaze), Hannah (Head Office), Paul and Sara (Redland).

Cook Sara Crowned Queen of Pies

9th April 2018

Here’s Sara Unthank, one of our fabulous cooks from Abbeyfield House in Redland, who was crowned the Winner of our inter-house competition during  British Pie Week recently. Huge thanks to ALL the chefs who took part across our 5 houses in this year’s competition. All the pies were ridiculously delicious and presented wonderfully too, but residents […]

Farewell Party for Margaritta

6th April 2018

Here we are on Wednesday evening when we threw a little party for resident Margaritta Riviera, who is leaving us today. Margaritta has lived at our gorgeous house in Easter Compton for 4 years and we’ve truly loved having her with us. Sadly, at 96 years old, she just needs more assistance now. She will be […]

Pop Up Fashionable Keynsham

5th April 2018

We enjoyed some homemade biscuits, hot drinks and a wee shopping spree, when Mandy, and her Pop Up Fashion Shop came to Abbeyfield’s retirement house in Keynsham this morning. Mandy visits our 5 Abbeyfield houses twice a year with different, seasonal stock. Her visits normally attract new visitors to our houses so we like to […]

Kift Lodge does a creative Easter

1st April 2018

What a super Easter Sunday we had today. Not only did we enjoy a fabulous lamb lunch, with a gorgeous basket of chocolate on each table, prepared by wonderful cook, Connie, but we also spent the morning making our own table decorations. Residents Norman, Thelma, Brenda and Betty did some creative flower arranging and made […]

Joker the Guide Dog visits Keynsham

31st March 2018

We fell in love this week, with a very handsome puppy, called Joker. Huge thanks toDavid and Janice from Guide Dogs South Bristol Fundraising and Awareness Team, who brought Joker along to our retirement house in Keynsham this week. David and Janice are currently looking after, and training, Joker, for the Guide Dogs for the […]

Delicious Anticipation for Guide Dog Visit

25th March 2018

  Look closely… You’re not going mad. Thanks to our wonderful cook, Pat, we were really eating dog-shaped biscuits with our delicious lemon mousse today. Residents at our gorgeous retirement house in Keynsham are thinking about our four-legged friends, as we look forward to a visit tomorrow from David Nash, and his 6 month-old German […]