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 last week’s Regional Focus Day, run by The Abbeyfield Society. It was a brilliant opportunity to get together with people from other Abbeyfield Societies across the region – it’s great to chat with them about how they operate and to share best practice. There are lots of wonderful people working very hard for Abbeyfield and it’s lovely to be a part of it.

There were various presentations made throughout the day – on topics ranging from corporate responsibility, through strategic commissioning of services for older people, to volunteering and how to bridge the inter-generational gap…. really useful stuff!

Angela Rippon was a fantastic guest presenter/chairwoman for the day – dynamic, funny and very engaging. It was really nice to meet her and to be able to have a good chat. She does huge amounts of work for older people and in particular, raising awareness of dementia.

I was delighted to be awarded 3rd prize by Angela for my macarons in the ‘Great British Bake Off’ competition, which loads of people from various Societies entered. I’ve been an avid baker since I starting making bread and cakes with my mum when I was about 3, (many years ago now….), and recently did another patisserie and viennoiserie course at the Bertinet Cookery School in Bath.  My macarons never turn out quite as perfect as those you see in beautiful patisserie window displays in Paris, but they still taste pretty good.”