Hooked in Hanham

14th February 2019

When team member Kelly Englander, decided to teach some of the residents how to make jewellery, she didn’t bargain for a new addiction in the house! “I was teaching residents John, Norman and Brenda how to make bracelets and earrings this morning, along with volunteer Jess, and Ivana, our house cook. They did a fantastic […]

Table Tennis Champions

11th February 2019

It was a true battle of the champions when our Hanham residents enjoyed a table tennis evening recently. Intense concentration and exceptional bravery paid off when Dark Horse Dorothy and Fearless John were able to take the trophy home for the longest rally. Congratulations to them both! Table tennis is a great sport for people […]

Snowy Scenes

1st February 2019

Winter photo here from the gardens at our gorgeous house in Hanham. Residents are glad to be all warm and cosy indoors, but we are all enjoying admiring the snow fall.

Meet our Chief Executive

25th January 2019

It’s difficult to really appreciate your retirement options as your get older. Many people dislike the idea of a care home and the fees can be off-putting. But Abbeyfield Bristol & Keynsham really does offer a real alternative, says Chief Executive, Frances Stretton. “It’s hugely rewarding to know we’re providing something really special for people […]

Historic Lessons in Hanham

23rd January 2019

At our retirement house in Hanham this week, we shut the blinds and absorbed ourselves in local history with a fantastic talk from the Chairman of Hanham and Kingswood Local History, Roger Windsor. As you can tell, we were completely fascinated as Roger talked to us about the changes to our local area over the […]

Home Made Poppies

11th November 2018

Thank you to resident Thelma, who lives at our gorgeous house in Hanham, for knitting beautiful poppies for the dining tables today. What a lovely, thoughtful thing to do and something we can all treasure.

Remembering WW1 Conflict Anniversary

8th November 2018

We’ve been preparing for the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, this Remembrance Sunday, at some of our houses across the city. In Hanham, residents have been making poppies from lemonade bottles and decorating them with sharpie pens. They were also cutting out silhouette soldiers to add to the display. As […]

Visit from Guide Dog puppy, Voss

5th November 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed a visit from 18 week old Guide Dog puppy, Voss, today, at our retirement house in Keynsham. Voss has grown so much since we last saw him just a few weeks ago. He’s a really beautiful, lovely- natured dog, who enjoyed all the fuss we gave him. The other Guide Dog, Joker, […]

Halloween Fun in Hanham

28th October 2018

What a blast we had today, carving pumpkins, in our retirement house in Hanham, with Brenda, Phil, Normal and John.  There were some very creative carvings … and perhaps an attempt to make some pumpkins look like residents..?

Award Winning Garden in Keynsham

18th October 2018

Whoop whoop! We are so excited to tell you the exciting news from our Keynsham retirement house!   Last week, at the Keynsham In Bloom Community Group Horticultural Awards, we won, not one, but 3 prizes!   1. “Special Award” Keynsham in Bloom Most Inspiring garden 2018 2. “Gold Award” Keynsham in Bloom Floral Display […]

New Skills for Noreen

17th October 2018

It’s never too late to learn something new. It was lovely to see Norman teaching the key boards to fellow-resident, Noreen, this afternoon. And she clearly had a lovely time. Can we look forward to some new tunes at our house in Hanham this coming Christmas, we wonder?

Residents Enjoy Pre-School Visits

15th October 2018

We’re really looking forward to Channel 4’s fabulous Old People’s Home for Four Year Old’s, which is back on our screens tonight. It’s ESPECIALLY interesting to our residents and team members, now that we are welcoming pre-school, and young school-age, children to 3 of our Bristol retirement houses each week. Here are local children visiting […]

What Sets Us Apart

5th October 2018

Look out for this article about our fabulous retirement house in Redland, in the Henleaze and Westbury Voice newspaper this week.  On page 18 there’s a lovely, sunny photo of the Victorian house on Redland Road, which provides one bed and studio apartments for up to 17 older people. You’ll also hear from our Chief […]

The Best Company for Retirement

13th September 2018

One of the things that makes Abbeyfield so special for retirement, is our WONDERFUL team members. This week, Kelly, from our gorgeous house in Hanham, happened to mention to new residents, John and Norman, that she was thinking of going to Weston Super Mare on her day off. And as they were so interested, Kelly […]

Second Visit from Guide Dog, Joker

9th September 2018

Look who came back to visit us at Abbeyfield House in Keynsham this week! Joker is a guide dog ‘in training’ with the The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association (UK) who paid us a return visit so we could see how he was progressing. Happily he also brought a new friend, Voss, a black Labrador puppy […]

Afternoon Summer Tea

14th August 2018

Each year, our residents from Abbeyfield House in Redland are welcomed into the home of Valerie and Michael Brooks for a delicious afternoon tea, with gorgeous cakes and refreshments. We are so fortunate at this particular house, to have Valerie and a wonderful group of volunteers. Throughout the year, residents are treated to events such […]

Game On!

12th August 2018

Game night is just one of the weekly events on the social calendars around our houses in Bristol. UNO is a current favourite of resident, Phil, in Hanham. As you can imagine, it can get a bit competitive – who do you think won this week?

Evening at the Circus

8th August 2018

We love summer evenings in Bristol! Residents and team members from our gorgeous retirement house in Hanham had a great time this weekend … at the circus!! … and we haven’t stopped taking about it all day. It’s wonderful to have such great events next door to our house! We hope you all had lots […]

Everyone Mucks in for Blooming Great Results!

26th July 2018

Well it’s too hot to do too much, but we have been managing to keep up with our gorgeous garden, at our lovely house in Keynsham. Thanks to residents, volunteers and team members, who have been working hard all summer, our flowers are blooming, and we even used some to contribute to a wedding bouquet! […]

Monumental Easter Compton

7th July 2018

Okay we’re just showing off now but we are delighted with the display in front of our beautiful retirement house in Easter Compton.  If you’re in the neighbourhood, do pop by Home Farm Way for a proper look.