Summer is on its way and our Bradbury House gardens are full of colour. Hanging baskets are evident in abundance, lawns mown, paths swept and the weeding and cutting back are never ending.
Our late very wet, cold and then warm spring has both hindered and helped our gardens and we have lost a few plants. Now we are enduring an invasion of slugs, which are chomping away in the beds! Hostas and sedum are on the menu at the moment!
We have a great display of fragrant roses by the pond. Ceanothus, alliums, foxgloves, passion flowers, morning glory, lavenders, clematis, jasmine, phlox, hydrangeas, buddleja and pelargonium are already established in the beds and on the fences. The azalea and irises are slowly fading away.
On 17th May sixteen members of the Bradbury House staff set off for in time for a lunch with a distinctly Japanese theme.Iron Bridge near Telford in Shropshire for a team-building day. In the group were managers Wendy and Sue as well as Veena, Paula, Marian, Sandra, Catherine, Sharon, Lorraine, Anita, Lauren, Dawn, Jackie, Courtney and two Emmas. They travelled four to a car for the two and a half hour journey, arriving at the Telford Spa and Golf Resort hotel in time for a lunch with a distinctly Japanese theme.
After lunch they changed into swimsuits and dressing gowns and went to the hotel spa, where they could enjoy using the pool, sauna, steam room and a couple of hotbeds. As the weather was good, they gathered outside for tea and coffee before going off for their individual treatments at their allocated times. On offer were hour-long back, foot and head massages. The hotel had four or five treatment rooms which speeded the process up, as several of our team could be having their massages at the same time. Later they were all shown to their rooms for their overnight stay and once settled in they all congregated in Veena and Catherine’s room for prosecco and nibbles or, in Jackie’s case, tea and nibbles. After a delicious supper, it was back to finish off the prosecco and have a good chat that lasted until nearly midnight. Next morning they enjoyed a tasty breakfast and some leisure time before setting off for home
Who knew team building could be such fun!
Saturday 7th July Summer Barbecue for residents and their
sponsors with Grand Summer Raffle draw
Monday 27th August Beaconsfield Country Fayre with our own
Bradbury House stall in the grounds of St Mary’s Church
Saturday 13th October Fundraising concert in St Michael’s Church,
Bradbury House is a wonderful place for aspiring doctors, nurses and others hoping to carve out a career in medicine to gain valuable experience while at the same time bringing an extra youthful dimension to life within the Home. We are currently lucky to have the valuable contribution of not just one but two Banerji sisters, Priya and Rupa. Priya first started helping here about six years ago and, although she is now in the middle or her medical studies at St George’s in London, she still finds the time to come back periodically during her vacations. Some of you, who have been residents here for a few years, may remember that she also spent a while working in a town hospital in Morogoro in Tanzania and, on her return, she was one of my early contributors who was happy to tell me about her experiences for publication in an edition of the newsletter back in 2014.
Now we are fortunate to also have her younger sister Rupa working here during her gap year between leaving Beaconsfield High School and before she too goes off to university to study medicine. She started here in September and told me she is enjoying it very much. She is giving assistance in all sorts of areas, including assisting residents to get up and go to bed, helping with activities in the Activity Centre and on one occasion she accompanied a resident on a hospital appointment.
Bev and Daphne are familiar faces in the Activity Centre and are known to all of you who venture down there. They have recently been very busy undertaking a course on chair-based exercises which they have now completed and passed. They had to go to Aylesbury to participate in this course, which involved learning all about exercises designed to stimulate and strengthen older people who might have had a stroke or be suffering from osteoporosis or muscle weakness and frailty. The exercises are designed to help with reaching for things, walking, particularly on uneven ground, and other everyday activities. They include stretches and the use of a band to strengthen the muscles in the arms and legs. This course is a Government initiative, which was introduced last year and Bev and Daphne were among the second group of students to undertake it. The Government wants to see it rolled out to more care and residential homes catering for frail and elderly people. The exercises are, however, not exclusively for the old and frail and anybody wanting to strengthen the muscles in their arms and legs can do them.
On Saturday 11th November a party was held to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the opening of the Activity Centre. The room was buzzing with residents, staff, trustees, volunteers and others who have over the years been involved with Bradbury House. We were pleased to see the former Chairman of the Trustees Roger Lockyer, who had made the journey to be with us. His successor as Chairman, Jeff Medlock, took the opportunity of this event to announce and where possible present long-service awards to a number of staff who had completed ten years of service at Bradbury House. These staff members, Chris Garrett, Natasha Cantelo, Catherine Kirwan, Julie Graham and Jane Gale, join the ever increasing band of staff who have worked here
for over a decade, which is a true testament to the special place that Bradbury House is. This takes the total number of staff with long-service awards to 29, four of whom have worked here for twenty years or more. No anniversary party would be complete without a cake and this party was no exception.
At Bradbury House on Friday 8th December 3 staff members from the activity centre dressed up as Elf’s to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research. The residents thoroughly enjoyed seeing the staff wearing a different uniform. A big thank you to Jane, Daphne and Bev for making the day special for all the residents.
Please join us at this years Beaconsfield Now being held at Beaconsfield rugby ground on 6 May 2017 from 11am – 2pm.
Bradbury House is hosting a race night in aid of the supporting care fund.
2nd June 2017 @ 6.30pm
Tickets £12.50 to include Fish and Chip Supper
For tickets or more information see Maureen in the Activity Centre.
01494 671780 option 4