Local resident and Deputy Manager of Bradbury House, Andrew Cantelo, is to bravely embark on a 500km, 12-day cycle trip from Vietnam to Cambodia, with the aim to raise over £2,000 for Bradbury House in Beaconsfield Old Town.
Andrews’s cycle expedition will depart on 4th February 2017, taking him from Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam to Angkor Wat in Cambodia. This is not a holiday, but a major physical challenge, no lie-ins, long days cycling in all weather and often camping with no personal comforts.
Andrew, Deputy Manager at Bradbury House, is raising money for the home he has worked in for nearly 17 years and the money raised will be for the Supporting Care Fund. 100% of funds raised will go to the Charity. The Fund is currently aimed at providing financial assistance for non- residential users of the Day Care Centre.
If you would like to make a donation please click here or call the office on 01494 671780 for a sponsorship form.
The long awaited book about Bradbury House entitled “A Vision Fulfilled” is finally available at the price of £9.00. It is packed with information and memories about how Bradbury House came about in the first place and how it has developed over its first two decades. The very first copy of the book was sold at our Golf Day to Lynda Weiss by trustee and co-author Lesley Rogers. Do let Liz at reception or one of the managers know if you would like to purchase a copy.
Enjoy a sunshine holiday in South Africa’s historic winelands in a splendid 4 bedroom house on South Africa’s top residential golf estate, home to 3 SA Golf Opens. Bradbury House have been donated a 7-10 night stay at this fantastic 4 bedroom villa which we are auctioning off. Bids should be sent to Tina.firstname.lastname@example.org before 31st July 2016
The Pearl Valley Golf Estate was voted the top residential estate in South Africa. It has state of the art security. It is home to a Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course which has hosted the South African Open three times. The course is regularly ranked the top conditioned course in the Western Cape.
The estate is between Paarl and Franschhoek. It takes about 50 minutes to drive to central Cape Town by motorway. The Franschhoek Valley is South Africa’s “culinary capital” with a very large number of world class restaurants. It is stunningly beautiful and close to Stellenbosch. Both towns have a large number of beautiful vineyards where wine-tastings and meals can be enjoyed
Craiglea House has been open under the National Gardens Scheme for several years and is a delightful one acre garden which complements the Arts and Crafts House which it surrounds. The planting ranges from the formal rose garden, lawns, herbaceous borders and pergola, to the natural planting around wildlife ponds and apple trees. The garden contains a wide variety of plants, including many hostas, a vegetable garden and many seats affording lovely views of the garden.
Saturday 25th June from 2.00pm until 4.30pm
Craiglea House, Austenwood Lane,
Chalfont St Peter, SL9 9DA
Refreshments will be available
Entry is free but donations to the Bradbury House Supporting Care Fund will be welcome. Please support the event by bringing along your friends for a worthwhile afternoon’s enjoyment.
A splendid day was had by all who participated in the event, which was held at Beaconsfield Golf Club. In all around sixty-four golfers of all standards signed up to play in the afternoon and they were joined by sixteen guests in the evening for an excellent dinner. The eighteen teams revelling in names such as ‘The Odds Balls’, ‘The Delusional Optimists’, ‘Ever Hopeful’ and ‘The Amberley Amblers’, which included Tony Baldwin who had helped organise earlier Golf Days and travelled from his new home in Amberley to be able to participate in the event. The team named ‘Last of the Summer Wine’, which included trustee Rod Marsden, won the competition although two other teams were hot on their heels.
Trustee and Honorary Treasurer, Richard Mann, coordinated the day’s proceedings supported by his wife, Linda, who is also a familiar face around Bradbury House as a volunteer and regular companion to our House dog Ben on his walks around the local countryside. Richard commented: ‘We had a super day, while raising significant funds for our Supporting Care Fund which aims to provide financial assistance to residents and day care facility users alike’.
On Friday 29th April a special party was held in the Activity Centre to mark the retirement of Tony Burckhardt and Lynda Weiss from their rôles as trustees and House Committee members. They were joined by fellow trustees and comm
ittee members as well as by staff and volunteers, who all gathered to say thank you and to show appreciation for their efforts over a number of years. Jeff Medlock made presentations to both of them, as well as to their spouses Sybil and Alex, for all the support both couples have given to Bradbury House. We hope they will all continue to stay involved in some way with the volunteering efforts supporting the Home. Another guest at the party was Jacky Wade, whose husband Brian had also given long service on the Board of Trustees from the very beginnings of Bradbury House. As mentioned in the spring newsletter, Brian sadly passed away earlier this year and Jeff also made a presentation to Jacky to remember all that her husband had done in support of the home over many years.
Once again we are raising funds for our Bradbury House Supporting Care Fund which pays for daycare attendance for those in our community who cannot otherwise afford it; subsidises residents who fall on hard times to help them stay in the home; and to fund some special treats that enrich the lives of all our residents.
The ways in which you can help are:
If you are interested and would like further information or an entry form please do not hesitate to contact me on 01494 671780 or email by clicking here
On Friday 4th March the Activity Centre became a hive of activity in the evening, when it hosted Bradbury House’s first Race Night. This was a fund raising event in aid of the Supportive Care Fund and it was also great fun.
From about 6.30pm guests started to arrive and by the time the evening was ready to commence at around 7.00pm the room was buzzing with happy chatter from the assembled gathering of residents, staff, trustees, volunteers and other friends and supporters of Bradbury House.
If you weren’t there and are trying to imagine how a horse racing event could have taken place in the Activity Centre, here is what happened in a nutshell: a screen had been assembled by Craig, the visiting host for the night, and during the course of the evening eight horse races from different race courses around the world were played out on the screen. For the purposes of the event, the horses had been given a variety of quite silly names accompanied by matching equally silly names for their trainers. Hence the horse named Chinese Pancake had a trainer referred to as Chris P
Duck whereas Sing A Song was apparently trained by Gary Okey and so it went on! Everyone was invited to place a bet on each race and the winners received prize money of 50% of the take, the other 50% contributing to the overall fundraising for the evening. Depending upon how many people had chosen the winner, the prize money varied between £3 and £5 per winning bet.
After four races there was a break in proceedings for a tasty fish and chip supper. Wine and other drinks flowed throughout the evening from the bar, which was presided over by Bill – except for when he was doing a turn around the room as the long lost Shergar’s jockey complete with inflatable horse, much to the amusement of the racegoers.
All in all it was a fun evening, which everyone present seemed to enjoy very much. And in total the event raised £373.40, so thank you all round to all those involved in the organisation as well as all of you who came and supported the event.
Selma has been out in the garden looking out for signs of spring and talking to Bill. Here is her report:
Our front of house garden and entrance continue to provide a welcoming aspect. All is neat and tidy and power-washed!
A new pathway has been laid from the car park into the Activity Centre, which now provides a steady entrance for wheelchairs, walking sticks and even baby prams. Wooden posts and light reflectors line the pavement and more parking spaces are to be created outside the Activity Centre by utilising the redundant garden bed overlooking the Hall Barn Estate.
There has been much planting of perennial plants on our west-facing border with the Hall Barn Estate meadows, which should give a great display this summer. We have been given a lot of these plants by Mrs Chenery’s daughter and we thank her very much for her support and generosity. The decking of our sitting area has been jet-washed and is ready to be stained. The woodland garden remains an ongoing project. Hours of hard work have gone into clearing leaf mulch and holly branches. We can now see the wonderful curved trunk of our protected yew tree. Well-established daffodils, snowdrops, primroses and crocuses have begun to pop up and soon we shall see the spectacular sight of 2,000 bluebell and daffodil bulbs which were planted last au
tumn. The lawn was mown last week in between the rain and the frost. The garden bed between the woodland area and the summerhouse, which had a large-scale planting of rhododendrons, cordylines and hellebores is developing nicely and is worth a look. Unfortunately the sycamore tree next to the summerhouse is slowly sinking and is, therefore, raising the paving slabs. We are reviewing the necessary action bearing in mind that this tree has a preservation order on it. We have also had an outbreak of box blight in the hedge surrounding the fishponds, so it has been removed and replanted with rose bushes. The fishponds are awaiting their turn for draining, clearing and cleaning and new protective netting will be laid to keep our hungry heron at bay.
The herb garden by the kitchen door and clothes drying area will be relocated to a new raised bed in order to reduce the amount of bending required for potting and picking to a minimum. There is also a mass of wild strawberries on the grass bank by the refuse bins. The garden birds are quick to enjoy an early harvest of the fruits, so they have usually disappeared before they have been noticed.
Peter the pheasant continues to visit the Bradbury House gardens and recently brought his harem of seventeen girlfriends with him! Peter is hand-fed by Bill in shed number 2, where there is also a nuthatch on upside down duty on the roof. Two green parrots and six squirrels have also been counted. Are there any volunteers to start a Bradbury House garden bird and animal watch. Now there’s a thought!
My mother, Joan, has been resident at Bradbury House for the past four and more years and, from my frequent visits, I have become more and more aware of the excellent care and attention she enjoys from all the staff, carers and volunteers. It was therefore quite an easy decision to say “yes” when approached to join the Trustees and I hope that my background and professional experience may be of future benefit to Bradbury House and particularly to the residents.”