West of England Mayor Tim cuts ribbon to mark official Abbeyfield opening

June 30 2017

RESIDENTS and team members of Abbeyfield House in Keynsham were joined by the newly-appointed West of England Mayor, Tim Bowles, to celebrate the ‘official’ opening of the house.

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RESIDENTS and team members of Abbeyfield House in Keynsham were joined by the newly-appointed West of England Mayor, Tim Bowles, to celebrate the ‘official’ opening of the house. 

 When the Abbeyfield Bristol & Keynsham took over the house in 2014, it was awarded a housing grant from the Homes & Communities Agency (facilitated by Abbeyfield Head Office) to assist with a major refurbishment programme, incorporating a large extension, additional bedrooms, landscaped gardens and a spacious communal room.

The Keynsham house is Abbeyfield’s fifth property in the Bristol area, with other retirement houses in Hanham, Easter Compton, Redland and Henleaze. 

A long-term supporter of Abbeyfield, former Chairman of B&NES Council Alan Hale, and The Abbeyfield Society’s membership director, Michael Valenzia, also met families, volunteers and residents, who enjoyed live music and delicious home-made treats during the afternoon of June 17. 

In his speech, Mr Bowles complimented the house, and said “My role is all about bringing together communities, and this is a house where there is a very strong sense of community. It’s wonderful to see everyone come together to celebrate this fantastic house, and I’m sure the residents who live here will be very happy indeed.”

 Part of The Abbeyfield Society, an international organisation established in the 1950s to combat loneliness and isolation in the elderly, Abbeyfield House in Keynsham offers 14 studio and one-bedroom flats within the house, to retired people. Residents benefit from affordable all-inclusive rental fees, delicious home-cooked meals, a calendar of social events and the reassurance of a team member on hand 24 hours a day.    

Abbeyfield’s house manager in Keynsham, Charlene Fleck, said: “It was a pleasure to welcome the new West of England Mayor and to be able to find out more about his work with communities. Our residents very much benefit from coming together socially, and this afternoon has been a great occasion. It’s been wonderful seeing volunteers, families and friends all together today to celebrate this fabulous house.”