Residents at Bishopsmead Lodge Care Home in Bishopsworth were this week delighted to be gifted unlimited private access to adjacent Severn Vale Bowling Club after a generous invitation from the club’s committee.
A new gateway has been created to allow direct access from the care home to the bowling green, giving Bishopsmead Lodge residents the opportunity to play bowls or enjoy matches on the green at their leisure. At the opening ceremony 103-year old resident Linda Cryer cut the ribbon to declare the facility open and presented club member Pat Dues with a certificate to thank Severn Vale Bowling Club for their act of kindness.
The two organisations have also joined forces as fundraisers, with a recent spiritualist evening raising over £700 in total to be split between the bowling club and Bishopsmead Lodge residents’ fund, which will help to fund more special experiences at the home.
Francaise Miles, Home Manager at Bishopsmead Lodge, said:
“We are incredibly touched by the generosity of Severn Vale Bowling Club in opening their fantastic facility to our residents and granting them private access to the green. It’s a beautifully maintained club and a real treat for our residents to be able to use it.
“This a great example of community spirit in action and the club’s thoughtful gesture and practical help will bring real enjoyment and benefit to our residents. We would like to thank everyone at the club for making this happen and giving our residents such a warm welcome.”
Linda Reed, spokesperson for Severn Vale Bowling Club said:
“Thanks to our club member Christine Goodhind, who is also a member of staff at Bishopsmead Lodge, we have developed close links with the home and realised that a small gesture on our part would mean a lot to our elderly neighbours.
“We are a tight knit community here in Bishopsworth and when we can help each other out it is a pleasure to do so.”
Date published: 12 September 2018
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