The residents and care team at Bradbury House Care Home in Braintree opened their doors to relatives and general public to officially open their new bar and raise a glass to the great care provided during lockdown. Chairman of Braintree District Council Councillor Sue Wilson and Paul Jeffrey, CEO of Caring Homes, watched resident Ian officially open the new bar. Ian was chosen to cut the ribbon as having a bar in the home was his wish which he is delighted has become a reality.
Home Manager Kirsty Allen opened the afternoon with a thank you speech to the amazing team she has around her, celebrating one team member, Louise who has completed 5-years’ service at Bradbury House. The residents enjoyed opening their home and garden to the guests and were delighted that the rain held off.
Kirsty also thanked Corrinne for building the bar, and Bernie and Stuart from The Boars Head (in Braintree) for supplying the beverages and items to finish off ‘Bradbury’s Bar’. Her Regional Manager Violet Kotu was also praised for her support shown to the whole team through the difficult times faced by everyone due to the coronavirus pandemic over the last 16 months.
Bradbury House is part of the Caring Homes family of 70 homes across the UK. It was the company’s first home, opened in 1994 and has an enviable reputation for delivering the very highest standards of residential and residential dementia care for up to 19 residents.
Councillor Wilson spent time chatting with the residents and their families whilst everyone listened to Yuri Sabatini, a talented opera singer from London. Everyone listened as he started the celebrations with ‘Oh what a beautiful morning’ and sang a little opera from Les Misérables and ‘La Donna e mobile’ which he also acted out, to the joy of some of the children and other guests as he stumbled around and hiccupped. Yuri also sung some old classics that residents were able to sing along to, you could see from the swaying and smiles on their faces how much they were enjoying the entertainment.
Councillor Wilson congratulated the team on the amazing work they have done. “I am here on behalf of Braintree Council to say thank you to all of the staff especially for looking after everybody,” she said and reminisced about her mum’s care home and the great work everyone working in care does.
“You have worked yourselves silly today and I think this home is absolutely super. And the new bar, I do hope you are going to use the new bar, the drinks are free! So please enjoy and thank you very much for asking me,” she added.
Bradbury House chef team provided the guests with some wonderful food, baby potatoes topped with cream cheese and chives and cream cheese and tomato, mini sausages, mini toad in the holes, pastries filled with coronation chicken and beef. For those that were feeling hungry there was also a BBQ serving burgers and chips, and ice cream from the stand donated by Daniel Robinson Funeral Directors, to keep everyone cool.