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Not only is our chief exec the hardest-working person we know; a dedicated champion of issues among older people; AND Woman In Business Customer Service Finalist 2017, but she's a passionate baker - and a good one to boot.

"Hello, I'm Frances Stretton, +Abbeyfield Bristol & Keynsham Society's chief exec. I wanted to share some photos from last week's Regional Focus Day, run by The Abbeyfield Society. It was a brilliant opportunity to get together with people from other Abbeyfield Societies across the region – it’s great to chat with them about how they operate and to share best practice. There are lots of wonderful people working very hard for Abbeyfield and it’s lovely to be a part of it.

There were various presentations made throughout the day – on topics ranging from corporate responsibility, through strategic commissioning of services for older people, to volunteering and how to bridge the inter-generational gap.... really useful stuff!

Angela Rippon was a fantastic guest presenter/chairwoman for the day – dynamic, funny and very engaging. It was really nice to meet her and to be able to have a good chat. She does huge amounts of work for older people and in particular, raising awareness of dementia.

I was delighted to be awarded 3rd prize by Angela for my macarons in the +Abbeyfield Society West Region Bake Off competition, which loads of people from various Societies entered. I’ve been an avid baker since I starting making bread and cakes with my mum when I was about 3, (many years ago now....), and recently did another patisserie and viennoiserie course at the Bertinet Cookery School in Bath.

My macarons never turn out quite as perfect as those you see in beautiful patisserie window displays in Paris, but they still taste pretty good – my favourites to make are coffee & hazelnut, and rose, pistachio & white chocolate – they really are yummy...."
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The gloves are off and chefs across our 5 retirement houses are busy pie-planning for #NationalPieWeek. It's the residents who will decide who will receive the unique pie-trophy, and be crowned Abbeyfield Bristol & Keynsham's Master Pie Maker 2017. Watch this space...

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Never mind #BlueMonday. Across our 5 fabulous houses, we're looking forward to the regular 10.30am coffee morning and catching up with other residents about their weekends. Later, it could be keep fit for those feeling bouncy, a trip to the shopping mall, or just relaxing with the paper in our own gorgeous apartment. And then of course, we'll be chatting with friends over a delicious home-cooked lunch. Not a bad way to spend "the most depressing day of the year".

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IT'S A DATE! Our latest gorgeous Abbeyfield house will be open to new residents from next week. Still apartments available. Call 0117 973 6997 for information. #abbeyfield #keynshamtown
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Autumn in Bristol. You can't beat it. These photos were taken on Redland Road: home to one of our lovely houses. #autumnleaves   
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Just a couple of weeks to go until our fifth fabulous house opens to new residents. Situated just 400 metres away from bustling Keynsham town centre, the stunning new retirement house offers fabulous one bedroom and studio apartments; a bright, modern dining area; and beautiful landscaped gardens. 0117 973 6997 for information. Here's a sneak preview.
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