Lord Mayor sees Doorstep Challenge - it's such a blooming good show

June 22 2017

The Lord Mayor of Bristol, Councillor Lesley Alexander, visited Abbeyfield’s retirement house in Henleaze on June 9 to offer support to residents taking part in Abbeyfield’s inter-house horticultural competition, the Doorstep Challenge, where houses compete to create the most attractive entrance. Categories include the best hanging basket; best planted tub; best budget scheme; and most unusual container.

The Lord Mayor of Bristol, Councillor Lesley Alexander, visited Abbeyfield’s retirement house in Henleaze on June 9 to offer support to residents taking part in Abbeyfield’s inter-house horticultural competition, the Doorstep Challenge, where houses compete to create the most attractive entrance. Categories include the best hanging basket; best planted tub; best budget scheme; and most unusual container.

Residents from Abbeyfield Bristol & Keynsham’s houses in Redland and Henleaze have been working hard, planting and tending to plants and flowers for the past few weeks, to get ready for the competition, being judged in June. At the house in Henleaze, new resident Elizabeth Pettar was the driving force, galvanising the other residents into action. The result is a beautiful, colourful display at the front of the house, which has attracted many passers-by to stop and comment. 

Residents were over the moon when the Lord Mayor accepted an invitation to join them for coffee and to enjoy a tour of the house and gardens. 

“The gardens are wonderful and it’s lovely to see how much the residents enjoy coming together to get the plants and borders ready for the competition,”, said the Lord Mayor.

When she was elected last month, the Lord Mayor cited loneliness in the elderly as one of the issues she intended to help during her term: a theme that sits at the core of Abbeyfield’s work.  The Lord Mayor has previously established a group for older people, called The Bedgbrook Retirement Club, and also works with Contact the Elderly, a nationwide organisation that organises tea parties for older people living alone

Abbeyfield’s house manager in Henleaze, Suzanne Mackenzie said: “It was a pleasure to welcome the Lord Mayor today and to be able to find out more about her work with older people in communities. Our residents very much benefit from coming together socially, and working together for competitions such as the Doorstep Challenge. It’s heart-breaking to think of so many older people who remain very isolated and we look forward to working more with the Lord Mayor over the next year.”