An Evening of Greek Dancing and Delight

Yannis came to Abbeyfield on Tuesday evening, 31 July, to get everyone dancing.  He brought fun and laughter to the house and gave an amazing demonstration of his own skills as a Greek dancer.  He stayed for supper and everyone was very sorry to see him go, pressing him to promise to come back.  A great success.


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Summer Garden Party, July 2018

It was a lovely day with a light cloud cover to protect us all from melting.  Residents, family and friends, together with trustees and staff enjoyed a lovely afternoon, serenaded by Miles Away, playing gentle jazz throughout the afternoon.  Mayor Piers Brown joined us for tea and cakes on the lawn and spent time chatting to everyone there.  The raffle was a great success and the money raised goes into the entertainments fund.

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AGM 2018

This year’s Annual General Meeting was held at Abbeyfield House, Bleke Street, Shaftesbury, at 3.15 pm on Wednesday 21 March.

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Christmas 2017

Trustees and residents enjoyed a splendid pre-Christmas lunch together when Father Christmas visited to give out early Christmas presents, as many of the residents would be away from the house to spend the time with their families.  There was the usual tricky seasonal anagram quiz, with a few recitations and lots of laughs.  A good time was had by all.

Those that were there for Christmas Day had another lovely meal, beautifully presented as always, with Jeanette’s home-made cakes and mince pies.

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Hot dogs and Fireworks 6 November 2017

Abbeyfield residents celebrated Guy Fawkes with a hot dog supper after watching their own mini firework display in the garden.  No event is complete without a cake and Jeannette produced this magnificent chocolate bonfire cake complete with sparklers for the occasion.

Bonfire cake

Bonfire cake

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Abbeyfield Celebrates Her Majesty’s 90th Birthday

Queen's 90th Birthday celebrations at Abbeyfield Shaftesbury

Queen’s 90th Birthday celebrations at Abbeyfield Shaftesbury

Abbeyfield residents celebrated the Queen’s 90th birthday with a special lunch, entertainment and as always a splendid cake. The occasion was honoured by the appearance of a familiar face, who made the cover of the Blackmore Vale Magazine the following week!


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Garden Party 8 August 2015


The sun shone on our Garden Party again this year and the mayors of both Shaftesbury and Gillingham graced us with their presence. Entertainment was provided by Miles Away Jazz Band and a Jeannette provided a superb selection of cakes. Local Shaftesbury businesses were again very generous in donations of raffle prizes.

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Justin Daish musical evening – June 2015

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Friends and family joined residents for a musical evening provided by Justin Daish, a solo guitarist and lead guitar in acclaimed instrumental group The Shadowers. He entertained with music from the 1950s and 1960s, and residents even joined in the actions. The great evening ended with a buffet and wine, and even got a mention in the Blackmore Vale Magazine.

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Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Abbeyfield Blackmore Vale Society was held at Abbeyfield House, Shaftesbury, at 3.15 pm on 19 March 2015.

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Christmas Celebrations

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As some residents join their relatives at Christmas, Abbeyfield held an extra pre-Christmas celebration lunch joined by guests and volunteers. The children of the Abbey Primary School in Shaftesbury sang carols beautifully before lunch, and after lunch Santa arrived and presents were opened and the Christmas Hat Competition was judged.

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Abbeyfield Blackmore Vale Society

Abbeyfield House, Bleke Street, Shaftesbury Dorset, SP7 8JZ