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Bromley 1955

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Bromley]

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" Homefield " and "Elmwood," Southborough Road, Bickley.
These Homes are run by the Bermondsey Medical Mission,
and the Warden has kindly furnished the following report:—
The past year has been marked by few changes. A new
Sanitary Annexe was added to the ground floor at " Homefield."
Several outings were arranged during the summer and also
one to London during Christmas week.
The health of the patients has been reasonably good and the
fine summer made it possible for greater use to be made of the
Regular services continue to be held each Sunday and are very
much appreciated as few of the patients are able to attend Church.
Over 60's Clubs.
These Clubs meet once a week and old people have the
opportunity of meeting others, making friends, playing games, doing
handicrafts, reading, etc.. and having a cup of tea together.
Sick visitors take tea to those unable to attend.
The Members have been working for a Handicraft Exhibition
to be held in April. 1956.
Club leaders arrange outings to the sea in the summer, and
half-day outings to the country in the spring and autumn.
A Men's Inter-Club Darts League gives the members an
opportunity of visiting the various clubs.
Several of the clubs have their own concert party and entertain
the other clubs in Bromley.
A Darts Shield has now been given for the Ladies.
Meals on Wheels and Luncheon Club.
An average of 70 to 80 meals are cooked by voluntary workers
and about 60 of these are taken out in insulated containers, in two
W.V.S. vans.
A luncheon club is run at the Meals Kitchen at St. Mary s
Church House, College Road. Bromley, for mobile old people.
These two services operate on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
and Fridays.
Over 14,500 meals were cooked last year, and the service fills
a very great need, especially so in the winter months.