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"Fifty little front gardens in full bloom, and in the middle of the quadrangle, an ancient chapel... I couldn't wait to come and live here.”



The following are comments and quotes from residents:

Anne B:  On my first visit in 2014 I immediately felt at home in these beautiful and historic surroundings.  I love the tranquil view of the garden from my east facing windows, whilst also being able to step out of my front door into the quad and feeling part of the College community in this peaceful countryside setting.

Mary S:  Every one of the ladies living here  at the College has a story to tell; each one of us has our own personal reasons for coming to live here.  For me it has been a place of sanctuary and healing; somewhere free from many of the daily stresses of the world, where I feel safe, calm and content.  It is a place where you can be as private or as social as you wish and where there is always someone to look to for help and support when you need it.  The cottages, grounds and gardens are beautifully maintained which all contributes to the feeling of peace and delight.  I feel very grateful and privileged to be living in this lovely environment.

Lorna P:  I have lived at the College for 10 years and the phrase “time flies when one is contented” comes to mind.  The continuing kindness and care from the Trustees, Steward and the Warden never alters, making the College my “forever home”. 

Pia W: I was looking for a place, in a country setting, where I could relax and feel secure.  The College has given me that, and more.  It’s like having a bachelor pad again, only 17th Century cottage style!

Evelyn D: I have lived at the College for eight years now and am very happy.  It is a safe place and everybody is very friendly.  I would recommend it to anyone wanting to live here. 

Irene D: It is hard to believe that I have lived at the College for almost three years now!  One of the things that attracted me to the College was the social life on offer if you wanted to join in which I definitely did.  I set up a scrabble club and film nights were a favourite with a meal cooked by the Warden, Emma, followed by a film.  Of course, at the time of writing this, most social gatherings have been suspended due to Covid but we are hopefully soon going to be able to socialise again. 

The College is a friendly place, plenty of people to pass the time of day with, beautiful grounds to enjoy, especially when the sun is shining!  The flower beds at the front of our cottages are always colourful and a delight to look at.  I love the feeling of security that living here gives me, knowing there are people who are willing to lend a helping hand, and never feeling lonely.  It is a truly unique place

“There is a friendly atmosphere here at The College. I find a warm welcome each morning I enter the quad. This is a calming, serene and tranquil place in which to work, but with plenty of lively residents and a lot going on for those who wish to join in. For those who are not 'joiners' The College simply provides a safe and secure home amongst beautiful surroundings.” (Warden)

The Warden
Mrs Emma Holborow

The Steward
Ms Laurie Caterer

The Board of Trustees
The Duke of Somerset, Chairman of the Trustees
Mrs Anne Oliver, Chairman Executive
Mr Martin Gibson (Finance Chairman)
Mr Christopher Cooke
Mrs. Joanna Cowley
Mrs Henrietta Geary
Mr Martin Gibson
Mr Richard Nocton
Dr Rodney Owen-Jones

The Chaplain
The Reverend Ann Massey

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