Abbeyfield Southern Oaks is a not for profit organisation. We are affiliated to The Abbeyfield Society, but are independent and run our own affairs.
Regulator: Housing Corporation H1185
Registered Office: The Old House, Epsom Road, Ewell, Surrey KT17 1JZ
Registered Charity Number 247308
The company, which is limited by guarantee, is registered in England and Wales at the above address (registration number 734705)
Gordon Davies writes:-
It was my daughter, Linden, who did a lot of research into what might be suitable sheltered accommodation for me. Out of this research, the name ‘Abbeyfield’ figured prominently. Together with my other daughter, Alicia, we looked at the three ‘Abbeyfield Southern Oaks’ houses. Yes, they certainly met the criteria.
But, when it came to the possibility of actually moving into one of the houses, I became very apprehensive. What if I didn’t ‘fit in’? What if I couldn’t tolerate living in one room? How would I cope leaving behind my wonderful friends and neighbours, the activities that had become part of my life, the town and country I had grown to love? And, of course, there was the house which my wife, Phyllis, and I had made into such a lovely home and with which I was so familiar.
So you can imagine my feelings when the prospect of leaving all that behind looked like becoming real. It was in this frame of mind that I came to stay in the visitor’s room in 82, York Road. That time proved to be the essential turning point. Great! I was made so welcome by the residents and the lovely housekeeper, Jean, along with all the volunteers (who give of their time so willingly and cheerfully) that my fears proved to be quite groundless. Of course I miss my wonderful friends and neighbours. Of course I miss the activities in the town and country I have left behind. Of course I miss the house with which I was so familiar.
But, after that fortnight I had new friends whose company I really enjoyed. And, now I am here, yes, I do ‘fit in’. The prospects look good. There are clearly lots of things I can become involved in. I might need to watch out lest I be tempted to become too involved!
There is, however, one aspect I have left out. 82, York Road is called ‘Abbeyfield House’. But it is much more than just a house; it is a family home.
Les Wileman writes:-
Before moving into York Road I had stayed in the house for a long weekend; I had also visited a friend who was a resident. So my very first impressions were of a warm and comfortable house, and a group of very friendly residents, and a kind and friendly housekeeper.
Having now been a resident for almost 6 months my first impressions have now become my daily experience. Abbeyfield at York Road is a very special place; the residents are now my good friends, and I enjoy every moment of living here. At the centre of our lovely home is a very special lady; the love and care we receive from Jean is exceptional, she has enabled us to feel like a family. I am sure that I am not the only resident that has a special love for Jean, her smile, her friendliness is a joy to each of us. She is not just a very wonderful cook, she is a very special person.
I could continue, but will run out of superlatives. A lovely home, lovely people, great food and a lovely housekeeper.