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Abbeyfield Southern Oaks is a community based organisation which relies on volunteers to help us achieve our goals

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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)

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Works on the Nonsuch Abbeyfield Extra Care Community on Old School Lane, Ewell have started. Enabling works including demolition of the existing buildings and establishment of the site compound are underway. Castleoak, our construction partner, will then start the construction works in late December 2017 with completion of the building in the latter half of 2019. For details of our progress and ongoing updates please go to the

 Nonsuch Abbeyfield website

New Development in Ewell

On a sunny but cool afternoon, coinciding with Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday April 21st, an intrepid band of 10, made up of Old House Residents, Committee members and volunteers, set off in a 16 seater minibus from Sutton Community Transport.  That is after loading up with a wheel chair and two walking aids and buckling up. Off through the tangle of traffic that is modern Kingston through the gate on Queens Road (very apt) into the oasis of Richmond Park.The park has royal connections going back to Edward (1272-1307) but the 2,500 acres were not walled in till the reign of Charles 1 in about 1637. The old oaks were bedecked in their fresh light green covering of early leaves; the park is the top UK site for ancient trees and current practice is to leave dead wood where it falls  to become home for a 1000 species of beetles!.

 We headed north towards Richmond  but turned off right to Peg 's Pond carpark reserved for the disabled. We disembarked then entered the foot gate into a 40 acre fenced woodland garden, Isabella Plantation. It was originally planted in the 1830's with oak, beech and sweet chestnut for timber, but opened to the public in 1953 . At Peg's Pond we left one Resident seated in the sun with the volunteer driver watching the antics of the Mallards, Canada geese and Mandarin ducks. The rest of us took the new paths, paid for by Lottery money, up the slight gradient through the evergreen Azaleas lining our way with their pink, purple ,red and orange flowers, and the early Rhododedrons, Camellias and the original 1830 trees beyond them.   After about 20 minutes of gentle walking/pushing ,  we arrived at Still Pond surrounded by Kurume Azaleas which were a blaze of colour (see photo). Two of our more adventurous Residents then set off  with 2 volunteers to complete the circular walk past Thomson's Pond and the Bog Garden,  eventually meeting up with the remainder of the party who had strolled back almost the same way. 

We loaded the bus again and then off at 20 mph around the perimeter road to Pembroke Lodge for tea and cake.  The Lodge was originally (1847) the home of Prime Minister Lord John Russell, the grandfather of Bertrand Russell.With its views across the Thames Valley  and its spacious rooms and terrace it is a mecca for visitors. Off we went again continuing clockwise around the perimeter road , we saw most of the herds of 300 Red deer and 350 Fallow deer, mainly resting in harem groups around the stags. We also caught sight of the Shard some 12 miles distant in central London before returning to Ewell. A memorable trip, fit for a Queen and suitable for Residents with differing walking abilities, also light on our amenity funds thanks to the excellent Sutton Community Transport.

Malcolm Wakerley

Trip to Isabella plantation 2016