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Abbeyfield House: Great Missenden
As you go down the Link Road in Great Missenden from the A413, have you ever wondered what that building is on the right-hand side, just before the high street? You may have stopped at the pedestrian crossing to let some older people cross the road and wondered where they live. The answer to both questions is Abbeyfield House.
Abbeyfield, Great Missenden, is a registered charity and the house, having started with just 10 rooms, now has a total of 16. Residents’ rooms have either en-suite facilities or access to a dedicated bathroom. The concept is that older people who either can’t or don’t want to manage their own homes but are capable of living independently can live in a comfortable, safe, friendly and caring communal environment. We provide a cooked lunch and tea every day but the rest of the time is their own.
Trips out are arranged for those who want to go. The bluebell run in the spring is especially popular as is the autumn leaves drive. Both end up with tea out at a local hostelry. In the summer the residents (with a little help) put on a fair in the grounds with a variety of stalls.
Many of our residents are involved with the local churches and we have regular coffee mornings with the folk that go to Oldham Hall, not to mention visits across the road to Lighthouse during the summer holidays. Four residents attended Prestwood-on-Sea this year which they thoroughly enjoyed. And, for the less active, there is a patio in front of the house which provides the opportunity to sit out and watch the world go by.
Our residents have memories going back several generations which are fascinating to listen to. It is equally stimulating having conversations with them on topics on which either experience or upbringing gives them some very definite views.
Abbeyfield, Great Missenden is managed by a Board of Trustees linking with the House Manager and her team of dedicated staff.
Do have a look at our website (www.abbeyfield.com then type in Great Missenden) to hear Geoffrey Palmer describe the house and its life.
Being involved with Abbeyfield is very special as the opportunity to give these older members of society a quality of life in their later years is so rewarding.
We are always looking to the future and so if you or a relative are looking for a suitable place to spend the later years or you would like to contribute by becoming either a volunteer or a trustee, do get in touch with us. At present we are looking to enlarge our Trustee Board and would like to hear from anyone who might be interested. In particular we would like to find someone who has experience in public relations and marketing.
You can contact us either through the website or by telephoning our manager, Julie Butler, on 865026.
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