For Older People

Helping you live Independently with a balance of privacy, support & security whilst making new friends.

Making Time



For Older People

Helping you live Independently with a balance of privacy, support & security whilst making new friends.

Making Time



For Older People

Helping you live Independently with a balance of privacy, support & security whilst making new friends.

Making Time




Registered Manager Great Bradfords House – 01376 344385

Care Staff Great Bradfords House – 01376 326196 (24 hr on call 07510 152886)

Wickham House Manager – 01376 323566

Felsted House Manager – 01371 820897

Operations Manager – 01376 325181

Marketing Manager – 01376 320061

Welcome to The Abbeyfield Braintree, Bocking and Felsted Society

The Abbeyfield Braintree, Bocking and Felsted Society has traditionally, provided supported sheltered housing. These are either purpose built or adapted from existing buildings that are fully modernised with ensuite facilities to make them suitable for older people. The Abbeyfield way of life provides balance of privacy, support and security that can be ideal for older people who no longer feel happy living alone but do not wish to share with relatives. Abbeyfield is firmly rooted in the local community. The people living in an Abbeyfield house are very much part of their neighbourhood and enjoy the friendly contact this brings.

Individual Care

Our Staff

Cass Murray – Abbeyfield Felsted House Manager

Cass Murray joined Abbeyfield in March 2011, whilst still enjoying a part time interest working in Fashion on the manufacturing and designing side.
Cass manages the Felsted House alongside her small team of devoted and caring staff in a family environment. Being brought up in her families Nursing Home she has always understood from a young age the needs of people in nursing care. Cass enjoys the Theatre and spending as much time as possible with her family.

Dot Wheeler – Great Bradfords House Registered Manager

Dot joined Abbeyfield in January 2017 as the Registered Care Manager.

Dot runs a team of experienced Carers providing 24 hour care in our Extra Care Scheme as well as managing the smooth running of the house and other staff. 

Dot has over 30 years’ experience in the Care Sector. Her career started as a volunteer in a residential day centre which she later went on to manage. She has worked in both the private sector and local authority providing care to vulnerable adults in the community

Dot feels that Great Bradfords House provides the ideal place for the elderly – maintaining independence with support when needed in a beautiful, warm and friendly environment. 

Sandra Ryder - Wickham House Manager

Sandra Joined Abbeyfield Wickham House in 1993 as a Weekend Teatime Assistant.
She was then promoted to Deputy Manager at Georgian House  and after 3 years Sandra was promoted again to Manager.
When Georgian House closed in 2007,  she moved back to Wickham House.
Sandra still enjoys the everyday challenges and finds her work with the residents very rewarding and is proud of her achievements.
This is due to the support that the Trustees, staff, and her family have given.

Diane Fitzgerald - Marketing & Fundraising Manager

Diane joined Abbeyfield in February 2015, having previously worked in recruitment.

Having worked as House Manager at Great Bradfords House, Diane now deals with the marketing of all 3 houses, co-ordinating filling any vacancies and fund raising for the Society. As a charity, it is vital that we raise awareness of our aims to provide housing for the elderly, encourage support locally and continue to grow and improve.

Diane lives locally in Great Notley and is mum to four children.  In her spare time, she is an avid supported of Manchester City Football Club going to matches whenever possible.

Michele Quaife MBE - Operations Manager

Michele joined Abbeyfield Braintree Bocking and Felsted in February 2007 having spent 23 years in the Armed Forces. She joined as the part time Administrative Assistant and has held various posts during her time with the Society including Activities Co-ordinator, Company Secretary and more recently became the full time Operations Manager but also carrying on with the responsibilities of the Company Secretary.

Michele is responsible for the day to day management of the Society and remains in contact with the trustees to facilitate a responsive and effective management structure.

In her spare time, Michele still manages to coach and play netball and is involved with various committees to do the sport within East Essex.

Ian Norgett - Chairman

Ian was appointed as a Trustee of Abbeyfield Braintree, Bocking and Felsted Society (ABBFS) in  2004. He is a qualified accountant and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales ( FCA ).

Ian’s father and mother-in-law have both been residents of ABBFS and spent many happy years there. He was very impressed with the friendliness and compassion shown to residents and wanted to contribute to Abbeyfields success.

As a Trustee, Ian has been part of the team managing significant changes to ABBFS which currently include the building of Polly’s Field, our first Retirement Village due to be completed early in 2022.  

Ian is married with three sons and four grandchildren, he is Treasurer of Braintree Bowling Club, interested in sport generally and apart from bowls plays golf and badminton.

Supported Sheltered Housing

Abbeyfield has traditionally, provided supported sheltered housing.


The support is provided by paid members of staff and volunteers. Volunteers give time on behalf of residents, to ensure that each feels at home and supported and that the house is well managed.

Staff & Service

At house level, paid staff provide meals and support to residents and organise the day to day running of the house. The work of local societies is supported regionally in the United Kingdom.

Joan Jenkinson

Abbeyfield, Great Bradfords House

I have found Abbeyfield a safe and secure haven. I have a pleasant flat, made new friends and I know care and help is on hand when I need it.

Cyril Edwards

Great Bradford’s House, Braintree

It would be difficult to ask for anything better, I was looking forward to the new chapter in my life and I was not disappointed.

Douglas Wade

Wickham House, Braintree

I have found the staff and residents very welcoming, people here are lovely and the food is fantastic.

Carol Divall

Abbeyfield House, Felsted

I have been living here for 10 months now and I have found every member of staff are supportive, helpful and caring and there when they are needed, I cant find any faults at all


Contact Abbeyfield

Feel free to post a general enquiry. Your feedback is always welcome!

Contact the Scheme Manager at
Wickham House (click here for map)
338 Coggeshall Road, Braintree, Essex, CM7 9EH
Tel: 01376 323566 or email:

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Contact the Scheme Manager at
Great Bradfords House (click here for map)
159 Coggeshall Road, Braintree, Essex, CM7 9GD 
Tel: 01376 326196 or email: 
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Contact the Scheme Manager at
Abbeyfield House, Felsted,
Jollyboys Lane North, Felsted CM6 3DU
Tel: 01371 820897 or email:

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