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



Welcome to The Abbeyfield Braintree, Bocking and Felsted Society - Tel: 01376 344385

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 onsuite 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 neighborhood 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.

Diane Fitzgerald – Great Bradford’s House Manager

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

Managing the team at Great Bradford’s House has brought new challenges but backed by a dedicated and hard working team of staff she enjoys providing a caring and supportive environment for those with care needs.  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.

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 then 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.

Dorothy Wheeler, Care Manager

Dot joined Abbeyfield January 2017 as Registered Care Manager, Dot has been employed to manage the care services which will be starting later in the year.
Dot has over 30 yrs experience in the care sector, her career started as a volunteering in a residential daycentre which she later went onto manage, she has worked in the private sector and local authority, providing care to vulnerable adults in the community.

Dot feels that Abbeyfield Society is the ideal place for the elderly, it is a beautiful, warm and friendly environment.

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

Roy Hackett - Chairman

Roy’s Abbeyfield career began when he joined the Georgian House Committee in 1994.   He was told it would entail half an hour every other month!  Later he became House Chairman and finally Chairman of the Society.  He has been Chairman through significant changes in what accommodation Abbeyfield offer and how the Society is governed including the building of our first extra care scheme, the refurbishment of two sheltered houses, the reorganisation of management responsibilities at all our schemes and the amalgamation of The Braintree and Bocking and The Felsted Societies.

Roy has also taken a keen interest in the wider International Abbeyfield Society. He was Vice Chairman of the eastern region and a Director of the Peterborough Society.  Roy was presented with The Abbeyfield Royal Patron’s award for services to Abbeyfield in 2012.

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
Gt Bradford 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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