A Retirement Community of Anglicans Uniting in Faith and Care
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The College of St. Barnabas -A Retirement & Nursing Home like no other.

How You Can Help
  1. Simply book your next holiday with Charitable Travel and tell us you want to support College of St. Barnabas. The charity will then benefit from the free donation you can make as part of the booking process. To read more about how this works, head to our ‘About Us‘ page.
  2. If you want to make a donation to College of St. Barnabas and you are not booking a holiday, click here to visit their website.
  3. Visit st-barnabas.org.uk to sign up to newsletters, and follow the
    College of St. Barnabas social media pages, and help spread the word.
How You Can Help
How You Can Help
  1. Simply book your next holiday with Charitable Travel and tell us you want to support College of St. Barnabas. The charity will then benefit from the free donation you can make as part of the booking process. To read more about how this works, head to our ‘About Us‘ page.
  2. If you want to make a donation to College of St. Barnabas and you are not booking a holiday, click here to visit their website.
  3. Visit st-barnabas.org.uk to sign up to newsletters, and follow the
    College of St. Barnabas social media pages, and help spread the word.
  1. Simply book your next holiday with Charitable Travel and tell us you want to support College of St. Barnabas. The charity will then benefit from the free donation you can make as part of the booking process. To read more about how this works, head to our ‘About Us‘ page.
  2. If you want to make a donation to College of St. Barnabas and you are not booking a holiday, click here to visit their website.
  3. Visit st-barnabas.org.uk to sign up to newsletters, and follow the
    College of St. Barnabas social media pages, and help spread the word.

Established in 1895 as a convalescent home for sick, impoverished missionaries, and other victims of clerical poverty in poor health, the College of St. Barnabas, was the response of our founder, Canon William Cooper, to the life in the workhouse or on the streets that they otherwise faced. It was also a very personal reaction to the hardships he himself endured after a tough and demanding life as a missionary in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand that had left him “a broken man” for whom no practical help was available from the church or the CMS.

By the closing years of the 19th century, clerical poverty had reached alarming levels. There was no comfort or security in old age, unless you were rich. Although old age pensions were introduced for some, early in the last century, it wasn’t until the inauguration of the NHS in 1948 that the majority of people began to benefit from improving health and social care.

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Throughout that time the College continued its mission to shelter and care for the frailest, the most vulnerable, and those least able through ill-health or lack of means, to care for themselves. Indeed, for many Residents, the College was – and still is – the provider of last resort: no-one has ever been turned away for want of means.

The disturbing reality today is that clerical poverty is still with us, and the College still works to achieve its original mission. There are still people – Clergy, spouses, widows, and widowers of Clergy, and indeed lay Anglicans – who fall through the safety net. There are many more expected to join them over the next 10 years as they retire without adequate means. When they do, the College aims to be there for them, as it has been for Anglicans in need for the past 125 years.

Nowadays we offer sheltered accommodation and residential care, and in addition, nursing care is available in our 28-bed nursing wing. We have a maximum capacity of 63 Residents, and some accommodation is reserved for couples. We welcome members of all the rich traditions of which the Anglican Communion is composed, and describe ourselves as:

"A Retirement Community of Anglicans Uniting in Faith and Care"

The average age of our Residents is almost 87 years, so we are very much a community of the 2oldest old2. Nonetheless the community is a vibrant one, social distancing permitting. Residents are encouraged to be as independent as they can be and to pursue their interests, with just the right level of support available as and when they need it.

Further information about our work, as well as our annual report and accounts can be found online at www.st-barnabas.org.uk

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Location

Blackberry Lane, Lingfield, Surrey, RH7 6NJ

+44 (0) 1342 870260

[email protected]

Charity and Company

Registered Charity No. 205220

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