St Mary's Court Care Home, Braintree, Essex

This section of our website is dedicated to the latest news stories from St Mary’s Court residential care home in Braintree, Essex, including reports and photos about events we have organised for residents, how our care home in Braintree is performing, and more.

St Mary’s Court supports Alzheimer’s Society raising £1,000 on Memory Walk

By 21st October 2018

Caring staff, friends and family from St Mary’s Court residential care home have raised nearly £1,000 after taking part in a Memory Walk. Read More

St Mary’s Court are celebrating success

By 28th September 2018

The team at St Mary’s Court residential care home in Braintree are celebrating after being shortlisted for not one, not two but 12 national and regional care awards. Read More

Our Braintree care homes look blooming lovely

By 30th August 2018

The gardens at St Mary’s Court residential care home in Braintree have bloomed and come to life, thanks to a make-over from two groups of young volunteers.

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St Mary’s Court care home celebrates the Royal Wedding in style

By 13th June 2018

Staff, residents and their families celebrated and watched the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle in the stunning sunshine of our beautiful gardens at St Mary’s Court. Read More

Santa’s Elves from St Mary’s Court Raise Money for Alzheimer’s

By 3rd January 2018

Donning the jolly green outfits of Santa’s little helpers, staff from our Braintree specialist care home put on a festive spectacle at Braintree Freeport. Read More

More award wins and award for caring chef is icing on the cake

By 8th December 2017

Staff at our specialist Braintree care home have won more recognition for their quality service – scooping two highly commended awards and an overall winner at the Prosper Essex Care Sector Awards. Read More

Care home scoops three more prestigious awards

By 15th November 2017

St Mary’s Court care home in Bocking, Braintree has scooped three more awards, being judged Care Employer of the Year for the second year running.

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Dedicated care home staff shortlisted for more awards

By 31st October 2017

Staff at our specialist Braintree care home are on a roll after being shortlisted for three awards at The Prosper Essex Care Sector Awards. Read More

St Mary’s Court care home staff bid farewell to summer medieval-style

By 9th October 2017

Residents of The St Mary’s Court care home in Braintree and their families travelled back in time to enjoy a spectacular final outdoor event of the summer. Read More

Care homes shortlisted for three esteemed national awards

By 25th September 2017

St Mary’s Court and The New Deanery residential care homes in Braintree have been shortlisted for not one, not two, but three accolades at the National Care Awards. Read More

Dancing Grannies steal the show at St Mary’s Court Summer Fete

By 25th July 2017

A dance-off between the ‘Dancing Grannies’ and the ‘Honey G’s’ was the highlight of the Sonnet Care Homes Summer Fete in Bocking. Read More

Father’s Day football fun supports cancer charity

By 27th June 2017

A Father’s Day football match and BBQ helped raise funds for a prostate cancer charity. The event was organised at the New Deanery and St Mary’s Court residential care homes in Bocking to give residents’ and their families an enjoyable afternoon in the sun, with live entertainment from singer Gary Oliver. Read More

Teddy Bears’ Picnic at St Mary’s Court helps Braintree baby

By 14th June 2017

A Teddy Bears’ Picnic helped raise funds for a special Braintree baby with a rare chromosome disorder. The children’s day was organised at the New Deanery and St Mary’s Court residential care homes in Bocking to give residents’ grandchildren and families a fun day out with their loved ones. Read More

Braintree Care homes raise money for dementia charity

By 5th June 2017

More than £180 has been raised by residents of the award-winning New Deanery and St Mary’s Court care homes in Bocking, and their families, at a fun quiz night.  The event, which attracted over 40 people, was organised by the homes’ resident Activities Manager Jo Whitehouse and her team, and held during national Dementia Awareness Week. Read More

Survey of residents and relatives 2016

By 13th December 2016
A member of the team doing crafts with a resident

In May/June this year we repeated our survey of residents and their relatives. We did this in order to understand what people think about the care and services we provide and to help inform our ongoing improvement plans. Read More

Two prestigious national awards for our Bocking care home

By 5th December 2016

Ieva with collecting her awardThe New Deanery and St Mary’s Court residential care homes near Braintree are celebrating having won two prestigious National Care Awards at a glittering ceremony at the Hilton London Metropole

Home Manager at The New Deanery, Jane Sadowski scooped the top award in the Care Leadership 2016 category and Head of Housekeeping Ieva Bagurske was named as Care Housekeeper 2016, on 25 November.

Ieva impressed the judges with their report stating: “Ieva has used her background in hotel services to transform housekeeping in a person-centred way. This has been achieved by coaching and role modeling, quality standards, making a difference through choice, innovation and outstanding customer service.” Read More

St Mary’s Court care team nominated for more care awards

By 11th October 2016
The teamThe teams from St Mary’s Court and The New Deanery care homes  in Bocking near Braintree are celebrating having reached the final stages at two prestigious care industry awards in an impressive 10 categories.

But that’s not all: Sonnet Care Homes, which runs them, has been shortlisted for the Care Employer Award at The Great British Care Awards, East of England Region, bringing the ‘finalists’ tally to 11.

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Braintree carers Brave the Shave for charity

By 22nd September 2016

Yasmin and Dawn after raising cash for MacmillanTwo dedicated carers St Mary’s Court care home in Bocking took the selfless and courageous step of shaving their hair to raise over £1,000 for Macmillan Cancer Research.

On 20 September Yasmin Grey and Dawn Potter chose to join the thousands of people across the country that have taken part in the charity’s Brave the Shave campaign which has already raised over £3 million.
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Essex tribute band bring joy to Braintree care home

By 15th September 2016

A resident dancing with Jo CrosbyResidents, families and the team at The New Deanery and St Mary’s Court care homes, near Braintree, took advantage of great weather and their extensive grounds to dance through the decades thanks to music from multi tribute act Recollections.

It is not the first time the act has played at the home – it has proved so popular with residents that the activities team asked them back and they were not disappointed. Read More

Summer fun at our Bocking care home

By 7th September 2016

Children with a MinionResidents and staff at the St Mary’s Court care home in Bocking made the most of summer with two successful fundraising events – a Summer Fete and a Children’s Fun Day, raising £375 for Mencap and £183 for Childline respectively.

Friends and family also attended the Summer Fete and enjoyed a tombola, traditional games such as a coconut shy and hook-a-duck, music from the Essex Pipers and Drum Band, Vocal Reflections Choir and Barber Shop Quartet with the proceeds going to Mencap.

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Braintree Care home residents enjoy a night out at the races

By 31st August 2016

Residents at the racesA fantastic night was had by residents and staff from St Mary’s Court residential care home in Bocking when they went to Chelmsford City Racecourse, as part of the home’s varied activities programme.

The idea of the evening out for residents at the care home was suggested by St Mary’s Court resident Malcolm Whitehead, who is an ex bookie.

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Braintree dementia care home passes on the baton in Relay with Care

By 11th August 2016

Passing the baton at the Relay with CareResidents and staff from The New Deanery and St Mary’s Court residential care homes, in Bocking, took part in a charity relay across Essex. The relay baton travelled across the county over five days, visiting 35 care homes along the way and was brought to St Mary’s Court care home, Braintree on 2nd August.

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St Mary’s Court care home residents entertained on Spanish themed day

By 4th August 2016

Residents enjoying the Spanish themed dayFrom Flamenco dancing to tasty paella, residents and staff from The New Deanery care home in Bocking, enjoyed a spectacular Spanish fiesta held in the home’s stunning 10 acre grounds. The residents and their families, who attended on the 31 July, tucked into a delicious lunch of paella, tapas, a barbeque and refreshing sangria, whilst enjoying Spanish dancing and music.

 

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Shetland ponies are the mane attraction at our Bocking care home

By 7th July 2016

Resident with a ponyResidents and staff from St Mary’s Court residential care home in Braintree had a delightful surprise when they were visited by two Shetland ponies named Rosie and Bonnie.

The two ponies, supplied by Magical Miniature Ponies, visited the care home, and sister care home The New Deanery on the 29 June and residents were overjoyed to see them.

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A royal celebration at St Mary’s Court care home for the Queen’s 90th birthday

By 14th June 2016

Enjoying the royal partyResidents and staff from St Mary’s Court residential care home in Bocking marked the Queen’s 90th Birthday with a glorious garden party set in the home’s stunning 10 acre grounds.

The event was a real celebration with those attending enjoying a British spread of tea, cakes, scones and salmon and cucumber sandwiches. Read More

St Mary’s Court care home in Bocking is praised in latest CQC inspection report

By 15th April 2016

Residents at St Mary's CourtIn the past 15 months, under the ownership of Sonnet Care Homes, St Mary’s Court care home has gone from strength-to-strength and is now rated as ‘good’ overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), with a rating of ‘outstanding’ for leadership.

In the CQC’s latest report (April 2016) the care home was judged to be ‘outstanding’ in the ‘well-led’ section of the report and ‘good’ in the sections which check safety, effectiveness, care and responsiveness.

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New national award for the team at St Mary’s Court

By 16th March 2016

The teams celebrating at the awardsThe St Mary’s Court care home in Bocking beat off fierce competition from across England to triumph in the category of Most Effective Approach to Leadership and Management, at the government-backed Skills for Care Accolades awards.

The accolades, which reward companies who are committed to providing high quality care and developing their workforce, were held at a glamorous ceremony in Birmingham on the 10th March, hosted by Jennie McAlpine of Coronation Street fame.

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Bocking care homes named as finalists for national awards

By 7th December 2015

Two members of the team with a resident St Mary’s Court and The New Deanery care homes in Bocking near Braintree have been named as finalists at the government backed Skills for Care Accolades, which reward companies who are committed to providing high quality care and developing their workforce.

The care homes are shortlisted in the final three nationally in the Most Effective Approach to Leadership and Management category.

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St Mary’s Court staff to receive the Living Wage

By 29th October 2015

St Mary's CourtBraintree based Sonnet Care Homes, which operates St Mary’s Court care home has announced its decision to increase rates of pay to a minimum of £7.25, ahead of the Government’s introduction of the National Living Wage of £7.20, which comes into force from the 1st April 2016.

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Four care award nominations for our Braintree care home

By 20th October 2015

Members of the team St Mary’s Court residential care home in Braintree, as well as it’s sister home, The New Deanery have been named as finalists at both The National Care Awards 2015 and The Great British Care Awards’ East of England Region, which recognise the very best people in the long-term care sector.

Julia Clinton, the CEO of parent company Sonnet Care Homes, has been selected as a finalist for the Care Leadership award at The National Care Awards 2015, nominated by senior figures within the care sector for the improvements that have been made at The New Deanery in the past year.
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National award nomination for Braintree care company CEO

By 16th October 2015

The National Care Awards logoThe CEO of Braintree-based Sonnet Care Homes,which manages The St Mary’s Court care home Julia Clinton, has been selected as a finalist for the Care Leadership award at The National Care Awards 2015.

As the CEO of Sonnet Care Homes, the parent company of The New Deanery and St Mary’s Court residential care homes in Bocking, Julia has been nominated by senior figures within the care sector for the improvements that have been made at The New Deanery in the past year.

 

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Resident Grace celebrates her 102nd birthday

By 15th October 2015

Grace with her birthday cakeThey say age is just a number and for Grace Blangy, resident at our residential care home in Braintree, that number is 102.

Celebrating her birthday in style, on the 9th October, Grace was joined by the care workers at St Mary’s Court care home for a tasty lunch in the luxurious gardens. Read More

Staff complete six mile Memory Walk and raise over £1,500 for Alzheimer’s Society

By 29th September 2015

Staff on the Memory WalkOn Saturday 26 September staff and relatives of residents from The New Deanery and St Mary’s Court residential care homes near Braintree, completed a six mile Memory Walk, raising over £1,500 for the Alzheimer’s Society.

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Braintree care homes are committed to providing quality care

By 25th September 2015

The team with the certificate

The New Deanery and St Mary’s Court care homes in Braintree have been presented with a certificate of commitment, from the Minister of State for Community and Social Care, after pledging The Social Care Commitment.

The commitment is the care sector’s promise to provide those who need care and support with high quality services.

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Dancing through the decades at Braintree care home

By 23rd September 2015

John Travolta look alike singing to a residentResidents and staff at The New Deanery and St Mary’s Court residential care homes, near Braintree, enjoyed music from the 40’s through to the 00’s when multi tribute act Recollections provided entertainment for all.

Family and friends joined residents as Saul Watts and Pollie Hall from the tribute act filled The New Deanery’s stunning 10 acre gardens with hits from the likes of Elvis Presley, John Travolta, Olivia Newton John, Amy Winehouse and many more.

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Team from St Mary’s Court raise funds for Alzheimer’s Society

By 22nd September 2015

The team at St Mary's CourtOn Saturday 26 September staff and relatives of residents from St Mary’s Court and The New Deanery residential care homes near Braintree set off on a six mile Memory Walk to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.

During the month Memory Walks are taking place across the UK in a bid to raise money for a world without dementia. People of all abilities can come together to recognise those affected by dementia by raising money for the cause.

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Braintree care worker braves the shave

By 17th August 2015

Angie before
After losing her mother to cancer nearly two years ago, Angie Fuller, who is a Care Worker at St Mary’s Court residential care home in Braintree, wanted to give a little something back to a cancer charity, so she decided to shave her hair.

On Tuesday (21 July), at Vintage Glamour beauty Salon in Braintree, Angie’s daughter, who works at the salon, shaved her mother’s head as part of Macmillan Cancer Support’s ‘Brave the Shave’ campaign.

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Braintree care home rocks on 50s fun day

By 14th August 2015

Boy with a truckSwinging along to the sounds of the 50s, residents of St Mary’s Court and neighbouring The New Deanery care homes in Bocking enjoyed a rock ‘n roll barbecue and vintage car show.

Family and friends joined in as dancers Tony and Rose Bowers, from Mr Dickie Bow’s, put on a show in the homes’ spacious 10-acre gardens. Residents and guests enjoyed entertainment from the ‘Mama Don’t Dance’ band.

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Our Braintree care home gets top marks

By 29th July 2015

Two of the team dressed upAn ‘Armed Forces’ day held at our residential care home in Bocking near Braintree helped residents and their families reminisce while allowing friends and families to share a special day.

Residents enjoyed the secure 10 acre gardens which are now in full bloom, admiring a World War II tank, which had been brought along to add to the ambience. An air raid hut, complete with contents, a wartime 750cc BMW flathead motorbike, which would have been used to escort the tanks during the war, and staff in costume completed the theme.

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Survey of residents and relatives 2015

By 10th July 2015

In our most recent Residents and Relatives Survey, St Mary’s Court and neighbouring The New Deanery scored top marks for providing a caring service. Everyone who completed the survey, commissioned by Sonnet Care Homes and undertaken by an independent company, also said we were effective in meeting our residents’ needs and that we provided support when needed and professional care.

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KCR Star: January 2015

By 9th January 2015

Susan Hammond, Care Assistant, Oak Unit: 

Susan was nominated by Mystie Powell who said that she is especially kind to residents who remain in their rooms, spending time with them and always being cheerful.

 

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