St Mary's Court Care Home, Braintree, Essex

Residents enjoy a wide range of activities at St Mary’s Court

Life is for living, so whether your passion is cryptic crosswords or carpentry, gardening or gaming, we’re here to help you do the things you love – and maybe to learn something new!

There are always plenty of activities for residents to enjoy, from playing pool in the secure courtyard to music and dancing from visiting entertainers and regular trips in the minibus to local attractions and nearby town for tea and cake or a spot of shopping.

Our team is keen to support our residents because their job satisfaction comes from your happiness and well-being.

Activities at St Mary’s Court voted best in UK in 2019

Award winning care home activitiesActivities Manager Jo Whitehouse has won a prestigious national award for her work providing a fun, creative and varied programme of activities to enhance the lives of care home residents in Braintree.

Jo, who works at The New Deanery and St Mary’s Court Care Homes in Bocking, won the ‘Care Home Activity Organiser’ award at the National Great British Care Awards.

Collecting her award at the glittering award ceremony held in Birmingham, Jo said: “It brings me great satisfaction and pleasure to be able to bring a smile to our residents’ faces and see them happy and fulfilled by participating in activities of their choice.

“A big thank you to my activities team – pulling together and delivering a stimulating activity programme for residents really is a team effort.”

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We are a member of NAPA, the National Activity Providers Association, which aims to improve quality of life for older people, through person-centred activities. We are very proud of our activities co-ordinator, Jo Whitehouse, who was a finalist at both The National Care Awards 2016 and The Great British Care Awards, East of England, 2016. She always comes up trumps with amazing activities for everyone.

Hello Summer 2019!

We’ve a fantastic line up of summer activities at The New Deanery and St Mary’s Court – so don’t forget to make a note of the dates in your diary! Contact the team for more information of if you would like to attend.

19th April           Charity quiz night at the New Deanery –  Quiz  /  Raffle  /  Buffet  /  Prizes

18th May            Italian Day – Pizza  /  Pasta  /  Wine  /  Entertainment

15th June           Down on the Farm – Hog Roast  /  Entertainment  /  Petting animals

13th July            Wimbledon Day – BBQ  /  Pimms  /  Strawberries & Cream

3rd August         Kids Superhero Day – Fancy Dress  /  Refreshments  /  Ice Cream  /  Entertainment

24th August       Summer fete –  Stalls  /  Refreshments  /  Entertainment

21st Sept            Sonnet’s Stars in Your Eyes – BBQ  /  Talent competition – anyone can enter/ prizes to be won!

Join us this summer! All events start at 1.30pm

Activities at St Mary's Court

Sample activity plans for St Mary’s Court:

Ash unit:

Activity plan Ash

Beech unit:

Activity plan Beech and Oak

Cedar unit:

Activity plan Cedar

Oak unit:

Activity plan Beech and Oak


I just wanted to say thank God there are people like you working in the care system that give us the knowledge that not everyone is bad. I thank my lucky stars that you were on Ash unit to look after Ian and care and protect him. Now I truly know you are my guardian angel.

Ian is at home this weekend. He doesn’t speak much now, just the odd word, but he likes me to sing to him and he tries to join in. I don’t think we will be hitting the big time with our voices!!!! I just love being around him – he is my hero and I love him. I hope you and your family are well and happy. Thank you for being you. Lots of love, Jane”

Jane - Wife of a resident

“The staff are not only professional in their approach, they are also very personable and it’s clear they do actually care above all else. The facilities and organisation are first rate. The buildings and grounds are well maintained and reflect the high standards of care taken throughout the care village. My wife’s dignity is respected at all times and her comfort is always the main focus.”

Matthew - Husband of resident

“I’ve been at the home for nearly 18 months, I know what it’s all about and would recommend the above home because I like it very much and I’m happy here.”

Annette - Resident


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