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The College of St Barnabas

College of St Barnabas“A wonderful place for a wonderful retirement”

The College of St Barnabas is a residential community of retired Anglican clergy, set in 9 acres of beautiful Surrey countryside.  Married couples are welcome, as are those who have been widowed.  Admission is open to licensed Church Workers and Readers, and others in communion with the Church of England.  There are facilities for visitors and guests; occasional quiet days and retreats can be accommodated.

The community was founded by Canon William Cooper 1895 who had discovered dozens of retired priests, without any income, living in Workhouses.  He set about founding a new community for them, and became its first Warden.

It is called a ‘College’ to reflect the collegiate nature of the community’s lifestyle and the study in which many of the Residents continue to be engaged.  Until recently, present members had written over 100 books between them!

Residents are encouraged to lead active, independent lives.  There is a Nursing Wing, to which both internal and direct admission are possible, providing domiciliary, residential and full nursing care.  This enables most residents to remain members of the College for the rest of their lives.  It is sometimes possible to offer respite care here.

The present building, which dates back to July 1900, continues to be developed and upgraded.  Sheltered flats in the ‘Cloisters’ all have separate sitting rooms, bedrooms and en suite facilities.  The Nursing Wing consists entirely of individual private rooms.  Throughout the College, all the Residents’ rooms have broadband internet connections.  There are two Chapels; Mass and Evensong are celebrated daily.  There are three Libraries and a well-equipped Common Room with state-of-the-art DVD, sound and video projection facilities.  Meals are served in the Refectory or may be taken privately when necessary.

College of St BarnabasNotwithstanding these modern amenities, in the second century of its life the College retains a feeling of history and the beautiful surroundings which encouraged its founders to build here.  Over 100 years after its foundation, it still fulfils its ministry of care to those who have given their lives to serve the Church and now look to the Church for the support they need.

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