This section of our website is dedicated to the latest news stories from The New Deanery 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.

Care home team members chosen to enjoy a night of glamour

By 6th July 2021

Seven excited team members from our Braintree care home have been chosen at random to represent the homes at a glittering awards ceremony and gala dinner. Read More

Eight-hour relay unites community to raise over £1,000 for Covid relief in India

By 17th May 2021

Residents from our Braintree care home took part in an eight-hour relay with children and churchgoers from the local community to raise over £1,000 for India as the country grapples with the Covid-19 outbreak. Read More

The New Deanery praised for ‘going extra mile’ in providing compassionate end of life care

By 24th February 2021

Judges of a prestigious national award recognising exceptional quality of care for those in the later stages of their lives have praised the compassionate teams at two Braintree care homes for ‘going the extra mile’ with their residents. Read More

One of Braintree’s oldest residents celebrates her 106th birthday

By 28th September 2020

A Braintree great, great grandmother celebrated her 106th birthday in style, with singing, a special cake and stories about her childhood in north Essex. Read More

Our latest residents and relatives survey results for 2020 are out

By 27th August 2020

The team at The New Deanery care home are delighted with the results of the our most recent independent residents and relatives survey. Read More

Double Gold award for Braintree care home

By 20th August 2020

 The New Deanery has received a national award for the quality of its care for residents in the later stages of their lives as part of the National Gold Standards Framework (GSF) award.

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The New Deanery review inspection during COVID-19 outbreak

By 15th August 2020

Last week The New Deanery was subject to a Thematic Review’ inspection by CQC. We were one of 300 care homes in the UK chosen as part of CQC’s work to understand how care homes are dealing with the  Coronavirus pandemic, and the visit focussed purely on this.

They picked us because we have, so far, kept the virus at bay.

Their findings were as follows:

  • They were assured that the provider was preventing visitors from catching and spreading infections.
  • They were assured that the provider was meeting shielding and social distancing rules.
  • They were assured that the provider was admitting people safely to the service.
  • They were assured that the provider was using PPE effectively and safely.
  • They were assured that the provider was accessing testing for people using the service and staff.
  • They were assured that the provider was promoting safety through the layout and hygiene practices of the premises.
  • They were assured that the provider was making sure infection outbreaks can be effectively prevented or managed.
  • They were assured that the provider’s infection prevention and control policy was up to date.

The New Deanery’s got talent to entertain care home residents

By 10th July 2020

Staff at our Braintree care home have unveiled an array of musical talent to entertain residents during the coronavirus lockdown. Read More

Keep your distance from care home staff to keep residents safe

By 17th June 2020

Staff at our Braintree care home have been issued with special badges asking people to keep their distance – to help protect vulnerable residents from the coronavirus. Read More

The New Deanery Coronavirus statement

By 18th May 2020

The health, safety and wellbeing of our residents and staff team are always our top priorities. We have therefore put in place robust and comprehensive contingency plans to prepare for, and respond to, the coronavirus outbreak in the UK. Our plans will be kept under regular review and updated as advised by the Government, Public Health England and associated advisory bodies. Read More

Celebrating and sharing memories of VE Day

By 16th May 2020

Residents of The New Deanery care home in Braintree had a fantastic garden party to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day. Read More

Activities at Braintree care home voted best in the UK

By 10th March 2019

Activities 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.

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The New Deanery give the gift of water

By 8th January 2019

The team at The New Deanery residential care home were delighted to provide the gift of fresh water to a Zimbabwe community. Read More

Is Betty Braintree’s oldest slimmer?

By 4th January 2019

 Braintree care home resident Betty Lodge says she had a model figure until she was 90 but now, at 99, she may be the oldest slimmer in town.

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The New Deanery wins awards for food AND fun

By 10th December 2018

A passion for providing delicious and nutritious food and a varied programme of activities to promote wellbeing has won awards for our Braintree residential care home. Read More

Award for brightening residents’ lives

By 22nd November 2018

Activities Manager Jo Whitehouse has won a prestigious award for her work providing a creative and varied programme of activities to brighten the lives of care home residents in Braintree. Read More

Caring staff raise £1,000 with Memory Walk

By 20th October 2018

Caring staff, friends and family from The New Deanery residential care home have raised nearly £1,000 after taking part in a Memory Walk. Read More

The New Deanery’s awards success

By 28th September 2018

The team at The New Deanery residential care home in Braintree are celebrating after being shortlisted for not one, not two but 12 national and regional care awards.

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Braintree care homes look blooming lovely

By 30th August 2018

The gardens at The New Deanery residential care homes in Braintree have bloomed and come to life, thanks to a make-over from two groups of young volunteers.

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The New Deanery 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 The New Deanery care home. Read More

New Deanery in the spotlight for high standards

By 7th June 2018

The New Deanery care home has been chosen to feature in a new CQC report highlighting the excellent work it undertakes to provide high standards of care to its elderly residents. Read More

The New Deanery’s Santa’s Elves Raise Money for Alzheimer’s

By 3rd January 2018

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

The New Deanery wins at the Prosper Essex Care sector awards

By 8th December 2017

Staff at our 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

Our care home scoops three more prestigious awards

By 15th November 2017

The New Deanery care home has scooped three more awards, being judged Care Employer of the Year for the second year running. Read More

Dedicated care home staff shortlisted for more awards

By 31st October 2017

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

The New Deanery care home staff’s medieval summer send-off

By 9th October 2017

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

Care homes shortlisted for 3 esteemed national awards

By 25th September 2017

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

Prize-winning painting at home in The New Deanery

By 7th September 2017

One of the winning paintings from last month’s Braintree Open Art Exhibition has taken pride of place in The New Deanery. Artist Denise Coles lives opposite The New Deanery and her entry was inspired by the beautiful view of the home’s glorious grounds from her bedroom window. Read More

Dancing Grannies steal the show at The New Deanery 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 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 The New Deanery care home 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

Much needed cash raised for Essex Dementia care charity

By 5th June 2017

More than £180 has been raised by residents of the award-winning The New Deanery and St Mary’s Court care homes in Braintree, and their families, at a fun quiz night.  The event, which was attended by 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

Skills for Care Approved Dementia Trainer Award

By 8th February 2017

Congratulations to our in-house Trainer, Mandi Randall-Cramp on achieving her Skills for Care Approved Dementia Trainer Award.

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MP James Cleverly praises Bocking care home

By 27th January 2017

The New Deanery residential care home in Bocking received a special visit from Braintree MP James Cleverly, who was impressed by the improvements that have been made under the ownership of Sonnet Care Homes.

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The New Deanery receives award at the Great British Care awards

By 17th January 2017

The New Deanery residential care home, near Braintree, have started the New Year with a bang after being awarded two prestigious accolades at the Great British Care Awards’ East of England Region ceremony. Read More

Survey of residents and relatives 2016

By 12th December 2016

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.

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Two prestigious national awards for our Braintree care home

By 5th December 2016

The 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 in London.

Record number of awards finalists for Braintree care homes

By 11th October 2016

The team from The New Deanery and St Mary’s Court care homes in Bocking near Braintree is 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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Essex tribute band bring joy to Braintree care home

By 15th September 2016

Residents, 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. Read More

Summer fun at our Bocking care home

By 25th August 2016
Residents and staff at The New Deanery and St Mary’s Court care homes 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.

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High praise for The New Deanery after CQC inspection

By 25th August 2016
The New Deanery residential care home have been heaped with praise by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), following an unannounced inspection. The Braintree care home, under the ownership of Sonnet Care Homes, has been rated as ‘outstanding’ for leadership and ‘good’ in all other aspects covering care, safety, effectiveness and responsiveness.

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

By 11th August 2016
Residents and staff from The New Deanery and St Mary’s Court residential care homes, in Bocking, took part in a charity relay across Essex.

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Olé! Residents enjoy a Spanish fiesta at The New Deanery Braintree care home

By 3rd August 2016
From 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.

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Shetland ponies are the mane attraction at our Bocking care home

By 6th July 2016
Residents and staff from The New Deanery residential care home in Bocking near Braintree had a delightful surprise when they were visited by two Shetland ponies named Rosie and Bonnie.

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A royal celebration at The New Deanery care home for the Queen’s 90th birthday

By 12th June 2016
Residents and staff from The New Deanery residential care home in Braintree marked the Queen’s 90th Birthday with a glorious garden party set in the home’s stunning 10 acre grounds. The event, held on the 11 June, was a real celebration with those attending enjoying a British spread of tea, cakes, scones and of course salmon and cucumber sandwiches.

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How care home at centre of TV investigation was turned around

By 10th June 2016
The care home exposed by Panorama two years ago for its poor care has won an award for its leadership after introducing a policy based on kindness, comfort and respect.

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New national award for the team at The New Deanery

By 16th March 2016
The New Deanery care home in Bocking, Braintree 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.

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Braintree care home celebrates Christmas early with Christmas jumpers party

By 17th December 2015
Staff and residents at The New Deanery residential care home in Bocking were in the Christmas spirit when they donned their favourite festive knits to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support, Make-A-Wish and Save the Children.

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The New Deanery named as finalist in national awards

By 7th December 2015
The New Deanery and St Mary’s Court 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.

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Braintree care home wins at British Care Awards | The New Deanery, Essex

By 1st December 2015
The New Deanery residential care home in Bocking has picked up The Care Home Nutrition and Hydration Award at The Great British Care Awards’ East of England Region and will be progressing to the national finals in 2016

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Sonnet pledges to pay staff above National Living Wage at The New Deanery

By 29th October 2015
Braintree based Sonnet Care Homes 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
The New Deanery and St Mary’s Court residential care homes in Braintree 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.

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National award nomination for Braintree care company CEO

By 16th October 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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St Mary’s Court resident Grace celebrates her 102nd birthday

By 15th October 2015
They say age is just a number and for Grace Blangy, resident at our residential care home in Braintree, that number is 102.

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

By 29th September 2015
On 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 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.

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Dancing through the decades at our Braintree care home

By 23rd September 2015
Residents and staff at St Mary’s Court and The New Deanery 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.

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Braintree care homes’ Memory Walk to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Society

By 7th September 2015
On Saturday 26 September staff and relatives of residents from The New Deanery and St Mary’s Court residential care homes near Braintree set off on a six mile Memory Walk to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.

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Braintree care home rocks on 50s fun day

By 12th August 2015
Swinging along to the sounds of the 50s, residents of the New Deanery and St Mary’s Court care homes in Bocking enjoyed a rock ‘n roll barbecue and vintage car show.

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Care worker at our residential home braves the shave

By 25th July 2015
After losing her mother to cancer nearly two years ago, Angie Fuller, who is a Care Worker at The New Deanery’s sister care home, St Mary’s Court in Braintree, wanted to give a little something back to a cancer charity, so she decided to shave her hair.

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Tennis fun day scores an ace at Braintree care home

By 16th July 2015
Residents and staff at The New Deanery residential care home in Bocking, near Braintree, got into the sporting spirit, when the team hosted a Wimbledon fun day for all to enjoy.

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Survey of residents and relatives 2015

By 10th July 2015
The survey, undertaken in May 2015, reported that ‘The positive feeling, especially among residents, to care, efficiency and responsiveness are a measure of how well the staff and management have focused on the quality of care in 2015’. The improvement in results shown below are compared to October 2014 which is shown in brackets.

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Top marks for our Braintree care home

By 30th June 2015
An ‘Armed Forces’ day held at The New Deanery residential care home in Bocking near Braintree helped residents to reminisce while allowing friends and families to share a special day with their loved ones.

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The New Deanery CQC Report

By 10th March 2015
The New Deanery Residential care home have received our latest CQC report and we are pleased to say that although the overall score states requires improvement (amber) we have achieved green status (good) in the most important area of all, which is of course care.

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February 2015: KCR star

By 27th February 2015

Amanda De Margary, the financial controller at our residential care home was nominated by the Senior Care Team at The New Deanery ‘for the never ending support, consideration and practical help she has shown them and the manager. Her passion towards the success of the home and making the team feel valued is really appreciated!’

February 2015: KCR star

By 27th February 2015

Theresa Clifford, Care Assistant, The New Deanery

Theresa was nominated by a resident who prefers not to be named. The resident said that Theresa is happy and jolly and does shopping for her when she needs it. She also said that Theresa is ‘a good one to meet to start the day’.

January 2015: KCR star

By 10th February 2015

Jerin, Care Assistant, The New Deanery

Jerin was nominated by one of our residents because ‘he always has a smile on his face and helps out the residents’.

January 2015: KCR star

By 7th February 2015

Elaine Clark, Care Assistant, The New Deanery

Elaine’s compassion and care for a resident in the final stages of life has been recognised by two of her managers. Elaine refused to leave the resident during her final hours, even to take a break, preferring to stay with her to ensure that she was comforted. This was described as ‘compassion above and beyond the call of duty’.

December 2014: KCR star

By 5th December 2014

Dave McManus, Night Manager

Nominated by residents and staff for his care and support for a resident during a recent period of ill-health, Dave is described as ‘extremely kind’, very understanding’, and ‘very fair’. A resident wanted us to know that Dave helps out whenever he can and knows exactly what to do without her even telling him.’

October 2014: KCR star

By 3rd October 2014

Gemma Morgan, Care Assistant

Resident Norman Boyd Radcliffe nominated Gemma because he says she has shown him care, comfort and respect and deserves a nomination.

August 2014: KCR Star

By 20th August 2014

Gemma Little nominated Rachel Marlow, Senior Care Assistant, because “she always put the needs of residents before her own, and she embodies kindness, comfort and respect in every task she undertakes.”