Our Locations

Abberton Manor

  • Colchester
  • 01206 735590
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Astley Hall

  • Stourport-on-Severn
  • 01299 827020
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  • Hereford
  • 01432 263131
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Nowton Court

  • Bury St Edmunds
  • 01284 756610
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  • Worcestershire
  • 01299 403260
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The Lawns

  • Worcester
  • 01905 821388
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West Eaton

  • Leominster
  • 01568 610395
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At Abberton, we are delighted to have a minibus for the use of our residents and the local community.

Out and about in our minibus

Residents have the opportunity to join in excursions. We have ventured out, in spite of the chilly weather, wrapped up with travel blankets and coats.

Visiting Tiptree

We had a wonderful trip to The Wilkins and Sons Tiptree Jam factory. https://www.tiptree.com/index.php/tiptreetroom

A change of scenery, good company, and excellent coffee and scones made for a thoroughly enjoyable morning. We looked round the visitor centre and learnt about where the saying “getting caught red handed” comes from. All the old machinery on display and pictures showing farming history from Essex conjured a lot of memories.

Enjoying the tea room at Tiptree

Residents shared stories, we laughed about our jam making disasters and successes and sampled our favourite preserves.

Visiting Abberton Reservoir

This is always a hit with residents. We wanted to visit, before the end of winter, to see the over-wintering birds. These include ducks, geese and swans, which visit in their thousands. The visitor centre has a huge curved observation area overlooking the reservoir. It is ideal for our residents to access and watch the bird life from the warmth of the cafe.

We will be back in the summer to see the butterflies!

Off do do some birdwatching

Visiting the garden centre

Perrywood Garden Centre is local to us and a popular destination. It’s a great place to browse through plants and has a gift section our residents like. The coffee shop is also great.

Enjoying time at Perrywood
Visiting the garden centre on the minibus

Helping the local community

We collect school children and scout groups in our minibus, so they can visit residents. We have a wonderful bond through the FaNs network with Langenhoe Primary School. The children visited recently and got to meet Taz, a gorgeous whippet therapy dog. You can see from the picture how everyone enjoyed themselves.

The children of Langenhoe and Taz

We also use the minibus as a community bus. We volunteered to take this on when the previous community bus stopped operating. This keeps going a vital service to the local community, enabling people to maintain their independence.