About Abbeyfield Wessex Society

Find out all you need to know about us as a Society and our homes based in Dorset,Hampshire & Gloucestershire

Welcoming residents into our community

Abbeyfield Wessex Society are a member society of The Abbeyfield Society, a national charity providing houses and homes to older people throughout the UK. Together we are one big family. We run eight independent living houses throughout Dorset, Hampshire & Gloucestershire and welcome residents over the age of fifty five to live with us. Our houses have between eight and twenty five rooms meaning you can choose to live in a smaller house or join a larger community in some of our bigger properties.

Although each house is different they all offer the same high standard of safety, security and service. 

As a society we aim to run all of our homes to a high standard offering tranquil, positive, communal environments for residents to enjoy retirement and later life. We encourage all residents to remain as independent as possible and live life to the full.



We have heritage at our heart

At Abbeyfield we've been alleviating loneliness for over 60 years.


The first Abbeyfield house opens in Bermondsey.


Abbeyfield Wimborne & District was formed.


Abbeyfield Wessex Society was established.


Our largest house, Westbourne House, opens.


We continue to enrich the lives of older people throughout Wessex.


We have Expanded. Merged with Gloucestershire & Our Dorchester House is Opening Summer 2024.

Meet the team

The people behind Abbeyfield Wessex Society

Vanessa Booker-Card


Hatty Cantrill

Business Manager

Aaron Windsor

Business Manager

Debbie Bartlett

Finance Manager

Laura Poulton

Support Services Manager

Fiona Courage

Accounts Assistant

Louise Lomas

Community Engagement Manager

Ellie Bale