Dorset care home celebrates milestone year

11th April 2019

The Old Vicarage in Leigh near Sherborne, Dorset, has held a special event to mark 35 years of being a care home.

Today the home provides high quality residential care for up to 41 people, but the building in which it is based, dates back to 1859.  It was the home of the parish vicar for decades and Reverend Evans lived at the Vicarage until early 1963, before it was sold and turned into flats.

In 1984 Annie and Ian Sinnott brought the Old Vicarage and altered the house to a residential home for the elderly and a home for themselves and their family.

They restored the building to reform the grounds to their former beauty. When the home first opened on April the 1st 1984, it had just one resident and one member of staff, and was registered for just six residents.  The one staff member later became a resident at the home.

In 1996 the home was expanded with a building extension, and the first of the well-loved annual Garden Parties was held, which are still continued today.  A further extension was completed in 2012, increasing the capacity to support 41 residents.

On Saturday 6th April, a special champagne afternoon tea was held for residents, staff and visitors, marking 35 years of residential care.

Home Manager Louise Turner, who has worked at the home for over 20 years said, “Saturday was a really special day for us.  The Old Vicarage is steeped in wonderful local history and it was great to look back at the story of the building, but also to see how far it has come as care home since it welcomed residents back in 1984.

“Care today is quite different to that provided in the early 80s, but what remains the same is the constant commitment to the happiness and welfare of our residents. We are very proud of our home, which is well known and loved in the local community, and it was important for us to mark this anniversary.

“Annie and Ian did such a fabulous job creating a home that is a central part of the Leigh community. After they sadly passed away, their daughters Carey and Josie took over the mantle and in 2018 made the decision to sell the home to Healthcare Homes.  Today, it continues to hold dear the special qualities that make it a home-from-home for our residents and, of course, to the 68 people who work here. 

“I’d like to thank everyone who joined us to mark this special occasion. I would also like to thank the team for their passion in making The Old Vicarage the home it is today. We look forward to caring for our wonderful residents at The Old Vicarage for many more years to come.”

The Old Vicarage is based in Leigh near Sherborne.  For more information on the range of services provided, visit or call  01935 873033.