Window of opportunity opens for historic care home

Dave HallByDave Hall

Window of opportunity opens for historic care home

The College of St. Barnabas has deregistered its nursing wing and now operates exclusively as a residential care home.

The college was founded by former missionary Canon William Cooper who described himself as ‘a broken man’ from the physical hardships he endured during his ministry in the Australian outback and wilderness of Canada. Back in Britain, he came across other former missionaries and older clergy living in abject poverty and ill-health, most notably in the Brighton Workhouse, and he determined to do something to alleviate their suffering.

Last year marked the 125th anniversary of the founding of the college and Fr Barry Thorley said: ‘St Barnabas has been a life-saver. I’m no good at trowelling sentiment but it’s hard to exaggerate how much this place means to me.’

On a personnel level, chairman-designate Revd David Williams will soon be taking over the reins from interim chair Mr Keith Luckhoo, who has been filling the role since former chair of trustees, Sir Paul Britton, stepped down earlier this year. 

In addition, Revd Derek Chandler has recently taken up the new post of chaplain, part of a structural change which sees the disappearance of the traditional offices of warden and bursar. Longstanding bursar and latterly chief executive Paul Wilkin retires in October. 

‘In thanking Paul for more than 20 years of unstinting, loyal service we wish him a long and happy retirement,’ said the college’s Simon Attwood.

The college council have appointed Mr Monty Erskine to succeed him as chief executive officer. Monty will be joining from All Souls Langham Place where he has been serving as director of operations.

‘We thank our many friends and assure you that the college is in good heart, facing the future with confidence and hoping that you will continue to support our mission to care for elderly members of our church,’ said Attwood.

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