Life at Sexey's
Residential life at Sexey’s Hospital is about independent living both inside and outside the Hospital.
Every flat has its own front door, kitchen/kitchenette, sitting room, bedroom and bathroom with lavatory, and bath/shower facilities. As new residents move in flats are often refurbished to a high standard. The flat is the resident's own home, which they furnish and clean. Some flats open onto small courtyards and residents are encouraged to use plant pots to enhance the frontage. We have two guest rooms which residents can book for relatives or friends who wish to visit and stay overnight.
Residents are encouraged to live active lives outside the Hospital, and Bruton is a small town with good rail links to Bath, Bristol, Exeter and London. It also has a variety of shops, pubs and restaurants. Many residents join local societies, clubs and recreational groups. The Bruton website shows the diversity and richness of life in and around the town - http://www.brutontown.com.
At residents' request shopping excursions to Weymouth, Wells, Sherborne and other towns are organised using Sexey’s School Minibuses. Theatre trips to the Octagon in Yeovil and the Strode Theatre in Street can offer everything from opera and ballet to brass bands and films.
Each year has its annual celebrations of a Harvest Festival service and tea, Advent lunch at a local private dining room, Christmas carols and tea, as well as the annual day excursion to Sidmouth for a festive lunch.
We encourage residents to organise their own events, with the regular Tuesday Night Gathering for refreshments, contract whist, and scrabble in the 17th century panelled parlour. In summer residents organise barbecues on the New Cottages terrace, and croquet and tea in the courtyard.
Advent & Christmas
We have a pre-Christmas Lunch at a local restaurant, as well as an Advent Candlelight Carol Service and afternoon tea in the parlour.
On the Bruton pre-Christmas Late Night Shopping evening we have an open house in the candlelight courtyard.
Our two acres of organic gardens provide an abundance of flowers, fruit and vegetables with which to decorate the Chapel. A Visitors’ tea follows a traditional Harvest Festival service enriched with music by our small but committed choir.
This is our Festival Day when we give thanks in Chapel for Hugh Sexey our benefactor, followed by a drinks reception in the Courtyard.
In this season of remembrance for the departed we join Bruton's residents in laying a wreath at the town War Memorial. It is a significant occasion with the King’s School Marching Band, and hundreds of local citizens. old and young, honouring the departed.
Holy Week & Easter
We mark and celebrate Palm Sunday. Holy Week and Easter in the traditional way, with the Chapel beautifully decorated, and an Easter Garden.
Each year the Residents’ Benefit Fund pays for an excursion to Sidmouth for morning coffee, a three course lunch, and afternoon tea.
“Life is never dull at Sexey’s with as much or as little as you want to do”