The Master, Colonel Simon Bate OBE, welcomes you to Sexey's Hospital and tells you who we are and how to apply.
As the Master of Hugh Sexey's Hospital, I warmly welcome you to this website and I hope that it will give you helpful information and an insight into our history and life. Founded in the 17th century, we continue as a registered charity to provide independent living within sheltered accommodation. We are a small but thriving community, and our close community spirit is a wonderful facet of life here in the Almshouse.
The following pages contain details about Sexey's Hospital, and information on how to apply to become a resident, as well as comments on our life here by some of our residents.
The Master ~ Colonel Simon C Bate OBE FCMI, MBA (Open), BA Hons (Open)
Who we are and what we provide
Sexey’s Hospital is a 17th century almshouse, and takes its name from the Latin ‘Hospitium’; that is a place offering hospitality.
Residents live active independent lives within a sheltered accommodation environment in the vibrant town of Bruton, Somerset. The Master, working to the Trustees (known as the 'Visitors'), is responsible for the day to day running of the Hospital and is assisted by two non-nursing matrons, who act as wardens providing twenty four hour warden cover. No nursing facilities are available and care is either organised privately or in co-ordination with the GP Surgery and / or Somerset Direct Adult Social Services. Residents are required to make alternative accommodation arrangements when it is no longer possible to match the level of care with the individual's needs, within the environment of Sexey's Hospital..
Monthly maintenance contributions are subsidised by the Hospital, and produce from the two acre south-facing organic garden is provided by the gardener, according to season and as availability allows..
A key facet of life at Sexey's is the community lifestyle that we lead, and the support that each Resident provides to each other. In the summer months, regular outings are organised by the Residents and most weeks they disappear on visits to local sites and towns. In the winter outings are organised to the local theatres. This is very much due to the generosity of Sexey's School who very kindly help with the provision of a mini bus. Once a week those Residents, who so wish, meet for a games evening playing scrabble and cards.
In 2020, a new Residents' community room will be opened. This will support the community focus of the Hospital and allow for improved social gatherings, and a place for relaxation for our Residents with views across our gardens towards the Dovecote.. As our Residents, in line with national trends, live longer and external care is delivered under private or social services arrangements, our Residents will reside longer in Sexey's Hospital; it is therefore important that we adjust and move forward to meet these new social demands and changes. The Visitors (our Trustees) took the decision on 18 April 2019 to proceed with the project, which will start in the early summer. In sum, we are a dynamic, and a continual developing almshouse that is an integral part of the Bruton community.