Sonnet Care Homes (Essex) Limited, Braintree, Essex

Sonnet Care Homes Matron, Joan Sirett, has been Highly Commended in the PROSPER Awards for Outstanding Leadership.

By 11th July, 2022 News Comments Off

Sonnet Care Homes are proud to announce that our Matron, Joan Sirett, has been Highly Commended in the PROSPER Awards in the category of Outstanding Leadership.

PROSPER is Essex County Council’s independent charity committed to bringing about better health and social care in the UK.

Joan has dedicated her 44-year working life to caring for others. After many years in senior clinical roles within the NHS, she has been Matron for Sonnet Care Homes for the past 11 ½ years. Her role is to support the two Home Managers in delivering exemplary care and clinical standards. In reality she contributes far more than that and is a key member of our leadership team.

The team at Sonnet agreed unanimously that Joan is a perfect example of a lifelong dedication to improving standards of care through exemplary leadership.

The awards took place on 8th July.

Back together again – nursery children spread joy at Braintree care home

By 27th May, 2022 News Comments Off

Children from a Bocking nursery were back visiting delighted elderly residents of a nearby care home after more than two years away.

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Fun as our care homes celebrate Dignity Week

By 17th February, 2022 News Comments Off

Residents and team members at our two care homes in Bocking, near Braintree, held a special Dignity Week to shine a light on dignity and diversity in care. Read More

Care home team go the extra mile to raise over £2,500 on behalf of colleague diagnosed with cancer

By 2nd February, 2022 News Comments Off

Care home staff collectively ran 900 miles across January, raising thousands of pounds towards stem cell transplants on behalf of a colleague diagnosed with blood cancer. Read More

You must be kidding! Christmas cuddles for care home residents from baby goats

By 9th December, 2021 News Comments Off

A special Christmas visit brought joy to care home residents in Braintree when six baby pygmy goats came calling.

After a tough time with visits to The New Deanery in Bocking limited by Covid-19 restrictions, Activities Manager Jo Whitehouse arranged an early Christmas treat.

Following latest protocols, Jo arranged for the three-week-old pygmy goats to make their first trip out from their home at Blackwater Alpacas & Pygmy Goats in nearby Bradwell village.

Six goats arrived to spend time with around 40 delighted residents. Joan Green, 95, said:

“They are wonderful, they were so warm and cuddly. I wanted to keep one, I would love one for Christmas!”

Kathleen Stubbs, 83, added: “I thought the little goats were lovely, absolutely beautiful.”
Jo Whitehouse from The New Deanery explained: “When Blackwater Alpacas & pygmy goats told me about their new arrivals, I booked them in straight away. We have worked with them in the past, but it’s been so long since we have been able to have any animals in to visit because of the pandemic.”

Julia Clinton, CEO of Sonnet Care Homes, which runs the New Deanery and St Mary’s Court, said:

“Our residents and our team loved the chance to cuddle the goats, they were so gentle and friendly, it really brought some Christmas joy.”

To find out more about accommodation, respite care, and day care at The New Deanery, please call 01376 558555 or visit

To find out more about dementia, specialist and nursing care at St Mary’s Court and The New Deanery, call 01376 328600 or email

Team Sonnet wins coveted COVID award for residential care

By 2nd August, 2021 News Comments Off

Sonnet Care Homes in Braintree has been announced as the regional ‘Social Care Covid Heroes’ at the East of England Great British Care Awards.

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Care home team members chosen to enjoy a night of glamour

By 6th July, 2021 News Comments Off

Seven excited team members from our Braintree care homes have been chosen at random to represent the homes at a glittering awards ceremony and gala dinner. Read More

Eight-hour relay unites community to raise over £1,000 for Covid relief in India

By 17th May, 2021 News Comments Off

Residents from our Braintree care home took part in an eight-hour relay with children and churchgoers from the local community to raise over £1,000 for India as the country grapples with the Covid-19 outbreak. Read More

World War II hero celebrates 100th birthday by meeting great-great-grandnephew for the first time

By 26th March, 2021 News Comments Off
A Women’s Auxiliary Air Force veteran who fixed Spitfires and raised barrage balloons during the blitz has met her great-great-grandnephew for the first time to celebrate her 100th birthday.

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Sonnet Care Homes praised for ‘going the extra mile’ in providing compassionate end of life care

By 24th February, 2021 News Comments Off

Judges of a prestigious national award recognising exceptional quality of care for those in the later stages of their lives have praised the compassionate teams at two Braintree care homes for ‘going the extra mile’ with their residents. Read More