Life at Leonora Home

Rooted in the Christian faith, life at Leonora Home supports our residents to live fulfilled lives in their later years. We provide excellent, personalised care which supports our residents to flourish in older age. 

Leonora home has an active social life, in which residents can take part or follow their own pursuits. We appreciate that each resident has their own individual interests, hobbies and pastimes, and we endeavour to support our residents to maintain this important part of their lives. Our residents are encouraged to lead the lifestyle that they choose, doing as much or as little as they want residents can simply choose to put their feet up with a daily paper (by arrangement) or a good book from the homes’ own collection.

Regular activities include an art class, reminiscence afternoons, chair activities, visits by local Christian choirs, story reading and more. A hairdresser visits once a week.

In keeping with our Christian ethos, there are daily devotional times taking a variety of forms, including two services a week, bible study, prayer meetings and communion. These are led by staff, residents and volunteers from the local churches. The home is well supported by the local Friends Group who befriend the residents and visit them on a regular basis. In addition, residents benefit from the involvement in the life of the home from like-minded Christians residing in the Retirement Living units on site.

Around the home

Leonora is an old stone house. Its position at the top of a hill ensures there are special views over Chippenham and the Wiltshire countryside. A patio overlooking the pretty garden to the front is a sun-trap and a popular seating area in good weather, where lovely sunsets can be enjoyed. 

The main lounge is situated on the ground floor, together with the dining room and a smaller lounge. There are bathrooms with assisted baths and a walk-in shower. 

We enjoy showing visitors around the home, but request that if this is the purpose of your visit you call us first to arrange a suitable time. This allows us to allocate a member of staff to answer your questions. Relatives and friends are welcome to visit at any time during the day, and there is the opportunity to purchase a meal in the home if they wish to do so, by prior arrangement.


Leonora has 20 residential care places.

Other facilities

  • Assisted bathrooms 
  • Large garden 
  • Wheelchair access 
  • Two lounges 

Further information

  • Residents can personalise their rooms
  • Close to local shops and public transport
  • The apartments are in a separate wing attached to the care home.


Manager - Gaie Marshall, RN, BSc

Gaie is a Registered Nurse and a committed Christian, who has been in the caring profession for over 30 years. Gaie leads a dedicated and professional care team, and strives to deliver the highest quality and standards of service for all our residents.

Gaie has been managing the Leonora Home for many years and runs a tight ship, with christian love and care.


Business Manager - Jackie Bridgen

A committed Christian and with over 20 years experience in business, Jackie complements the management team well at the Leonora Home.





Contact & location

Leonora Home, Wood Lane, Chippenham, Wiltshire  SN15 3DY

Tel:       0300 303 1445        Fax:       0300 303 1449

Email:   [email protected]

How to find us:

By car

Chippenham is about a 10 minute drive from the M4, Junction 17

By train/bus

Leonora is about a 5 minute taxi ride from Chippenham train station and a 15 minute walk from the bus station.

Governance Information

In order to reduce the charities' governance and administration costs, on 21st December 2016 we re-registered our care homes with CQC under the name of Pilgrims' Friend Society.  Previously this home was registered under the name of Pilgrim Homes. None of our staff, management or ways of working in the home changed as a result.

The results of the most recent inspection by CQC under the old registration of Pilgrim Homes can be seen by clicking on the CQC link and looking at the “old profile”.