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Dorothea Court

Independent living

For practising Christians

Rooted in the Christian faith, life at Dorothea Court supports our residents to live fulfilled lives in their later years. We provide excellent, personalised support which supports our residents to flourish in older age. We offer retirement living and assisted living for older Christians across five converted Victorian houses.

Throughout the week there are opportunities to gather together for activities including arts and crafts or exercises, and we have regular visits from local church leaders who lead devotions and services. We have occasional extra activities such as films and afternoon teas for residents and guests.

We have a very active Friends of Dorothea Court group, as well as a Pilgrims' Friend Society support group who connect with the community and plan some activities throughout the year. We are very well connected with the local church networks.


We have 15 retirement and 11 assisted living flats at Dorothea Court. Accommodation is suitable for couples.

A guest flat is also available for respite breaks or visitors.

Care Services

  • Assisted living
  • Independent living

Other Facilities

  • We have a beautiful large garden between the houses which is available for residents to use.
  • We provide help with laundry.

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Our team

Evelyn Bissell


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Evelyn moved to Dorothea Court as a resident in 2019. She took a part-time role at Dorothea Court as Administrator then in December took over as Manager, which fitted well with her many years of managing administration for schools and charities. She loves that her commute is just a walk across the beautiful gardens from her flat to the main house and office!

Evelyn grew up near London, became a Christian in her teens, married and moved to Bedford. She then moved around the country for her husband’s work. She lived in Scotland for several years prior to returning to Bedford. Evelyn loves being part of the ‘family’ at Dorothea Court where the staff team are great, the residents lovely, and the atmosphere is so homely and very special.

Ruth Flood


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Ruth has worked for Dorothea as administrator for a number of years, having been part of the Dorothea Trust team before Pilgrim Homes took over.

Ruth is involved in various Christian activities as well as her local church, giving her access to Christian contacts throughout Bedfordshire and enabling her to maintain the Christian ethos of Dorothea.

Contact & Location






0300 303 1490

How to find us

The No 10 bus stop is right outside the front door for easy access to and from the town centre. Bedford Park sits opposite Dorothea Court and the bus stop is outside the front door.

We enjoy showing visitors around Dorothea Court, 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.

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Volunteers play a vital role in supporting the life of our homes. Come and be a friendly face that brightens someone's day.

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Help older people to flourish in their later lives through care and support in our homes and housing schemes.

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