Life at Finborough Court     

Rooted in the Christian faith, life at Finborough Court 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.

Our Christian background is at the heart of both our values and our actions. At Finborough Court we try to create a community where Christian worship, prayer and support are a core part of daily life. In the care home there are daily devotions, two weekly services, weekly prayer meeting and two monthly communion services. These are led by the staff, residents and volunteers from the local churches. There are a number of churches of various denominations within easy reach of the home.

Residential care   

Finborough Court is a family home. Each individual who works or lives there becomes a family member. Many family members do live within the home, and their families can choose to come and live with us when they feel they need that extra help. This is a very unique home which works very well due to the family atmosphere that can be found there.

Built in 1994 and extended in 2018, Finborough Court is modern and spacious, and offers residential care in 32 single rooms, all with en-suite and beautiful rural views.  There are several bathrooms with assisted baths and a walk-in shower. The main lounge and dining room are located on the ground floor and a further, smaller lounge is located on the lower ground floor, which is accessible by the passenger lift. The secure, all weather garden/patio area is easily accessible by both foot and wheelchair.  

Finborough Court 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 County Library which visits every month, or from the home’s own collection.

Our weekly programme includes activities such as crafts, flower arranging, painting, cognitive music group, board games and jigsaw puzzles. Clothing and shoe sales by mobile outlets, sales of work, and outings to places of interest also take place from time to time. We also encourage keen gardeners with vegetable growing and various visiting entertainments and church groups come to us on a regular basis.  

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.


  • We have 32 residential care places at Finborough Court

Other facilities

  • Hairdressing salon and a visiting hairdresser
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • En-suite facilities
  • Guest room

Retirement Living

Next to Finborough Court we also have a separate retirement housing scheme with 16 flats and 12 bungalows available, all suitable for couples as well as single occupancy. There is also a three bedroom house available for rent.

Those who live in our bungalows are encouraged to share in fellowship with the residents from the care home next door by joining them for devotions, services and prayers. Joining our team of volunteers, occupants from the flats and bungalows regularly join in with activities in the care home such as craft classes, playing board games and much more. They also regularly help with organising events in the home.


  • 16 retirement apartments
  • 12 retirement bungalows
  • One three bedroom house

Other facilities

  • Suitable for couples
  • Wheelchair access
  • Communal dining room
  • Communal lounge


Registered Care Manager - Rachel Fishburne

Rachel has been registered by the Care Quality Commission as qualified, competent and experienced for the task of managing the home. She has been at Finborough Court for 21 years and has experienced working in all the roles in the home, initially serving as a Care Nurse Manager, now a Registered Care Manager. She is responsible for all care staff who, in turn, report to the senior in charge of their shift.


Business Manager - Jonathan Dorrington

Jonathan joined Pilgrims’ Friend Society as Business Manager in 2019 having worked in a variety of roles in the Facilities Management industry, more recently as a Business Development Manager working with Cleaning, Catering and Security contracts as well as multi-service contracts for businesses and local authorities. He is a committed Christian, and is part of a church plant in Ipswich. Jonathan has a passion for high standards combined with a hands-on and people centred approach.

Having enjoyed a career in commercial environments, he believes that it is his calling to put his practical business knowledge and skills at work in a Christian environment, more specifically now ensuring our residents continue to live in a safe, caring, loving and spiritual home. One of Jonathan’s favourite verses of scripture is: Isaiah 40:31 “But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.”

Housing Manager  -  Sylvia Humm 

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Contact & Location 

Finborough Court, Pilgrim's Way, Great Finborough Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 3AY

Tel:       0300 303 1450

How to find us:

By car

Great Finborough is about three miles from the A14 from Stowmarket.

By train/bus

Finborough Court is a three mile taxi ride from Stowmarket train 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”.