Eligibility Criteria

  • Residential Care
  • Dementia Care
  • Retirement Living
  • Retirement Living Plus
  • Respite Care


Residents will be over 60 years of age for retirement living and over 65 years of age for residential care.

Residents will be in active agreement with our Protestant Christian ethos and have a personal testimony consistent with our basis of faith.

Life at Finborough Court 

Fulfilled Living

In every one of our homes and schemes we express God’s love through compassion and care that helps people live life to the full - fulfilled living.

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. 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, who join in with craft classes, playing board games etc. A hairdresser visits once a week.

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. There are daily devotions, two weekly services, weekly prayer meeting and monthly communion service. These are led by the Manager, residents and volunteers from the local churches. There are a number of churches of various denominations within easy reach of the home.

Around the Home

Finborough Court was built in 1994 and is modern and spacious. The home offers residential care in 20 single rooms, all with beautiful rural views. Retirement Living is offered in 16 flats and 12 bungalows, all suitable for couples as well as single occupancy. A guest room is available.

To ensure the privacy and dignity of our residents, all rooms have en-suite facilities, television and telephone points. 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 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.

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.


  • 20 Residential Care places
  • 16 Retirement apartments
  • 12 Retirement bungalows
  • One 3-bedroom house

Other facilities

  • Hairdressing Salon
  • Suitable for couples
  • Wheelchair Access
  • En-suite Facilities

Online Tour

Take a brief tour of Finborough Court by clicking on the video below.


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 - Claire Cates

Claire has been at Finborough Court for 22 years, and has also experienced working in all roles within the home. She is responsible for the housing occupants aad ancillary staff, cooks and Maintainence Officer. All members of staff within this team also maintain the highest standard of cleanliness, maintenance and nutrition, and Claire is able to oversee the care of the Housing Occupants.

A committed Christian, Claire is part of a dedicated team who offer professional care, and strive to deliver the highest quality and standards of service for all our residents.


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 3 miles off the A14 from Stowmarket.

By Train/Bus

Finborough Court is a 3 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”.