Life at Milward House 

Rooted in the Christian faith, life at Milward House 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. 

Residential care

Milward House 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 home’s own collection.

Our weekly programme includes activities such as board games, annual holiday week, hymn singing, food events, flower arranging, arm chair exercises and craft classes. There are also coffee mornings, clothing and book sales by mobile outlets and visits by local Christian choirs and musicians. A hairdresser visits once a week. A team of ‘Friends’ of the home support and befriend our residents by coming to see them on a regular basis. In addition, residents benefit from the involvement in the life of the home from likeminded Christians living in the Retirement Living housing units on site.

Our Christian background is at the heart of both our values and our actions. At Milward House we try to create a community where Christian worship, prayer and support are a core part of daily life. We have morning devotions Monday – Friday, Sunday services, a monthly communion service and monthly Residents prayer meeting. There are a number of churches of various denominations within easy reach of the home.

Around the Home

Enjoying a south facing aspect and lovely views from the front, Milward House provides residential care (including dementia care) in 25 rooms. There is one large lounge and two smaller lounges. The main lounge and dining room are both located on the ground floor. The lounge gives access to a pleasant patio area which is wheelchair accessible and a popular sun trap with our residents, and the dining room looks out to the mature, enclosed gardens. A further, separate sitting room and a hobbies room are also located on the ground floor.

A guest room is available for relatives and friends by prior arrangement.

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.  

Retirement living 

The home also includes a purpose-built block of seventeen flats, built on three floors, each having a small entrance hall, bed-sitting room, kitchenette and toilet.   There are several bathrooms with assisted baths and a walk-in shower.


  • 25 Residential Care rooms
  • 17 Retirement flats

Other facilities

  • Enclosed garden
  • Lift
  • 1 large lounge and 2 smaller lounges


Manager - Annabelle Purdie

Annabelle joined Milward House in late 2019. She has enjoyed leading care teams for the past five years. Prior to this, she held various roles across the ‘people’ sector including supporting adults with learning disabilities, survivors of domestic abuse, women with enduring mental health issues, asylum seekers and refugees. As a mature student, she returned to university to complete a qualification in social work.

She believes she has always been a Christian having grown up ‘chatting’ with God. As an adult, she feels she has truly committed to Christ, placing faith at the centre of everything she does. She enjoys
serving at her local church and is delighted to return to working for a Christian organisation. She lives with her teenage daughter and enjoys spending the weekend kayaking and walking in the local country park.

Administrator - Andy Burgess

Andy Burgess has been the administrator at Milward House for many years and attends Emmmanuel Anglican Church in Tunbridge Wells. Andy has lived all his life in Tunbridge Wells and previously worked for a local Life Assurance Company until he was made redundant. Married with two daughters, Andy enjoys Church and family life and spends a lot of time enjoying the local attractions such as Eastbourne, Rye and the Ashdown Forest. But the most important thing in Andy’s life is knowing that the Lord Jesus his Saviour is with him and that Milward House is where He wants him to be – at least for now!


Contact & Location 

6 Madeira Park, Tunbridge Wells TN2 5SZ

Tel:       0300 303 1460

How to find us:

By car

Milward House is about a 10 minute drive from the A21.

By train/bus

Milward House is a 10 minute walk or short taxi ride from Tunbridge Wells train station and bus stop.

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”.