Life at Morden College
Swing off the Heath and up the main driveway at Morden College and the facade that greets you is more country manor house than London care home, but dive through the imposing front door and you are immersed into the most serene and peaceful of settings, the like of which you have probably never seen before in a care-orientated environment. From the mews-style flats around the original Quadrangle (built in 1695 specifically to provide a living for older people, but now modernised) to the carefully designed and purpose-built modern ‘independent living’ homes bordering Kidbrooke Grove, here is a village within a village where you, or someone you love, can live out the balance of your/their life to the fullest possible extent.
A Wealth of Opportunities
It is the extensive range of activities, social gatherings, opportunities and events that sets Morden College apart. In addition to providing a catering and housekeeping service for those who reside in The Quadrangle and Cullum Welch Court, Morden College also provides a wide range of options from which all beneficiaries may choose to benefit. These additional services are chargeable; however, they are generously subsidised by the Charity to allow everyone to make the most of them.
Lunch is served in the main dining room and this is available to all beneficiaries and their guests, with bookings being taken at reception. The College Café is open from Monday to Friday each week and serves a range of meals and snacks from morning until early afternoon. Perring’s Pantry operates weekly at Ralph Perring Court and offers a range of meals.
We also offer a cook/chill service – our main kitchen produces a range of freshly cooked meals which are easy to re-heat for beneficiaries who may not wish to cook for themselves.
Annual and regular events
Events are held throughout the year, some by way of commemoration and others as purely social occasions. The key activities are Founder’s Day, Trustees’ Christmas Lunch and Friends’ Day to which all beneficiaries are invited, but others typically include: dinners to mark events such as Burns Night or Waterloo; talks by beneficiaries or invited guests; quiz nights; musical recitals; film shows; the annual Morden College Revue; BBQs and many more.
Sports activities, and gentler pastimes
Beneficiaries from our three sites enjoy healthy sports competition on both an individual and a team basis, competing against each other, against external challengers and indeed against the staff through a range of gentle activities including snooker, hammers, putting, darts and scrabble. For those looking to get ‘off-site’, we organise frequent outings to the likes of Faversham, Tunbridge Wells, Hastings, The Imperial War Museums, The National Gallery, Lingfield Park, and assorted shopping and ‘Open Garden’ trips. Both the main sites have active social clubs steered by resident committees who, with the staff, agree on the annual events. Both clubs have licensed bars. And at the main Blackheath site we have a rather wonderful library…
Life is social at Morden College
Morden College accepts beneficiaries of all faiths or none; for those who are practising Christians we have a lovely chapel and our own resident Chaplain who offers regular services, along with pastoral care and support. Additionally, there are many clubs covering everything from ceramics to photography, woodwork to painting, knitting to boules. There is even a Morden College magazine, 1695, produced by the beneficiaries. Sometimes, of course, you might want solitude (and within Morden College there is plenty of space for that), but when you want to be social, bars and social clubs cater for the gathering of friends. And friendships are a key component of life here at Morden College, so there will always be friendly faces and plenty of companionship – a vital element for many as they, perhaps, contemplate life without a recently departed loved one. Care from staff is, of course, exemplary, from our security team who keep a watchful eye across the estates, to the housekeepers, catering team and carers. The space in which you live has a vital bearing on well-being, so our grounds are meticulously tended, an ethos that pervades the entire organisation.
The Annual Revue, and other activities…
Every year at Christmas time comes the Morden College Annual Revue, a play put on by the beneficiaries, for the beneficiaries. The College has residing within it an abundance of talent – from writers to costumiers, musicians to stage hands, not to mention of course a whole raft of performers who love to continue their am-dram days of yore. For 2018 the Annual Revue was a veritable feast of colour, music, dance and outstanding performances wrapped around a ‘whodunnit’ theme with a totally rhyming script. Hilarious from beginning to end, the players performed to a packed audience of beneficiaries and staff – it was standing room only at least 30 minutes before the start, such is the esteem in which the Annual Revue is held.