2016 has been a very difficult year for The Old Vicarage as we lost our founder and driving force, but more importantly our Mum, Annie Sinnott in April and then our beloved father Ian died in November leaving a great hole not just in our lives but in those of the residents and staff at The Old Vicarage, the villagers of Leigh, and the many close friends that they had all over the world.

We were so pleased that both Mum and Dad lived to see all their hard work in developing the home and the staff being rewarded with an Outstanding rating by the Care Quality Commission, one of only 1% of all homes in England. We are also very fortunate that their legacy of developing the staff team has made sure we have an excellent senior management team to maintain and grow the work we do here.

We still intend for the home to be a focal point of village activity and will be holding our popular events such as the dog shoew, wine tastings and BBQs among others.

Finally we need to thank all those who have provided us with love, support and advice during this year.

A Happy New Year

Josie Aggett and Carey Faulkner


The Old Vicarage is committed to offering the best possible care for everyone they support. Every resident has a personal care plan that outlines what and who is important to them, from their perspective. The plan will reflect how the person wants to live and how they want to be supported. We will maintain their welfare and promote the resident's well-being by taking into account all of their needs, physical, mental, social and emotional. As one resident put it “I came here to live not to die”.

Our staff have either obtained or are working towards nationally recognised qualifications and undergo annual updates in end of life care, dementia, dignity, medication and safety.

Living at the Old Vicarage

Set in its own secluded, beautifully landscaped gardens, woodland and meadow, and with stunning views overlooking the Dorset countryside, it’s hard to resist the charms of the Old Vicarage. As soon as you step through the front door of this charming country house, you’ll discover an oasis of comfort, warmth, calm and relaxation.

The Old Vicarage has 40 comfortable, modern en-suite rooms, all with free Wi-Fi and telephones.

Our highly trained staff ensure that everything - from the mouth-watering food and drink and the stylishly cosy bedrooms to the wide range of activities - will make the Old Vicarage truly a home from home.


The Old Vicarage has won over 30 national and regional awards over the last few years.

Annie values every member of her staff and likes to celebrate their work and achievements. She frequently nominates them for local and national awards, and individual staff members have achieved regular success over the years. “recognising them in this way has repaid me a thousand fold in the way they carry out their work” says Annie.

Annie herself won the very first Winner of Winners in the Skills for Care National Accolades, and has been awarded a MBE in 2007 for services to the care sector in the South West.