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Meet our staff


Kath Brown

- House Manager

My employment with the Abbeyfield Society began in 1983 when I was appointed Registered Manager in 1984. Over the years I have been inspired and supported by a group of committed, dedicated volunteers – together we promote the Abbeyfield ethos and provide a safe, secure environment for our residents and staff.

Barry Kennedy

- Head Chef

I have been Head Chef here for about 10 years and I love to create great food for a very appreciative set of residents. The hours are rewarding, especially when you get feedback from our residents about how they have enjoyed their meal. The trumpet – I play in a local brass band – a great hobby which I have done for a long time now.


GardenWe offer a wide range of popular activities which you can choose to participate in if you wish.

By far our most popular activity is the weekly chairobics session which is organised by a fitness expert specialising in elderly exercise, but often our residents host their own sessions with our support such as our popular music appreciation group.

Fulfilment is at the heart of our offer. For some, that can be found by sitting in comfortable surroundings, enjoying the peace and quiet offered by our tranquil gardens; for others it’s heading out on an excursion or taking up a new hobby with friends.

We give residents the option of doing as much or as little as they please, and we encourage them and their families to participate in choosing what it is we offer. Whether it’s arts and crafts, a spot of gentle exercise or regular outings to local places of interest, participating in the decision-making process allows residents to maintain their independence and interest levels. Knowing that help is never far away can raise confidence levels and get residents back to hobbies and pastimes they had perhaps given up on.

Contact the house


40 The Grove
Newcastle upon Tyne
United Kingdom


0191 285 2211