Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a selection of questions we are often asked. Should you require any further information please contact us.

Question: .whocanapply  Who can apply to become a Resident?
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Answer: All Anglican clergy, Readers, licensed Church Workers and their widows are eligible to apply. In special circumstances, applications can be considered from other qualified lay people. If you need more information, please contact us.
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Question: When should I apply?
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Answer:  As soon as possible! It is important to consider moving while you are still active, and can enjoy and contribute to the life of the College. Application can even be made before retirement, and at any time thereafter. However, we can also admit people directly to the Residential Care and Nursing Wing.
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Question: How long will I have to wait?
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Answer: The Warden will keep you in touch with how your application is progressing. The length of waiting time is constantly changing as it depends on the kind of accommodation you need, how many others are on the waiting list and changes in occupancy within the College.
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Question: Shall I be able to afford it?
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Answer: No one is prevented from becoming a Resident through shortage of means. The costs of staying at the College are not fees. We ask Residents to contribute what they can and every assistance is given to access support for those who need it.
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Question: What happens if I want to accept a place at the College but can’t sell my house?
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Answer: Provided the house is wholly owned, it is possible to move into the College before it is sold and for costs to be recovered later from the sale.
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Question: If the priest of a couple dies, does their widow have to leave?
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Answer: Absolutely not. Once someone is a Resident of the College, they can remain here for the rest of their life, provided their health needs permit. Indeed, those who have been widowed are eligible to apply in their own right.
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Question: Are there strict “Rules”?
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Answer: Not many. We operate a non-smoking environment and regret that we cannot accept pets. Cloister Residents are free to come and go as they wish, but for Health and Safety reasons, we do ask that you tell the College staff when you intend to be away.
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Question: How often would I be expected to attend services in Chapel?
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Answer: Worship is central to the community’s life, so Residents are encouraged to attend regularly. However, this is a matter for personal spirituality and everyone finds their own pattern of attendance
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Question: Can I recommend someone to be a Resident?
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Answer: Yes. The Warden is always pleased to learn of people whom we may be able to help.
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Question: What should I do now?
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Answer: To order an application pack or for more information, please click here. If you have further questions, you are welcome to ring the Warden on 01342 870260.