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Dorking Almshouses Accommodation



Standing proud on the northern side of Cotmandene, running parallel with Dorking High Street, is what is known as the 'old block' of flats, comprising six on the ground floor - one of which is a bedsit - and three upstairs, one of which is a bedsit. In addition there is a cottage and two further ground floor flats.

A new block was built in 1999 and is situated behind the old block. It contains three ground floor flats and three upstairs flats.

The Warden, Mrs Shirley Lambert, lives onsite and is able to check that residents are well and deal with any emergencies.  When the Warden is off duty there is access to the Mole Valley Community Alarm System to deal with emergencies.


Anyone wishing to apply for residency must have resided in the Ancient Parish of Dorking for at least three years or have been residents of Dorking for many years. They must be over 55 years old and dependent upon supported living accommodation. They must also be capable of looking after themselves and leading an independent life.

These are the requirements by which applicants are assessed. There are, however, occasions when these requirements may be relaxed. Consequently, although applicants may not fulfill all the criteria, they may still be eligible for selection as residents.

Those applicants meeting all or some of criteria will be interviewed by the Trustees and, if deemed suitable for residency, will then go on the waiting list for a flat. When a vacancy occurs, the Trustees will review all those on the waiting list and base their decision on whom they consider to be the person or couple most in need at the time.

General Facilities

There is a Common Room where residents can meet together and where monthly services are held.   The Residents have their own committee and organise their own activities with assistance from the Warden.

Laundry facilities are provided in two laundry rooms and residents pay a small sum towards washing powder.

Funded Activities

The Trustees hold a Summer Party for the Residents and subsidise the Residents' Christmas Lunch which is held at a local restaurant.