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Meet the Staff

Read here about our staff.  They are responsible for making sure that the residents of Castle Grove have the best possible experience while they are with us.

One of the fascinating aspects of Castle Grove is that the staff often stay for years & this is recognised with long-service awards.  Other things of note are that staff sometimes return & perform a different role. Many staff live in Bampton & are related to each other. (In a small community it is worth remembering this!)


Ray & Isabelle

Isabelle Kenny – Proprietor: Born and educated in Devon, Isabelle took a B.A. at London University before teaching in a secondary school. Whilst living in Wales, she researched and completed a Masters Degree at Cardiff. In 1984, Ray and Isabelle found Castle Grove and recognised its potential for Residential Care. Isabelle also holds an NVQ Level IV in Care Management.

For over twenty years Castle Grove was run by Isabelle and her late husband Ray Kenny who passed away in 2007. Born in Dublin, Ray trained as a chef at the Dorchester Hotel, London and at various hotels in Switzerland. Whilst teaching catering at Ealing College, he studied for a degree and furthered his experience by lecturing at University College, Cardiff. His wide knowledge of hotels and haute cuisine is reflected in the level of service and care at Castle Grove. To read more about the life of Ray Kenny please click here.


Meet the staff

Sue Thomas – Nurse Manager: Our Registered Nurse-Manager, Sue Thomas, R.G.N, trained at University College Hospital, London and has worked in elderly care since qualifying in 1983. She has been at Castle Grove since 1995 and is a qualified NVQ Assessor and a Manual Handling Key Trainer. Sue also holds an NVQ Level IV Registered Manager’s Award.  Our full nursing team includes Ros Tam, Alice Vutha and Lynn Greenslade.



Sally Simpkins, Sharon Littlewood, Dagmara Fligiel, Jess McGowan, and Patsy Hallett (who is also a carer).  Marie Coles (Laundress).


We have 26 carers, composed of night & day staff, many with national vocational qualifications in care at levels 2 & 3.

Meet the staff

Meet the staff


Meet the staff

Debbie Woolacott –  is our office-manager, but often turns her hand to other tasks to help out.


Dave Andrews – Castle Grove’s handy man!  He also drives the specially adapted wheelchair vehicle.

Janet Fawcett – Activities Organiser.

Young staff – Castle Grove has a commitment to young staff and we have these in the kitchen & garden.

Meet the staff

Lastly, here is Molly who tries to supply the home with fresh rabbit!


Top! Castle Grove, Bampton, Devon EX16 9NS. Tel (01398) 331317. Email info@castle-grove.co.uk
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