History of Shannon Court, Hindhead, Surrey.
The RMBI home, Shannon Court, straddles the Hampshire/Surrey border just south of Hindhead.
It was opened in 1995 by the Countess of Shannon, wife of the then Provincial Grand Master of Surrey, The Right Worshipful, The Rt Hon The Earl of Shannon.
Shannon Court is situated in a peaceful designated countryside area of outstanding beauty on the A3, Portsmouth Road.
Built early in the 20th century as a retreat for nursing nuns, it was originally called Mount Alvernia to echo the name of a private hospital in Guildford in which they worked.
The RMBI purchased the property early in the 1990’s and carried out extensive refurbishment including extensions on either side to allow 40 residents to be accommodated in individual rooms in four wings.
The intention being to provide a ‘family’ atmosphere in preference to the traditional institutional arrangements in other homes. The name ‘Alvernia’ was perpetuated in a wing provided for those with mental frailties.
These residents were later given the benefit of a new wing for twelve and the name ‘Alvernia’ moved to the new facilities.
Up to 52 residents can now enjoy the comfort and care of the home.
The memory of Thomas Bennett Langton MC, the Provincial Grand Master of Hampshire and Isle of Wight between 1978 and 1986 is preserved in ‘Langton Wing’ that was opened by Mrs Rosemund Langton in 1995.