Milborne Port is in Somerset with postal address of Sherborne, Dorset. It is in lovely rolling countryside between the larger towns of Wincanton and Yeovil. The old A30 road runs through Milborne Port and as it runs out on the west side of the town, Gainsborough is the last road off on the right. About 300 metres up from the main road there is a Victorian villa opposite some allotments and children's play area. Gainsborough House has been a Christian Retirement Home for 22 years. God led the pioneers of this project and they worked very hard. The courtyard, now an attractive garden, was surrounded by stables. First the main house was suitably adapted to give two lounges, a dining room and what is now a first rate kitchen. A fine room was adapted to be the meeting room or chapel. The stables were transformed into self-contained flats. Other buildings became useful storage areas and one became the home library.
Gainsborough has had 10 residents at one time and today there are six, so there are several vacancies. A new flat completes the immediate plans and is suitable for a couple.
The single flats are bed-sits with kitchen area and toilet-shower room. They are carpeted, have heating and hot water and if needed furniture is available but residents may prefer their own. The centre is run by the Bible Fellowship Eventide Trust, a registered charity. Terms include Council Tax and all other rates, insurance of personal property, TV licence where applicable, and a cooked mid-day meal. Residents may use the utility room containing a washer and tumble drier. Residents make the centre attractive by caring for the vegetable and flower gardens.
Meetings for worship and study may be arranged by residents, local friends and the trustees. God has greatly blessed this project and we look to Him to guide us into the future.