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Geoff is a first-time buyer at 98

19th August 2017

Geoff is a first-time buyer at 98

A first-time buyer at 98?  It might seem unusual, but for Geoffrey Green it was the most natural thing in the world.


Geoffrey Green was a tenant farmer on the Blenheim Estate in Oxfordshire, and at the age of 98 decided that he’d had enough of being ‘chief cook and bottle washer’, and it was time to move somewhere more manageable, and be looked after for a change.  Geoff has recently moved to a an apartment at the new retirement village at Witney, Richmond Witney, and in doing so has become a first-time buyer at the age of 98!

Literally born into farming - he was born in the Manor House where he then lived for many years - Geoffrey was the third generation of his family to farm the estate, dating back to his grandfather in 1878. 

Widowed 18 years ago, he had met his wife Eileen at a Young Farmers’ dance and they married when he was 24. He has three sons, eight grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.  But having looked after himself for all those years, he decided enough was enough and couldn’t face another winter in the old house, and became a first-time buyer at 98 by buying a Village Suite at the new Richmond Witney retirement village in Oxfordshire.

The move followed a short holiday he and a friend had enjoyed at Richmond Letcombe Regis in South Oxfordshire where he was so impressed with village life, he decided to find out more.

He now owns a Village Suite with Assisted Living at Richmond Witney, which has been designed for those who want to retain their independence door but require some help with daily living.  It comprises a living room, kitchenette, and a bedroom with en suite shower-room.

This comes with a hotel style living package, intended to take away the chores of daily life and allow people more time to enjoy the things they prefer doing.  This means that all meals are provided, and can either be taken in the restaurant or brought to his apartment, plus there’s a daily housekeeping and laundry service.  All utility costs are also included. 

And should Geoffrey require care at any time, this is available from Richmond Villages' own on-site domiciliary care team who can provide as much or as little help as is needed, 24 hours a day. 

About his health, Geoffrey says “I’m very healthy, fortunately, and only been in hospital once, and that was overnight when I lost the top of my finger in a combine harvester!  However, healthcare is on hand, and should I need anything in the middle of the night, a press of the button and someone would be with me in two minutes - that’s very reassuring. 

“I am very happy here,” says Geoffrey.  “It was a surprisingly easy move, and I wouldn’t want to go back now.  The staff are very pleasant, there are interesting other residents from different professions and I’ve made new friends.  Activities are arranged the whole time, and I particularly enjoy playing Scrabble which I’ve been playing for 25 years.”  He has a special old board with grids that hold the letter tiles in place.  It also has a turn table so it can be rotated. 

Geoffrey attended New College School and Magdalen College School, Oxford, before going to London University for a year to read engineering, but in his own words “spent too much time playing rugby”, so started work on the farm, which is now run by his son Michael and grandson, Phillip. 

Says Geoffrey: “I was a working farmer not a landowner, and my father said to me: “You must do everything a man can do, only better!”  Today the farm comprises 3,000 acres, and produces cereals, oilseed rape, potatoes, and rye grass for hay. 

Blenheim is the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, and the family home of the Duke of Marlborough.  Geoffrey has so many memories of his life there.  “I once sat next to Randolph Churchill at a lunch at Blenheim Palace, but he didn’t talk to me, while Harold McMillan came on a shoot on one occasion - lovely man.  We often had royalty on shooting parties.” 

Geoffrey has travelled extensively throughout his life, mostly looking at farming in other countries: China, Pakistan, Kashmir, Nepal, USA.  He also participated in farm exchanges and made many good friends.  One farmer friend in Washington State picked him up from the airport in his twin-engine Citation plane, and then flew him around the farm in his Bell Jet Ranger helicopter - he was the world’s largest potato farmer.  “But England is still the best country in the world,” he says. 

A keen sportsman - he played rugby for Witney before the war, golf, cricket, tennis, snooker and had a full-sized table at his old home.  He still drives a car - he has passed his Advanced driving test twice, and drives himself to church eight miles away at Combe every week, while using a mobility scooter around the Village.

So it just goes to show, you're never too old!

Bulkington Brass Band at Richmond Bede Village

20th August 2017

Bulkington Brass Band at Richmond Bede Village

An Afternoon With Bulkington Brass Band 

Sunday 20th August, 2.30pm 

We are pleased to announce that Bulkington Brass Band will be hosting an afternoon event on Sunday 20th August, beginning at approximately 2.30pm. 

Just £5 per person & includes a cream tea. £2 for entertainment only.

Payment to be made upon booking at Reception, and places must be reserved.

Seating is limited, so please be quick!!  Friends and family are also welcome. For further information, please call us on 024 76645544.

Cocktails & Jazz Night

23rd August 2017

Cocktails & Jazz Night

Richmond Northampton today will be gathering for a Cocktails & Jazz Night.

The residents, family and staff will be invited to join the Cocktail evening which starts at 6.00pm in the Restaurant. A full menu of cocktails will be available on the night at very competitive prices

Entertainment starts at 7.00pm with a local Jazz entertainers 24ct Gold


Tai Chi at Richmond Bede Village

29th August 2017

Tai Chi at Richmond Bede Village

Fitness Classes

Bede Village recognises the importance of keeping fit & healthy so we host our own fitness classes. There are currently NO Mobility sessions with Mel-Sue until further notice.

However, please join us for Tai Chi sessions every Wednesday at 3pm in the Abingdon Lounge. Sessions are just £2.00 per person and must be booked and paid at Reception please.

For information, please call us on 024 76645544.

Summer Incentive

31st August 2017

Summer Incentive

It's exciting times at Richmond Aston-on-Trent. There's the main Village Centre Building about to open along with all the fantastic facilities; new people moving into the Village; lots of new staff starting and now a summer incentive on all new reservations!

For any new reservations which complete before the end of 2017, Richmond Villages will pay the stamp duty and will contribute £5,000 towards your moving costs. But be quick as 2/3rds of these retirement apartments are already sold and we don't expect the remainder to be available for long.  The 2nd phase of apartments are very nearly completed and they certainly don't disappoint. These large one and two-bedroom apartments are at the southern end of the retirement village, many with extensive views over the Derbyshire countryside.

To find out more about the summer offer and to arrange a visit please call the Village Advisers on 01332890398.  To view the available apartments please click here

Residents Fashion Show

31st August 2017

Residents Fashion Show

96-year-old Lavinia Gwynne-Brown wowed everyone on the catwalk at this year’s Richmond Letcombe Regis Fashion show. Lavinia wasn’t alone and was joined by other models showing
off the latest styles from Ruby Pepper and the Friendtex Danish designer clothes.

“I’ve always kept fit through lots of exercise, horse riding and having been a keen gymnast
since being a teenager. I was a fitness instructor most of my life, so the catwalk was no trouble for me,” said Lavinia.

This multi-generational event showed the audience how everyone can have a sense for fashion regardless of age.

 “I think wearing colour is so important and bringing style into your wardrobe can make
you feel so good about yourself,” said Gina Bennett, owner of Ruby Pepper in Goring-on-Thames.

 The show was so successful that Richmond Village is now thinking about adding more fashion
shows to its schedule of events.

 “It’s great to have a fashion show that welcomes all ages, sizes and styles,” says Lizzie Philpott Head of Events at Richmond Letcombe Regis. “Fashion is only seen as something that young people are interested in, but you can see from this show that that is far from the case.” 



Richmond Witney Recruitment Opportunity Event

1st September 2017

Richmond Witney Recruitment Opportunity Event

Richmond Witney Recruitment Opportunities 

We have a fantastic ‘Recruitment Opportunity’ event coming soon.

This is due to the continued success of Richmond Witney Retirement Village, we are now recruiting to find those key people to fill our final roles across the Village. 

We are offering full & part time roles, with family friendly hours. Why not come and work for us and we will work with you to achieve a perfect work/life balance and there are also a number of Bupa staff benefits as well.

Come along to find out more and meet our Heads of Departments to discuss your career options. 

Date: Saturday 9th September 2017

Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Venue: Richmond  Villages Witney Village Centre

Address: Coral Springs Way, Witney, OX28 5DG

For further information please contact Zoe Hicks either by email Witneyadmin@richmond-villages.com or ring Tel: 01993 894 000  


Richmond Witney Golden Memories Tea Dance

7th September 2017

Richmond Witney Golden Memories Tea Dance

We invite you to put on your dancing shoes to dance the afternoon away at our Golden Memories Tea Dance at Richmond Witney Retirement Village in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Save the Date: Thursday 7th September

Time: 2pm - 4pm

Venue: Richmond Witney, Coral Springs Ways, Curbridge Road, Witney, OX28 5DG

This will be followed by dances held on 1st Thursday of each month to fund-raise for local charities.

For further information, please contact Jo Cambrey Head of Activities Tel: 01993 894 000


Flower Arranging at Richmond Bede Village

14th September 2017

Flower Arranging at Richmond Bede Village

Arranging flowers is both relaxing and fun. Please join us for Flower Arranging, starting in the Abingdon lounge at 3.30pm.

Come along and develop your skills to create beautiful flower displays.

For further information about the activities at Bede Village, please call us on 02476645544

Homestead Singers visit Richmond Northampton

15th September 2017

Homestead Singers visit Richmond Northampton

Richmond Northampton is once again in for a treat as the "Homestead Singers"  return to entertain us.

Starting at 2:30pm in the restaurant our residents will be in great delight as the twenty voices of the local male voice choir sing for them.

The Homestead Singers are a charity based organisation who are always welcomed by our residents because of the passion and energy they put into their performances.

This is not to be missed!

If you would like to attend please call Christopher Rayatt-Howard Activity co-ordinator on 01604 432635