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Open House at Richmond Village for Charity Cuppa!

11th June 2009

OPEN HOUSE AT RICHMOND VILLAGE FOR CHARITY CUPPA!

A Warwickshire retirement village will be opening its door to the neighbours and asking them to come along to a charity tea party.

Richmond Village, situated in Hospital Lane, Bedworth will be holding A Blooming Great Tea Party in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care on Wednesday 24th June 2009. The party will commence at 2.30pm and finish at 4pm.

Louise Smith, Senior Village Adviser at Richmond Village said “Whilst we do primarily provide residential and care services for older people our residents do play an active part in the local community. So we invite people of all ages to pop in and join us for what is after all a British tradition, afternoon tea. There is no need to book, just turn up and let us pamper you”.

Mike McCann, a Community Fundraiser for the charity said “We are fortunate to have people doing all sorts of activities from running marathons to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, but I cannot think of a better way of raising funds than socialising with friends whilst drinking tea and eating cakes. The Blooming Great Tea Party fundraising campaign was a huge success in 2008 . Over one thousand tea parties were held across the UK, raising over nearly £300,000 and this year we want to make it even bigger. We are encouraging others to hold their own Tea Party too. It’s great fun for toddlers in nurseries, in the workplace and at retirement establishments” .

If you would like to hold your own tea party, please call 08700 340 040 or visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/teaparty for your free Blooming Great Tea Party fundraising pack.

Richmond Coventry features a wide range of accommodation including independent and assisted living apartments, convalescent care and many village facilities such as a restaurant, hairdressing salon, bowling green and guest suites for visitors.

For further information about Richmond Coventry, please call Louise Smith on 024 7664 5544 or visit www.richmond-villages.com


Ed Vaizey Welcomes New Care Facility, New Jobs and £60million Investment to Oxfordshire

11th June 2009

Ed Vaizey Welcomes New Care Facility, New Jobs and £60million Investment to Oxfordshire

ED VAIZEY WELCOMES NEW CARE FACILITY, NEW JOBS AND £60MILLION INVESTMENT TO OXFORDSHIRE

Oxfordshire MP Ed Vaizey welcomed the forthcoming arrival of a new care facility and employment when he cut the ribbon to open three new show homes at the latest Richmond Village retirement village, at Letcombe Regis near Wantage, South Oxfordshire.

In officially opening the new show homes, Mr Vaizey said: “Our population is ageing at a dramatic rate. In 2006 there were 9.7 million people over the age of 65, and by 2036 that will have grown to 17 million. In Oxfordshire we are looking at a 126.5% growth in those over the age of 85 between 2004 and 2029 see note 2. Furthermore, by 2020 it is projected that there will be a need for 532 care beds within a 20 minute drive time of Letcombe, compared with the 297 available in 2002.

“ ‘Putting People First’ is a concordat signed by the Government, the Local Government Association (LGA) and social and healthcare professionals, and sets out a vision for the fact that ‘the vast majority of people want to live in their own homes for as long as possible.’ This fantastic new facility here in Letcombe provides a wonderful place where people can feel safe, cared for and part of a community.

“I am very impressed with the whole concept of Richmond Letcombe Regis. The variety of homes offered combined with excellent levels of care, services and facilities, provide the over 55s with a great place to live. I very much hope the retirement development will become part of Letcombe itself, and its new residents will get fully involved in local village life. Its nature reserve is a wonderful resource for the whole community, and I was delighted to play a key role in ensuring that the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust will be responsible for its management.”

The new retirement village will bring some 100 new jobs when it is fully operational, “tremendous news for those living within a 15 mile radius”, added Mr Vaizey. Richmond Villages is part of Barchester Healthcare Group, which was recently voted one of the top 20 companies in the UK to work for in The Times employee satisfaction survey.

The show home complex Mr Vaizey opened includes a Village Apartment (for independent living), an Assisted Living Apartment and a Care Bedroom, and demonstrates the different types of accommodation and care available within this striking new retirement village.

The £60m Richmond Letcombe Regis development is the only facility of its type in Oxfordshire. The new retirement village will also have a wellness spa with a swimming pool, gym, health and beauty treatment rooms and a hair salon; other facilities include a café, restaurant, shop, IT room and library, craft rooms and a bowling green.

The superb location of this retirement village near Wantage, just 10 miles north of junction 14 on the M4, makes it easily accessible for those living near Newbury, Oxford, Reading, Swindon and West London.

The village includes a range of deluxe apartments, which provide Independent Living combined with the reassurance of a secure and sociable community where care and assistance are close at hand if needed. These large apartments - averaging 1,000 sq.ft. in size - have a kitchen, living room and one or two bedrooms, with en-suite to the main bedroom.

The Assisted Living apartments are ideal for those requiring some help. The apartments include a spacious living room, kitchen, one or two bedrooms and an en suite bathroom.

Paddy Brice, managing director of Richmond Villages, says: “Assisted Living bridges the gap between Independent Living and full time care. It means residents can enjoy having their own home without the worry of cooking and daily chores. We prepare all meals, which can be taken in a resident’s apartment or the restaurant, and there’s a daily maid and laundry service. Our own on-site domiciliary care team provides help, as much or as little as is needed, 24 hours a day. The Assisted Living package also includes all utility bills and full use of the facilities within the village. It’s a great place to live.

“We’ve been providing Assisted Living for more than 10 years and residents tell us they like having the best of both worlds; the independence of having their own front door together with the assistance and peace of mind we can give them.”

At the heart of the retirement village will be a care home for those requiring 24 hour personal and nursing care, part of which will be dedicated to specialist dementia care.

The sales office is located in a beautifully restored and thatched former gatehouse; this will be converted into a café and shop for residents and the local people of Letcombe, once all the homes are sold.

Surrounded by beautiful countryside, nestling beneath the Ridgeway and just a few miles from the ancient White Horse chalk carving, the new village has been designed to complement the vernacular of the South Oxfordshire/Berkshire border. The buildings are finished in a traditional, warm and welcoming dark brick and flint style, with the whole site enjoying a rural location comprising landscaped gardens, a meadow with nature trail, large lake and a brook. This nature reserve will have disabled access, and is being managed by the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust. It will also be open to the public.

Independent Living apartments with one or two bedrooms, each with its own en suite, are priced from £295,000. Assisted Living apartments are priced from £250,000.

The sales office is at Richmond Letcombe Regis, South Street, Letcombe Regis, Oxfordshire, OX12 9JY, and open from 10am to 4pm daily. To arrange a visit, register interest or for further information, please call Sharon Hunt or Mark Young, the Village Advisors, on 01235 773970 or visit www.richmond-villages.com.


Well-deserved – a relaxing Father’s Day for Jack!

15th June 2009

Well-deserved – a relaxing Father’s Day for Jack!

With Father’s Day just around the corner, many Dad’s deserve to put their feet up and perhaps be spoilt a little by their families. Father’s Day may also be a good opportunity to find out things about our fathers that we didn’t already know. Even the tiniest piece of information - which may be considered unimportant to them - could give us a sense of provenance so why not learn something new about your Dad?

Father, grandfather and great-grandfather Jack Cope, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday, certainly has a good tale to tell. He has lead an action packed life and is now enjoying slowing down a bit. Born in Nuneaton, not far from where he now lives at Richmond Village, he has travelled far afield and has many amazing stories. His Military and Dunkirk medals, of which he is justly proud, are a clue to his exciting past.

Jack was 20 when war broke out in 1939 and immediately volunteered for the army, becoming an ammunitions despatch rider for the 145 Light Infantry Brigade. Whilst fighting rearguard action as the British troops evacuated Dunkirk, he was captured and became a Prisoner of War (POW), although he was considered as missing, presumably killed as so many young soldiers were.

During the next five years, Jack led a very active existence in various POW camps, wisely learning German along the way which paid dividends later on. He escaped on many occasions and discovered that his brother had been captured in Italy. Jack was determined to find his brother and escaped again to try and track him down. He remained free long enough to travel across Germany to the area where his brother was being held, and gave himself up; his plan to end up imprisoned in the same POW camp as his brother had succeeded. But his days of escaping weren’t over and he escaped once more along with his brother and two other pals. They ended up joining an American unit across the Rhine and managed to hitch a lift back to the UK, amazing everyone on their return that they were still alive.

Returning to his wife, whom he had married just three days before he left for the army, they went on to have three daughters during the next ten years; Lorraine, Jeanne and Bernice. Meanwhile, Jack set up a successful metal electroplating company in Nuneaton, boasting Rolls Royce as one of his clients.

Retiring in 1978, Jack and his wife moved to the Costa Blanca. Sadly his marriage ended in divorce and Jack remained in Spain. Some time afterwards he met Doreen, a widow from Yorkshire, fell in love and got married. They enjoyed 12 years of happy marriage before sadly, Doreen died. Jack stayed in Spain for a while on his own and then decided to return home. His youngest daughter, Bernice, lives in Australia but Lorraine and Jeanne live locally.

Jack commented: “I used to love the Spanish sun, the orange groves and the views. Funnily enough, I don’t miss them any more. This is where I belong now, and it’s nice to be near my family again.”

Lorraine knows that she will find Jack to be a very happy man on Father’s Day, but this hasn’t always been the case. She started to worry about him after his wife passed away as he lived alone in a bungalow in a cul de sac, and relied on family visits for company. Although Jack showed few signs of getting old, the loneliness was a worry for Lorraine and Jeanne, especially if they wanted to go on holiday. Lorraine felt that a nursing home was not the right move for Jack as he was still very fit and well. She was looking for a place where he could live independently but still have support and company if he needed it.

By chance, she found out about Assisted Living apartments which are part of Richmond Villages’ retirement village in Bedworth. “When I first saw the apartments, I was bowled over. I took Dad to see them, not sure what his reaction would be, and he instantly wanted to move there!” Lorraine remarked. “Dad was living in a bungalow on his own and was lonely. Moving to his Assisted Living apartment has definitely given him a new lease of life. It also means that if I go away, I know that he has company if he wants it, and all his chores are taken care of,” she added.

Jack has been living in his Assisted Living apartment at Richmond Coventry for two years. Lorraine loves the fact that he has his own space and can choose whether to join in activities or not. She has the peace of mind knowing that he is eating sensibly and that someone pops in every day. He once had a fall on the driveway outside and Lorraine is full of praise for the excellent response from staff he received. Thankfully, nothing was seriously wrong but it reminded her that he was definitely living in the best place.

Jack has breakfast in his own apartment, lunch in the restaurant and his supper is usually delivered to him. If he wants to, he can make his own meals using his kitchenette. Jack says there is always someone about if he fancies a coffee or glass of wine, but he also enjoys the peace of his own home. “I feel extremely lucky living here and very well looked after. I am extremely comfortable and 100% happy.”

Assisted Living

Assisted Living is a concept that bridges the gap between independent living and full time care. It means that a person or couple can enjoy the ideal combination of having their own front door without the worry of preparing meals and doing the daily chores. Retirement village pioneer, Richmond Villages, has been providing Assisted Living for over a decade.

Whilst enjoying the privacy of your own apartment (with bedroom, bathroom, sitting room and kitchenette), Assisted Living is also a philosophy of care and support that promotes independence, dignity and well being. By providing supervision or assistance with daily living, people who are finding it difficult to live independently but do not need the 24 hour care provided by a nursing home, are able to enjoy prolonged independence in a safe, caring, socially active and supportive environment.

Life at a Richmond Village provides residents with endless opportunities to socialise with like minded people and to take part in the many activities organised daily. Facilities include a restaurant, library, a vehicle with full time driver and in some villages a bowling green, swimming pool and spa.

Richmond Villages has villages in Northampton, Painswick (Gloucestershire), Nantwich (Cheshire) and Coventry, with a new village opening later this year at Letcombe Regis near Wantage (South Oxfordshire).


Richmond Villages Announces Introductory Offer on ‘Assisted Living'

24th June 2009

Richmond Villages Announces Introductory Offer on ‘Assisted Living'

‘Cost of living’ reduced for three years on selected apartments

Apartments at Richmond Letcombe Regis priced from £240,000

Offers also available at Richmond Northampton, Richmond Painswick in the Cotswolds and Richmond Coventry

Retirement village pioneer Richmond Villages, has announced an introductory offer on its Assisted Living concept that will enable purchasers of selected one or two bedroom apartments to ease their cost of living for the next three years.

Assisted Living bridges the gap between independent living and full time care, and means that a person or couple can enjoy the ideal combination of having their own front door without the worry of preparing meals and doing the daily chores.

Whilst enjoying the privacy of your own apartment (with one or two bedrooms, bathroom, sitting room and kitchenette), Assisted Living is a philosophy of care and support that promotes independence, dignity and well being. By providing supervision or assistance with daily living, people who are finding it difficult to live independently but do not need the 24 hour care provided by a nursing home, are able to enjoy prolonged independence in a safe, caring, socially active and supportive environment.

Assisted Living at Richmond Villages’ newest village at Letcombe Regis in Oxfordshire costs from £515 per week. This includes all fixed living costs – food & drinks, light/heat/power, cleaning, laundry, council tax, service charge and ground rent, but for those exchanging on a one person/one bedroom Assisted Living apartment by October 2009, and completing by February 2010, Richmond is offering a special introductory rate for the next three years so that weekly costs start from £330 per week. The cost per person for double occupancy starts from £385 per week.

Similar offers are also available at Richmond’s villages in Northampton, Painswick in Gloucestershire and Coventry.

Life at a Richmond Village provides residents with endless opportunities to socialise with like minded people and to take part in the many activities organised daily. Facilities include a restaurant, library, a vehicle with full time driver and in some villages a bowling green, swimming pool and spa.

Says Paddy Brice, managing director of Richmond Villages: “Assisted Living bridges the gap between Independent Living and full time care. It means residents can enjoy having their own home without the worry of cooking and daily chores. We prepare all meals, which can be taken in a resident’s apartment or the restaurant, and there’s a daily maid and laundry service. Our own on-site domiciliary care team provides help, as much or as little as is needed, 24 hours a day. The Assisted Living package also includes all utility bills and full use of the facilities within the village. It’s a great place to live.

“We’ve been providing Assisted Living for more than 10 years and residents tell us they like having the best of both worlds; the independence of having their own front door together with the assistance and peace of mind we can give them.

“In these uncertain economic times people are naturally concerned with living costs as income from savings and investments has fallen. Our present offering is designed to mitigate these concerns and help people to make a decision without concerns as to affordability”.

Richmond Letcombe Regis

The £60m Richmond Letcombe Regis retirement village near Wantage, is the only facility of its type in Oxfordshire. It comprises Village Apartments (for independent living), Assisted Living Apartments and a Care Home, and is on schedule to open in February 2010.

The new village will also have a wellness spa with a swimming pool, gym, health and beauty treatment rooms and a hair salon; other facilities include a café, restaurant, shop, craft and IT room, library and a bowling green.

Accommodation

The village includes a range of deluxe properties, which provide Independent Living combined with the reassurance of a secure and sociable community where care and assistance are close at hand if needed. These large properties - averaging 1,000 sq.ft. in size - have a kitchen, living room and one or two bedrooms, with en-suite to the main bedroom.

The Assisted Living apartments include a spacious living room, kitchen, one or two bedrooms and an en suite bathroom.

At the heart of the village will be a care home for those requiring 24 hour personal and nursing care, part of which will be dedicated to specialist dementia care.

Location

The superb location near Wantage, just 10 miles north of junction 14 on the M4, makes it easily accessible for those living near Newbury, Oxford, Reading, Swindon and West London.

Surrounded by beautiful countryside, nestling beneath the Ridgeway and just a few miles from the ancient White Horse chalk carving, the new village has been designed to complement the vernacular of the South Oxfordshire/Berkshire border. The buildings are finished in a traditional, warm and welcoming dark brick and flint style, with the whole site enjoying a rural location comprising landscaped gardens, a meadow with nature trail, large lake and a brook. This nature reserve will have disabled access, and is being managed by the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust. It will also be open to the public.

Sales office

The Richmond Letcombe Regis sales office is at: South Street, Letcombe Regis, Oxfordshire, OX12 9JY, and open from 10am to 4pm daily. To arrange a visit, register interest or for further information, call village advisers Sharon Hunt or Mark Young on 01235 773970 or visit www.richmond-villages.com