Retired villagers prove that 'you're never too old!'
In October 2011, Pauline Ritchie, an occupant at Richmond Bede Retirement Village formed
an Art Group. After villagers had expressed an interest in drawing and painting, Pauline’s son, Stuart Ritchie kindly offered to host some free art sessions for our villagers offering an insight to
drawing and painting. Stuart Ritchie is a highly accomplished digital designer & art director in his own right. Some of the villagers already had a shared interest and some have never drawn or painted before.
After a few years, Stuart had to discontinue with the class due to work commitments. But Bede villagers decided to continue with the sessions with the assistance and support of Activities Manager Louise Smith, who has a huge interest in art herself.
Louise thought it would be a great achievement and rewarding for the villagers to see their artwork on display so applied to Nuneaton Art Gallery to exhibit their work. Just over a year later, the Bede Art Group is now exhibiting their work at the Landing Gallery until 6th December.
One of the villagers is 89 and has Parkinson’s disease. Three of the main symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are tremors (involuntary shaking of particular parts of the body), slow movement, stiff and inflexible muscles. However, he, along with the other villagers have certainly proved that it is still possible to learn new things... at any age!
The Bede Art group consists of various levels and abilities and is held every other Monday evening. For more information about the events at Bede Village, please call our Village Advisors on 024 76645544 or visit www.richmond-villages.com/bede