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Couple inspire family to join them at local retirement village
10th June 2022


Finding their previous property difficult to maintain, married couple of 66 years, Richard and Lolla came across Richmond Villages Bede and swiftly joined the waiting list until a property became available – the couple have now lived at the village for twenty years.

Since joining the village, the couple particularly enjoy the variety of choices for day trips out, from bowling, to participating in external shows with the village choir. Much to his enjoyment, Richard also used to volunteer to drive the Richmond Villages Bede minibus to take other residents out on trips, from the church run every Sunday, to visits to National Trust sites across the country.

Speaking of day-to-day life at the village, Lolla said: “Richard and I attend most of the activities at the village, they have such an extensive programme so you’re never short of things to do! I thoroughly enjoy the ‘Knit n Natter’ sessions and keep fit classes. We also run a Bingo session alongside Richard’s sister, where Richard does the calling. It’s all great fun to get the other residents involved and it is a nice opportunity to socialise with those around the village.”

Impressed with their experiences thus far, the couple have also shared complimentary recommendations of the village to friends and family, which has resulted in their daughter, Debbie and Richard’s sister, Maureen, also moving to the village.

The friendly atmosphere at the village is another aspect Richard and Lolla enjoy. When first moving into the village, the couple didn’t know anyone, however, since moving in they have made an abundance of friends and have shared high praise for the staff.  

Richard said: “I can’t speak highly enough of all of the staff; they really do care about all residents and their needs and opinions. The whole team work extremely hard. It is a very friendly village; we have never once felt isolated – I couldn’t see us living anywhere else!”

Richmond Villages Bede offers a range of retirement accommodation from apartments and suites to a residential care home, all of which are tailored to the individual needs of each resident.

For more information on the village or to arrange a tour call our Village Advisers.