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Open Plan - An absolute must when it comes to modern living
Opting for a property that provides an open plan living space allows for many practical benefits with its multifunctionality.
13th May 2022
Residents' drive down memory lane with classic car show at Richmond Villages Northampton
Richmond Villages Northampton, held a classic car show for residents and members of the local community. Over 70 residents and visitors attended the show organised by members of staff on 16 April.
27th April 2022
Top Tips for Moving with Pets
For International Pet month, we’ve put together a list of top tips to help keep your furry friend safe and happy when moving home.
20th April 2022
Local Resident Is Thrilled To Continue Life-long Hobby After Move To Retirement Village
John Lloyd moved to Richmond Villages Letcombe Regis in October last year to be closer to his daughter. During his time at the village, John is delighted that he can continue playing his life-long hobby, Bridge, with other residents. Since moving, John has been impressed with the care he has received.
28th March 2022
Green-fingered resident is award-winning at luxury retirement village
Muriel Wakelin has lived at Richmond Villages Bede for thirty years, she wanting to remain close to her family, the village has proved to be a perfect fit for her. Since moving to the village, Muriel has been able to continue her passion for gardening, even winning awards for her transformative work to her own garden at the village.
15th March 2022
Resident Aged 98 Continues To Put Fitness First At Richmond Villages Wood Norton
Bob Lewis, who has written a book all about keen interest for fitness and wellbeing at the age of 98, continues his at Richmond Villages Wood Norton, thanks to the village’s best-in-class Wellness Spa. Fitness remains an integral part of Bob’s day-to-day life, and his daily routine includes regular exercise. Moving to the village in 2019, Bob was one of the very first residents in the assisted living suites. Bob admires the beautiful environment and friendly staff at the village, and has even signed up for the ‘lifestyle package’ to make the most of the delicious meals on offer to Wood Norton residents
3rd March 2022
A quick guide to container gardening from our gardening team at Richmond Villages
No matter how young or old a person if you love gardening this love will never disappear. What will unfortunately go is the ability to look after a garden; whether due to health or simply because a new home may not have a garden of its own. There is however a way that you can still enjoy the simple pleasures of growing favourite plants (and even vegetables) and that is in containers. A small balcony or patio can be transformed with some beautifully planted pots whether they are brimming with flowers or full of Mediterranean herbs and salad leaves, it is just a question of following some simple rules. Choose your container wisely Start at the bottom and build up Get the best compost The plants! Tend with Loving Care
1st March 2022
Couple Reunited With Family As They Enjoy New Life At Local Retirement Village
Gillian and Peter Darby, moved to Richmond Villages Wood Norton in September last year to be closer to their family. Originally looking to move further afield to the Southwest, the couple say it’s a “very happy chance” they ended up at Wood Norton. Since moving to the retirement village, the couple praise their “superb” apartment and claim their new home is “just what we want.”
15th February 2022
Local Resident Credits Retirement Village For Giving Her A New Outlook On Life During Retirement Years
Resident at Richmond Villages Painswick, Audrey Timpson, praises the village for offering a host of activities to explore, stating that “she wouldn’t have wanted to go anywhere else” Since moving to the village, Audrey thinks more positively of her retirement years and gives thanks for her homely suite, and the extensive support from the care team
10th February 2022
25 Years of Richmond Villages
For over 25 years, Richmond Villages has been operating award-winning retirement communities around the UK, helping residents start a new chapter and live life to the full. Our village teams work tirelessly to help residents live longer, healthier, happier lives while hosting community events, guest talks and fundraising activities for local and nationwide charities that are close to the hearts of our staff and residents.
4th February 2022
Your next chapter in 5 easy steps
Here at Richmond Villages, we are experts in retirement living thanks to our many years of experience and have written this blog to share some quick and easy tips designed to help anyone considering moving to one of our communities.
7th January 2022
Resident Finds Newfound Friendship And Confidence At Local Retirement Village Through Reigniting Passion For Swimming
Muriel Squibb gives thanks to fellow resident, Debbie Dyson, and Richmond Villages Wood Norton, for bringing back her love for swimming .Following a series of health complications, Muriel was left with a knock to her confidence and swimming ability. The two residents have bonded with frequent trips to the village’s swimming pool and continue to swim both together and independently.
7th December 2021
Local Couple Praise Retirement Village For Offering Them The Tools To Chase Adventure In Later Life
Marion and Ivor Shipley give thanks to Richmond Villages Letcombe Regis for providing them with the facilities to “become the most adventurous versions of themselves” The couple took the leap to move to the Oxfordshire residence after living in Essex all their lives and, as a result, discovered a newfound passion for fitness
30th November 2021
Richmond Villages Magazine - Winter 2021
Read our Winter 2021 issue of the Richmond Magazine, featuring various articles such as 'Moving Made Easy', ‘A Renewed Passion for Fitness for one Witney Resident’, plus our ‘5 Things to Do in Cheltenham this Winter'. You’ll also discover delicious festive recipes from our very own chef at Richmond Villages Northampton, plus recommended wines for the festive season.
29th November 2021
Richmond Villages Bede Provides Companionship And Support For Resident Following Dementia Diagnosis
Phyllis enjoyed over two years living at Richmond Villages Bede, and benefitted from the caring activities programmes available and the Villages’ strong sense of community.
26th November 2021
Look After Your Mental Health Throughout Winter
Advice from Carly Francis, Mental Health Therapist for Bupa Clinics
19th November 2021
Richmond Painswick Blue Light Brunch
On the 3rd of November 2021 here at Richmond Painswick we hosted a Blue light Brunch, dedicated to local emergency service workers coming together here in our village.
3rd November 2021
Richmond Villages Magazine - Summer 2021
Read our Summer 2021 issue of the Richmond Magazine, featuring various articles such as 'Retiring in style has never been more affordable or flexible with Lifestyle Flex', ‘Add years to your life and life to your years with the Wellness Spa’, plus our ‘Home Buying Service' explained. You’ll also discover delicious mimosa recipes and some tips for the perfect picnic.
27th August 2021
Celebrating Dowty Engineering heritage at Richmond Villages Cheltenham
To celebrate our fascinating heritage as a former Dowty Heritage site, we hosted a reunion afternoon tea to reunite colleagues and friends with guest speaker Ally McConnel, Archivist for the Dowty project.
23rd August 2021
Social life is a walk in the park for six residents since moving to Richmond Villages
'I certainly have a better social life here at the village than I did before' - Read how a group of 6 residents have formed a strong friendship group since moving to Richmond Villages Wood Norton and are now enjoying a busy social calendar full of events and activities, including a day out at the Cheltenham Cricket Festival.
31st July 2021