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Taking Care in Later Life Event

4th March 2015

Taking Care in Later Life Event

Richmond Witney invites you to our “Taking Care in Later Life Event

Venue: Witney Lakes Resort, Witney, Oxfordshire

Date: Wednesday 4th March

This is the perfect opportunity to find out more about care options in later life and about the Village Suites at our new Witney site.

The event will include two identical presentations from Oxfordshire Age Uk, Carers Oxfordshire and Richmond Villages.

The afternoon presentations start at 2.30pm and end at 4pm, and the evening presentations start at 7pm and end at 8.30pm.

Topics covered will include:

  • Entitlements and grants available
  • Support and advice Age UK Oxfordshire and Carers Oxfordshire can provide
  • How Assisted Living can help people retain their independence

If you are looking for help and advice regarding elderly care for either yourself or a loved one, then this event is not to be missed.  For more information download the PDF

BOOKING ESSENTIAL – To book your place please call Richmond Witney Village Advisers Mark Young or Nev Scott Tel 01993 768557 or you can email our Community Relations Manager wendy.middleton@richmond-villages.com

Sportswear sale at Letcombe Regis

5th March 2015

Sportswear sale at Letcombe Regis

If you are in need of sprucing up your training kit, then why not visit the Spa on Thursday 5th March from 5.30pm

Abingdon Sports return, offering a wide range of fitness equipment at competitive prices.

How retirement villages can help people retain their independence

6th March 2015

How retirement villages can help people retain their independence

The Cotswold Life March issue including an interview with Richmond Villages Head of Marketing, David Reaves.  A PDF of the page is available to download below, but here is the interview.


Firstly, what is a Retirement Village? 

Retirement villages are vibrant communities specially built and designed for the older and nclude a range of accommodation, facilities and services to meet their needs.  The accommodation at a Richmond Village includes large 1 or 2-bedroom Village Apartments; Village Suites which are predominantly 1-bedroom apartments but include a weekly ‘Suite Package’ to take away all the daily chores plus all our villages have a care home providing 24-hour nursing care.  The villages have wonderful facilities including a Wellness Spa consisting of pool, gym, exercise studio, treatment rooms and hair salon.  Other facilities include restaurant and bar, café, library with IT facilities, arts and craft room plus wonderful landscaped gardens. 
The villages also have a large staff group.  Richmond Painswick, as an example, has some
80 full and part time staff including nurses, carers, hospitality, housekeeping, event organisers, drivers, maintenance and gardeners who all help to make the community. 

So, how can a retirement village help people retain their independence?

First off, we need to understand what being independent is and what defines our independence.  It’s a word we use a lot and generally defines a state of being in control, making decisions for ourselves, and not being dependent upon others. But how realistic is that?  We often hear that ‘mother is fiercely independent’ but most of the time it means the person is living in their own home and is able to do a bit of cooking, a bit of washing, a bit of housework and a bit of shopping. However, the reality is the family are doing the majority of these daily tasks so this ‘independence’ is actually affecting two people’s lives. 

How would living in a retirement village help?

Using the example just mentioned, if this person was to move into a Village Suite at a Richmond Village, the most important thing is that they would still have their own home, all be it a new one, and would still be in control of their life. What Richmond Villages would offer is the social life with like-minded people, and via the weekly Suite Package, help with things which they can’t, or no longer wish to do.  All of this ultimately results in an improved overall wellbeing.

What’s included in the ‘Suite Package’?

A weekly fee covers all of the household chores. A midday meals is provided in the restaurant whilst evening meal s are more often taken in your apartment, though some prefer to dine in the
restaurant. Each Village Suite has a kitchenette with fridge and microwave for preparing breakfast, snacks and drinks. A daily maid service ensures that apartments are regularly cleaned and rubbish is taken out. Personal laundry is taken care of along with bedding and towels. All utility bills are also included. This comprehensive package means people’s needs are met leaving them free to do the things they enjoy.  If residents require care, then our on-site care agency provide a bespoke care package depending on their needs. 

This all sounds great, but how do you help with improving people’s social life?

Everyone who lives in the retirement village pays a service charge which covers things such as external building maintenance, upkeep of the grounds as well as reception, administration and the cost of 24-hour on-site staff to respond to respond to any emergency.  The service charge also covers the transport provision which provides scheduled shopping trips, trips to places of interest such as National Trust properties, as well as taking residents to local GP, dental and
hospital appointments.  But most importantly, the charge covers social events and activity co-ordinators who organise a whole host of activities and events which can be anything from learning a new skill such as using computers or photography, through to creative writing.  Obviously full use of the Spa facilities such as the pool, steam room and gym are free for residents to use, and a number of classes such as Tai Chi and aqua aerobics are organised by the spa team.

What advice would you give to someone looking at moving to a retirement village?

The thing we hear most often is ‘I wish I had done this sooner’! It is a hard decision to move so make sure you do your homework and ensure that the place you move to can meet your present and future needs.  Richmond Villages are founding members of an organisation called Associated Retirement Community Operators and adhere to their code of practice.  If you
are looking to move to a retirement community then their website, www.arcouk.org, would be a good starting point.

For more information on Richmond Painswick please call 01452 810203

Opera unmasked in Letcombe Regis

8th March 2015

Opera unmasked in Letcombe Regis

Continuing our theme of uncovering the beauty of Opera, Jim Mitchell returns to the Conservatory on Sunday 8th March  at 2.30pm to uncover the mystery behind Verdi's La Traviata.

Come along with your friends, enjoy your favourite tipple and wonder at the marvel of this beautiful opera.

Richmond Letcombe Regis 2015 Charity

9th March 2015

Richmond Letcombe Regis 2015 Charity

Wantage Independent Advice Centre are looking for Volunteers can you help?

Would you like to make a difference to your community?

The Independent Advice Centre is looking for volunteers to fill various vacancies, offering you the chance to be part of a caring, valued and happy team.

All applicants will need to complete a CRB check.

If you would like to join this ‘special team’ then please contact one of the following:

      • Wendy Watson Joint Operations Manager and Transport Lead
      • Lisa Benge Joint Operations Manager and Advice Services Lead
      • Helen Bailey Good Neighbour Co-Ordinator.

Call 01235 765348 or email help@wantageadvice.org.uk

16 Market Place, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 8AE
(Behind Barclays Bank)

The Advice Centre is a registered charity, 2770992.


Open Day at Richmond Painswick 10am - 4pm

11th March 2015

Come and join us for our Open Day at the award-winning

Richmond Painswick.

• Come and view our fabulous facilities and available apartments

• Find out more about our Assisted Living suites

• Talk to staff about our new Homecare service providing care in your own home

• Refreshments available all day

Chez Milne from Age UK Gloucestershire will be also available to give advice on claiming Attendance Allowance and explaining other services provided by Age UK Gloucestershire.

Letcombe Regis Mother's Mini Spa Day

11th March 2015

Letcombe Regis Mother's Mini Spa Day

Why not treat your mum to a Elemis Mother's Mini Spa Day in our Wellness Spa.

Please contact the Wellness Spa to discuss your requirments with our Beauticians. 

If you would like to purchase a voucher Tel: 01235 774575

Happy Mother's Day


Letcombe Regis Film Club

12th March 2015

Letcombe Regis Film Club

If you enjoy films and would like a say in what is shown and when, then come along on Thursday 12th March to the Conservatory and share your thoughts with your fellow residents.

This is your opportunity to shape the films or documentaries that you enjoy in the coming months.

Open Day at Richmond Nantwich

14th March 2015

Open Day at Richmond Nantwich

Our first Open Day for 2015 will take place on Saturday March 14th from 11am to 4pm.

The Open Day is a chance to come and have a look around our Village and the available properties that are for sale. You can also chat to staff and those who already live here to find out about Village life. In addition there will be able to enjoy songs from "The Sound of Music" as Crewe Amateur Society join us from 2.30pm.

Whether you are looking for yourself, a relative or friend you are very welcome to look around. You can also book lunch in our Garden Room restuarant, although early reservation is recommended.

There will also be a chance to meet members of the Sports and Social Club.

For more information, please contact Nicola or Sian on 01270 629080

We look forward to meeting you.

Activity Schedule

15th March 2015

We've now seen the second Opera Unmasked event take place successfully and they will continue every other Sunday. We've watched Carmen and La Traviata so far!

Check out the schedules for other new events being launched here at Richmond Letcombe Regis.


16th March Activity Schedule

16th March 2015

Richmond Letcombe Regis has lots of great activities and events each week. Take a look at our schedule to see how much is going on here. This week brings the Book Group with Tea Books, Singing class with Sheenagh Dernie, shopping in London's Westfield, Tea and Talks at The Vale and Downland Museum and a concert from Andante. We're opening our doors on Wednesday 18th March at 14:00-18:00, if you would like to visit us and to look around the village, you'll be very welcome!

Ladies W.I Choir

20th March 2015

Ladies W.I Choir

On Friday 20th March we have the Northamptonshire County W.I Choir visiting to entertain us.

Starting at 2:30pm in the restaurant with refreshments being served at 3:30pm.

If you would like to attend please call Chris on 01604 432635


60th Wedding Anniversary Celebrations

24th March 2015

60th Wedding Anniversary Celebrations

John and Hilda Crocker celebrated their 60th Diamond Wedding anniversary at Richmond Village Northampton.

John was 23 and Hilda was 20 when they got married.  Hilda’s dress was borrowed from a neighbour and her mother made the bridesmaid dresses and the wedding bouquet.  They were married in Kent where Hilda worked as a telephone exchange girl and John worked as an engineer for BT until he retired.

John and Hilda were one of the very first residents to move to Richmond Northampton in December 2007.

11th Most Recommended Care Home in the East Midlands

24th March 2015

11th Most Recommended Care Home in the East Midlands

Richmond Northampton is proud to announce that through the “Carehome.co.uk Awards” it has been recognised as one of the top twenty care homes in the East Midlands region.   These awards are distributed based on the recommendations from the family and friends of care home residents, whether permanent or simply on respite or convalescent care.   With many care homes being eligible for these awards, this is indeed a great reflection on how seriously we consider the care and well being of our residents as a priority.

Cathy Goldsmith, Clinical Nurse and Deputy Manager, stated “This is testament to the dedication and hard work from all our staff at all levels, who are always welcoming to families and residents and to the many that go the extra mile to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable stay at Richmond Northampton.  I am very proud to lead such a great team”.

The village plans to hold a party for residents, families, friends and staff as a way of celebrating this achievement and saying “thank you” to all those who helped put Richmond Northampton on the “care home map”.

The village enjoys not only a family feel but also a genuine community spirit.  It works closely with the local parish council and Northampton University, where students attend to gain experience of working in a care environment.   We also sponsor a local youth football team and have daily activities for residents put together by our dedicated Activities Team.
Our ethos is to ensure our residents enjoy a full and active social life whilst catering for their individual care needs.

Paul Bundyford, Village Manager, states “I couldn’t be more pleased with this recognition, but it should come as no surprise to us given the level of commitment I witness from each member of staff each and every day.  It is richly deserved and I for one cannot wait to celebrate this achievement with residents and team”. 


Puccini's Tosca

24th March 2015

Puccini's Tosca

Continuing our series of discovering Opera, this week Jim Mitchell will help to uncover the mystery of Puccini's opera, Tosca

Set in Rome in the 1800's come and enjoy this melodramatic piece. Bring your friends and relax with a drink during the Opera.

Everyone welcome to come along.

March Supper Club at Letcombe Regis

25th March 2015

March Supper Club at Letcombe Regis

On Wednesday 25th March at 7pm join us for our regular Supper Club, with our pianist, David Southgate entertaining you.

Book a table with your family and friends and enjoy a good meal followed by a quiz and prizes.

Your opportunity to enjoy good food, good company and test your general knowledge skills from the past to the current.

Always well attended and an enjoyable evening.

Bistro Night

25th March 2015

Bistro Night

Fresh Water Scallops
Pan seared scallops sat on Pea puree with crisp Pancetta.
Beef Carpaccio
Thinly sliced fillet of beef, parmesan shavings, capers and olive oil
White Onion & Thyme Soup
Onions & thyme sautéed then blitzed with stock and cream
Tempura Battered Vegetables
A selection of vegetables with
a Soya, Honey and ginger dipping sauce

Sea Bass
Fillet of Sea bass roasted with
Rosemary & lemon served with Dauphinoise Potatoes and a selection of vegetables
8oz Ribeye Steak
Succulent 8oz Ribeye
accompanied with homemade chunky chips, vine grilled tomatoes and sautéed garlic mushrooms
Chicken Roulade
Chicken breast stuffed with Red
pesto & sundried tomatoes served with sautéed potatoes and French beans
Wild Mushroom Cottage Pie
Wild mushrooms & chestnuts topped with creamy mash accompanied with s selection of vegetables

Crème Brulee
Creamy custard infused with Vanilla and topped with a orange crisp
Banana & praline whipped with cream and frozen
Chocolate Brownie
Rich chocolate brownie served with warm chocolate sauce
Cheese Board Selection of chesses, crackers served with chutney and a sprig of grapes.

2 Courses including coffee £16.95
3 courses including Coffee £19.95
Call 01604 432600 to book


Easter Egg Appeal at Richmond Northampton

25th March 2015

Easter Egg Appeal at Richmond Northampton

Once again this year Richmond Northampton will be the collection point for our Easter Egg appeal.

For the past few years we have asked the local community and villagers to buy an extra Easter Egg to donate to sick children that will be spending time in the local hospital over the Easter period.

Richmond reception is open from 09:00 - 20:00 7 days a week, so you will be able to donate during these times.

Deadline 2nd April.

Art Competition

28th March 2015

Art Competition

Join us on Tuesday mornings from 10.30am in the Art & Crafts room to work on the art project for the Richmond Villages competition.

Everyone welcome to participate, no experience necessary.

Tea and coffee will be available to enjoy along with a chat with your fellow artists.

For more information contact Lizzie on 01235 774579

Computer laptop & Ipad lessons

30th March 2015

Computer laptop & Ipad lessons

Do you need any help getting to grips with you computer, laptop or Ipad.

Come along and join us on Monday mornings from 10.30am in the Conservatory when John Walker will aim to answer all of your questions.

Whether you are new to IT or a regular attendee, all our welcome to this relaxed computer class.

Country Market at Letcombe

31st March 2015

Country Market at Letcombe

Come and enjoy the Country market stalls outside the Restaurant om Tuesday 31st March.

Stalls will be set up from 1.45pm onwards.

Have a leisurely browse before or after your lunch.

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