01926 679502
(Local rate)
Richmond Villages - Caring for you

Easter Egg Appeal at Richmond Northampton

1st March 2016

Easter Egg Appeal at Richmond Northampton

Richmond Village Northampton wanted to take part in the Easter Egg Appeal to support our local Hospital and Childrens Charities

The village is a collection point for schools and local communities in Northampton who wish to donate to this great cause.

Residents are already donating Easter Eggs and it only just started.  So next time you are out shopping buy an Easter Egg for this great appeal.

The Easter Eggs will be delivered by the Activities Team, Sales Team and residents on Good Friday.

Richmond Witney "Make Time for a Cuppa" Event

4th March 2016

Richmond Witney "Make Time for a Cuppa" Event

Richmond Witney excited to announce the launch of Dementia Uk “Time for a
Cuppa” event from 1st – 8th March.

Dementia Uk is asking you to make Time for a Cuppa and raise some dough to help us help families face dementia through our fantastic Admiral Nurses.

Every cuppa you make and every cake you bake will help us in our mission to ensure that there is an Admiral Nurse for everyone who needs one, and to support more families affected by dementia.

Richmond Villages own Admiral Nurse Mutsai Hove Bird will be at the event to talk about how she will be supporting families who are affected by dementia.

Richmond Witney wants you to gather your friends and family and pop the kettle on for a cuppa, a slice of cake and a natter by coming along to the Sales & Marketing Suite, 58 High Street, Witney on March 4th at 10:30am to be part of this fantastic coffee morning and to raise funds in aid of Dementia Uk.



"Time for a cuppa" Dementia UK

5th March 2016

"Time for a cuppa" Dementia UK

This afternoon at 2.30pm we will be hosting our very own "Time for a cuppa"  to help raise money for Dementia, we will be having a raffle with various prizes, home made cakes will also be available to buy all profits will be going to the Dementia UK charity, any donations will be gratefully received.

The event will be hosted at 2.30pm in the Alpine situated on the ground floor.

We will look forward to seeing you.

Richmond Witney Become a Dementia Friend

10th March 2016

Richmond Witney Become a Dementia Friend

Richmond Witney “Dementia Friends Information Session”

Suzi Morgan, from Richmond Witney, will be delivering a Dementia Friends Information Session on Thursday 10th March starting at 6.00pm – 7.00pm, the venue Sales & Marketing Suite, 58 High Street, Witney, OX28 6EU

If you can spare one hour to learn how we can make Witney a more Dementia Friendly Community, please come along to see how you can make a difference to change people’s perceptions of dementia.

Dementia Friends is about learning more about dementia and the small ways you can help. From telling friends about the Dementia Friends programme to visiting someone you know living with
dementia, every action counts.

Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends programme is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way the nation thinks, talks and acts
about the condition.”


The Edinburgh Wool Shop Fashion Show

11th March 2016

Tonight at 7.00pm in The Alpine Suite we are hosting a fashion show with our lovely staff being the models, we have The Edinburgh Wool Shop clothes that the Models will be wearing, we also have Pat Henshaw - Colour me beautiful "Fasion with Scarfs", Pat will also be available with advice on fashion and we also have the lovely Gwen from Tropic offering tips on skin care. Any proceeds will be to Macmillan.

Richmond Painswick Open Day

12th March 2016

Richmond Painswick Open Day

Compared to a few years ago, awareness and popularityof retirement villages has grown considerably. Studies such as the one carried out by Aston University, have shown a
number of benefits when moving to a retirement villages.  The social interaction which is created within a retirement village greatly reduces loneliness and increases wellbeing – the old saying “it’s good to talk” is certainly true.  There are also the health benefits a move to such a community can provide.  The Aston University study showed that both routine and planned GP visits reduced by 46% and the number of unplanned hospital stays reduced on average from 8 – 14 days to 1 – 2 days. 

But how many people have actually visited a retirement village?  Probably not that many so to
allow people the chance to see what they provide the award winning retirement village, Richmond Painswick, are holding an open day on Saturday 12th March, 10am – 4pm.

Bev Ingram, Village Manager at Richmond Painswick commented, “One of the most common things I hear after people have looked around the village is that it was nothing like they were expecting.  We provide so much more than just retirement properties and a care home!”

Facilities at Richmond Painswick, who are part of Bupa, include restaurant, bar, auditorium, café, landscape gardens and rooftop terrace.  As well as this there is a state of the art Wellness Spa which includes pool, sauna, steam room, gym, exercise studio, beauty treatment rooms and hair salon.

“The open day is an opportunity for people to look around the village facilities, view the available properties, meet the Richmond team and talk to residents about living at a retirement village” said Senior Village Adviser Dawn Perrill.

Subject to availability, there will be the option to view a Village Apartment and Village Suite. 
The Village Apartments provide independent living in large 2-bedroom apartments whereas the Village Suites provide assisted living which includes an independent living package of all meals, cleaning, laundry and utilities.  There will also be the opportunity to look around the boutique 24 en-suite bedroom care home although prior booking is required for this.

So why not come along and find out for yourself what a retirement village is all about – you’ll be glad you did! 

Richmond Aston Sponsors Derbyshire Later Life Event

14th March 2016

Richmond Aston Sponsors Derbyshire Later Life Event


 Saturday 12th March – 10am to 3pm

  • The Riding School, Calke Abbey, Ticknall DE73 7LE

  • Free parking and entry

 Richmond Villages, who are developing a new retirement village in Aston-on-Trent, are sponsoring a retirement living fair which is to be held at Calke Abbey Park on Saturday 12 March 

As well as a series of presentations during the day, the event is the chance to meet a range of groups, charities and specialists in everything to do with retirement. These include specialist holiday advisers and social groups such as Probus, Women’s Institute and the University of the Third Age (U3A), and charities including Age UK and the Stroke Association. 

Over 25 organisations will be in attendance, including Alzheimer’s Society, MS Society plus specialists in hearing, aromatherapy, financial planning and legal services will also be there, as will Bupa’s elderly advice team, Derby Crown Bowls Association and Richmond Villages. 

David Reaves, Head of Marketing for Richmond Villages commented “We are delighted to be sponsoring this event. With people living longer and healthier lives, retirement offers many new opportunities, whether that is a new home, new hobby or the opportunity to travel.  Obviously health and wellbeing is another important factor in retirement and this event will have experts who will be able to provide help and advice in this area as well.” 

Throughout the day there will be a number of presentations which visitors are welcome to attend:

 10.30 & 14.00 - Dr Carol Holland, director of research for Healthy Ageing at Aston University

Dr Holland will be talking about the findings of her recent research on the health and wellbeing benefits of retirement villages.


11.30 - Paul Jackson, director of Richmond Retirement Villages

A discussion on assisted living, what it provides and how it can help people retain their independence.

Free entry to Calke Abbey  House for the first 50 people attending the Richmond Villages presentation.

13.00 - Annette Hallas, Bupa Elderly Care Advice Line

Annette will be giving help and advice on retirement and care options in Derbyshire.

 Parking and entrance to Calke Abbey Park is free with this article.  For further information on the event please call Gay, Sally Ann or Alison on 01332 895685.

The comfort of a Memory Cushion

18th March 2016

The comfort of a Memory Cushion

A recently widowed grandmother wept with happiness after retirement home staff gave her a cushion made out of her late husband's favourite shirt.

Joyce Beckett, 93, became distressed in the evenings after her husband of 70 years, John, died aged 91 on February 11. Staff at Richmond Village in Northampton started noticing the elderly widow, who suffers from dementia, liked to always be with someone to hold their hand to comfort her. So Chris Rayatt-Howard, head of activities at the retirement home where she lives, decided to make the special 'memory cushion'.

He asked the couple's son David for John's favourite shirt which he then stitched over a cushion. Mr Rayatt-Howard also added a picture of Mr Beckett to the top pocket and attached message which read: 'This is a shirt I used to wear. Whenever you hold it know that I am there.' He then presented the cushion to Mrs Beckett last Thursday who wept with happiness when she realised it was made from her late husband's shirt.

Mrs Beckett, who has one grown-up son and one grandson, told staff she was 'quite overcome with emotion in a happy way' after receiving the gift. The couple's only son, David Beckett, a retired bank manager in Northampton, said: 'Chris who did it asked Claire, the senior adviser, to ask me if I would let them have a shirt of my father. 'I said yes and I can't believe what a lovely touch it was. 'I'm sure it will be a comfort because she has had some distressing times recently, particularly early evenings so to have that cushion is just remarkable. 'It is just so typical of Richmond, it really is care with a capital C.'

Claire Fry, the senior village adviser at Richmond Villages in Northampton, said staffs were emotional as they watched on. When I spoke with Joyce's son David he thought is was a brilliant idea and gave his permission straight away. 'Chris stitched it himself and when he gave it to her it was very emotional. 'It was one of his favourite shirts so she recognised what it was and she was very tearful. 'A lot of other staff who were on a training day were there as well and they had tears in their eyes and were getting emotional too. 'It is in her bedroom now and is always kept close to her.'

Photographs of the touching moment Mr Rayatt-Howard gave Mrs Beckett the cushion which were posted on Facebook have already reached over 21,500 people. Ms Fry added: 'I put a few photos on our page and was shocked when later than night in had reached over 2,000 people. 'It has now got to more than 21,500 and has gone viral. 'The reaction from people has been quite overwhelming to the point that we are getting requests to make cushions. 'It is such a kind gesture from Chris and is an example of person centred caring at its best. 'We are very lucky at Richmond Northampton to have such a talented member of staff with such a caring nature.'

Richmond Witney Easter Egg Appeal Launch

22nd March 2016

Richmond Witney Easter Egg Appeal Launch

Richmond Witney Easter Egg Appeal Launch

 Be a “Good Egg” this Easter

Richmond Witney will be heading to Witney Community Hospital this Easter as part of their first Easter Egg appeal.

Witney businesses and the local residents of Witney are invited to make donations of the eggs to Richmond Witney, which can be accepted in the Sales & Marketing Suite, 58 High Street, Witney, over the coming weeks and the appeals deadline Tuesday 22nd March 2016.

Richmond Witney residents will be behind the visit to give out Easter Eggs to patients that will be spending time in Witney Community hospital over the Easter period.

The visit takes place the afternoon of Thursday March 24th so you have until Tuesday 22nd March to get your eggs down to Richmond Witney Sales & Marketing Suite.

Thank you for your continued support.

Richmond Witney Sales & Marketing Suite

29th March 2016

Richmond Witney Sales & Marketing Suite


Easter Opening Times

Good Friday 10:00am - 4:00pm

Saturday 26th March 10:00am - 4:00pm

Easter Sunday – Closed

Bank Holiday Monday 10:00am - 4:00pm


Witney Safe Places Scheme

31st March 2016

Witney Safe Places Scheme

Richmond Witney are proud to support a new initiative to provide reassurance for vulnerable people in the local area.

A number of shops and businesses in Witney now offer a ‘Safe Place” for vulnerable people such as those with dementia, learning disabilities or mental health needs when they feel lost, worried or threatened while they are out and about in the town.

People who might need a Safe Place carry a card, which they fill in with the details of their chosen contact. They can then show this card in a Safe Place which is identifiable by a distinctive window sticker and the business or shop will get in touch with their chosen contact and keep the vulnerable person safe until they arrive.

The ‘I Need Help’ Safe Place cards for a vulnerable person can be picked up from the following places:

·         West Oxfordshire District Council, Town Centre Shop, Welch Way, Witney.

·         West Oxfordshire District Council, Elmfield Offices Reception, New Yatt Road, Witney.

·         Cottsway Housing, Station Lane, Witney

A list of police approved shops and businesses that are signed up to the scheme can be found online at: www.westoxon.gov.uk/safeplaces along with contact details if you would like to know more about the scheme.

First residents move to Richmond Witney

31st March 2016

First residents move to Richmond Witney

Just 18 months after work started at the new £30million Richmond retirement village at Witney in Oxfordshire, and the first residents have now begun to arrive. 

Seventeen of the properties in the first phase of Village Apartments now occupied, with more people moving in throughout February.

“It’s wonderful to welcome our first new residents to Witney”, said Paddy Brice, managing director of Richmond Villages, “and we hope everyone settles in to their new home quickly and enjoys the new life this exciting and growing village community will be able to offer.”

Oneof the first to arrive at Richmond Witney is Sue Ramsden who is already getting comfortable in her new home and meeting her new neighbours.  

Sue,67, worked as a personnel manager in the health service and finance sector, and after her husband died two years ago decided it was time to move from her large house at the end of a lane to an apartment where there was no garden or property to maintain.  

“I was also looking for somewhere with some social activity and especially where I could swim,” says Sue. “I'd never bought 'off-plan' before but was so convinced this was right for me, I have never had a moment’s hesitation or regret. 

“Iam probably considered a bit young for this step but calculating the costs of moving house, I couldn't see the logic of making two moves over the next 10 - 20 years.  Having now made the move, I am exceedingly glad that I didn't leave it until I was any older. 

“Now I am beginning a new stage of my life.  My main interests are dressmaking and fabric decoration, and I am now able to have a room and, hopefully, the time to devote more of my energies to that.  I also enjoy travel, particularly to the Far East, and am a keen follower of cricket, so I am currently considering joining a tour which includes Test Match tickets when
England next play in Australia or New Zealand.  The prospect of being able to go on holiday and not have to cope with the garden when you return, or any problems with the house whilst you've been away is worth a lot. 

“I feel thoroughly relaxed and comfortable with my decision and the surroundings.  From living at the bottom of a lane and have no passing traffic to being able to see passing activity is a joy and makes me feel less isolated than I was.  Having someone always on call is also very comforting,” says Sue.

Read 'My move to Richmond Witney' by Sue Ramsden

Welcome to Richmond Witney Newsletter No 5

31st March 2016

Welcome to Richmond Witney Newsletter No 5

Welcome to Richmond Witney 5th edition of the Newsletter.  This issue includes the following stories:

  • Richmond Witney welcomes their first residents
  • Fixed price Suite fee for life
  • Not only a great place to live, but also to work
  • What team Witney have been up to
  • A welcome to our Head of Maintenance Dominic Kiewiet
  • Information on our coffee mornings with guest speakers

Please either download the PDF or speak to the Village Advisers on 01993 768557 who will be happy to send you a copy.

We hope you enjoy this latest edition!

Welcome to Richmond Aston-on-Trent Newsletter No 4

31st March 2016

Welcome to Richmond Aston-on-Trent Newsletter No 4

Welcome to the 4th edition of Richmond Aston-on-Trent's Newsletter.  This issue includes the following stories:

  • Meet your new neighbours event
  • Information on a Retirement Living event we are sponsoring
  • Our new member of the team - Village Adviser Sally Ann's new puppy, Betty!
  • Dates of coffee morning's we have arranged with various guest speakers

Please either download the PDF or speak to the Village Advisers on 01332 895685 who will be happy to put a copy in the post to you.

We hope you enjoy this latest edition!

Previous News »