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First residents move to Richmond Witney

31 March 2016

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