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Show Apartment Launch Success

5th May 2016

Show Apartment Launch Success

With over 250 visitors on the day and two further deposits, Richmond Aston-on-Trent is celebrating the success of the recent show apartment launch.  

Designed to give visitors an insight into what living at the village could be like, the day was held at the marketing suite of the new village at Willow Park Way, Aston-on-Trent.  

Guests were invited to view the new show apartment, meet Alison Harding, the senior village advisor and her team, find out what accommodation is available, look at the floor plans and computer generated images of the retirement village, and generally get a good insight into the
lifestyle available. 

“The event was a huge success,” enthused Paddy Brice, managing director of Richmond
Villages, “and we were greatly encouraged by the number of people who joined us. We have now sold 39 of the first phase of 47 apartments – two more on the day itself, taking our off-plan sales to 83%. 

“These properties are ideal for those who want to live independently yet like the idea
of being in a safe and sociable community with support and assistance close at hand if required.  We listen carefully to what our clients want, which includes having a large living space and up to two large bedrooms, especially important if someone is downsizing. 

“We are delighted by the interest shown in this development, which underlines the demand for this type of high quality retirement accommodation.  Our first residents will be moving in this autumn, and the main Village centre building which includes the Village suites and care home plus all the communal facilities such as restaurant, bar and wellness spa will be completed by Spring 2017,” added Mr Brice.  

The show apartment is now available to view Monday – Saturday, by appointment. 

Village apartments start from £280,000 and include one or two bedrooms with the master bedroom en-suite, a fully fitted kitchen with integrated appliances, a bathroom / wet room featuring stylish sanitary ware, an allocated parking space for those with a car, an
emergency 24-hour call system to the on-site support team, and wellness spa

To arrange a visit please call Alison or Sally-Ann on 01332 426558.

Life in Nantwich

7th May 2016

Life in Nantwich

Perhaps you are thinking of moving closer to friends and family in Nantwich, live in the area but have never really explored all of its facilities or are looking for a destination to enjoy one of Richmond Village’s Retreat Holidays. Our ‘Life In Nantwich’ day is the ideal opportunity to find out more about life in and around this beautiful market town, just minutes from our Village.

A number of local societies, community groups and local facilities will be spending the day in our Village sharing information on everything they have to offer. You will also be able to view our facilities here at the Village including available apartments. We hope you are able to join us for this informative day running from 10.30am until 3pm.

For more information contact us on 01270 629080

Join us for a Cuppa and Cake

10th May 2016

Join us for a Cuppa and Cake

Tuesday 10th May, 10.30am - 12 noon.

Witney Lakes Resort, Witney OX29 0SY

We would love you to come and join us for cuppa and a slice of cake on Tuesday 10th May at the Witney Lakes Resort, where we will be joined by Chris Rayatt, Head of Activities from Richmond Northampton and Wendy Middleton, Richmond Witney Community Relations Manager.

They will be talking about the different events and activities that happen on a daily basis at Richmond Villages and will be pleased to answer any questions you may have.

The Coffee Morning is free to attend but so that we can give the venue an idea of numbers, we would appreciate it if you could let us know if you are intending to attend.

For more information please email mark.young@richmond-villages.com or
call 01993 768557

Green Fingered Gift

12th May 2016

Green Fingered Gift


A very generous gift was made to Richmond Village Nantwich
recently as resident Miss Avice Hunt arranged for a van full of plants to be
delivered for the Village pond.

Miss Hunt, a keen gardener remarked “The pond is a lovely area
but I thought it needed some more plants so I contacted local business Ripples
who have helped me to choose the right ones to ensure that it will look even

The plants were delivered on a very wet day but nothing
could dampen Miss Hunt’s spirits as she handed them over to Head Gardener
Jonathan Basford. The pond, already home to a number of fish has also acted as
a nursery ground for a mother duck and her ducklings. Remarked Jonathan “The
pond is now a perfect home for them, as is the weather!”.

Village Open Day

12th May 2016

Village Open Day


Richmond Village Nantwich opened its doors recently to local clubs and societies who joined residents and guests in finding out just what “Life in Nantwich” is like.

As well as the Village’s own Bowls and Amenities Clubs, local groups The Crewe Senior Forum and South Cheshire Model Engineering Society joined Nantwich Museum, The Royal British
Legion and Worleston WI to provide information on what each club can offer.

Mayor of Nantwich, Andrew Martin came along and was seen chatting in great depth to the members of the modelling club as he admired the models brought along whilst Village Manager,
Lynne Griffin met Henry the service dog and his master Simon Harwood. Henry is
trained to help Simon with day to day chores but also warns him when his blood sugars are low; he has even woke him up on occasions!

Even the Village’s driver, Dave Hulse turned up in his lycra training outfit as he helps raise money for The Royal British Legion by competing a triathlon later in the year.

The afternoon finished with a music from Clarinettist Susan Walker.

Make and Bake Scones at Richmond Northampton

16th May 2016

Make and Bake Scones at Richmond Northampton

Richmond residents will have a "Make and Bake" session on how to make the perfect Scone.

Christopher Rayatt-Howard our Head of Activities will demonstrate the perfect Recipe, the best way to mix and how to get that perfect raised scone for all to enjoy. Residents will then be encouraged to make scones of their own and whilst they are baking in the oven we can have afternoon tea with ones we made earlier.


Open Day 18th May 2pm - 6pm

18th May 2016

Open Day 18th May 2pm - 6pm

We are holding an open day on Wednesday the 18th of May from 2pm until 6pm. This is an opportunity to see village life and talk to the team about living in our Village. You can have a look at our facilities and see what properties we have on the market. No need to book. We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday!  

Richmond Witney helping to create a dementia friendly community

20th May 2016

Richmond Witney helping to create a dementia friendly community

As Part of Dementia Awareness Week 15th - 21st May

Become a Dementia Friend and you will be helping to create a dementia friendly community in Witney

Richmond Witney Retirement Village invites all Witney residents, clubs, organisations and businesses to a one hour Information Session.

At Richmond Witney Sales & Marketing Suite to become a Dementia Friend.

People living with dementia want to continue to lead an active and independent life in their community.
Dementia Friends gives an understanding of dementia and the small things we can all do to make a difference.

Come to a Dementia Friend’s information session to find out a little more about what it is like to live with dementia and turn that understanding into action.

Information Sessions

Thu 7th April 4pm to 5pm

Thu 21st April 4pm to 5pm

Thu 5th May 6pm to 7pm

Mon 16th May 4pm to 5pm

Tue 17th May 9am to 10am

Thu 19th May 6pm to 7pm

To reserve a place on any of the above sessions by visiting www.dementia.friends.org.uk or you can call Suzi Morgan on 01993 768658 for further information


Richmond Painswick - MS Cake Break

20th May 2016

Richmond Painswick - MS Cake Break

Join us in the Auditorium at 3.30 pm.

Enjoy tea and homemade cakes.

All welcome - bring the grandchildren too for the Punch and Judy show at 4 pm.

Come and join the fun!

Witney Turns Blue to Support Dementia Awareness Week 2016

20th May 2016

Witney Turns Blue to Support Dementia Awareness Week 2016

 Local retailers in Witney will be demonstrating their commitment to making the town a Dementia Friendly Community by ‘turning the High Street blue’ throughout Dementia Awareness Week 2016 (15th - 21st May).

Richmond Witney Retirement Village and Witney Town Council launched the initiative to promote the Dementia Friends initiative locally.

 Dementia Friends is an Alzheimer’s Society led initiative which aims to increase dementia awareness and change the way the nation thinks, talks and acts about dementia. A Dementia Friend is someone who has attended a free one hour information session and has committed to an action that will make the lives of people living with dementia a little bit better. Anyone can be a Dementia Friend and every action counts - from helping someone to find the right bus to spreading the word about dementia on social media.

Local businesses were invited to promote the Dementia Friends initiative in two ways:

Turn the town centre blue - create blue window displays for the week and to enhance them
using free promotional packs containing themed balloons and posters provided by Richmond Retirement Village Witney.

Make 1000 new Dementia Friends – businesses to encourage their staff to attend a Dementia Friends Information Session.

The response to date has been fantastic with the majority of local businesses signing up to turn their shop fronts blue for the week.

Dementia Friends Information Sessions will be running throughout the week at the Corn Exchange, Richmond Witney Marketing Suite, Deer Park Medical Centre, Como Lounge, Tremain Veterinary Surgery and Nelson Colony Beavers Group (Buttercross Scouts).

Having volunteered to become Dementia Friends Champions, the team at Richmond Village
Witney are now regularly delivering Dementia Friends Sessions to people across Witney. Volunteer, Suzi Morgan said: ‘I signed up to be a Dementia Friends Champion because I want to help to make Witney a Dementia Friendly Community.
It’s easy to get involved. I attended a training course, receive ongoing support and I’m now proud to be part of a growing network of people creating dementia friendly communities together.’

 Emily Fisher, Dementia Friends Regional Support Officer at Alzheimer’s Society said: ‘Dementia touches the lives of millions of people across the country. Dementia Friends was launched to tackle the stigma and lack of understanding that means many people with the condition experience loneliness and social exclusion. It’s all about learning more about dementia and the small ways you can help. From getting in touch with someone you know living with dementia to wearing your badge with pride, every action counts.’

For further information about Dementia Friends in Witney please contact Suzi Morgan on 01993 768557 or email suzi.morgan@richmond-villages. Alternatively, drop into the Richmond Villages Marketing Suite, 58 High Street

Richmond Witney Turning Witney Blue

21st May 2016

Richmond Witney Turning Witney Blue

'Turning Witney Blue'

Retailers in Witney demonstrated their commitment to making the town a Dementia Friendly Community by ‘turning the High Street blue’ throughout Dementia Awareness Week 2016 (15th  to 21st May). Richmond Witney launched the initiative to promote their Dementia Friends Information Sessions.

Local businesses were invited to help to promote ‘Dementia Friends’ by creating blue window displays and to enhance them using free promotional packs containing themed balloons and posters provided by Richmond Witney Retirement Village. The response was absolutely fantastic with over 115 local businesses ‘turning blue’ for the week.

Dementia Friends Information Sessions were also running throughout the week at the Corn
Exchange, Richmond Witney Marketing Suite, Deer Park Medical Centre, Como Lounge, Tremain Veterinary Surgery and Nelson Colony Beavers Group (Buttercross Scouts) with almost 100 new Dementia Friends being made in just five days.

 Suzi Morgan from Richmond Witney who is a Dementia Champion and ran the sessions said “We are overwhelmed by the response from local retailers. The High Street has looked amazing all week and we’ve been delighted by all the interest and support. Hopefully, this will really boost our efforts to make Witney a Dementia Friendly Community.”




Creativity is Contagious

23rd May 2016

Creativity is Contagious

The quiet Oxfordshire village of Letcombe may be small, but it’s boasting 16 artists who are exhibiting at this year’s Art Weeks festival.

Nestling at the foot of the Downs, Letcombe Regis looks as though it’s come straight out of Sunday night TV central casting. Quiet, winding country lanes? Check. Local village pub full of locals? Check. Sun dappled church? Check.

However, look closer under the Midsomer Murders facade, and you’ll actually discover a hive of creativity. Potters, portrait artists, recycled crafters: you name it, Letcombe Regis has someone practicing it. So it’s unsurprising to learn that it is putting up an impressive number of artists for this year’s Oxfordshire Art Weeks festival. 

Held between 14th and 21st May 2016, Oxfordshire Art Weeks offers free access to over 500 studios, exhibitions and galleries across the county.

“There’s a real variety of artists living here,” said Lizzie Philpott, who has helped the Letcombe artists exhibit their work. “There’s an amazing craftswoman who uses unwanted items as the basis of her art, a potter who trained in Japan and of course the more traditional oil and  watercolourists.”

The potter in question is Lynne Frewer, who having tried topaint and draw, discovered her true vocation whilst living in Japan. “I learnt by watching the potters there,” she said. “They couldn’t speak English and my Japanese was non existent, but I understood what they were doing and wanted to do it myself. When you’re behind the potter’s wheel it’s organic, the work just grows out of your fingertips.”

The main Letcombe exhibits are being housed at the Richmond Village retirement community. It’s home to over 250 residents and boasts its own collective of artists.  Some, like collective member Marjorie Dunning, came to art relatively late in life, while others, such as Heather Parfit, are art school graduates from years past.

 “I went to York Art School at the end of the second world war,” said Heather. “The first thing I had to draw was an old plague yard, but my real interest is oils and watercolours. I spent three years at York and then met my husband and began to travel the world as he was in the army. Art had to play second fiddle for a bit, but it’s something that never left me.”

Creativity also hit Marjorie at a young age, although she only began painting herself fairly recently. ‘I loved art at school but it wasn’t until five years ago that I began to get lessons.
I’m passionate about watercolour, but recently have moved to experimenting with acrylics.”

“Art Weeks shows that age is no barrier to being creative,” continued Lizzie. “Last year Letcombe was only represented by four artists, but this year we’ve managed to show four times that number. Some of our artists are in their eighth decade and are still motivated to create great works, and anyone who sees the show would realise that.”

Visitors are welcome to view the Letcombe Regis artists work by visiting Richmond Letcombe Regis Retirement Village, South Street, Letcombe Regis, Wantage OX12 9RG. 

May 14th to 21st between 10 am and 5pm. 

 Details about Oxfordshire Art Weeks can be found at www.artweeks.org

Details about the events at Letcombe Regis Richmond Village can be found at:
www.richmond-villages.com or on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/richmondletcomberegis

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