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Richmond Christmas Choir

13th October 2016

Richmond Christmas Choir

Following on from suggestions by residents, we are in the process of forming a Christmas Choir/singing group.   Head of Activities Chris is preparing Music and words ready for the practice sessions leading up to Christmas.

We already have two public performances booked!

If you would like to join and can commit to attending at least twice a month to rehearse then please contact Chris on 01604 432635


Did you see us in the Daily Express?

18th October 2016

Did you see us in the Daily Express?

We were honoured to receive nearly a full page article on Richmond Villages in the Daily Express on Friday 14th October.  Journalist Deborah Stone wrote an article titled 'Living life to the full' which explained how retirement villages can reduce stress for all the family.  The article included quotes from Richmond Villages managing director, Paddy Brice, as well as from Liz Smith whose father moved to a Village Suite at Richmond Letcombe Regis.

Below is a transcript of the article - the article can also be viewed on the Daily Express website here.

Retirement villages can reduce stress for all the family, says Deborah Stone

HELPING elderly parents remain in the family home can be just as stressful for grown-up children as it is for the pensioners trying to maintain their independence.  But few people want to see their parents in a care home.  That’s why more people are beginning to think of moving to a retirement village while they are still well enough to enjoy its facilities, and which may offer health care further down the line.

“Deciding what’s best for mum and dad is an issue facing an increasing number of families as the population ages and one we hear frequently,” says Paddy Brice, managing director of Richmond Villages.

“Keeping people in their own home is often only achievable with a great deal of support from a network of family, friends, neighbours and public services, and the stress on everyone can be considerable.”

The UK Office For National Statistics recorded that there were around 11.4 million people aged 65 and over in the UK in 2015 and this figure is expected to rise by more than 40 per cent to 16 million in the next 17 years.

“Families and friends usually do as much as they can to help but frequently they’re not living close enough and have other commitments and demands on their time. It’s a real conundrum,” says Brice.

It was the need for support such as having meals, laundry and cleaning provided that persuaded Liz Smith to look for a retirement village for her own father.

“My father had been widowed for a number of years and had lived independently in the family home. But as he got older he was struggling with day-to-day life,” she says.

“I looked around at several places but the thing that impressed us all about Richmond Villages, including my dad, were the facilities and the fact it was very much a social community as well.

“It was really important to my dad that he owned his own property and that was something that Richmond Villages were able to offer.”

Liz’s father bought a Village suite apartment at Richmond Letcombe Regis in Oxfordshire that has a large bedroom with a walk-in wet room.

It also has a separate living room with a kitchenette that has a microwave and washing-up facilities.

“His meals are provided, his washing, laundry and cleaning are done and in fact everything is done for him,” says Liz.

“The food here is great, too, and I feel he’s getting really well-balanced, nutritious food.” Liz describes the Richmond village as, “like living in a five-star hotel” and says her dad really enjoys using the swimming pool.

“There are various exercise classes, as well as lots of clubs and societies he can belong to should he choose to.”

And she adds: “For myself and my family it’s given us peace of mind that dad is living in these glorious surroundings and is being well-cared for.”

Richmond Villages has five luxury retirement villages in Cheshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire and Warwickshire, with its new village at Witney, Oxfordshire, now opening and construction at Aston-on-Trent, Derbyshire, under way.

Its villages have three types of accommodation: two-bedroom apartments for independent living and one-bedroom Village suites for assisted living, plus 24-hour nursing and dementia care.

Village suite residents can pay for an Independent Living Package that includes all food, daily cleaning, laundry and utilities, and Personal Care Packages are available from Richmond’s on-site domiciliary care team.

Owners pay a service charge to cover 24-hour emergency call services from the on-site care team, plus external property and grounds maintenance.

It also covers buildings insurance, security and access to all village activities and events.

Prices start from £185,000 for a one bedroom suite at Richmond Aston-on-Trent, Derbyshire, and £385,000 for a two-bedroom apartment, while a one-bedroom suite at Richmond Witney, Oxfordshire, starts at £225,000.

One-bedroom apartments at Richmond Letcombe Regis are from £245,000 and up to £435,000 for a two-bedroom apartment.

“Meeting up with friends is a great social occasion for most people and the social aspects are enhanced by our activities and events team who arrange everything from bridge clubs to cultural festivals,” says Brice.

“We also have our own vehicles and drivers so shopping and other trips mean not having to rely on taxis or family and friends if you don’t drive any more.”

Wantage (not just)Betjeman Literary Festival 2016

27th October 2016

Wantage (not just)Betjeman Literary Festival 2016

Nicholas Crane, explorer, cartographer, author, President of the Royal Geographical Society and co-presenter of Coast, traces the story of the British landscape from the melting glaciers of the Mesolithic period through to the uncertainties and extreme changes taking place today.  Examining the effects of Britain's geology, coastline, climate and global economics, Crane's story raises awkward questions on the future of Britain's landscape

Richmond Northampton in the Sunday Express

27th October 2016

Richmond Northampton in the Sunday Express

Just 9 days after having an article in the Daily Express about how retirement villages can reduce stress for all the family, the Sunday Express ran nearly a full page on how moving to Richmond Northampton helped Roy Mateer rebuild his life. 

Below is a transcript of the feature - the article can be read on the Express website here

How retirement homes could help you mourn and rebuild your life after losing a partner

THE DUTCH have a saying that sums up life for many older people: “Better a near neighbour than a far friend.”  It is a sad fact that more than two million over-75s in England live alone and half of them often go for a month without speaking to a near neighbour, let alone a far friend or family member, according to Age UK.

That has certainly been the experience of Roy Mateer, who moved into a Richmond Village development at Grange Park near Northampton to live in a village suite with hotel-style assisted living support after the sudden death of his wife.

“I was still in a state of shock when I moved here following my wife’s death,” says Roy, “and much of what happened to me in the early days is just a blur. I was, however, determined to make a new life for myself and took part in everything going, from coffee mornings and the crossword group to the chess club – playing for the first time since school. But I did draw a line with the Ladies’ Group and ‘Knit & Natter’!

“I instantly made new friends, my meals were provided and domestic tasks taken care of, while I was able to rebuild my life while taking time to mourn in private.

“I realised I was starting to make progress when, after a seated exercise session, I went for a coffee with a group of people, none of whom I had known just a few weeks earlier.

They were great company and I laughed a lot for the first time since losing Anne. I began to realise I was starting to make a new life. It’s been wonderful.”

Roy, 67, and his wife Anne had grown-up and met in Greater Manchester but moved to Berkshire 20 years after getting married when Roy switched from his job as an accountant to a second career as an IT consultant specialising in financial systems.

He took early retirement aged 60, due largely to health issues. Anne had bad arthritis and Roy had problems with his neurological system, which affects his balance and ability to concentrate.

Although they had moved to a bungalow for their retirement they had to employ a cleaner and gardener and were starting to find it difficult to get out and about, so they put it on the market with the aim of moving to a retirement village.

Then in February, without warning, Anne died in the middle of the night as Roy slept beside her. Roy was in a complete state of shock but fortunately his daughter Catherine, son Andrew, and son-in-law Simon arranged for the bungalow to be sold under Richmond’s part exchange scheme and within a month he was in a position to move into Richmond Northampton.

“Catherine, Andrew and Simon had done all the hard work from my side, and I wish to thank Claire Fry from Richmond for the part she played,” says Roy.

Set up almost 20 years ago, Richmond Villages is part of Bupa and has five retirement villages in Cheshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire and Warwickshire.

A new village at Witney, Oxfordshire, is now opening and construction at Aston-on-Trent, Derbyshire, is underway.

Richmond Northampton has village apartments and village suites in New England-style buildings set around landscaped gardens overlooking woods and parkland with scenic walks.

The apartments come with fully-fitted kitchens, a lounge-dining room, two bedrooms and two bathrooms, while the suites have kitchenettes, a lounge and bedroom with ensuite plus the option of an assisted living package that includes a daily maid service, laundry, and the cost of on-site food, soft beverages, heating, energy and water bills.

Everybody has access to the clubs and facilities such as the restaurant, communal lounges, cafe, library, craft room and IT room and there is also a hair salon and beauty therapy room.

“At Richmond Villages, the sense of community and the provision of stimulating activities is central to village life,” says Paddy Brice, managing director of Richmond.

“We design, build and operate our villages, but it’s our residents who are the community, and make it what it is.”