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In between enjoying her home and socialising with fellow residents at Elmbridge Village in Cranleigh, Yvonne Pope Sintes has been putting pen to paper to write a book about her extraordinary life.
In the 1960’s, a determined Yvonne broke the mould and made history by becoming the first woman to fly commercial aircraft, taking a huge step up from her previous position as a stewardess.
Her book, Trailblazer in Flight, documents this impressive career trajectory and outlines the many challenges she faced whilst rising up the ranks.
Her story was recently the subject of a BBC news bulletin, a video of which can be seen above. Transport Correspondent Richard Westcott went to meet Yvonne at her home in Elmbridge Village to talk about her experiences; watch them talk gender stereotypes, contrails and dog companions!
Our philosophy is simple: we provide high specification retirement properties. Our retirement homes have excellent facilities and first class services within a sociable and supportive environment so you can enjoy life.
Our 14 retirement villages have become what the residents have made them: thriving communities of like minded people with calendars of social activities to dip in and out of. Luxury retirement homes, including a range of apartments, cottages, bungalows and houses, are set in beautiful surroundings with extensive facilities, perfect for senior living.
Every village shares some Retirement Villages characteristics while retaining a unique feel. The common thread is that all have been designed to give residents the time to do what they choose, rather than what they have to do, while knowing there are people around to help if they need it.
We have gained more than 30 years of experience since developing the first retirement village in the UK and on this basis, we can clearly demonstrate this model is a viable solution to owning property and maintaining a lifestyle in later years; in order words, it works financially, socially and in terms of support.
Owning your own property in a retirement village allows you to keep an investment in the residential property market, and have access to care and support on an accessible and affordable ‘pay as you go’ approach, where available.
Whether you are familiar with the retirement villages concept or just starting your exploration of the living options available to you in later life, this website will help you discover more about our villages, our properties, our lifestyle and our residents.
And there are lots of ways to find out more too. You can call us, request a brochure, come for a visit, drop in to an event or have an e-newsletter delivered to your inbox every month; just like life at our villages, the choice is yours.
There’s always so much to do