A look back at 2019 with Retirement Villages

Blog posted

19th December 2019

The Candy Girls, D-day 2019, Retirement Villages Group

2019 has certainly been a memorable year for all at Retirement Villages Group, full of new journeys, developments and residents joining our villages.

We wanted to take the opportunity to recap on some of the stand-out moments over the last 12 months, before we head into the new decade. Join us on our trip down memory lane.

Charters Village chef received a Star Award shortly after joining

Ana Saurez had only recently joined the team at Charters Village in East Grinstead when she was awarded with the company’s coveted Star Award.

Ana made an enormously positive impact on the both the staff and residents at the village, her Fish Platter made a particularly big ‘splash’!

Ana demonstrated that she takes the residents needs into consideration in her role, and along with providing fabulous freshly prepared meals, Ana also cooks meals that can be frozen and enjoyed at the resident’s leisure.

Construction began at Gradwell Park

2019 saw construction begin at one of our new developments, Gradwell Park. Located in South Chailey, East Sussex, Gradwell Park will feature a range of luxury properties, including 57 one-and-two bedroomed apartments and eight cottages.

Village life will centre around a vibrant clubhouse with a private lounge, restaurant, gym and hair salon. Communal outdoor spaces include allotments, a games lawn and sun terraces.

Keen to build relationships with the local community outside of the village, individuals aged over 65 are welcome to join the Gradwell Members’ Club.

For more information, please visit the dedicated Gradwell Park page to learn more about this exciting new development.

Mayford Grange celebrated its 10th anniversary

Staff and residents at Mayford Grange near Woking were joined by local dignitaries for a celebratory lunch to mark the village’s tenth year.

Not one, but two mayors were bestowed upon the village to mark the occasion, former mayor Tina Liddington and current mayor Cllr Beryl Hunwicks .

Tina performed the official opening honours when the village first opened 10 years ago, and returned to the village, accompanied by Woking MP Jonathan Lord, to mark the milestone occasion with a special cake and a toast.

Lime Tree Villages win coveted ‘Rugby in Bloom’ again

Following the win in 2018, the village celebrated another win this year!

The award is a testament to the green-fingered gardening team who do a wonderful job of maintaining the communal landscaped gardens and manicured lawns.

These outdoor spaces at Lime Tree Village are enjoyed by our residents and their families and offer a beautiful place to enjoy a gentle stroll, a game of croquet or simply admire while enjoying a coffee on the clubhouse terrace, or spot of lunch or dinner in the onsite restaurant.

The initial development phase at Debden Grange was completed

The development of our age-exclusive village in Newport, Essex continued throughout 2019, and we have recently announced the completions of the first phase of development.

The first seven luxury cottages are available to move into now, while a further 10 cottages and 64 one and two-bedroom apartments are due to be completed in March 2020. These properties are available to be purchased off-plan, and our show home is available for viewing without an appointment every Friday, learn more here.

The village manager for Debden Grange was recently appointed. Fritha Jaine is joining Retirement Villages Group from a career in a service-led sector and is looking forward growing a fun and vibrant community at the village centred around companionship, friendship and support.

You can learn more about Fritha Jaine here.

The ‘Candy Girls’ provided summer entertainment

The nostalgic sounds of the forties were bestowed across some of our village this summer.

Residents and their families at Charters Village in East Grinstead, Lime Tree Village in Dunchurch and Elmbridge Village in Cranleigh all took a trip down memory lane, and enjoyed performances from the fantastic Candy Girls.

Best-loved songs from the Wartime era encouraged some of the audience to enjoy a boogie-woogie on the dance floor and provided an opportunity for people to experience the lifestyle on offer at a retirement village.

The Candy Girls, D-day 2019, Retirement Villages Group

Poppy of Honour Tour

Blagdon Village, Retirement Villages

Residents at Blagdon Village in Somerset, Avonpark in Wiltshire and Gittisham Hill Park in Devon were given a chance to commemorate those that fought and fell in WW1, with a visit from the Poppy of Honour Tour in 2019.

The impressive 2.6m poppy, which had been created in Somerset featured the names of the 1,115,471 servicemen and women who died in the first World War, toured the villages during the week of remembrance.

The poppy’s creator, Terry Williams also gave a touching speech during the visit.

Made of glass and steel, the poppy was carefully transported to 19 different locations and will be displayed in London and Belgium next year.

As you can see, 2019 has been a wonderful year across all of our villages! This can only be achieved from the efforts of all our wonderful village staff, executive team and of course, our residents and their families.

We are all excited to see what the new year and decade bring, but for now, we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.