Thamesfield Village Diary

We have always said our residents are our best ambassadors. That’s why we’ve dedicated these pages to the residents of Thamesfield to fill with news, views and events, in the hope it will give you a genuine insight in village living Retirement Villages’ style.

Time for a song at Thamesfield

5th August 2020

Actress and singer Hannah Lebrecht was our first entertainer to come to Thamesfield since restrictions have started to ease. The sun was shining out on the terrace as residents gathered and there was a feeling of great excitement in the air. Hannah didn’t…

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Thamesfield residents welcomed MP Theresa May

10th February 2020

Residents at Thamesfield were pleased to welcome Rt Hon Theresa May MP into the retirement village last week. This was not Mrs May’s first visit to the village – she had been previously when she was Home Secretary, when she spoke to residents…

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OxSAR Chairman visits Thamesfield village

7th February 2020

Last week the residents at Thamesfield retirement village were delighted to have a visit from David Woodgate the Chairman of OxSAR (Oxfordshire Lowland Search and Rescue). OxSAR were the nominated charity for 2019 at Thamesfield and residents were thrilled to present him with…

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Thamesfield Village hosts a Living Advent Calendar ‘surprise’

20th December 2019

Residents at Thamesfield retirement village in Henley-on-Thames became a real part of Christmas this December when they joined the town’s living advent calendar. Hiding the ‘surprise’ behind door number 18, the village staff and event sponsors, worked hard to organise the entertainment, whilst…

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Residents at Thamesfield Village are already in the festive swing!

12th December 2019

On Sunday 8th December residents and their families enjoyed the village’s annual and greatly anticipated, Christmas Party. On arrival everyone was greeted by staff and were given a glass of bubbles before making their way into the beautifully decorated Dining Room and Lounge….

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Some furry friends pay an Easter visit at Thamesfield!

17th May 2019

It’s been another exciting month at Thamesfield with some very interesting visitors bringing villagers away from their retirement properties! Easter events Retirees made good use of the glorious Easter weather this year with an afternoon tea by the river alongside new garden furniture!…

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Celebrations and fundraising at Thamesfield!

11th February 2019

Burns Night Across our villages, many of them got into the Scottish spirit celebrating Burns night and Thamesfield wasn’t an exception!  The villagers celebrated with a themed dinner, led by chairman Mr Gammie, who has Scottish ancestors. Mr Gammie welcomed everyone before reciting the Selkirk Grace.   And of course, the…

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Christmas fundraising at Thamesfield, in Henley-on-Thames

16th January 2019

Residents and their guests from Thamesfield retirement village enjoyed a Christmas party, one of many events held at the Oxfordshire village. The party was complete with a delicious buffet lunch but the staff, residents and their guests made use of the occasion by…

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Thanksgiving at Thamesfield, in Oxfordshire

23rd November 2018

Delicious culinary delights are never in short supply at Thamesfield and Thanksgiving was no exception. 16 residents came together to celebrate and enjoy another scrumptious meal cooked by the village’s in-house chef and team of catering staff. Held in the elegant dining room,…

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Thamesfield residents donate to Thames Valley Air Ambulance

7th November 2018

Residents at Thamesfield Village welcomed special guest Selina, a volunteer from the Thames Valley Air Ambulance local charity, to the village in October. Over the last 12 months the residents have been raising funds for the charity through prize raffles held at their…

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Residents at Thamesfield celebrate Indian Independence Day

24th August 2018

To celebrate Indian Independence Day the residents at Thamesfield retirement village held a wonderful Indian themed lunch. The menu offered a delicious choice of foods prepared by the village catering team, who dressed up in traditional attire to get into the spirit of…

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A busy week on the river Thames for Thamesfield

27th June 2018

The residents from Thamesfield Village have been thoroughly embracing the warm weather throughout June. And with the village’s enviable positioning, right on the banks of the River Thames it’s set to be a beautiful summer for residents. To take full advantage of the glorious weather, cocktail…

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Thamesfield holds royal celebration

11th June 2018

Residents from Thamesfield Retirement Village celebrated the royal wedding in style, hosting a royal themed banquet in the dining room on Friday 17th May. The village chef cooked up a delicious menu for the banquet including a chilled cucumber and mint soup, prawns…

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The pooches of Thamesfield pick up the pace!

23rd May 2018

Thamesfield is a pet friendly village and it’s very common to see residents sitting on the banks of the river with their dog in tow. However to ensure the dogs don’t get too lazy, weekend social coorindator Annabel organised a dog agility course…

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For one Thamesfield resident it’s a very special birthday

24th April 2018

On the 23rd April, Thamesfield Village celebrated a resident’s 100th birthday! Resident Mrs Virginia Rowbotham celebrated her official birthday with her family on the 21st April but the staff wouldn’t let this special milestone pass without throwing Virginia a tea party. The beautiful…

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A grand Saint George’s Day celebration

23rd April 2018

The chef at Thamesfield Retirement Village created a special three-course menu for residents to celebrate Saint George’s Day. The tables were adorned with decorations featuring the England flag and residents enjoyed British themed foods such as tomato soup, prawn cocktail, fish and chips…

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Valentines Day at Thamesfield Village

16th February 2018

It’s been a busy start to February for Thamesfield residents, who enjoyed a delightful Valentines Day meal in the restaurant on the 14th February. Tables were decorated with heart-themed decorations and pink and red roses formed the table centrepieces. A wonderful annual celebration…

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A rock and roll start to the year for Thamesfield Village

5th January 2018

On the 5th of January, residents of Thamesfield Retirement Village  were entertained by singer Smokey Joe, who sings and plays rock and roll , country and western on his guitar. He is very popular with the residents and everyone can’t help but enjoy a…

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Residents sing their way into the New Year

27th December 2017

Residents of Thamesfield Retirement Village in Henley-on-Thames have been enjoying a packed schedule of events leading up to the end of the year.  On top of the scheduled weekly activities at the village, residents have enjoyed a show from James at JJZ Productions,…

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For Thamesfield Village, it’s a Christmas Carol sing-along

23rd December 2017

Thamesfield Retirement Village were privileged to host 24 members of Nottakwire Choir this week. Nottakwire sang carols to the residents and enjoyed mulled wine and mince pies. Residents also chose to open some early presents from Santa under the tree. A wonderful festive…

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Thamesfield Village enjoy a packed calendar of festivities

14th December 2017

Thamesfield residents have been busy enjoying a packed schedule of events over the festive period.  During the adverse weather the UK experienced last week, residents were kept busy with a spot of arts and crafts! With the help of Karen Utting from Creative…

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Thamesfield Poetry Society create a festive poem for December

23rd November 2017

Thamesfield Poetry Society has been getting together for a monthly poetry writing class. Residents work together to write a poem for the following month’s internal village newsletter.  Here is a sneak peak of December’s offering… December December, December it can’t be December, With…

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Residents champion Dignity in Care month

14th November 2017

During the month of October, Thamesfield residents held many social events to raise awareness of the ‘Dignity in Care’ campaign, ran by the National Dignity Council Residents started with a Digni-dance where Nicole from Golden Toes Dancing came to do some dancing with…

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Calling all budding photographers!

1st November 2017

Visit Thamesfield during the weekend and you may well find yourself snapping away in the Photography Club! Ran by weekend activities co-ordinator Annabel, the sessions are focused on teaching residents how to take the best photos on both DSLR cameras as well as…

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Thamesfield residents gets a taste of the tropical

1st October 2017

Residents of Thamesfield Village were treated to some tropical delights recently when Annabel Vere, the weekend activities co-ordinator at the village arranged a tropical fruit tasting session. Fruits on offer included dragon fruit, kiwi, guava, passion fruit, mango and even star fruit –…

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Famous Author Annie Murray visits the village

2nd August 2017

On Monday 24th July, Thamesfield residents welcomed bestselling author Annie Murray to the village. Novelist Annie came to speak to residents about her newest novel titled ‘The Doorstep Child’. Annie Murray first shot to fame after her first novel ‘Birmingham Rose’ hit The…

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Canada Day Celebrations at Thamesfield Village!

14th July 2017

On the 1st July 2017, Canada celebrated its 150th anniversary of Confederation and the residents of Thamesfield Village celebrated by holding a special ‘Canada Day’ themed party. With the help of friends, activity Co-Ordinator Alison Engleby organised the celebration, decorating the hall with…

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Garden party raises funds for St John Ambulance

29th June 2017

Residents of Thamesfield and their families, together with staff and guests, held a Summer Garden Party on the riverbank to raise £241 for St John Ambulance, a charity dedicated to the teaching and practice of first aid. There was music from a live…

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Local singer performs for Thamesfield residents

11th April 2017

Harry Goff, a popular local songwriter, producer and singer, recently performed for a group of nearly 20 residents at Thamesfield retirement village. A music teacher during term time, Harry (25) has been coming to us for approximately three years. Over this time he…

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Thamesfield raises £432 for Thames Valley Air Ambulance

7th March 2017

We have raised £432 for the Thames Valley Air Ambulance through sales of a 2017 calendar produced by our talented art group and a raffle, with prizes donated by staff and residents. Every Tuesday morning the art group meets in our communal lounge…

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Residents of Thamesfield celebrate Chinese New Year

8th February 2017

On Thursday 02 February we held a Chinese themed lunch to celebrate Chinese New Year. Some of the residents made lantern table decorations and our team of chefs prepared a suitable menu. For starters our residents enjoyed prawn crackers, chicken and sweetcorn soup…

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Talented artists at Thamesfield raise nearly £500 for charity

1st February 2017

Our talented residents have raised nearly £500 for the Thames Valley Air Ambulance service by producing and selling 2017 calendars depicting works created in their weekly art group. Every Tuesday morning the group meets in our communal lounge to paint, draw and even…

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A Q&A with Thamesfield Village Manager Sophia Lawrence

6th January 2017

Thamesfield’s Village Manager Sophia Lawrence has a background in property maintenance and shares photos of her masterful cake creations with the residents, something they all enjoy! We caught up with Sophia to find out more about her and why she enjoys her role…

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Christmas in full swing at Thamesfield

22nd December 2016

  At Thamesfield residents are getting into the Christmas spirit, coming together to celebrate with a lovely seasonal party. Everyone got dressed up and headed to the dining room, stopping along the way to admire the beautiful flower arrangements prepared by residents, to…

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Thamesfield residents enjoy busy October

16th November 2016

In October our residents enjoyed a variety of social events and activities. These include a darts and archery afternoon, as well as live performances from a pianist and two local singers. We also hosted an Italian themed lunch, followed by a talk about…

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A busy month at Thamesfield retirement community

5th October 2016

September was a busy month at Thamesfield retirement village, with many of our residents looking to take advantage of the beautiful summer sunshine before the seasons change and we are swept into a blustery autumn. Here’s a brief summary of what happened in…

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Over 100 guests attend ‘Jazz by the River’

20th September 2016

Residents and specially invited guests enjoyed a wonderful evening of Jazz by the River at Thamesfield last Thursday (September 15). The event was organised to celebrate a £250,000 refurbishment of communal areas, the introduction of concierge service as well as the residents’ club…

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August at Thamesfield Village

29th August 2016

With beautiful weather throughout the summer, Thamesfield residents enjoyed many great outings and social events. A number of people organised birthday parties with beautifully decorated cakes, while other residents took part in trips to a local garden centre to pick new plants for…

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Thamesfield celebrates Queen’s birthday with a lunch party!

13th July 2016

Residents at Thamesfield village raised their glasses in a toast to the monarch during the party style lunch celebrating Queen’s 90th Birthday. Lunch was followed by entertainment performed by James of JJZ productions, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Please click through the…

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Gardening club at Thamesfield

8th July 2016

Although grounds at Thamesfield are communal and well taken care of, there are plenty of opportunities for the residents to get involved. Only recently, the gardening club visited local garden centre to choose plants for the troughs outside so that other residents could…

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Cocktail Hour at Thamesfield Village

9th June 2016

Happy hour at Thamesfield has recently been rebranded as Cocktail Hour at Thamesfield village. Each week residents will enjoy the “cocktail of the week” as well as canapés and light refreshments freshly prepared by the village chef whilst relaxing in the communal lounge….

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EU Referendum Debate at Thamesfield Village

8th June 2016

On Tuesday, 7th June we had the privilege of welcoming David Coppinger, Councillor for the Royal Borough of Maidenhead and Windsor and John Halsall, Councillor for Wokingham Borough  to the village. Both gentlemen took part in our debate on whether we should remain…

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Queen’s birthday celebrations

22nd April 2016

Residents at Thamesfield celebrated Queen’s 90th birthday with a union jack cake recently. During the celebrations residents sang Happy Birthday to Her Majesty, then had a lovely tea and cake prepared by the village chef especially for this occasion. Residents are planning to…

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Music performance at Thamesfield

9th March 2016

Residents had the pleasure to attend a live music performance recently as Harry, one of their favourite local performers, visited the village. Harry was happy to take requests and perform some of residents’ favourite songs. Please click through the images below to see…

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Activities at Thamesfield

25th February 2016

Residents at Thamesfield village have recently been enjoying variety of activities available to them. The art group have been busy woodcarving, watercolour painting and drawing. The art produced by residents was then turned into cards the residents sent to their families. Members of…

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Bird Feeding at Thamesfield Village

17th February 2016

Residents are enjoying the new bird feeder outside the lounge. So far the birds they have spotted are blue tits, great tits, robins and nuthatches. Unfortunately their enjoyment has been marred slightly by a very greedy grey squirrel that enjoys eating all the…

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District Councillor visits Thamesfield Village

12th February 2016

On Monday, 8th February we enjoyed a visit from our local District and Parish Councillor- John Halsall (pictured). He talked to us about how the councils work and what they are doing to keep up with Government objectives. He also explained that our…

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Residents enjoy a Christmas sing along

18th December 2014

This year, some special little visitors popped into Thamesfield to join the residents for their Christmas party. A number of children from Badgemore pre-school came to the village to perform their Christmas production. The residents enjoyed watching the 2-4 year olds perform a…

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Pets as Therapy Cheque Presentation

4th September 2014

At the summer garden party this year we decided to raise money for Pets as Therapy (PAT’s) and with the generous support of our residents and their friends and family we managed to raise £134. This week the charity came in to see…

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Summer Garden Party

19th August 2014

On the afternoon of Saturday 9th August Thamesfield held a garden party, the weather was kind to us and thankfully Hurricane Bertha stayed away. The residents and their guests were served a wonderful tea in the Marquee courtesy of Mike and his team of chefs, there…

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A visit from the Home Secretary

28th March 2014

We were delighted to welcome the Rt Hon Theresa May MP to afternoon tea at Thamesfield recently. All of the residents were keen to hear about Theresa’s role as Home Secretary, her work, her travels and her shoes! We all felt exhausted hearing…

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Pamper Treat

28th February 2014

Residents at Thamesfield were treated to an afternoon of beauty courtesy of the Shillito sisters who work as make up artists in the local area. The pair volunteered their time and enjoyed offering manicures and mini make-overs. Anyone who wanted their hair coiffed…

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Harry’s a hit at Thamesfield

13th February 2014

Residents of Thamesfield were treated to an afternoon of crooning by local entertainer Harry Goff. Harry sang his way through some Andy Williams tunes and delighted all the residents with his vocal and dancing talent. Resident Sylvia Rogers said how much she enjoyed…

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