Thamesfield residents have been enjoying croquet from the experts, river cruises, the Regatta and wine!

Diary posted

28th August 2019

Thamesfield, Retirement Villages Group

Thamesfield retirees really are living their best life this summer. Aside from the fabulous facilities, properties and social scene – living at Thamesfield means you’re in the stunning location of Henley-On-Thames.

Residents regularly enjoy afternoons watching the boats go by – this July they had the pleasure of watching the Regatta, accompanied by a bottle of bubbly!

But residents haven’t just been watching boats – they’ve been on them too! A group of villagers enjoyed cruising along the River Thames in the afternoon sunshine and delighting in a traditional afternoon tea.

Village Concierge, Valerie Johnson, helped to organise the mini-cruise and said: “All the residents really had a great time with one remarking that it was like heaven. We felt extremely lucky that we live in such a beautiful place.”

Retirement has been tasting very sweet recently as a group of villagers embarked on a visit to Chiltern Valley Winery for a tour and wine tasting session.

Our residents had a wonderful afternoon (as you can imagine!) and finished the trip off with a visit to the shop to purchase all their favourite wines of the day.

Villagers were also delighted to welcome back David Woodgate from OxSAR (Oxfordshire Lowland Search and Rescue). Following a fun-filled garden party, nursing home and village residents were happy to present OxSAR with a cheque for £240!

During his visit, David provided residents with an informative and insightful talk on the work that the volunteers carry out over the course of a year – they said that 2019 was their busiest so far! This year they were awarded with the very well-deserved Queens Award for Voluntary service.

David also showed the group some of the equipment that OxSAR use, all of which is bought by donations. The residents are looking forward to hearing how their donation will make a difference.

And to top off the array of fantastic events, Phyllis Court croquet experts, Frances Colman and Chris Roberts graced the lawn of Thamesfield Village to help and coach retirees.

Nursing home residents watched and cheered as the residents from the village took part in a round of croquet under the expert eye of the two coaches.

Valerie Woodill, Well-being Co-Ordinator, said:

“It was amazing to have a session lead by Frances and Chris. A fun afternoon was had by all. The visit even inspired us to begin talks of a resident versus staff match next month!”

Frances Colman is an experienced tournament manager, championship referee and is also a Croquet Association qualified coach for both Golf Croquet and Association Croquet. Her Croquet partner, Chris Roberts, won the Golf Croquet Championship at Cheltenham in 2017.

Thamesfield Village retirees look forward to playing further croquet matches with tips from the duo now under their belts.

To find out more about Thamesfield, get in contact us with us today here.