Case studies

Wendy de Smit, Elmbridge Village

Resident says make the move to a retirement village while you’re young enough to make the most of it When Wendy de Smit (72) moved to Elmbridge Village with her husband Peter (73) in 2005 they were looking for a comfortable home in…

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Dorothy Creelman, Charters Village

Charters resident says she has an excellent social life in the community For 82 year old Charters Village resident Dorothy Creelman, every day can feel like a holiday. “I participate in an enormous range of social events and activities, which keeps me active…

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Len Bannister, Charters Court Care Home

  Len Bannister, 67, is a resident of Charters Court Care Home, which is part of Charters Village retirement community. Unfortunately Len suffers from Multiple Sclerosis (MS), which affects the nervous system and causes a range of debilitating symptoms. His condition means he…

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Rachael Murphy, Park Place

  Realising that you need a little practical support in later life, accepting this and moving into a care home is often a very difficult and emotional experience for all involved. This is true of Rachael Murphy, who is 86 and a resident…

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Sandy and Ron Boulton, Lime Tree Village

Village residents say being close to family is most important Former business owner Ron Boulton (84) and his wife Sandy (66) were enjoying a blissful retirement in Menorca, one of the Balaeric Islands in the Mediterranean Sea. However, they decided to move back…

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Pip and Jean Calvert, Elmbridge Village

Elmbridge excellent value for money, says resident Pip and Jean Calvert have been married for 64 years and have three daughters. When Pip retired from a career in the Navy (in cruisers, submarines and in command of a minesweeper) and with British American Tobacco,…

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Hannah Start, Mayford Grange

Resident says retirement village life provides independence, safety and security Meet Hannah Start, 87, who moved to Mayford Grange in 2010. Hannah is known as one of the village’s most active residents. She runs the popular book club and is a member of…

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Gavin and Margaret Martin, Elmbridge Village

New village residents looked far and wide before deciding on Elmbridge For Gavin and Margaret Martin, both 78, moving to Cranleigh-based Elmbridge Village was a decision borne out of many years of careful consideration. “What to do and where to go when you…

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Tony Slee, Avonpark

Avonpark provides safe haven for long-suffering Wiltshire resident When Wiltshire resident Tony Slee, 76, decided to buy a home at Avonpark retirement village in 2016 he had just emerged from one of the most difficult periods of his life. “It all started about…

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