Case studies

David Thomas, Elmbridge Retirement Village

Don’t leave it until it’s too late and you’re too old, says Elmbridge resident. David Thomas, who formerly worked in industrial relations, decided it was time to downsize and move into a more manageable property after the death of his wife. In the…

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Lady Barclay, Avonpark Village

‘Try Before You Buy’ stay offered Lady Barclay the perfect insight into retirement village life.   Before moving to Avonpark, in Wiltshire, 90-year-old Lady Barclay lived in Bath for 20 years. She worked many of her years as a psychotherapist and had three children with her husband. She was married to…

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Michael Dolbear, Avonpark

The varied living options at Avonpark means this resident can live closely to his wife whilst she receives the care she needs. After living in Sutton for 51 years and then moving to a care-home in Croydon, 87-year-old Michael Dolbear and his wife…

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From Kingston upon Thames to Elmbridge Retirement Village, Meet Marilyn Jones

“Moving here has created peace of mind,” says resident.   After working in HR for 14 years, living in a gorgeous flat overlooking the River Thames in Kingston Upon Thames for 35 years, one experience prompted 69-year-old Marilyn Jones to move to a retirement village, in June.   Marilyn’s former neighbour, a woman in her 80s, hit…

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John Kidwell – Charters Village

The reassurance of care on-site and being close to family were the key factors for John Kidwell and his wife Peggy when they moved to Charters Village three years ago.   John and Peggy previously lived in a large four-bedroom house in Woking, Surrey which had been their family…

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Ann Romaine, Moat Park

Apartment living is the perfect situation for Ann Romaine who moved into Moat Park two and a half years ago and feels right at home. Ann and her late husband Brian lived in The Rodings, Essex, in a large five-bedroom house with a…

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Sir and Lady Stewart, Elmbridge Village

Buying an apartment off-plan was the perfect solution for Sir Moray and Lady Stewart who relocated from Fife to be closer to family. Retired couple Sir Moray and Lady Stewart recently moved into Arun House, to a beautiful two-bedroom ground floor apartment in…

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Steve and Jenny Lawrence, Lime Tree Village

Steve and Jenny Lawrence are pleased to call Lime Tree Village their forever home after moving into the village this July. The couple met online in 2004 embarking on a very modern courtship with lots of phone calls before finally meeting up, after…

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Moving your parents closer to home

After his father became ill with dementia and his mobility was significantly reduced following a hip operation, Michael O’Connor felt his parents should consider moving, and somewhere closer to his home in Bath would be ideal. John (86) and Rosemary (79) O’Connor were…

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Great friends make the move to Gittisham Hill Park

Marjory Derrick and her friend Norman have been close friends for over 30 years and rather amazingly they have lived next door to each other twice before. First in WestHill when their respective spouses were alive, and then later, in neighbouring apartments in…

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Alan and Carol Murray, Lime Tree Village near Rugby

Living and loving your retirement Alan and Carol Murray, a retired couple from Feltham, Middlesex, with a real lust for life, chose Lime Tree Village in Dunchurch near Rugby as their new home. Following their move in October 2017 Alan said: “We know…

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Second generation choose a retirement village

Helen and Paul Baker have already had a taste of retirement village living. Helen’s mother lived in a village in the south of the UK, but sadly passed away just two years after moving in. “We loved the concept, and mum’s experience made…

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Both Mum and Daughter call Lime Tree Village home

Val Richards was just 56 when she moved to Lime Tree Village with her husband Paddy, making her the youngest resident ever to buy there. So young in fact that she only just qualified to buy a property in this age-exclusive development!   “Our…

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Mr and Mrs Shaw, Elmbridge Village

Having lived in 17 different houses prior to arriving at Elmbridge Village, Pam and Gordon are ready to settle. Pam and Gordon have recently moved to Elmbridge Manor after selling their large four-bedroom house in Somerset. Having met at a local dance in…

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Joan Penning, Elmbridge Village

I wanted to be near my grandchildren, says resident. Longstanding Elmbridge resident Joan Penning, who recently celebrated her 85th birthday, moved to our retirement village in 2007. She wanted to be near her daughter Janet and son-in-law Mick, who live at Hunterswood Farm…

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Alan and Sue Dunkley, The Polo Field, Lime Tree Village

Location, location, location!   For Alan and Sue Dunkley location was one of the main reasons they chose to purchase a brand new two-bedroom property in The Polo Field, Lime Tree Village’s recently-opened development. “We are an active couple and like to travel,…

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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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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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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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Briant Holland, Thamesfield

Former RAF pilot and flying instructor settles in retirement village. Thamesfield’s newest resident is Briant Holland (80), a former RAF pilot and flying instructor who decided to sell his large property in London and downsize into a retirement village. Briant joined the RAF…

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Jean Burnett, Charters Village

  Jean Burnett, 84 and originally from Yorkshire, bought one of the new build properties at Charters Village and moved in soon after it opened in 2014. Jean likes the safety and security of having a permanent base in such a close community,…

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Judith Parvin, Elmbridge Village

I couldn’t be happier, says Judith Judith Parvin, 78, a former NHS medical worker, moved to Elmbridge Village with her late husband Peter in 2004. After living in their nearby Bramley family home for 12 years they wanted to downsize and came across…

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Leonard and Norma Hilborne, Charters Village

One of Charters Village’s newest couples have moved in, but as they are still involved in a family business specialising in electronics and factory solutions they are nowhere near ready to retire. In fact Leonard and Norma Hilborne, 85 and 76 years old…

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Audrey Leede, Elmbridge Village

Enjoying independent living while remaining close to the family. Benefitting from the very best of both worlds at the popular Elmbridge Village in Surrey is resident Audrey Leede – who enjoys independent living while being close to her family. Mrs Leede is a…

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Shirley Porter, Elmbridge Village

“Everybody should have an Elmbridge Village.” – says retiree resident Shirley. Life has changed quite dramatically for Shirley Porter in recent times. The cheerful 74-year-old has had her ups and downs over the past few years – but the future is now looking…

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Lew Case, Lime Tree Village

Moving in retirement to be closer to family. Life in the West Yorkshire hamlet of Howarth was as close to idyllic for Lew Case and wife Jean as they could hope to imagine. Then the bubble burst. Jean was diagnosed with Leukaemia and…

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Margaret Wyatt, Avonpark

Margaret and her family find peace of mind at Avonpark. When Margaret Wyatt’s husband Maurice died in 2004, she initially chose to stay in their old home in Beckington, near Bath but then decided to sell the property because it was simply too…

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Pat Hodson, Roseland Parc

Roseland Parc offered me independence and freedom. Pat Hodson lived in a two-bedroom cottage overlooking the sea in Fowey.  She had a large garden with open fires but when her neighbours offered to buy her property, she decided to take the opportunity and…

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Roy and Mary Conner, Roseland Parc

Why we just love it at Roseland Parc now… Roy and Mary Conner had lived in a large bungalow in Porthleven for 25 years before they chose to move to Roseland Parc. “We didn’t like any of the other retirement operators and loved…

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David & Margaret Couzens, Lime Tree Village

Early residents look back over the first ten years. David and Margaret Couzens were one of the first couples to move into Lime Tree Village back in June 2004. David was 61 at the time and wife Margaret 57 when they made the…

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Cynthia Richards, Lime Tree Village

“If I won the pools I wouldn’t want to move.” – says Cynthia. Cynthia Richards and her late partner Bryn purchased the 100th new property at Lime Tree Village when it was first constructed a decade ago. “From the minute we drove through…

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Sandra Braznell, The Priory

Making the 580-mile move to live at The Priory. Shortly after moving from Cornwall to Scotland Sandra Braznell found herself widowed when her husband Derek passed away. 12 years later in October 2014, the former art teacher decided it was time to make…

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Jenny Pardingdon, Cedars Village

Living in a retirement village is not just for the retired! In July 2013 Jenny Pardington made the decision to swap her high-rise city apartment for a ground floor two-bedroom apartment at Cedars retirement village. With her long-term future in mind, she carried…

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Michael Jackson, Charters Village

“Despite being active, we decided it was time to downsize.” Michael Jackson and his wife Pamela, made the three mile move to Charters Village from their six-bedroom detached house in East Grinstead in September 2014. “Even though we are both still very active…

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Michael and Pauline Pettet, Blagdon Village

Why we swapped our South Devon beach home for a Taunton retirement village. Michael and Pauline Pettet set themselves a target – to move to a new home by the age of 75. “We were living in South Devon, 400 yards from the…

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Mrs Elise Hardwick, Avonpark Village

Can’t fault Avonpark Village lifestyle. John and Elise Hardwick moved into their two bedroom retirement apartment at Avonpark Village in Winsley in summer 2013. “I have to say I can’t fault a thing,” says Mrs Hardwick, 83. The Hardwicks moved just a hop…

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Ellie Wheeler, Thamesfield

Realising the benefits of living at Thamesfield – Mrs. Wheeler’s story. Great grandmother Ellie Wheeler, 88, moved to Thamesfield from Bray in Berkshire in November 2013. “My husband passed away in the May and I sold my five bedroom home and moved to…

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Mrs Harries, The Priory

“There’s so much to it, it’s wonderful!” With a son in Bovey Tracy, The Priory a short distance away in Abbotskerswell, was perfectly located for Mary Harries. But her move from a property in a small Scottish village wasn’t just about pinpointing the…

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Mrs Rosemary Smith, Charters Village

Why Peter and Rosemary Smith chose Charters Village. Peter and Rosemary Smith moved into their Charters Village apartment in January. Rosemary, 79, a former registered nurse, and Peter, 83, a wine importer, moved from their five-bedroom coach house in Forest Row where they…

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Mr & Mrs Young, The Priory

“It’s made all the difference being here.” When Joe and Nadia Young married, they decided to move in order to be together whenever Naval commitments allowed in various appointments. Over the years they mainly managed to do this in many houses and married…

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Mr & Mrs Baverstock, The Priory

“It’s the perfect place for a new start.” David and Teresa Baverstock have lived in rambling detached homes ‘in the middle of nowhere’. They’ve also enjoyed ultra modern living in a Far Eastern apartment block under endless blue skies. Now they’re living in…

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