Roddy and Sylvia Mackenzie, Charters Village

The Mackenzies

Charters’ new residents move in after more than two decades of travelling.

Meet Charters’ new residents Roddy and Sylvia Mackenzie, who recently moved into their brand new apartment in the village’s latest phase of development.

The Mackenzies decided to settle in Charters Village after spending 24 years travelling the world. Roddy, 80, used to be a civil engineer and worked on international infrastructure projects in places as far as Libya and Malaysia.

This meant relocating every couple of years so Roddy’s wife of five decades Sylvia, 73, a former secretary, naturally joined him.

When the Mackenzies had children they settled in nearby Felbridge and fell in love with the area, so when they decided to put their family home on the market and downsize after the children left they looked no further than Charters Village.

“We decided on a retirement village because we wanted to feel safe and secure,” says Roddy. “Now we live at Charters, we are part of a close-knit community where everybody supports one another and have the peace of mind that if we go away our property will be looked after.”

Since moving in, the couple has lost no time in involving themselves with Charters’ busy social calendar, attending coffee mornings and other events and activities such as the recent Halloween party, which both Roddy and Sylvia said was great fun.

Sylvia comments:

“We have been made to feel extremely welcome here and quickly felt like part of the family. There are lots of social gatherings but we can dip in and out of things as we see fit, so have a tremendous amount of freedom.”

The Mackenzies have somebody else living with them at Charters, their playful four-year old boxer Chloe, who is already proving very popular with other residents.

Pets are welcome at Charters and the couple walk Chloe in the village’s pretty meadow. Sometimes they take her to a nearby reservoir along the scenic local footpath accessible through the village.

Another reason Roddy and Sylvia moved to Charters was its range of care services, which at the moment they do not need but may have a requirement for in the future.

However, the couple does utilise the village’s hotel-style living assistance services, such as property maintenance and linen washing, as these come as part of the Charters package. They emphasise that this will get more important as they get older.

Since moving in, the Mackenzies have had the opportunity to experience, talk with and get to know some of Charters’ friendly employees.

A delighted Roddy says:

“All the staff we have met so far have been polite and extremely helpful, from Nigel the village manager through to the gardeners, who do an excellent job of keeping the grounds neat and tidy.”

Overall, Roddy and Sylvia are very happy at Charters and looking forward to enjoying a fulfilling and relaxing retirement there.

“We are gradually getting to know the other residents in the village and this is very easy because everyone mingles and socialises,” remarks Sylvia. “The culture is very open and friendly, much like the little town in France where we used to own a holiday home.”

Roddy adds: “It is very peaceful here and our new apartment is lovely. When we moved in we were presented with a bag of living essentials, such as tea and coffee, which we thought was a lovely gesture.”