Date: January 2016

FIRST RESIDENTS MOVE IN TO THE NEW RICHMOND WITNEY RETIREMENT VILLAGE

Just 18 months after work started at the new £30million Richmond retirement village at Witney in Oxfordshire, and the first residents have now begun to arrive.

17 Village apartments are now occupied, with more people moving in throughout February.


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Mrs Sue Ramsden, one of the first new residents at Richmond Witney
David Westerby, village manager, welcomes Mrs Sue Ramsden
     

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Mrs Sue Ramsden and David Westerby, village manager, enjoy a cup of tea in Mrs Ramsden’s new home Mrs Sue Ramsden with her welcome hamper from Richmond Witney Mrs Sue Ramsden with the Richmond Witney team

“It’s wonderful to welcome our first new residents to Witney”, said Paddy Brice, managing director of Richmond Villages, “and we hope everyone settles in to their new home quickly and enjoys the new life this exciting and growing village community will be able to offer.”

One of the first to arrive at Richmond Witney is Sue Ramsden who is already getting comfortable in her new home and meeting her new neighbours.

Sue, 67, worked as a personnel manager in the health service and finance sector, and after her husband died two years ago decided it was time to move from her large house at the end of a lane to an apartment where there was no garden or property to maintain.

“I was also looking for somewhere with some social activity and especially where I could swim,” says Sue. “I'd never bought 'off-plan' before but was so convinced this was right for me, I have never had a moment’s hesitation or regret.

“I am probably considered a bit young for this step but calculating the costs of moving house, I couldn't see the logic of making two moves over the next 10 - 20 years.  Having now made the move, I am exceedingly glad that I didn't leave it until I was any older.

“Now I am beginning a new stage of my life.  My main interests are dressmaking and fabric decoration, and I am now able to have a room and, hopefully, the time to devote more of my energies to that.  I also enjoy travel, particularly to the Far East, and am a keen follower of cricket, so I am currently considering joining a tour which includes Test Match tickets when England next play in Australia or New Zealand.  The prospect of being able to go on holiday and not have to cope with the garden when you return, or any problems with the house whilst you've been away is worth a lot.

“I feel thoroughly relaxed and comfortable with my decision and the surroundings.  From living at the bottom of a lane and have no passing traffic to being able to see passing activity is a joy and makes me feel less isolated than I was.  Having someone always on call is also very comforting,” says Sue.

About Richmond Witney


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Richmond Witney reception Bowling green and terrace Tuckers Court village apartments

The new £30 million Richmond Witney, which will be fully open later this year, includes all the facilities that have made the other Richmond villages so popular, including a wellness spa with swimming pool and gym, hair and beauty salon, a library, IT room, terrace café, quality restaurant and garden bar, and all set within beautifully landscaped grounds with a bowling green and nature reserve beyond.

Location
Richmond Witney, Curbridge Road, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX29 7NR

Availability off-plan
Village apartments: from £310,000 (1 bed) to £610,000 (2 bed)
Village suites: from £225,000 (1 bed) to £295,000 (1 bed)

Richmond Villages - the ethos

Richmond Villages, which is part of Bupa, understands that social interaction, physical activity and mental stimulation are vital to a happy and fulfilling later life.  Its villages are designed to allow residents easy access to a range of facilities, services and social events with the reassurance of on-site care and support if required.

The villages provide three types of accommodation, from large two bedroom Village apartments offering an independent lifestyle, one bedroom Village suites, to 24-hour nursing and dementia care.  The key element is for people to retain as much independence and choice as possible, whilst helping them retain their ‘zest for life’.

Typical village accommodation

Village apartments
Village apartments are large one or two bedroom apartments comprising a fully fitted kitchen, large lounge, master bedroom with en-suite and second bedroom, most with en-suite.  Again, personal care can be provided by Richmond’s domiciliary care team.

Village suites
These assisted living suites are situated within the main village centre building and are designed to help people maintain their independence.  Apartments typically include a lounge, kitchenette and en-suite bedroom.  To remove the daily chores, these apartments come with an ‘Independent Living Package’ which includes all food, daily cleaning, laundry and utilities, meaning you can spend more time doing the things you want to do and maintain your independence.  Personal care packages are available from Richmond’s own on-site domiciliary care team.

Care bedrooms
There are also large en-suite care bedrooms located in the care home within the village centre building to provide nursing and dementia care.  The care home also has its own restaurant and lounges, but the advantage of a Richmond care home over a conventional nursing home is that it is situated within the heart of a social, stimulating community with a wealth of things going on.

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For further information about Richmond Villages, please visit www.richmond-villages.com or telephone 0800 0987 094.

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About Richmond Villages

One of the pioneers in bringing the retirement village concept to the UK, Richmond Villages has been designing, building and operating its own villages for almost 20 years.  The company currently operates five luxury retirement villages located in Cheshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire and Warwickshire, with its new village at Witney, Oxfordshire now opening, and construction at Aston-on-Trent, Derbyshire already well underway.

Richmond Villages is one of the leaders in the retirement living sector, and has an established reputation for the provision of quality service and care, and won numerous awards.

For further information about Richmond Villages, please visit
www.richmond-villages.com or telephone 0800 0987 094

About Bupa

Richmond Villages is part of Bupa.  Bupa’s purpose is longer, healthier, happier lives.

As a leading global health and care company, it offers health insurance, medical subscription and other health and care funding products; it runs care homes, retirement and care villages, primary care, diagnostic and wellness centres, hospitals and dental clinics.  It also provides workplace health services, home healthcare, health assessments and long-term condition management services.

Bupa has 29 million customers in 190 countries.  With no shareholders, it invests its profits around the world to provide more and better healthcare and fulfil its purpose.

It employs almost 80,000 people, principally in the UK, Australia, Spain, Poland, New Zealand and Chile, as well as Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, India, Thailand and the USA.

For more information, please visit
www.bupa.com

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