Date:  March 2010


Humanitarian Terry Waite CBE has opened a state-of-the-art care home at Richmond Letcombe Regis, a new £60 million retirement village near Wantage, Oxfordshire.

The retirement village, built and operated by Richmond Villages, part of the Barchester Healthcare Group, is the only development of its type in Oxfordshire; it offers a variety of homes and excellent levels of care, services and facilities for the over 55s.

Terry Waite CBE officially opens the care home with Pauline and Roger Andrews, the village's first residents to move in.

Left to right: Annette Denson, head of care, Paddy Brice, managing director of Richmond Villages, Terry Waite CBE, and Elisabeth Parker, village manager.


A quiet moment with new village resident, Mary Rice.

Terry Waite CBE is shown around Richmond Letcombe Regis by managing director of Richmond Villages,
Paddy Brice.


The care home is located at the heart of the village and has 51 care bedrooms for those requiring 24-hour nursing and dementia care.  These large, beautifully decorated furnished rooms go well beyond what many expect a care bedroom to look like, with exceptional features including a fully profiling bed and an easily accessible en suite with a wet room shower facility.  The care home will provide long and short-stay care, rehabilitation, post-operative and palliative care as well as specialist dementia care within a dedicated Memory Lane community.  Each resident will have a named carer who will oversee their personal needs and will encourage participation in daily activities within the village wherever suitable.

Terry Waite says:  “Richmond Letcombe Regis is an impressive retirement village that provides quality of life and high standards of care for those who need it.  I’m pleased residents in the care home will be valued and considered part of the wider village community here.  The Memory Lane community is a superb concept, with this promoting self-esteem and dignity for those with a dementia, whether this is Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, while also offering support for their families.  I believe life should be cherished, whatever your age or state of health, and am very encouraged to see that Richmond Villages holds true to this philosophy.”

Richmond Villages’ Memory Lane communities provide skilled coordinators who work alongside care teams to create lively and involving programmes including baking, gardening, gentle exercise and outings.  Additional resources include memory boxes, an enclosed sensory garden, low risk walkways, rummage boxes and lifestyle skills areas.

Paddy Brice, managing director of Richmond Villages, says:  “We are very proud of our care home at Richmond Letcombe Regis, where we will be encouraging both a sense of community and personal independence.  Our Memory Lane community within this will provide a homely environment with specialist care, where someone with a dementia can live with their dementia, not just exist with it.”

Also currently available within the retirement village are 34 independent living apartments, for those who can live independently, but who like the idea of being in a safe and sociable community where care and assistance is available if needed, and 23 assisted living apartments for those who still want their own front door but who require some help with day-to-day living.

Facilities available to all residents include a wellness spa with a swimming pool, gym, health and beauty treatment rooms and a hair salon.  Other facilities include a restaurant, IT and crafts room, library and a bowling green.  Guest suites are available for visiting relatives.

The convenient location of this retirement village near Wantage, just ten miles north of junction 14 on the M4, makes it easily accessible for those living near Newbury, Oxford, Reading, Swindon and West London.

Care bedrooms are priced from £850 per week.  Independent living apartments are from £295,000 (with one bedroom), assisted living apartments are from £240,000 (with one bedroom).  Telephone 01235 773970 or visit  Richmond Letcombe Regis, South Street, Letcombe Regis, Oxfordshire, OX12 9JY.

Courtyard .

Wellness spa and swimming pool

Independent living apartment bedroom

Notes to editors
In addition to Richmond Letcombe Regis, Richmond Villages has retirement villages at Coventry, Warwickshire; Nantwich, Cheshire; Painswick in Gloucestershire; and in Northampton.

Richmond Villages is an award-winning retirement village developer.  Richmond Painswick in the Cotswolds and Richmond Northampton have been awarded ‘Best Retirement Development’ by both the ‘What House? Awards’ and the ‘Daily Mail Property Awards’.  Richmond Painswick has also received a ‘Highly Commended’ award in the ‘Assisted Living’ category at the ‘Daily Telegraph Your New Home Awards’.  These awards have recognised that Richmond Villages has created a stimulating and life-enhancing environment in which to enjoy retirement.

Issued by:                           Anne Toomey/Jeremy Clarke/Tracey Bretherton
LawsonClarke PR
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Ref: RV08/2010