Category: Resident Story

Collin strides for mental health

87-year-old Colin Stracey has walked over 100 kilometres in laps around his retirement village to raise money for a charity dedicated to mental health.

Syd Benton reflects on WWII

Syd Benton, born in 1924, is a WWII veteran and Glengara Retirement Village resident. Here, he shares his story.

Frank Robinson reflects on WWII

Frank Robinson, born in 1923, is a WWII veteran and Glengara Retirement Village resident. Here, he shares his story.

Ross Kingston reflects on WWII

Boambee Gardens resident Ross Kingston, 95, is a WWII and D-Day veteran. Here, he shares his story.

The tale of the box brownie photo

Boambee Gardens resident Barry Jacobs is a retired jockey and horse trainer, and has the ear of a natural storyteller.

Lifetime of service recognised

Newling Gardens resident Thelma McCarthy has mixed with Prime Ministers, been a well-recognised advocate on women’s issues, and opened many of Armidale’s public buildings.

Hobby farmer grows village garden

Carlyle Gardens resident Les Mills has transformed some vacant land into a flourishing 4,000 square metre community garden.

Love lost and found at Drayton Villas

For one Drayton Villas resident, the retirement village is not only home, but the spot in which his first love blossomed.

Community spirit blooms at Bartonvale Gardens

A sensory rose garden created by nearly 50 residents is producing more than stunning blooms – it’s cultivating community spirit.

Helping those in the line of fire

It’s been three months since Newling Gardens Village Manager Sue Nelson has been able to see her house from the garden, such is the intensity of the smoke that hangs heavy across Armidale. Fire has ravaged the town for months,

What People Say After Entering a Retirement Village

What do you picture when you think of a retirement village? If you envision a place where life moves slowly and the energy is low, it’s time to think again.

Life in Carlyle Gardens is a breeze – with ocean breezes to boot

Like honey to a bee, Carlyle Gardens Retirement Village attracts residents from all over the world, who seek out sunshine, ocean breezes, and a relaxed beachside lifestyle. Take Noel and Judy Bowman, who have lived in Carlyle Gardens for almost