Category: Resident Story

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

Betty Bird celebrates 85th birthday with two European gold medals

Torrens Grove resident Betty Bird celebrated her 85th birthday in July as the European table tennis champion, coming home from the European Veterans Championships in Budapest with not one, but two gold medals.

‘We’re so thankful we planned early’

“If you leave it too late, the decision gets made for you.” That’s the advice from Gordon Crawford, when asked about his decision to move into retirement living earlier than many friends and family advised.

Cleveland Manor celebrates life beyond 90

Residents at RetireAustralia’s Cleveland Manor Retirement Village are proving age is no barrier when it comes to a healthy and happy lifestyle, with the community hosting a special group birthday celebration for a wave of residents turning 90 years and above this year.

100 years of dancing at Riverina Gums

One of our Riverina Gums residents, Barb Pitt, is turning 100 in June and celebrations are already afoot. Barb has received a letter from NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, and will soon host a high tea for friends, family, and fellow residents.

Drayton Villas Resident Spotlight: Alan Mallet

This time last year, Alan Mallet and a team of Drayton Villas residents were hard at work on their entry for the Carnival of Flowers.

From caravan touring to Carlyle Gardens

Before moving to Carlyle Gardens, Roy Markwell and his wife, Genevieve, spent 11 years in a caravan driving around Australia.