Good News Hub

Here’s a sneak peek of village life at our retirement communities across Australia. While every village is unique, they have one thing in common – a good news story to share.

Exploring the wonders of the universe

Bartonvale Villages’ residents are reaching for the stars and not letting COVID restrictions dampen their quest for adventure. Although numbers were reduced slightly, 19 intrepid travellers recently boarded the village bus and headed for the SA University Planetarium.

First up was a view of Venus and the Southern Cross as the stars and planets were projected onto the domed ceiling. Residents were also treated to a relative view of what the sky would look like, way out in the country...

Cuppas Cabernet and Canvases

Last week Boambee Gardens held their first Cuppas, Cabernet and Canvases session, taking a little inspiration from sister retirement village Newling Gardens.

Under the guidance and direction of local artist Ros, and with a cuppa in hand, 12 budding artists set about creating their very own masterpiece.

Boambee Gardens Village Manager, Lexi Connor, said judging by the laughter coming from the room, the residents were having loads of fun.

“There was so much interest in the first session we needed to create a waitlist.”

Biggest Afternoon Tea

In May, the Torrens Grove Retirement Village staff and residents hosted a Biggest Afternoon tea to raise money for the Cancer Council.

Over 50 residents enjoyed a “High Tea” style event, with a glass of bubbles on arrival, tasty treats to eat and great conversation with friends and neighbours.

According to Village Manager, Michelle Cheetham ‘One of the biggest joys of the day was seeing residents mix outside their usual social group and come together for a cause so very close to all our hearts’...

Newly inspired at Newling

Newly inspired residents at Newling Gardens participated in a “Paint & Sip” afternoon, with over 20 residents producing beautiful works of art.

Fellow resident, Jane, did a fantastic job guiding the first class, sharing stories to encourage and inspire the group.

Village Manager, Sue Nelson said, “We’ve had such positive feedback and many who cannot wait for the next session.”

Due the success, another Paint & Sip session was organised with established local artist Sophie Sorella.

Riverina Residents Rejoice

Residents of Riverina Gums Retirement Village are proud to live in Wagga Wagga’s first retirement village and even more – to celebrate 30 years on!

On 30 April 2021, 60 residents, team members and guests regaled in a celebratory event with RetireAustralia’s CEO, Brett Robinson, COO, Simon Fawssett, Assisting Regional Manager, Leonie Karlsson.

Riverina Gums Resident Chair said, “We are a family here. We love where we live, so why not celebrate it?”

The official ceremony included...

Sing a song of freedom

In the spirit of the ANZACs and all those who have fought for peace and for freedom, we are sharing a beautiful poem penned by Tom Ashall at Boambee Gardens.

Sing a Song of Freedom

Sing with us a song of freedom
Help us set each hostage free
No more captive frightened children
Peace on earth shall surely be
Men have fought the war for freedom
Since the human race began
Love thy neighbour; raise your voices
Sing the song the pilgrims sang
Peace and love shall be our message
Every man shall be your friend
Every war should be the last one
Could the conflicts really end?

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